Mother shoots intruder during Dripping Springs home invasion

Randall Dorsett (Hays County Sheriff's Office)
Randall Dorsett (Hays County Sheriff's Office)

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — A 48-year-old woman says she shot a man after he broke into her home Sunday night in north Hays County.

At around 11:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Overland Stage Road, just south of Hamilton Pool, a woman was with her three children when she noticed a suspicious vehicle in her driveway.

After she called 911, the suspect, identified by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office as Randall Dorsett, 25, of Round Rock, tried to break into the house through the front door. When he was unsuccessful, he moved to the garage where he was able to break in through a window and enter the house through an unlocked door. When he walked into the kitchen he was met by the woman, who told KXAN she was holding a 44-magnum handgun.

The driveway where the homeowner first noticed Dorsett. A sign reads, "No trespassing. No Kiddin'" (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)
The driveway where the homeowner first noticed Dorsett. A sign reads, “No trespassing. No Kiddin.'” (KXAN Photo/Paul Shelton)

The woman shot Dorsett once in the abdomen after telling him to leave many times. He was taken by helicopter to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he remains at this time. Dorsett has been charged with burglary of a habitation. He did not have a weapon. Once he is out of the hospital he will be taken to the Hays County Jail.

The sheriff’s office said the woman’s husband was watching a football game with friends and returned home after the incident.

Randall Dorsett (Hays County Sheriff's Office)
Randall Dorsett (Hays County Sheriff’s Office)

“We think this is an isolated incident,” Hays Co. Sheriff Gary Cutler said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. “We have no other home invasions like this for a number of years in Hays County. And we do not have any link between him and Hays County… We have no idea how he picked this house.”

Sheriff Cutler said that on Dec. 31, Dorsett was arrested in Williamson County for aggravated assault of a police officer. Cutler said he does not know why the man picked that specific house on Overland Stage Road, where most homes are on large acre tracts of land.

When asked what “bad guys” have to learn from this incident, the sheriff said, “Just like this lady did what she had to: protect herself and her family, and her property. And I think most people are going to do that… Nobody is going to mess with her children.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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