Suspected thief dies trying to steal car jack from homeowner, police chief says

Shooting, vehicle crash occurred in 700 block of Jennings Ave.

SAN ANTONIOUpdated Friday at 4:30 p.m.:

The shooting victim was identified as Jessie Anthony Aguello Jr., 54.

Original story:

A man attempting to steal a car jack from a homeowner on the city's South Side has died following a shooting and vehicle crash, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Tuesday.

The incident occurred just before 6:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Jennings Avenue, which is located not far from Frio City Road and South Zarzamora Street.

McManus said the mechanic had left a jack under a car outside his home when he noticed someone attempting to steal it. That's when, McManus said, the homeowner confronted the suspect with a gun just before a struggle ensued.

Police said the homeowner tried to hang onto the car before eventually firing several shots.

Authorities say it appears that the suspect may have been hit by the gunfire. The car eventually crashed into a tree the next block over and sustained heavy front-end damage. 

Police said the medical examiner will have to determine if the suspect, a man in his 20s, died from the gunshot wounds or the crash.

The homeowner was not hurt during the struggle.

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