Questions remain after burglar found dead in San Marcos home

Kevin Rodriguez
Kevin Rodriguez

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Hays County deputies were still seeking answers Monday after a burglary suspect was found dead inside a San Marcos home last week.

It started Friday when a family arrived at their home in the 800 block of Crest Circle, couldn’t open the door, and heard voices inside.

GOING IN-DEPTH

  • Texas law says deadly force is allowed if a person reasonably believes it is immediately necessary to prevent a crime from being committed, including arson, burglary, and robbery.
  • The law also allows deadly force to stop someone from leaving the scene of a property crime.
  • Texas lawmakers passed the changes in 2007, and since then, the number of justifiable homicides has gone up statewide. In the five years before the law changed, private citizens in Texas killed 146 people believed to be committing felonies. In the five years after the law passed, those numbers rose to 224.

After a five-hour standoff, Hays County SWAT officers found 20-year-old Kevin Rodriguez, the burglary suspect, dead inside the home.

Police said the homeowner had fired his weapon into the home, but would not speculate on whether the homeowner had killed the burglar. They also said family members had reported hearing two people inside the house, but declined to say if another suspect was involved.

The homeowner and his family weren’t hurt, police say, but there are still unanswered questions.

On Monday, broken glass and boarded up windows left neighbors like Rick Hill wondering: Could this have been his house?

“I’ve lived here for 12 years and I’ve never heard of anything like this out here,” Hill said. “Never, not once.”

Neighbor Richard Parrish was one of many who received a phone call from the sheriff’s office warning him not to come outside. Parrish says the message said that “residents in our neighborhood and on our street needed to stay indoors if we were home because there was an armed suspect in the neighborhood.”

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