An unnamed woman was shot and killed this morning in a disagreement over an air conditioning unit.
Specifically, she and her burglary crew decided that the unit was theirs and the homeowner disputed their claim.
According to San Antonio Police (SAPD) and KSAT 12, four people were attempting to remove an air conditioner from a home early this morning, possibly as part of a burglary attempt, when a female resident was awakened by the noise. The female resident alerted her husband who, not wishing to give up his air conditioner, armed himself and went to investigate.
On finding a woman crawling through the hole in his wall where his air conditioner had been, the Good Guy With A Gun opened fire, killing the woman. He then went outside an engaged the other three burglars, striking one in the chest and leg as he fled.
SAPD Arrested the injured burglar at the hospital and the other two were picked up around the same time.
There are no current plans to charge the homeowners in this "mass shooting".
While we at Interritus would counsel against the use of force on felons who are fleeing the scene, Texas statutes allowing for the use of deadly force to prevent the escape of persons who have just committed arson, burglary, robbery, theft or criminal mischief during the nighttime when the property cannot be recovered by lesser means or the use of force, other than deadly force to protect or recover the property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm. (Texas Penal Code Sec 9.42(2)(B) and 9.42(3).)
When one man is up against 3, we would call that a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm.
As to his engagement of the woman coming through his wall; what reasonable person would not construe that as a major invasion of his home? Most burglars come in through a door, or a window. This woman was coming through a hole in the wall which had been previously filled by a large, heavy piece of machinery.
That’s some dedication to making entry. For which dedication she paid with her life.
Our condolences go out to her family, as well as the man who she forced into Being His Own First Responder and taking her life.