Property owner shoots and kills suspected robber, police still investigating as homicide
POSTED: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:49am
Edinburg, TX (News Center 23) — Edinburg crime scene investigators gather evidence after a deadly shooting. Police said the Pumpjack restaurant store owner shot and killed a suspected robber just after 4:00 a.m.
"It was at that time that he heard some suspicious noises, he then determined that there was an actual burglary that was taking place and someone was inside there was an intruder. There was some type of a confrontation between the two in which the owner used deadly force," said Lt. Oscar Trevino.
Police have now determined the deceased to be Edinburg resident Gilbert Media Jr, 46. The Pumpjack owner is complying with police and said there is a reason he was inside the building when Medina allegedly came inside.
"This stems from a series of break-ins that had already been taking place here in the past several weeks. The owner decided to stay inside to safe guard his property to safe guard his business," said Lt. Trevino.
But right now, police are treating this as a homicide. Investigators are compiling evidence to make sure the owner was correct in his actions of using deadly force.
All the information collected will be submitted to the Hidalgo County District Attorney's office and may come before a grand jury to determine if it was a justifiable shooting.
People living nearby the restaurant said they aren't surprised to hear about a burglary.
"I don't know what to say because if he invaded that was a bad thing that he did. and if they caught him in the act, that's his thing. the owner had the right to protect his property," said Esteban Cano, neighbor.
"There are certain circumstances and certain provisions that allow you to use deadly force for the protection of one's self, a third person and for property, and we want to make sure that is what took place here," said Lt. Trevino.
Police said the gun used was a handgun.
Edinburg police said Medina had a minor criminal record that included petty theft and public intoxication.
Records show at least three burglaries happened at the restaurant in the past few weeks. Each time, money and electronics were stolen. Police have not yet determined who is linked to those burglaries.
Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation.