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Police: Man killed wife, teen step-daughter, himself

January 28, 2017 GMT

McALLEN — Police are investigating a triple homicide after a man allegedly killed his wife and teenage step-daughter before turning the gun on himself.

McAllen police received a call about a domestic disturbance near the 900 block of 3rd Street shortly before midnight Friday. A teenage girl told officers her mother Berenice Garcia, 42, and her were having an argument with Garcia’s husband, 30-year-old Cruz Pinon, over the teenage daughter’s cell phone.

Pinon apparently wanted to see the girl’s phone to determine her activities, according to a news release from the McAllen Police Department.

When officers arrived, they began interviewing the teenage girl who made the outcry outside the home, with her mother and another teenage daughter standing nearby.

Moments later, Pinon went to the front door and from within the home began shooting at his wife, the woman’s two young daughters and the responding officer. Police said Pinon fatally struck his wife and one of the teenage girls with a gunshot before fleeing inside the home, where a third teen and two four year-old children were located.

One of the officers returned fire and shot at Pinon three times. It’s unclear if any of those gunshots injured Pinon.

A hostage situation ensued soon after and police went into the home after they heard pleas coming from inside the home. When officers entered, they found a third teenage daughter with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a hospital for care and is reported in stable condition, but was transferred to a hospital in San Antonio.

The two four-year-olds, who are not children of Garcia and Pinon were unharmed.

Police found a dead Pinon in a bedroom at the other side of the home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted wound. The gun he allegedly used was found near his body.

Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras was called to the scene and he ordered an autopsy for the three victims.

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Check back later for details on this developing story.

Nlopez@themonitor.com