A upkeep employee in Texas was checking for frozen and burst pipes at an condo advanced on Christmas Eve when he was fatally shot by a resident who mistook him for a burglar, police stated.
Cesar Montelongo Sr., 53, was on a balcony when he was critically wounded by a shooter who fired from a window, Grand Prairie police stated in a Monday assertion.
The capturing occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday at an condo advanced on the 2900 block of Alouette Drive. Montelongo was declared lifeless at a hospital, police stated.
“Detectives decided the sufferer was checking a number of balconies for freezing and busted waterlines after a number of pipes had ruptured,” police stated. “The resident, who believed his condo was being burglarized, armed himself with a firearm and shot the sufferer by a window.”
Police additionally stated: “The resident remained on the scene and is cooperating with detectives. Right now, no arrests have been made.”
Cesar Montelongo Jr., 28, of Arlington, informed NBC Information on Wednesday his father was the pinnacle upkeep employee on the Clayton Pointe advanced in Grand Prairie, a suburb of Dallas, the place he was fatally shot.
“Come to seek out out, it was not only one bullet that was fired, however 4,” he stated. “He wasn’t doing something malicious. He wasn’t even attempting to open the balcony door. He wasn’t attempting to get into the condo. My dad was employed there for 16 years. All the residents knew him, and he knew all of the residents as effectively.”
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Workplace stated Montelongo Sr. died from a gunshot wound to his chest and declared his loss of life a murder.
NBC Dallas-Fort Price reported protection lawyer and former prosecutor Russell Wilson, who will not be related to the case, stated the Citadel Doctrine, a legislation that enables owners to defend their properties, on this case, towards an anticipated housebreaking, might be relevant within the capturing. Wilson stated the property could prolong to the balcony.
Nonetheless, the most important query is whether or not the resident was given discover there can be upkeep work on his property, Wilson stated. He stated that reply would “play a really huge function,” the information outlet reported.
Nobody with Clayton Pointe might be instantly reached for remark Wednesday.
Montelongo Jr. stated his father was on name on Christmas Eve, which was the day earlier than his twenty ninth wedding ceremony anniversary. Montelongo Jr. is the oldest of 5 male youngsters his father leaves behind.
Montelongo Jr. described his dad as “selfless” and stated he most well-liked to reside life smiling.
“All over the place he walked, he was only a gentle,” he stated. “He all the time had a smile on his face. He didn’t get pleasure from being upset. He was someone who would by no means need to harm anyone.”
Montelongo Jr. stated his mom has been “devastated” by her husband’s loss of life, noting, “He by no means made it residence to the anniversary.”
Montelongo Jr. additionally stated his father’s capturing may have “100%” been prevented however he’s attempting to maintain issues in perspective.
“We’ve been praying quite a bit and looking for peace inside one another as a household,” he stated. “Believing within the Lord, we forgive the one that did it. So far as what’s to come back, that might be decided by a grand jury and the great Lord himself.”