Thanksgiving shooting investigation continues

November 28, 2012

A man with a gunshot wound to the chest remains alive in an area hospital after he was shot by a homeowner who “was protecting himself and his family,” Sheriff Roger Deeds said.

Details of the shooting Thanksgiving night at a residence southeast of Granbury are still not clear. Two men are in jail, each facing charges of burglary of a habitation with assault, according to authorities.

The wounded man, age 22, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via air ambulance after he was shot in the chest with a .22 rifle, Deeds said. He was listed in “critical but stable” condition by JPS, Deeds reported. He had surgery early Friday morning, and later was “awake and talking.”

He had not been charged with a crime as of press time, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose. Both the sheriff and Rose emphasized that the investigation is continuing.

“He was involved,” Rose said of the hospitalized man. “The case is under investigation, and he may be filed on in the future with a criminal offense.”

The two jailed men are Cesar Miguel Delarosa-Martinez, 31, of the 3900 block of Sundown Trail in the Rancho Brazos subdivision, and Jose Guadalupe Perez, 34, of the 500 block of Granbury Court in the Granbury Acres subdivision. They remain in Hood County Jail under $100,000 bond.

The 47-year-old homeowner at the location of the disturbance, in the 3900 block of Canyon Road in the Rancho Brazos subdivision, was the one who fired the gun, Deeds indicated.

“This will go to the grand jury, but the person that was shot was a suspect in the process of committing (a) felony,” Deeds said. “The shooter was protecting himself and family.”

The disturbance involved the homeowner and “several intoxicated male subjects,” which led to the shooting, Rose said. One of the two suspects under arrest was first treated and released at Lake Granbury Medical Center for a leg injury sustained during the disturbance, Rose said.

“We’re not looking for other suspects,” Rose said. “Other people were there, but they didn’t commit a crime.”

Deputies responded to the residence following a call to 911 at about 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

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