Texas Mom Shoots Alleged Home Invader Through Bedroom Door, Saves Kids

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A Texas mom shot an alleged home invader through a bedroom door Tuesday, saving her young children after warning the intruder to leave, according to authorities.

The incident unfolded around 9:13 p.m. in the 5500 block of Nardo Street in Edinburg. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Deputy Constables received a call from a woman who said a man, later identified as 36-year-old Carlos Garcia, broke into her home through her garage and was trying to break into the bedroom where she and her children were hiding. The woman and Garcia knew each other, though it is unclear what their relationship was, according to KRGV.

The woman told police she warned Garcia that she was armed and alerted authorities, but he refused to leave.

“When Garcia refused to leave and continued to try to get into the bedroom, the homeowner shot once through the door,” police said. “Garcia fled the house.”

Police scoured the area and found Garcia approximately 100 yards away from the house “in an open field with a gunshot wound to his left arm.”

“Garcia was medically cleared and booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center for Burglary of Habitation with Intent,” police said.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to police. (RELATED: Homeowner Shoots And Kills Armed Intruder Who Kicked Down Door)

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said individuals “have the right to defend” themselves in their own home, according to KRGV.

“I imagine she was in fear of her life,” he reportedly continued. “So she did what she had to do, and we support her.”

“You don’t have to give notice. If someone’s breaking into your home you have the right to protect yourself and use deadly force, and you’re not going to have any problem with the sheriff of Hidalgo County,” Guerra reportedly said.