SW Travis Co. home invasion victim remembered as friendly, outgoing jewelry store owner


    Travis County Sheriff's Office deputies are still searching for an armed homicide suspect, or suspects, who are possibly injured. (CBS Austin)

    Travis County Sheriff's Office deputies are still searching for an armed homicide suspect, or suspects, who are possibly injured.

    The violence started early Friday morning with a home invasion in southwest Travis County. Someone inside the house at 9902 Oliver Drive called 911 at 4:45 a.m.

    "The resident reported a home intruder and multiple shots fired," said Kristen Dark, the public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies found Theodore Shaughnessy, 55, dead inside the house. Deputies say a second resident is the person who called 911. The suspect escaped, but not before possibly being injured.

    Friends of Shaughnessy tell CBS Austin he and his wife own Gallerie Jewelers at 35th and Jefferson streets in north central Austin.

    Monday, flowers could be seen at the entrance to the jewelry store that has been closed since Friday. A sign posted in the window reads: temporarily closed and thanks friends for support and understanding during this tragic time.

    Michelle Acosta works in the dental office next door to Gallerie Jewelers. She said it will be tough not seeing Ted every day.

    "It kind of breaks my heart because he was a really sweet guy. I'm going to miss him," Acosta said.

    Acosta said over the past five years that she's gotten to know Ted, he would often stop in the office with his two Rottweilers.

    "He just always popped in to see how everyone was doing. And his dogs, he would bring them over and introduce them to us," Acosta said.

    Monday, the display cases at the jewelry store sat empty and the doors remain locked.

    The Travis County Sheriff's Office provided no update Monday, but said there may be more than one suspect and one of them might have been injured in the home invasion.

    Detectives are not ruling out the possibility that the intruder(s) know the Shaughnessy family.

    Anyone with information about the case should call TCSO at 512-854-1444.

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