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Read & React: Would-Be Burglar Killed by Homeowner, Neighbor

by G&A Online Editors   |  October 16th, 2013 13

A San Antonio homeowner gave a would-be burglar the chance to leave, police say. Instead, the criminal ran at one of the men pointing a gun at him, a mistake that cost him his life.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the unidentified homeowner awoke around 3 a.m. Sunday to a man trying to pry off the appropriately named burglar bars on the homeowner’s windows.

Check out the video from KENS-TV in San Antonio.

The homeowner said because he didn’t know who the man was, he grabbed his .357 Magnum and went outside.

The homeowner yelled, “Who are you?” which awoke the couple next door. The neighbor—who has also not been named—too grabbed his pistol and went outside. At that point, police say, both men pointed their guns at the man and ordered him to stop; in fact, authorities say the neighbor made several warnings for the man to stop moving so he could call police.

However, the neighbor told police, the man jumped the fence and charged the neighbor, prompting both the neighbor and the homeowner to fire at the would-be burglar. The man, who at this time has not been identified, died at the scene; police said they weren’t sure exactly how many times he had been shot, but the neighbor’s magazine—which holds between 10 and 15 rounds—was empty.

It’s not clear at this point whether either the homeowner or the neighbor will face charges. While we can’t speculate, self-defense shootings in Texas like this have rarely, if ever, brought criminal charges.

In this case, both men did what they had to do to defend themselves, their property and their families from a would-be burglar who may have had more malicious intentions.

What do you think? How would you have reacted in a similar situation?

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