No criminal charges filed in shooting that killed Elgin man

Elgin man found dead on porch

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County’s grand jury decided on Tuesday that there would be no criminal charges filed for the shooting that left a man dead on their neighbor’s porch.

Margaret Moore, Travis County District Attorney, released a statement yesterday saying that the Grand Jury heard testimonies from witnesses for two weeks and chose not to indict the neighbor that shot and killed Thomas Hardin, 48.

According to the statement, an investigation led authorities and investigators to believe that the shooting, that occurred on September 14, 2018, was self-defense.

Hardin and a relative are said to have arrived at the neighbor’s house, near the area where U.S. Highway 290 splits with State Highway 95, around 10 p.m. following a disagreement from earlier that day.

The statement reported, “Physical evidence recovered from the scene showed that both men fired multiple rounds, that rounds from Hardin’s weapons had been fired into the neighbor’s home, and that the neighbor’s shots that caused Hardin’s death were fired from inside the neighbor’s home.”

The sound of gunfire startled many neighbors Friday night. Phillip Hunt, who lives directly behind the house where the shooting happened, said he heard nine gunshots, but initially mistook them for fireworks. 

“It’s just hard to believe it happened right behind my house,” Hunt said. 

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