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Sheriff: 57-year-old man expected to be charged after shooting in Willacy County

One man has been hospitalized and two remain in custody fllowing a shooting in Willacy County early Thursday morning, according to Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.

A 57-year-old man is expected to be charged with attempted murder after authorities say he prompted a shooting Thursday morning when entered a rural Ramondville home wielding a weapon.

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence says 57-year-old Steven Hommel entered the home on Farm-to-Market Road 186 sometime before 6:30 a.m.

"There had been some issues going on within the family members and they had a protective order against the suspect that entered the house," Spence said. "We're not sure whether he forced his way into the house right now or whether he had a key, but upon going through the house and calling out the other brothers' names, he entered one back bedroom and the brother that was in there said he saw him with a weapon, so he immediately started firing at him."

Hommel sustained two gunshot wounds during the shooting and was transported to a local hospital.

Upon his release, Hommel is expected to be charged with two counts of attempted murder, burglary with intent to commit a felony and violation of a protective order, Spence said.

No one else is expected to be charged in the incident.




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