elgin shooting

If you’re going to break into a jewelry story, make certain that the owner isn’t there, especially if he happens to be pretty handy with a shotgun:

A jewelry store owner shoots and kills a suspected thief breaking in Monday morning. Just before 1 a.m. police say Robert Trevino, 41, broke the glass door of Harper’s Fine Jewelry with a hammer.

Elgin Police Chief Chris Bratton says the owner, Juan Torres, happened to be in the back of the store.

“The owner was in the back room when the suspect broke out the front door using a hammer and was attempting to go through the jewelry cases,” said Bratton.

Torres fired a 12-gauge shotgun hitting Trevino in the neck. He died inside the store.

“As best we can tell the suspect turned toward the owner with something in his hand which we found out was the hammer and then he shot him one time killing him instantly,” said Bratton.

After turning Trevino’s neck into a pink mist, Torres preceded outside, where he opened fire on Trevino’s accomplices in the getaway car. Sulema Sanchez and Amanda Yanes were mildly wounded by broken glass from Torres’s shots, and both are in the Bastrop County Jail on burglary charges.

Trevino is—was—the primary suspect in a robbery at the same store just two weeks ago.

Torres’s shooting of Trevino seems easily justifiable under castle doctrine. His decision to leave the store and fire upon accomplices might end up putting him on the wrong side of the law.

If you ever face a similar circumstance, it would be wiser to stay inside from both tactical and legal perspectives.