Autopsy results reveal a burglar was shot five times and killed during a home invasion in Slaton Thursday.
Fred Melcher, 69, and his friend Edith Ayers, 51, entered their home on the 1400 block of Lynn Street. They found Robert Holt, 49, stealing from them, according to Slaton Police Chief Steven Wheeler.
Wheeler says Holt came across two guns while burglarizing the home, a revolver he put in his pocket and a .25 automatic.
When Melcher came home, Holt grabbed the hammer he used to break into the house and hit Melcher on his head, according to Wheeler. He then shot Melcher in the chest with the .25 automatic.
Melcher somehow made his way to the bedroom, grabbed a 9 mm handgun and shot Holt in the three times in his torso and two times in his side.
Ayers was shot three times in her side by Holt during the struggle, Wheeler says.
Melcher continues to recover at University Medical Center. Melcher has been upgraded to serious condition. Ayers was released from the hospital on Sunday.
The Slaton Police Department is still investigating. They brought in the Lubbock County Sheriff Department to assist. Authorities believe foul play was not involved.
Neighbors tell us Holt used to live with Melcher.
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