On Wednesday a man in El Paso, Texas, shot a burglar who had broken into his home and shot his dog during a daylight home invasion. The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, with police reporting that the armed burglar forced his way into a home with three occupants and a dog. The burglar fired shots during the invasion and injured the dog, which belonged to one of the occupants, Sean Patrick Suniga. Suniga responded by retrieving his own weapon and shooting the burglar, who fled the scene.
Police were later called to a separate incident about two miles away, where they found 29-year-old Bruce Wayne Murphy, who had sustained a gunshot injury and was yelling for help. Police believe that Murphy was the burglar who shot the dog during the home invasion. After receiving treatment for his injury, Murphy is expected to be charged with burglary of habitation and transported to the El Paso County Detention Facility, where he will be held on a $500,000 bond.
The Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit is also investigating the incident and may press additional charges against the suspect. The condition of the injured dog is unknown. El Paso is typically considered a safe city, with a violent crime rate of less than four incidents for every 1,000 residents, according to FBI statistics from 2017.