Texas Homeowner Defends Against Intruder Armed With Screwdriver

A Texas homeowner successfully defended himself against an intruder armed with a screwdriver on Monday afternoon, using a firearm to stop the attack. The incident took place at around 5 p.m. in the 1300 block of East Ida Road in Sherman, a city located roughly an hour and a half north of Dallas.

The Sherman Police Department received a call reporting shots fired and quickly responded to the scene. Officers detained the suspect, identified as Jose Menjivar, within five minutes of arriving. Menjivar was found near the location of the attempted break-in and had sustained minor injuries to his hand from the gunshot.

Lieutenant Sam Boyle of the Sherman Police Department explained the events leading up to the shooting. “The suspect was caught breaking into the homeowner’s shed behind his home,” Boyle said. “When the homeowner confronted him, the suspect allegedly charged at him with a screwdriver. The homeowner then discharged his firearm in self-defense.”

Boyle added that detectives were called to the scene, where they found burglary tools and other evidence supporting the homeowner’s claim of self-defense. “We’re not seeing anything that refutes his claim at this point,” Boyle noted, indicating that the use of the firearm appeared justified under state law.

Menjivar was treated at a local hospital for his injuries before being arrested for burglary of a building. Boyle mentioned that further discussions with the District Attorney’s office would occur once additional facts are gathered and a formal statement is obtained from Menjivar.

This incident underscores the rights of homeowners in Texas to defend themselves against intruders, especially when faced with an immediate threat. The swift action by both the homeowner and law enforcement ensured that the situation was resolved quickly, with the suspect apprehended and public safety maintained.