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Police Investigate Shooting of Burglary Suspect as Homicide

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Police say it was an apparent burglary attempt gone bad that ended with the suspect being shot and killed by a homeowner, and now they're investigating it as a homicide.

The incident happened Monday on the 5300 block of Greenbriar, at the home of Fox Nursery owner Dan Caballero. Detectives have identified the man who was shot as 29-year old Dustin Tate, a Corpus Christi native.

Tate was shot during a confrontation with a homeowner, who said Tate was breaking into the house at around 10:30 a.m. He was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, but despite hours of surgery, he died later that evening.

Tate has a Facebook page where friends have been leaving condolences. He attended Flour Bluff High School and has several family members in the Corpus Christi area.

Senior Officer Kirk Stowers of the Corpus Christi Police Department said the investigation into the burglary will continue, but police are not making any accusations by labeling the death as a homicide.

"It's not about guilt or innocence. This is just an objective method for seeking the information," Stowers said. "We gather all the facts, circumstances and any bit of information -- all the data we can gather. Get that collected so that we can present that to the District Attorney's Office."

Tate had an extensive criminal history, dating back to 2005. His record includes a conviction for burglary in 2011.

Because of the shooting on Greenbriar, and last week's shooting of a homeowner on Lariat Lane, Police Chief Floyd Simpson has announced that he will be conducting a town hall meeting Wednesday night. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Country Club, and will focus on reducing the fear of crime in the two neighborhoods.

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