San Marcos police said Friday afternoon that they don’t anticipate filing criminal charges against a Chestnut Street resident who shot three Luling teenagers, killing two, early Friday morning in a bungled burglary.
Four Luling teenagers attempted to invade the home shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Two of the invaders died after being shot by the resident with a 40-caliber Glock handgun. One 16-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and a second 16-year-old died at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC).
A third invader, another 16-year-old from Luling, was transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin with serious wounds.
A fourth invader, 17-year Frank Castro of Luling, has been charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. Hays County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Joanne Prado set bond at $50,000.
San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Chief Howard Williams said police will turn the case over to the Hays County District Attorney’s office for review upon completion of the investigation, which is still ongoing.
“At this time, we do not anticipate filing charges against the resident for firing the shots,” Williams said.
Three of the invaders were carrying weapons that police said included a handgun and two pellet guns that resembled real firearms.
Williams said police responded to a call of a home invasion with shots fired at 1:52 a.m. Friday. When police arrived, they found several people shot by a resident of the home.
Three residents who were in the home at the time of the incident and were not injured. Police did not release the names of the residents.
After no homicides occurred in San Marcos since January 2008, three have taken place in the city during the last ten days.
On Aug. 26, SMPD arrested 21-year-old Quenten Rashad Taylor of San Marcos and 20-year-old Zackhary Allen James of Luling in the murder of Byron Burse, 30, of San Marcos. The shooting occurred earlier that day.Email | Print