Suspect in Kerrville Walmart slaying in custody following standoff

Suspect reportedly an employee at Walmart, Rio 10 Theater

A standoff remains between officers and a Walmart shooting suspect on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

KERRVILLEUpdated at 3:16 p.m.

The suspect was taken into custody, the Kerrville Sheriff’s Office said. Am ambulance was seen leaving the scene, but no officers were injured. We will update this story when we get more information.


A fatal shooting outside a Walmart in Kerrville has led to a standoff lasting several hours with the suspect.

The gunman, identified as Fernando Rolon, Jr., remains holed up inside the Rio 10 Theater at 1401 Bandera Highway, police said.

He is accused of shooting Melissa Villagrana, 38, in the parking lot of a Walmart at 1216 Junction Highway, around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Kerrville Police Sgt. Jonathan Lamb said.

Villagrana worked at the Walmart, police said, and Rolon is reported to be an employee at both Walmart and Rio 10.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, and witnesses saw the suspect flee, Lamb said.

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Rolon’s car was found in the parking lot of the movie theater, but police later made contact with him “hiding inside the theater,” an update from KPD on Facebook states.

The Kerrville Police Department is involved with an ongoing standoff with a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred last night. Please avoid the area until this situation can be brought to a safe conclusion.

Posted by City of Kerrville - Police Department on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rolon broke off communication police after several hours, police said. He initially told police he was willing to surrender.

“Rolon remains barricaded inside the theater and refuses to surrender himself to law enforcement," the post said.

At 1:30 p.m., police said the suspect still has not been captured, and the standoff has lasted more than 12 hours.

Police have deployed chemical smoke, which is tear gas, and they may also deploy a robot.

Lamb told KSAT the man and woman knew each other, but details of that relationship remain unclear. She remains unidentified by police.

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Lamb said there is no danger to the public.

Details of the shooting, including the type of gun used or how many rounds were fired, remain unclear. No one else was injured in the gunfire.

Police have closed off State Highway 173 as they conduct their investigation. Officers are asking drivers to avoid the area.

Due to an on-going law enforcement operation, SH 173 is closed between SH 16 and Loop 534. Traffic exiting onto SH 173...

Posted by City of Kerrville - Police Department on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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