Home invasion death investigation completed

Assistant News Editor
Kevin Ray Rodriguez

The investigation of the death of a man who was allegedly shot by the owner of the home he was burglarizing last month is now complete, and will be sent to the district attorney’s office for review.

The sheriff’s office responded to a report of a burglary in progress Jan. 31 at about 2:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Crest Circle Drive, according to a Jan. 31 press release. The homeowner informed deputies that two people were possibly inside the residence, and the Hays County SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were called in.

The SWAT team entered the home after “unsuccessful attempts to have the suspect(s) surrender,” according to a Feb. 1 press release from the county. Inside, officers found the body of Kevin Ray Rodriguez of Buda, 20, according to the release.

Deputy Tom Ormsby, public information officer at the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, said he did not know if Rodriguez was a student or had any connection to the homeowners.

The homeowner reported hearing two people in the house, but only one person was found when SWAT cleared the residence, Ormsby said.

Subjects provided information to confirm that Rodriguez acted alone in the burglary, according to Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez in the release.

The case will be presented to the grand jury once the district attorney’s review is complete.

“ (The district attorney’s office) will make the determination for it to go to the grand jury,” Ormsby said. “But it will go to the grand jury regardless because someone’s life was lost.”

Ormsby said he does not know if the homeowner will face any charges at this time.