Halo Flight airlifts shooting victim after break-in at apartment
Police say when they responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of South 11th Street, they found Jesse Monroe Stevens, 23, leaving an apartment. Stevens had been shot on the left side of his chest, they said.
Police called Emergency Medical Services and, on investigating, were told by the apartment occupant, William Bruce White, 42, that Stevens had broken into the apartment. White told officers that Stevens' estranged girlfriend, Julie Marshall Flippo, 30, was staying in the apartment and that Stevens, apparently enraged, had kicked open the door and entered, the police report shows. White saiheshotStevens because he was concerned about his safety, since Stevens had approached him "in an aggressive manner," the police report said.
Stevens was taken to a Corpus Christi hospital by Halo Flight helicopter with a .22-caliber wound in his left chest. He was reported in stable condition.
Detective Lt. Darryl Johnson said Stevens had been released from the Nueces County Jail on bond on Nov. 27 after having been charged with felony theft in the burglary of a vehicle.
That burglary occurred on Sea Isle Street in September; the owner, Christopher Teller, 28, of Pflugerville, told police that someone had broken into his vehicle and taken a stereo and other property worth a total of $9,000.
Johnson said police were told that Stevens and Flippo had taken the property, and when they searched Flippo's residence they found some of the property. Stevens and Flippo were both charged, but charges against Flippo were later dropped after Stevens confessed to unauthorized use of some of the credit cards taken in the burglary, Johnson said.
Johnson said Stevens told police he, not Flippo, had bought the property from somebody unknown, knowing it was stolen, and had used the credit cards to make several purchases.
Johnson said Stevens had earlier been given a written warning to stay away from White's home, based on an earlier incident. He said charges of burglary of a habitation are being investigated, and if they can show that Stevens entered White's apartment without his consent and with the intent to assault White, those charges may be filed.
White has not been charged in the shooting, Johnson said. A Texas law passed this year makes it legal for a person to use force if he believes the other person intends to harm him, and if the other person "unlawfully and with force entered … the actor's occupied habitation … ."