Details are still developing but early reports indicate that a San Antonio, Texas man shot a suspected home invader over the weekend.
Local news affiliate Ken5 reports that the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on the city’s west side.
The perp, who has yet to be identified but was said to be in his 40s, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach when police arrived.
Paramedics began rendering aid to the perp in the ambulance. Then, suddenly, the man kicked open the ambulance door and fled the scene.
Responding officers tracked the suspect down and force him back inside the ambulance.
Upon interviewing the homeowner, it became clear why the suspect was so eager to leave.
Per the victim, the suspect was in the process of forcing his way into the victim’s home when the victim shot him in the stomach.
The investigation is ongoing but if all the facts check out, it’s unlikely that the homeowner will be charged.
Crime is on the rise in San Antonio and city leaders are struggling to cope.
City Council members have recently discussed violence interruption programs, hiring experts to conduct research, and improving street lighting as ways to curb the violence.
Perhaps along with those strategies, city leaders ought to encourage more law-abiding citizens to bear arms for personal protection and publicize lawful instances of self-defense to remind criminals that they are likely to meet armed resistance when they prey upon the innocent.
Creating more hard targets will not only work to deter hardened criminals but will help eliminate them as well. Dead offenders cannot become repeat offenders.