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Update

UPDATED 4 p.m. SATURDAY, FEB. 1: In a bizarre twist, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office now says they found the body of a dead man in a Crest Circle Drive house yesterday evening following a five-hour standoff.

The deceased man is identified as Kevin Ray Rodriguez, 20, of Buda, who was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Margie Hernandez, according to a statement issued this afternoon. The statement does not say who shot the man, but says the incident  “resulted in the homeowner firing a weapon in the residence.”

Sgt. Phillip Taylor, the sheriff’s spokesperson, led reporters at the scene to believe that officers found no one inside the home, saying the scene was secure and the incident was being treated as a burglary investigation. Multiple news organizations, including the San Marcos Mercury and the San Marcos Daily Record, reported Friday evening and this morning that SWAT found no one inside the house following the standoff.

It was not immediately clear why Taylor was evasive about the man’s death. This is a developing story…

Earlier

9:31 p.m. JAN. 31: Scores of law enforcement officers swarmed the South Ridge Estates neighborhood southeast of San Marcos on Friday afternoon after a homeowner told police that he thought intruders were barricaded in his house.

After five hours spent attempting to convince the alleged burglars to surrender, however, officers led by Hays County SWAT entered the house at about 7:30 p.m. and found no one inside.

Investigators are not yet prepared to say if the homeowner was mistaken about the intruders or if they escaped during the six minutes that lapsed between the initial emergency phone call and the first officer’s arrival, Hays County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Phillip Taylor told the San Marcos Mercury at the scene. The homeowner reported the burglary at 2:27 p.m. and the first deputy arrived at 2:33 p.m., Taylor said.

Taylor said he was not sure if the homeowner told police that he saw intruders inside his home or only that he heard them.

Police from at least four local agencies poured into the area, cordoning off streets and besieging the house in the 800 block of Crest Circle Drive. At one point, more than 40 cops inundated the neighborhood with officers from the San Marcos Police Department, Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and New Braunfels Police Department joining those from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hays County Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to contact the intruders using a loudspeaker and then a closed-circuit telephone slipped inside. When that didn’t work, officers sent in a remote-controlled robot equipped with cameras to look for signs of the barricaded suspects and then flooded the home with tear gas in an attempt to flush them out.

Shortly after dark, officers entered the home and searched, but found no one hiding inside.


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CORRECTION: This story originally said a closed-circuit telephone was thrown through a window. It was set inside through a door. Also, the house is in South Ridge Estates, not the Ridgecrest neighborhood.

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7 thoughts on “Sheriff’s office now says dead man found inside home after SWAT standoff

  1. After posting the update, readers on Facebook are asking what the hell really happened. We’re working to find out but it’s hard to say at this point.

    What I’m gathering — but who knows given the wholesale dissembling going on — is that homeowner comes home, finds his door dead bolted from the inside, fires gun into house. SWAT arrives, doesn’t know if intruder is dead or if there is more than one intruder. Standoff ensues. SWAT enters and finds dead man.

    For whatever reason, someone instructs the sheriff office’s spokesperson not to say anything about the dead man. Spokesperson follows orders, implying that SWAT finds nothing through a series of misleading statements which I am working on transcribing and publishing.

    Like I said, that’s just me trying to surmise a coherent storyline given what we’re being told. The spokesperson won’t even say if the homeowner is believed to have shot the man or if he was shot at some point later. And the spokesperson, of course, is really just telling media what he is being instructed to tell media — and sacrificing a lot of precious credibility in the process. Both his own and that of Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler.

  2. Why is Hays County Sheriff envolved in this situations. This area is in

    Guadalupe County Not Hays County. It is not a close call about locations,

    it’s about 2 miles past Hays county line.

  3. The Hays Guadalupe county line goes right through the middle of that subdivision. Google maps doesn’t show the county line but you can see if you look at the maps on the Hays CAD website.

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