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Travis Co. DA says deadly Elgin shooting was in self-defense

The Travis County District Attorney's Office says charges will not be filed against the Elgin man who killed his neighbor back in September during a shootout. (CBS Austin)

The Travis County District Attorney's Office says charges will not be filed against the Elgin man who killed his neighbor back in September during a shootout.

Investigators determined the fatal shooting was an act of justified self-defense, according to Travis County DA Margaret Moore.

It happened Friday, Sep. 14, in a residential neighborhood in the 12600 block of Waynespur Lane.

Moore said in a statement released Wednesday that 48-year-old Thomas Hardin and a relative of his had gone to a neighbor's home after a prior disagreement earlier that evening. Hardin was armed with a handgun, and the two neighbors exchanged gunfire.

Hardin died from a gunshot wound on the home's front porch.

The family of the man who shot Hardin spoke to CBS Austin after the shooting and said it started when their family member went to Hardin's home to introduce himself for the first time and the two got into an argument about the shooter's job. The shooter went home, and that's when his family says Hardin walked over, showed his weapon and fired first.

Moore said a Travis County grand jury heard testimony from witnesses over the course of two weeks and declined to indict the man who shot and killed Hardin.

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