CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A fatal shooting on Corpus Christi's southside Wednesday morning has rattled neighbors on Clubgate Drive.
The off-duty Department of Public Safety state trooper says he shot 17-year-old Ronald Elizondo Jr. after a struggle in the driveway of his home. Investigators say the trooper believed the teen was attempting to break into his vehicle at his home early Wednesday morning. The homeowner was alerted by his security system to a disturbance in his driveway.
Police said when the off-duty trooper stepped outside, he saw Elizondo trying to break into his vehicle. An altercation took place and the homeowner fired shots at Elizondo.
The homeowner remained on the scene with Elizondo and provided first aid. Elizondo was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.
Neighbors on Clubgate Drive expressed concern about the shooting.
"I was watching television and when I suddenly heard what appeared to be shots," a witness said. "It's like you're a prisoner at your home sometimes because everything has to be locked. Because you never know who's going to come around, who's going to knock at your door. Who's going to try to break into your vehicle."
An investigation into the case is currently ongoing.
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