Saturday, December 3, 2005

Lyford, Texas

From Harlingen‘s of December 3, 2005
Man Killed at Fruit Stand

A Lyford man was shot and killed Friday night after several armed men raided a fruit stand and stole the cash register, police said.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Eliseo Barnhart pronounced Juan Martinez dead at 9 p.m. According to Sheriff Larry Spence, three to six men entered the rear entrance of the Martinez Fruitstand about 8:10 p.m.

The men commanded two family members to get down on the ground and proceeded to take the cash register, which contained about $694, Spence said.

Upon hearing the disturbance from the family's adjoining trailer, Martinez went outside carrying a shotgun.

It was unknown whether Martinez fired the weapon, but witnesses said the armed men shot Martinez twice before making their getaway in a maroon extended-cab pickup.

Martinez was reportedly dead by the time EMS got to the scene.

Barnhart said an autopsy will be ordered

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