Police say intruder was armed when killed by resident over weekend


Officials have released new details on what was initially described as a burglary that resulted in the death of one of the intruders last weekend. Police now think it’s possible that this was an attempted home invasion.

Police responded to the call of a person being shot just after 1 a.m. Sunday July 8 at the Oaks of Lewisville apartment complex. When they arrived, they found one suspect with a large cut on his face and another shot dead by the apartment’s occupants.

Lewisville police Capt. Jesse Hunter said it now looks more like a home invasion or robbery than it does a burglary. He said the suspects were armed and that police believe they knew the residents of the apartment were home. Hunter said there’s no evidence to suggest the suspects and the residents had any prior relationship.

Hunter said one resident shot one of the intruders and secured his handgun, then held the other until police arrived.

The survivor, 17-year-old Ivory Tatum III, was taken to the hospital for treatment and then charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony. His bail was set at $100,000 and he was transferred to Denton County Jail on Sunday.

The dead suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Edgar Espino. Hunter said he was the one who had been armed. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has officially ruled his death the result of a shotgun wound to the chest.

The Lewisville Texan Journal will update this story with more information as soon as it becomes available.