Deputies investigate fatal shooting in Alamo

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POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:29am

Two men are dead after a home invasion last night in Alamo.

Just after 7 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a shooting at a residence located at the intersection of Mariposa Street and Sioux Road.

The bodies of two male victims were discovered at the scene with fatal gunshot wounds.  The homeowner admits to shooting the two men in self defense.

"He claims that two individuals drove up in a black Jeep Liberty inquiring about roosters, then they pulled guns and he retrieved his own weapon," said  Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.  "The two people that came to inquire about the roosters ended up getting shot."

The Castle Law allows an individual to use force in order to defend himself against an intruder if that individual is in imminent danger.  It is still being determined whether this shooting will fall under that law.

"We're not ready to declare that this is a Castle Law application," Trevino stated.  "There's other evidence that we have recovered that we're not going to release at this time that may indicate something other than the Castle Law application."

Among that evidence is surveillance footage that is said to raise questions as to whether or not this is justifiable homicide or an outright murder.

The homeowner allegedly runs a rooster fighting ring--Sheriff Trevino says this kind of illegal activity is typically a magnet for crime.

"You're always going to attract either bandits trying to rip them off or rob them of their profits or whatever they have.  I'm not saying this is what happened in this case, but it's very common that we run across these types of things."

Investigators are waiting on autopsy and ballistic analysis reports as they move forward with this case.

Deputies are not releasing the names of the victims or the homeowner and his guest until next of kin are notified.

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