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Pharr Police Say Botched Home Invasion was Random

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 4:15 PM

Updated: Jun 26, 2012 4:52 PM

PHARR - Investigators say a random home burglary today went awry leaving one suspect shot, another in custody and a third one on the lam.

Officials said three men broke into a home on the 700 block of West Bronze Avenue just after 11 a.m. The homeowner confronted the intruders and shot one in face with a shotgun. He held a second suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. The third suspect fled the scene in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. The injured suspect is in stable but critical condition at a local hospital.

"We're trying to piece this together," Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas said. "Imagine this and any other homeowner that finds somebody coming in. ... He's distraught right now. ... So we'll take our time doing the interviews with him and make sure we capture all the information correctly"

Police said the incident was not a drug-related home invasion. Villescas said it was a random burglary in the middle of the day.

"This happened at 11 o'clock, and my kids are out at 11. Now I have to be outside with them. Not just my kids, but all the kids that like to hang around here," said Amy Culliver, a concerned neighbor.

Police are asking anyone with information about the suspect's location to call 956-748-7700.

Topics: home invasion, pharr, shooting

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