SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police will have to decide whether to file criminal charges against the owner of a van who shot and killed a car-burglary suspect.
Anthony Rangel, 39, died after being shot in the neck in the parking lot of Texas Land & Cattle Steak House on Monday night.
Police were called to the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. near Loop 410 and McCullough.
Officers at the scene said the unidentified van owner told them he had been the victim of an auto burglary before and fired shots to protect his property.
Police said the owner was in the back seat when he fired two shots after Rangel allegedly opened the door. The second shot was fired as Rangel was running away, police said.
A woman who was with Rangel was taken into custody for questioning. Police also questioned the van owner.
Although state law allows the use of deadly force to protect property in certain situations, it was unclear whether that right would be applicable in the case.
KSAT 12 News found there was no shortage of people willing to weigh in on the issue.
"If someone broke into his van, you know, I mean, this is Texas. You can protect your property and stuff," said Brian Warmouth, as he prepared to celebrate Independence Day with his family at Woodlawn Lake.
Charles Sattiewhite, who was holding a spot a few yards away for his family to celebrate, agreed. He said it appears to be a clear case of someone protecting his property.
"He was probably in fear for his life, or he didn't know the situation," Sattiewhite said. "So I'm pretty sure he was standing his ground."
For Linda Hodgkiss, the issue wasn't as clear. She said she sees it both ways.
"They react that way because they don't like having people break in. They get angry about that. But there's a line. Like, he may have crossed the line on that," she said. "It just seems like the reaction to a property crime was overdone."
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