SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Police said a Northeast Side home invasion early Wednesday that ended in a gunfight has left a homeowner wounded but killed one suspect and critically injured another.
A police report states the 27-year-old homeowner, Andrew W. Wharmby, told officers he heard banging on his front door about 4:40 a.m. He told officers he became suspicious and grabbed his shotgun as he walked to the door.
He then heard noise in his garage and when he saw the two men walk into his house, he shot at both. At least one of them returned fire and shot him in the face. Police found one of the suspects, believed to be in his late teens or 20s, dead in the garage.
The other was flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, police Sgt. J.R. Fiste said at the scene. That suspect, 24, was arrested at the hospital and charged with aggravated robbery, the report states.
San Antonio police spokesman Matt Porter said police detained a third suspect, a 20-year-old woman, but released her after questioning. One of the suspects had been armed with an assault rifle, which police retrieved at the scene.
Fiste said Wharmby was shot in the chin and was also taken to SAMMC in stable condition. Officials at Fort Sam Houston said Wharmby’s name matches that of a civilian employed at the Army post, and neighbors said the young man works at a laboratory there.
Wharmby is pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, a UTSA spokesman said. Meanwhile, blood droplets stained a concrete curb outside the home. Investigators remained at the home examining evidence through much of Wednesday.