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.
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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?
- On Feb. 1, a 70-year-old girls basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit was walking two of his students to their cars when they were approached by two males—one a student at the school, another recently expelled. When the pair tried to rob the coach and pulled a gun, the coach—a Michigan concealed pistol license holder and reserve police officer—pulled his concealed handgun and opened fire on the would-be robbers, killing one and wounding the other.
That same day, an elderly gentleman on Grand River Avenue in Detroit was held up by another robber who had picked a bad target; the older gentleman, also a CPL holder, drew his pistol and shot the criminal. Both incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry.