Monday, November 19, 2007

Man Shoots Burglary Suspects

This is the 911 tape of Joe Horn's call to report that men were breaking into his next door neighbor's house. At about -2:20 in the video, Horn has had enough and goes out to confront the men. Gunshots are heard, and two alleged burglars are down.

From the CBS story:
The incident may prove a test for a new law recently passed in Texas which expands the right of citizens to use deadly force.

Under Texas law, people may use deadly force to protect their own property or to stop arson, burglary, robbery, theft or criminal mischief at night.

But the legislator who authored the "castle doctrine" bill told the Chronicle it was never intended to apply to a neighbor's property, to prompt a "'Law West of the Pecos' mentality or action," said Republican Sen. Jeff Wentworth. "You're supposed to be able to defend your own home, your own family, in your house, your place of business or your motor vehicle."
Thanks to LC Brendan at The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.