Sunday, September 7, 2008

Give him a medal

Maybe we should give awards to homeowners for defending their property and life.

Maybe a medal from Homeland Security?

Another intruder shot by homeowner
Robert Crowe - Express-News

An East Side homeowner shot and killed an intruder Saturday morning, moments after the man broke into the house through a back window, police said.
It was the second time in two weeks, and at least the fourth instance this year, that a San Antonio property owner or resident shot and either wounded or killed an intruder.

Sgt. Steven Peterson of the San Antonio Police Department said Saturday's incident was sparked after a man, who was not immediately identified, broke into a home in the 1400 block of South Palmetto Avenue about 10:30 a.m.
The homeowner, who was not identified by police, grabbed a rifle and shot at the man, striking him in the upper torso area.

Peterson said the man ran to the backyard, where he collapsed and died.
Texas law permits homeowners to use deadly force to protect their home and property.
“The way it looks right now, I don't anticipate any charges will be filed,” Peterson said.

The homeowner's sister said her brother was sleeping when the intruder broke into his house.
“I don't know how someone could just break into a house in broad daylight,” said Rosie Reyna, the sister, who lives across the street from where the shooting took place.
She said the neighborhood has recently been plagued with property theft — usually involving drug addicts looking for things to pawn.

“My brother did what he had to do in self-defense,” she said.

Texas law has permitted residents to use deadly force to protect themselves and their personal property for many years. Last year, the Legislature broadened the law to include a “castle doctrine,” allowing a person to use deadly force in self-defense against an intruder without having to retreat into a home.

On Aug. 26, a tattoo parlor owner shot and killed a 27-year-old man who threw a Molotov cocktail into the business in the 3500 block of Blanco Road. On June 30, a Northwest Side man shot and wounded a man who allegedly attempted to burglarize his home.
And in April, an 18-year-old man was shot and killed by a Northeast Side man who caught him breaking into his home.