The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at Frank’s Liquor, located at 13550 TX-150, in Coldspring.
According to San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers, on Wednesday, March 8, a burglary suspect was fatally shot inside the store by the store owner. The sheriff’s office dispatchers received a 911 call at approximately 5:20 a.m. from a male stating that his business, Frank’s Liquor, was actively being burglarized.
Multiple deputies, including a patrol supervisor, responded immediately. While en route, dispatchers advised the responding units that the burglary suspect had been shot by the store owner.
Deputies arrived on scene moments later and found the alleged burglar lying on the floor of the business with a single gunshot wound. Allegiance Mobile Health arrived on scene shortly after and began performing medical care to the male subject. The subject was transported by EMS to a Cleveland hospital where he subsequently was pronounced deceased.
Investigators processed the scene and reviewed surveillance camera footage that showed the subject entering the closed business through a drive-thru window. The footage then showed the subject moving around inside of the liquor store and placing cigarettes and bottles of liquor inside of a bag before moving to a back storage room.
“The suspect entered the store and happened upon the store owner, who had slept in the building overnight. The store owner was surprised to wake up to see the person standing there,” Capers said.
The store owner began checking his business. As the store owner came across the storage room, he observed the subject in the back room and yelled out. The subject appeared to rapidly move toward where the owner was standing. At this time, the store owner discharged one round from a 9mm handgun, striking the subject, causing him to fall to the ground.
As the suspect died in a Liberty County hospital, a justice of the peace from Liberty County conducted an inquest and requested an autopsy by the medical examiner.
According to a statement from the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, “All evidence, summaries and facts of the case will be presented to the San Jacinto County District Attorney’s Office and subsequently, a grand jury, to determine if any charges will be filed in this case, which is standard procedure in any case resulting in death.”
The decedent is identified as Jeffery Vance Gunter, 21, of Point Blank, Texas. Gunter’s next of kin was notified by the Sheriff’s Office and is cooperating with the investigation.