Residents on Lonesome Dove Trail in northwest Nueces County were awoken to the sound of car alarms around 3 a.m. Tuesday. After going outside to investigate, a resident found two suspicious men attempting to break into a vehicle.
After a confrontation, the suspects fired at the resident who was also armed and returned fire. The suspects then got into their vehicle and attempted to make a getaway but managed to get their car stuck in a ditch.The two men ran into the brush on foot to try to escape.
Emergency services were called and Nueces County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Boatman was one of the first officers on the scene. Other agencies were called in to assist with the manhunt for the two suspects that were considered armed and dangerous. Approximately 6 a.m., the DPS helicopter flew in from Edinburg to assist with the search using infra-red sensors. The suspects were caught around 6:30 a.m. near the Bluntzer intersection of Farm-to-Market 624 and 666.
Officers with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office continued the search for evidence at the crime scene including the search for handguns the suspects had used.
According to Capt. Danny Lorberau, evidence was recovered outside of a house that borders the brush on Lonesome Dove Trail but could not specify what had been collected at the scene.
“No one was hurt, this could have been a lot worse. Neighbors take an initiative to look after each other,” Lorberau said. The Lonesome Dove Trail neighborhood has seen a string of thefts going back to October 2015 which, according to authorities, may be connected to this morning's crime.