Last week, a 65-year-old woman saved her fiancée’s life when she shot and killed an intruder in their rural Texas home.
After midnight last Saturday morning, Curtis Roys awoke to a loud banging on the back porch. His home is located outside of Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gilespie County. Fredericksburg is about 80 miles north of San Antonio.
The 73-year-old Roys went to investigate and was confronted by a young man who pushed Roys into the house through the patio and began beating him with a blunt object. The intruder then got Roys into a chokehold, the Gilespie County Sheriff’s Office reported.
About this time, Roys’s fiancée, Melody Lumpkin, came to check on her husband-to-be. She shouted for the intruder to let Roys go but he didn’t respond.
“Lumpkin made several pleas to the man to stop and he ignored her,” the sheriff’s office reported. “She retrieved a handgun from the bedroom and fired a warning shot out the patio door. The man continued the assault on Roys.”
Unphased, the intruder choked Roys until he passed out.
“[Lumpkin] noticed Roys was not moving, and fearing for her safety and that of Roys, she fired another shot which struck the man in the head,” reported the sheriff’s office.
Her shot to the intruder’s head incapacitated him. After Roys regained consciousness, he called 9-1-1 to report the attack.
Fredericksburg Fire and EMS responded and transported the intruder to Hill Country Memorial Hospital. From there, he was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio. He later died from his wound.
The alleged intruder was identified as Cleto Neri Solorzano, a 19-year-old man from Fredericksburg.
“While the investigation is ongoing, suspected drug use was indicated and this is considered an isolated incident,” Gilespie County Sheriff’s Office said.