Texas Man Shot to Death After Breaking Into Fourth-Floor Apartment From Balcony

A man was shot dead over the weekend in a fourth-floor Texas apartment after he broke into the residence via its balcony, local police said.

The incident took place at The Flats at Big Tex apartment block, in San Antonio, at around 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday evening.

San Antonio police said the man, reported by local media to be in his 30s, allegedly broke into the apartment from its fourth-floor balcony door. It was not immediately clear how the suspect had reached the balcony, police said.

Confronted by the intruder, the apartment's owner called for a neighbor's assistance. The neighbor then shot the man multiple times, who had by this point reportedly reached the apartment's doorway.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene and was reported to have been in possession of a gun. No motive for the break-in was given.

The apartment owner and the neighbor were detained by police for questioning. It was not immediately clear whether the pair will face any charges.

Newsweek contacted San Antonio Police for comment.

News of the incident on Sunday came after reports on Friday of another fatal shooting in Texas which saw a man shoot a teenager to death after being threatened with a toy weapon.

The man, who was not named by local authorities, was visiting the Forest Creek Apartments on Uvalde near Wallisville Road, Harris County, when the incident happened at around 1.40 a.m. on Friday.

He was reported to have alleged that while he was at the apartment complex, two people confronted him with what he thought was a real gun. The man is reported to have pulled out his own firearm before shooting the teenager to death.

He later told police that he had gone to the apartment complex to meet a woman he had initially made contact with via an online dating site, news channel ABC 13 reported.

Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) said it was treating the incident as an attempted robbery, adding that the second teenager involved was being questioned by officers. The shooter has also been taken in by police for questioning.

Texas recorded the second-highest rate of reported robberies of any U.S. state last year, with nearly 29,000 such incidents, according to data compiled by Statista.

Only California registered a higher number of reported robberies in all of 2019, recording more than 52,000 such incidents in total.