Sheriff: Burglary suspect dies after being shot by Weslaco homeowner

Updated at 6:11 p.m.

A person suspected of burglary of a habitation has died after being shot by the homeowner Saturday morning, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said on social media.

In a statement on Twitter, the sheriff identified the man who was shot and killed as 24-year-old Weslaco resident Eduardo Mendoza.

“JP Morales has ordered an autopsy. Investigation is still ongoing,” Guerra tweeted.

Earlier Saturday morning, Guerra addressed the case on Twitter, stating that deputies responded to a call of burglary of a habitation at about 7:33 a.m.

The incident was reported in the 1300 block of 25th Street in Weslaco, according to Guerra.

“Suspect was located by Weslaco PD and taken to a hospital and is currently listed as critical,” Guerra said on social media Saturday morning.

Guerra said in a telephone interview that the suspect had underwent surgery and that deputies were interviewing several witnesses in the case. The sheriff also identified the homeowner as the individual who made the burglary call to law enforcement authorities.

The homeowner’s identity has not yet been released, and the circumstances surrounding the burglary and shooting also remain unclear.