Police: McAllen man murdered his wife, 16-year-old step-daughter before killing himself

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KGBT) - Police say a 30-year-old McAllen man murdered his wife and 16-year-old step-daughter on Friday night before shooting himself.

At 11:53 p.m., the McAllen Police Department dispatched officers to the 900 block of North Third Street to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Officers met with a 42-year-old mother and her daughter, according to a news release from the police department. Two other daughters and 4-year-old twins were also home when officers arrived.

(Court records from a paternity case list the mother's name as "Santos Verenice Garcia." In the news release, police identify her as "Berenice Garcia." It wasn't immediately clear what accounted for the discrepancy.)

The mother and daughter said 30-year-old Cruz Pinon - the girl's stepfather - wanted access to the daughter's phone, according to the news release. When the daughter refused to allow Pinon access to her phone, they started arguing.

"In the course of this Call-For-Service, the teenage daughter made an outcry to responding officers of ongoing assaults on her by Pinon," according to the news release. "With such outcry, responding officers proceeded to interview the teenage daughter outside of the home."

During the interview, Pinon emerged from the home and started shooting.

Pinon killed his wife and 16-year-old step-daughter, according to the news release. He also wounded his 13-year-old step-daughter.

A policeman shot back, but it wasn't immediately clear whether or not the policeman hit Pinon, according to the news release.

Pinon retreated inside the home.

"Responding officers believed that a hostage situation had developed but upon hearing pleas for help from within the home, made entry into the home," according to the news release.

Officers found Pinon dead.

"In further securing the home, officers located Pinon in a bedroom located at the rear of the home," according to the news release. "Pinon had died from what appears to be a gunshot wound. The handgun that we believe was used in this incident was at his side."

The 13-year-old girl who survived the shooting was transported to a local hospital and later transferred to San Antonio for further treatment.

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