LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 34-year-old man late Monday night after he allegedly broke into a home on Atkinson Drive in an effort to get away from the person who had just shot him in the foot.
Jose Antonio Cazares, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County jail on two misdemeanor charges - criminal mischief between $500 and $1,500 and criminal trespass. He was released from the jail Tuesday after he posted a collective bail amount of $3,000.
When they responded to a burglary at about 10 p.m. Monday, Lufkin Police officers found Cazares in a home on Atkinson Drive, according to a press release. He was bleeding from the face and had been shot in a toe on his right foot.
The home owner told the LPD officers that Cazares broke her glass door and came inside after he knocked on her door, and she told him to go away.
"I didn't know what to think," said Sanchella Gardner, who was visiting her grandmother's home when Cazares came to the door. "At first I thought he was trying to rob us but then I saw blood."
"Cazares, who does not speak English very well, was taken to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Lufkin for treatment," a press release stated. "At the hospital, Cazares spoke with a Spanish-speaking officer and told him that he had been in an ongoing argument with the shooter over truck parts."
"He just hid behind the door and kept trying to peep out from behind it because he said someone was coming for him," Gardner said.
After Cazares was treated for the gunshot wound, which broke the next-to-last toe on his right foot, and receives stitches for the cuts on his face, he was taken to the county jail.
According to the press release, the incident is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made in Cazares' shooting at this time.