Monday, July 23, 2007

Texas homeowner shoots teen burglar with shotgun: "A property owner fired a 12-gauge shotgun at a 16-year-old boy Saturday, who had just broken into the man's rental house, police said. "The owner is inside and the 16-year-old breaks in the front window," explained Midland Police Department spokeswoman Tina Jauz. "And the homeowner confronts the suspect in the hallway and shoots him with a 12-gauge shotgun." After being shot, police said the boy fled the 204 South Jefferson St. residence in a van, and then flagged down officers at Louisiana Avenue and Main Street at about 1:15 p.m. The gunfire grazed the boy's shoulder and neck, police said. He was seen wearing a bloody white T-shirt just before being transported to Midland Memorial Hospital, where police said he was listed in serious condition late Saturday. Neither police nor the homeowner knew if the juvenile was armed, Jauz said, noting the boy immediately left the scene.... Jauz said charges were pending against the juvenile, whose name was not released, but no charges were expected against the homeowner, whose name also was not released."

Texas man catches boy breaking into truck: "Robert Trammell, of Anna, said his son woke him up Thursday morning after he saw someone breaking into his truck. “My son come running in here and hollered at me and said, ‘Daddy, get up, get up, someone just broke in the truck,’” Trammell said. “So I jump up and he said they took off running so I didn’t know if it was an adult or who it was, so I grab my shotgun and went to chase him.” ... “We come out and got in the car and went to chase after him,” Robert said. “At that time, he came running back around the corner and my son almost run into him with the car.” Robert said he pointed the shotgun at him and ordered him to lie on the ground. “He kept sticking his hand in his pocket, and I didn’t know if he had a gun or not,” Robert said. “I had the operator on the phone from 911 and she said do you feel like you’re in danger? And I said, to be honest with you ma’am, I don’t know what he keeps trying to put his hand on and she said by all means you could shoot him to defend yourself if you want to.” The suspect eventually got on the ground, Robert said.... He kept talking to the suspect until police arrived. He said he was shocked when he learned the guy who tried to break into his truck was only 13 years old. “I asked him if you’re 13 years old, what are you doing out at 2 in the morning?” Robert said."

Texas: Man questioned in fatal Dallas shooting: "One person is dead and another was being questioned Sunday afternoon after a confrontation reportedly led to a shooting in north Dallas. Dallas police say a couple was moving out of their apartment in the 9500 block of Forest Lane when the wife saw “an individual” [Is that the latest code for "black"?] walking down the street. She told her husband that the person had robbed her of her cell phone on Saturday, Dallas police spokesman Jamie Matthews said in a statement. The husband told police that he confronted the alleged robber on the street and that the person reached for a gun. The husband pulled his own gun and shot the victim in the head, he told police. The victim was pronounced dead at Medical City hospital. Police have been unable to identify the individual. No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening.

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