NEAR ELSA — Sheriff’s investigators are preparing to turn over their findings to the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office after a Monday shooting that authorities say left an armed home invader hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive.
Deputies responded to the 19000 block of Kevin Street in rural Elsa on Monday afternoon for a shooting, a news release shows.
At the house, deputies found 37-year-old Eutegio Ramirez, who had been shot after trying to use a 9 mm handgun to force his way into the residence, deputies said in their news release. Ramirez had gone to the house to confront the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, who was inside. But the current boyfriend had a .380-caliber handgun that he legally owned, according to the release, and he shot Ramirez in the upper torso twice.
No arrest has been made in the case because investigators believe the shooting was justified, under so-called Castle law, which allows use of deadly force in defense of one’s home and the people inside, according to the news release.