Would-be burglar dies after being wounded by Johnson County business owner, sheriff says

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A 36-year-old man who was suspected of breaking into a Johnson County business and then critically wounded when he was shot by the business owner has died at a Fort Worth hospital, authorities said Thursday.

Johnson County Sheriff Adam King said Thursday that the man was shot by the owner of the business, who had been watching out for burglars.

The business owner confronted the suspect on the morning of Jan. 3, King said. The suspect died early Monday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

No one has been arrested in the case.

“We will continue an investigation and later make a presentation to the district attorney’s office,” King said Thursday.

Officials with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Nolverto Zamarripa Florez, who died at 1:08 a.m. Monday.

Zamarripa Florez died from complications from a gunshot wound and his death has been ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s website.

Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting call just before 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 on Farm Market 3136 near Cleburne.

The incident was at a business/residence in Johnson County.

The sheriff said the owner had been out watching the business for burglars because he had been burglarized just a few days before the shooting.

At some point that morning, the owner and his son confronted who they believed was a burglar. The sheriff said he wasn’t aware of Zamarripa Florez being armed with any guns.