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Break-in and Altercation Ends Badly for Two Brothers

MINERAL WELLS, TEXAS – A homeowner fatally shot a man identified as his brother during a break-in and altercation at his home. Mineral Wells PD received a report of a residential burglary in progress around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

According to the MWPD report, the caller stated that he had returned home from work and discovered that an intruder had entered his home. He reported a physical confrontation and said that he had the suspect “on the ground”. The homeowner met responding officers, leading them to a man inside the home that he had shot. He told officers that it was his brother, who did not live there and had actually been barred from the property.

The male was found on the floor suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Officers performed CPR until Mineral Wells Fire/Rescue arrived on scene and the man was pronounced dead by paramedics. He is identified only as a 20-year-old, pending notification of his next of kin.

Police detained the homeowner, and following an intensive interview, released him. Investigators observed evidence at the scene which indicated a possible break-in and physical struggle. The firearm has been recovered and police are looking into previous reports of trespassing at the home by the deceased.

Investigators will refer the case to the Palo Pinto County District Attorney for review and possible presentation to a Grand Jury, according to MWPD Chief Dean Sullivan.

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