A Texas mom protecting her family was reportedly locked and loaded during a disturbing alleged attempted burglary at her home.
According to law enforcement authorities, after locking herself in a bedroom with her kids, she exercised her right to self-defense and shot and wounded the alleged burglar.
The no-nonsense and brave woman had reportedly warned the intruder that she was armed and had already called 911.
When he allegedly refused to leave and instead tried to break into the bedroom, she reportedly discharged the weapon once, shooting him through the locked door.
The suspect reportedly fled the residence with a gunshot wound to his left arm, according to KRGV.
The incident which is still under an active investigation occurred on October 25 at about 9 pm. local time in the Rio Grande Valley area city of Edinburg. Authorities have asked any witnesses that can provide additional information to contact them.
Cops responding to the burglary-in-progress call did not have to look far for the suspect.
Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of other agencies, found the man in an open field about 100 yards from the residence with an injury to his arm. After he was treated for the wound and medically cleared, he was booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center.
According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook, “Deputies made contact with the homeowner who advised that a male subject, identified as Carlos Garcia, 36 years of age, had broken into the house through the garage and was trying to get into the bedroom where she and her children had locked themselves…On October 27, 2022, Carlos Garcia was charged with one count of Burglary of Habitation with Intent with a bond set at $750,000…”
The pending charge against the alleged burglar is a second-degree felony under Texas law. The homeowner is not facing any charges.
Reacting to the incident in that context, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told ABC affiliate KRGV that “You have the right to defend yourself in your own home against an intruder. I imagine she was in fear of her life…so she did what she had to do, and we support her. You don’t have to give notice; if someone’s breaking into your home you have the right to protect yourself and use deadly force, and you’re not going to have any problem with the sheriff of Hidalgo County.”
Under the so-called Castle Doctrine, Texans can use deadly force in certain circumstances against an intruder.
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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