BLOTTER: Officials ID man, woman found shot in apparent murder-suicide


TRAVIS COUNTY

Officials ID man, woman found shot in apparent murder-suicide

Authorities believe a 23-year-old Del Valle woman found dead in southeastern Travis County on Friday was shot by her boyfriend in an apparent murder-suicide.

Travis County sheriff’s officials believe 26-year-old Omar Garcia shot his girlfriend Nancy Garcia and then killed himself. Both of their bodies were found outside their residence in the 12000 block of Von Quintus Road at around 7 a.m. Friday.

A passing motorist had noticed a man lying in the yard and called police, authorities have said.

Travis County sheriff’s officials said Nancy Garcia was found dead in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and Omar Garcia on the ground nearby.

Both had gunshot wounds, and a gun was found lying next to Omar Garcia, officials said.

The two were not married but were in a relationship, the sheriff’s office said.

Omar Garcia had been previously arrested for family assault in an incident in which Nancy Garcia was the victim, authorities said.

Last month, the body of 31-year-old Johnny Cardenas was found about a block away in the 9800 block of Blocker Lane.

The sheriff’s office said his death appears suspicious but on Saturday said the two incidents do not appear to be connected.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

TRAVIS COUNTY

Officials: Man fatally stabbed Friday, no charges filed

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was fatally stabbed early Friday in northwestern Travis County.

The Travis County sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a 911 call at around 12:11 p.m. after a woman said her ex-husband was trying to break into her house in the 22000 block of Cold Spring Drive in Jonestown.

She told dispatch that when he forced his way inside, she stabbed him and he ran away, officials said.

When deputies arrived, they found 31-year-old Samuel Robert Sharp of Leander injured and began life-saving measures, authorities said.

Sharp was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m., officials said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the death as a homicide and is working with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. No charges had been filed on Saturday.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

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LLANO COUNTY

Brush fire near Horseshoe Bay burns 300 acres

Fire crews from multiple agencies put out a large brush fire that started Saturday near Horseshoe Bay Resort Airport, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The fire burned approximately 311 acres.

The brush fire, which broke out at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday east of the airport, caused at least 150 homes to be evacuated, Llano County officials said. Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 10 p.m. Saturday.

The cause of the fire was equipment use, officials said.

No structures are believed to have been damaged in the fire.

— Luz Moreno-Lozano, American-Statesman

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the time authorities responded to a 911 call in northwestern Travis County and when 31-year-old Samuel Robert Sharp, who was found injured, died. Deputies responded to the call at 12:11 p.m., and Sharp was pronounced dead at 12:52 p.m.



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