Center man shoots alleged attacker in 'clear case of self-defense'

Published: Jun. 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM CDT
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CENTER, TX (KTRE) - During an alleged assault that occurred at a storage unit business in Center on Tuesday, a man shot a 32-year-old illegal immigrant in the leg. Authorities believe the incident was a "clear case of self-defense."

According to a press release, Center PD officers responded to a shot fired call at L and L Storage, which is located on Shelbyville Street.

When they arrived on the scene, they learned through eyewitness accounts and surveillance video that 59-year-old Lonnie Lawrence was assaulted by Jonny Aguilar Ventura, a 32-year-old illegal immigrant, the press release stated. During the course of the alleged assault, Lawrence was able to get to his gun, and he fired one shot at Ventura, hitting him in the leg.

Lawrence then held Ventura at bay until police officers got there. Ventura was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center, treated for his non-life-threatening injury, and released.

In the press release, Det. Stephen Stroud said that "all the information and evidence they have points to a clear case of self-defense." He also said the investigation still ongoing.

"Ventura is known by local law enforcement to be violent and is facing charges of assault and terroristic threat," the press release stated.

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