The homeowner woke up to see a man burglarizing his pickup truck that was parked in his front yard. He approached the man with a rifle, intending to hold him until law enforcement could arrive, but the man fled the scene, according to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.
The homeowner fired at the man and then noticed a truck parked in the dark near the roadway, which he believed belonged to the man so he got in the truck and took the keys out of the ignition to prevent him from leaving the scene. The man confronted the homeowner and disarmed him, assaulting him with the rifle, authorities said.
The homeowners son saw the man raising the rifle and, fearing the man was about to shoot his father, shot the suspect, killing him instantly.
“We are a nation of laws,” said county sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray. “It’s unfortunate that a young man had to die this morning … because of a bad decision he made to violate the rights of a law-abiding citizen.”
Ray said the sheriff’s office will always support citizens of the community who are protecting their “lives, liberty and property, especially during a lawful use of force situation.”
Judging from the comment section of this news article, there were several people who claimed to have known the burglar either through friendship or family. One of the commenters claimed to be the burglar’s father. He claimed the homeowner’s son murdered his boy in cold blood. Those on the burglar’s side claimed that although this boy had “uncontrollable” problems, he wouldn’t have gone so far as to shoot or kill anyone. Therefore, deadly use of force was uncalled for.
I don’t know either family involved, but I’m assuming the homeowner’s family didn’t know the burglar. There’s no way the homeowner or his son would’ve known that the burglar wouldn’t have killed anyone. If the homeowner’s son had not intervened, the homeowner could’ve very well been killed.
Sometimes, we think that our family members aren’t capable of such things as murder. I think that’s what some of the burglars’ family and friends were saying. The truth is, we’re all capable of murder, given the right opportunity and motivation.
In no way am I downplaying the loss of this boy. It was obviously unfortunate. These sorts of situations, no matter the circumstances, are always heartbreaking for the families involved. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose my own son in this way.
But if I did lose my own son this way, I think I’d be angry at my son for being so reckless. That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t miss him or grieve over his death.
I’m sorry to say, but anytime someone decides he’s going to commit a crime, especially on someone’s private residential property, he’s setting a trap for himself. If the boy had stopped when he got caught the first time, he’d probably still be alive today, sitting safe and sound in a jail cell. But he had to run and then fight with the homeowner and hit him with the rifle. You do something like that, you’re just begging for trouble. The homeowner’s son saw what was going on and, fearing for his dad’s life, shot the guy.