AUSTIN -- Police have identified the man shot and killed by a homeowner after reportedly trying to enter a home in South Austin on Monday morning as 24-year-old Jared James.
Austin police officers responded to the shooting around 6:30 a.m. in the 10200 block of Brantley Bend, near the intersection of Lindshire Lane and West Slaughter Lane. Officers said James was reportedly walking around the block, banging on doors, and forced his way onto the threshold of one of the homes, alerting the homeowners. The homeowner went to the door and fired at James, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesperson for Educare Community Living Corporation - Texas, a company which provides services at a group home where James lived, said he has autism and became agitated and ran away from the home. The spokesperson said a staff member tried to follow James, but could not convince him to return and went back to the group home to check on other residents. When the staff member went back outside, police informed her that James had been shot.
In a statement, the spokesperson said they are devastated and the staff members are grieving along with the family of the resident.
The homeowner, identified by his attorney as John Daub, was in the home with his wife and three children at the time of the shooting. The attorney said Daub and his family are still in shock.
"I can tell you that he's very saddened and the family is kind of in shock right now as to what happened," said Gene Anthes, Daub's attorney. "He's a family man, father of three. They're all pretty traumatized right now. They're all just trying to gather their thoughts and figure out how to move forward."
Police said no charges are being pursued against Daub.
Daub, 42, is a concealed handgun license instructor at KR Training, a shooting school in Central Texas. According to the school's website, Daub is certified in home firearm safety, pistol, rifle, personal protection in the home, personal protection outside the home and range safety. The site states he is the head of HSOI Enterprises LLC, a mobile software development company.
Police said an autopsy was expected to be performed Tuesday.
According to Texas' Castle Doctrine, a homeowner is justified in using force when he or she "reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect themselves." It applies to a person's home, vehicle and business.
The Department of Aging and Disabilities is also investigating. The Travis County District Attorney's Office will also review the case, which is standard procedure.