Car thief killed by the car’s owner in deadly shootout

A dramatic incident unfolded in San Antonio, Texas, when a man tracked down his stolen truck and confronted the alleged car thief. The confrontation escalated into a gunfight, resulting in the death of the suspect. The truck owner and a woman accompanying the suspect were also injured in the shootout. Authorities have labeled the truck owner’s actions as an act of self-defense, but caution against taking matters into one’s own hands.

The incident took place at the South Park Mall parking lot in San Antonio. The truck’s owner spotted his stolen vehicle a short distance away from where he had left it, according to the police. Approaching the truck, he ordered the man behind the wheel and the woman in the passenger seat to step out at gunpoint, as confirmed by San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

While waiting for the police to arrive, the suspect unexpectedly pulled out his own gun and shot the truck’s owner. In response, the owner returned fire, fatally shooting the alleged car thief. The woman accompanying the suspect was critically wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

Chief McManus acknowledged that the truck owner’s actions were in self-defense but refrained from fully endorsing them. He emphasized the importance of contacting the police before taking matters into one’s own hands. The identities of the people involved in the shooting have not been disclosed. However, authorities have revealed that the truck owner is 45 years old, the suspected car thief was 34, and the woman with him is 25.

Texas law provides greater leeway for the recovery of stolen property, potentially protecting the truck owner from legal repercussions. An assistant law professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio explained that while it is preferable to seek law enforcement assistance in such situations, Texas law may allow the use of deadly force to recover property. Many other states do not permit the use of deadly force under any circumstances for property recovery.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and further details are expected to emerge.