Woman charged with burglary, shot in neck by homeowner

An Odessa homeowner shot another woman who she said made her fear for her life after trying to grab her through a window she broke.

Police charged 37-year-old Trena Luna with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, after she was shot in the neck by the homeowner after she broke through the living room window.

Luna was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. The charge of abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony, was dismissed.

The shooting happened at 11:06 p.m. Dec. 28 in the 3000 block of Beechwood Street, the affidavit detailed. Officers say they spoke with Luna and other witnesses and learned that Luna had gone to the residence looking for her 17-year-old daughter. Luna banged on the front door before breaking the living room window of the residence prior to being shot by the homeowner.

The homeowner, identified as 38-year-old Cara Weisel-Barrett, stated that Luna’s daughter was dating her juvenile daughter for a couple of years, the affidavit stated.

Weisel-Barrett told police that she was called by Luna’s daughter asking for a place to stay due to being kicked out of her home. Weisel-Barrett picked up Luna’s daughter at a local park and after returning home, Weisel-Barrett heard banging coming from her front door, the affidavit stated. Weisel-Barrett, in fear, had her firearm as she sat on her couch in the living room.

Weisel-Barrett told police that Luna looked through the living room window and saw her with the firearm. Luna broke the window to the living room with her fist. Weisel-Barrett lost sight of her, so she took a better position closer to the window.

Weisel-Barrett stated that Luna returned to the window and reached inside in an attempt to grab her, the affidavit stated. Weisel-Barrett, in fear, shot Luna in the neck in an attempt to protect her residence and family.

Police detailed in the probable cause affidavit that they believe the glass window was broken from the outside due to the amount of glass found inside the residence and also by the distance the glass traveled inside the residence.

Luna was booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center on Jan. 5, jail records show. She has two bonds totaling $33,000 and was still in custody as of Wednesday morning.