SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - The San Marcos Police Department does not expect to file chargesagainst a homeowner who shot and killed two teens who wereattempting to rob his home overnight. A third teen was shot duringthe robbery and a fourth, now identified as Frank Castro, 17, isbeing held in jail on charges of aggravated robbery.
Investigators said the four teens, all from Luling, entered theSan Marcos home shortly before 2 a.m. Friday on Chestnut Streetjust north of Texas State University. The home was occupied bythree people, one of whom was a student at Texas State University.
SanMarcos Police Chief Howard Williams said the break-in caused acommotion in the living room, awakening one of the residents in hisbedroom. The resident told police he fired at the suspects afterone of them pointed a weapon at him.
"I knew it was loud," said neighbor Jason Locascio. "It made mecome stop what I was doing and come outside and look around. It waskind of crazy."
Officials pronounced a 16-year-old dead on the scene whenauthorities arrived, and a second 16-year-old died at Central TexasMedical Center.
The third teen, also 16 years old, is undergoing surgery at University Medical Center Brackenridge inAustin. San Marcos police said they would interview him when he wasin stable condition.
Castro, 17, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degreefelony. His bail was set at $50,000.
This shooting brought up questions regarding the CastleDoctrine - which gives a person the legal right to use deadlyforce to defend their residence - and its application to theincident. Still, the San Marcos police chief said investigatorsstill needed all the pieces to the puzzle before coming to adefinite conclusion.
"These are just the facts that we're trying to put together, andright now, we just don't know them all," said Williams.
However, the chief said the one thing they do know is that theincident is being considered a robbery.
"If you use force to attempt to steal something, that'srobbery," said Williams. "That does make this a robbery."
Of the four teenagers involved, at least two attended school inthe LulingIndependent School District.
"It doesn't appear to be a pretty picture of what happened,"said Luling ISD Superintendent David Davis. "My concern is for thefamilies and for the student body here."
Davis said outside grief counselors will be on hand at theschool Friday.
Meanwhile, other residents in the home were not injured.Investigators said the residents of the rental property are between18- and 23 years old, and one attends Texas State University.
The San Marcos police chief said the department will work tokeep students and others in the area from becoming victims of homeinvasions.
"We will be working with the university to get the messages outto the students about perhaps better ways to secure their home andproperty," said Williams.
Still, some neighbors said this type of activity is somethinguncommon to the neighborhood.
"I've lived at this house for two years now, and I've never hadanything liike this happen," said neighbor Hillary Stogsdill.
Police said they will not release the names of the three teenswho were 16 years old because they are considered juveniles.However, the 17-year-old's name is set to be released once he hasbeen booked.
Luling is about 20 miles southeast of San Marcos.
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