Texas Property Owner Charged for Murder of Man Who Jumped a Fence… By:

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May 8, 2024 Kimber Pearce

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Details on the case were unrolled slowly, but the first thing anyone knew was that someone jumped a fence. (Photo: Fox26)

A man was fatally shot earlier this week in Texas after jumping the fence of a chop shop. 

The police received a 911 call of a man getting shot early that morning. 

Initial reports came from Click2Houston. It appeared that the intruder had jumped a fence at a home. 

According to an early statement from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on X, there may have been two suspects. They jumped the fence and one was shot by the property owner. The other supposedly left.

When police arrived, the suspect was pronounced dead and identified as 21-year-old Sherwin Mireles. 

A more recent report from Fox26 claims that the property was a chop shop. Mireles and his friend(s) were tracking the GPS of a stolen truck.

They reportedly jumped a fence in the back lot of a property owned by Jorge Zuniga-Martinez. 

According to ABC13, Mireles apologized when he saw Zuniga-Martinez. The owner shot him before he had a chance to leave. Mireles was shot multiple times. 

According to an update from Gonzalez, the community knew that property to be a dumping ground for stolen vehicles. 

Zunigo-Martinez had stayed overnight on the property because there had been several thefts recently. His claim was that Mireles startled him when he jumped the fence. 

Police took Zunigo-Martinez into custody. Investigators have spent the last several days at the chop shop. They uncovered significant evidence of theft, committed by Zunigo-Martinez. 

After concluding the investigation, police charged the chop shop owner with murder. 

So this case brings up some interesting questions:

  • Where is the line between self-defense and murder?
  • What must the circumstances be to legally shoot in self-defense? 
  • How many shots are enough to defend yourself?
  • What should those involved have done differently?

READ MORE: Can I Shoot a Smash-and-Grab Robber?

It is important to be vigilant and prepared, but it is also important to know your limits. Don’t do anything unnecessary or illegal.

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