Murdered under mysterious circumstances

Early Monday morning a real estate agent was shot and killed in his own home in Abilene, Texas, according to an article by Joe Fry and Scott Martin for KTXS News.

The agent, 54-year-old Tom Niblo, was shot in his home, an act which police believe wasn’t random.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said the shooting wasn’t a random act. He also said Niblo wasn’t killed during a burglary or robbery.

“There is nothing new (that) APD is releasing tonight,” the Abilene Police Department said in a social media message late Monday afternoon. “No arrests. Investigation ongoing.”

Was Niblo targeted? If so, by who, and why? Police are still investigating.

Click here to see photos of the crime scene.

Niblo’s wife and dog were in the house at the time, but both managed to escape unharmed, according to the article.

From the article:

Earlier in the day, Niblo’s spouse told police she heard gunshots and was able to exit the house and escape. Her husband, she said, was unable to escape and was shot and killed.

According to Abilene police spokesman Rick Tomlin, Niblo’s spouse said someone had broken into the house.

Niblo’s wife was in protective custody and was to be among those questioned, he said.

The dog, while at first believed to have been shot, turned out to be unharmed. A vet exam showed the blood on the dog was from contact at the crime scene, and it had a preexisting limp.