ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — KXAN News got the first look at the truck burglary suspect Robert Trevino was driving the night he was killed during what police say was a jewelry store break-in.
Trevino died from a shotgun blast to the neck after police say jewelry store owner Juan Torres opened fire.
The blue Chevy has several bullet holes on the passenger side where windows were shot out by Torres. The suspect’s cousin pointed out at least 18 holes in the truck that were fired by a 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol.
Elgin police chief Chris Bratton told KXAN News on Thursday that the investigation is still ongoing. He said they have confirmed five shotgun shells were spent and that several rounds were fired from the .40-caliber gun.
Two women were sitting in Trevino’s truck parked outside the store; police say the store owner opened fire on the truck with the women inside.
Several cameras inside the jewelry store caught the entire break-in and shooting, and investigators are currently reviewing all of that footage.
Initially, reports speculated Torres may have run across the parking lot, shooting at the vehicle, but detectives say the investigation now leads them to believe all shots were fired from within the store or standing within the frame of the front door.
“It appears he fired several times from the door…with the shotgun,” said Bratton.
Torres spoke with KXAN off camera and said he was still shaken up by the incident. He also said investigators have advised him not to speak at this time.
A review of the Castle doctrine indicates Torres may have been within his legal rights to shoot and kill Trevino if it is found Trevino “entered the business with the use of force.” However, he may not be legally protected by that same law since the two female accomplices never left the truck, and never entered the store.
Bratton says the investigation should wrap up next week and at that time it will be up to the district attorney to determine whether Torres will face charges.