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Old February 13th, 2019, 07:29 AM   #1
 
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Homeowner shoots burglar; really bad decision.

This story is very new and many details are missing. But, at first blush, the homeowner made a horrible decision by pulling the trigger.

Unless threatened, I just cannot see shooting someone for breaking into a car. This is a very different situation than someone breaking into the home, where the threat of harm is evident and implied.

https://abc13.com/homeowner-shoots-m...uties/5136188/



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I agree. Morally it was wrong. But it looks like this happened in Texas, so he may have been legally justified.
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I agree. Morally it was wrong. But it looks like this happened in Texas, so he may have been legally justified.
I had that conversation with a Texas Ranger. If you aren't threatened even in Texas you can go to prison. I used to live in the Dallas area.
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This story is very new and many details are missing. But, at first blush, the homeowner made a horrible decision by pulling the trigger.

Unless threatened, I just cannot see shooting someone for breaking into a car. This is a very different situation than someone breaking into the home, where the threat of harm is evident and implied.

https://abc13.com/homeowner-shoots-m...uties/5136188/
Even law enforcement isn't allowed to do that.....
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Same here in Ol Virginny. Let them have the car unless I'm in it. Then I might accidentally run them over in "panic."

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There are many missing details. The major one is when it happened. Daylight or dark. After dark, Tx Penal Code allows for the use of deadly force in connection with a theft.
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5:30am is darkness in Texas. This event will 'most likely' be justified.
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Something similar to this happened in the St. Louis area.........it didn’t pan out to well for the owner of the car.
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In Tx, does "car" equal "horse"?
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In Tx, does "car" equal "horse"?
Property is property; However daylight or darkness plays more than car or horse.
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"The homeowner then tried to hold the man at gunpoint as he tried to leave, when he shot the suspect in the head."

Just my opinion. Not trying to get this thread moved into the Minefield, but I think the fact that the homeowner shot the burglar when the burglar tried to leave is the key here.

Yes, many details are unknown at this point, but if the above is true, is sure doesn't sit well with me ....and I would imagine it would not sit well with a jury (even a Texas jury.)

Would be interested in knowing more details about this story.
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Very interesting to say the least, do wish we had more facts to go with the story. At this time being an old law dog I'll remain neutral.
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"The homeowner then tried to hold the man at gunpoint as he tried to leave, when he shot the suspect in the head."

Just my opinion. Not trying to get this thread moved into the Minefield, but I think the fact that the homeowner shot the burglar when the burglar tried to leave is the key here.

Yes, many details are unknown at this point, but if the above is true, is sure doesn't sit well with me ....and I would imagine it would not sit well with a jury (even a Texas jury.)

Would be interested in knowing more details about this story.
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The shooting may be legal "under cover of darkness" to protect his property. Looks to me like the bad guy chose his victim poorly.
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Hope the shooter has deep pockets for the upcoming civil lawsuit.
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