TEXAS CITY, Texas – One man is dead after he was shot by a homeowner in an apparent robbery early Sunday morning in Texas City, police said.
According to the Texas City Police Department, dispatch received two 911 calls of multiple shots fired just before 3 a.m. in the 1100 block of First Avenue.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the homeowner Enrique Herrera, 60, with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh.
A second man, Lekenvrick Deon Nelson, 26, of La Marque, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest across the street from Herrera’s residence.
“All we heard is a couple gunshots, about five or six bullets,” Jimmy Benavides, a neighbor, said.
Benavides said he does not blame Herrera for fighting back.
“If he didn’t have a gun on him he’d be dead right now most likely,” Benavides said. “Oh yes, anybody threatens my kids or my family, I’m gonna shoot ‘em point blank.”
Jermaine White, 24, who is said to be a suspect in connection with the robbery, was located and detained a few blocks away, police said. He has been charged with aggravated robbery with a $100,000 bond.
A vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was recovered and is being processed for evidence, police said.
Herrera’s nephew believes his uncle did what he had to do to defend himself.
“From my understanding….you get what you deserve,” Josh Rojas said.
Rojas said his uncle didn’t know the attackers and that they followed him home from work.
“It was either my uncle’s life or somebody else’s life and my uncle was at risk and he did what he had to do,” he said.
Herrera is in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wound.