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(TX) Would-Be Burglars Met with Homeowner's Gun (2x in 1 week)

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drizzt, Apr 3, 2005.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Well-Known Member

    Would-Be Burglars Met with Homeowner's Gun
    LAST UPDATE: 3/30/2005 10:24:18 PM
    Posted By: Angela Becerra

    An east side homeowner confronts burglars with gun in hand, for the second time in four days!

    George Shandy grew up in the home on Dawson, and still takes care of it. That's what he was doing on Saturday, when he shot a burglar in the arm. That suspect was arrested.

    When Shandy went to the home Tuesday, he noticed the front door was open, and someone had stolen a China hutch. The burglars had left a washer and dryer, as well as a refrigerator, in the center of the living room. Shandy had a hunch the crooks would be back, so he sat and waited for them with his 9mm handgun.

    "Because I knew they were coming back for the rest of the stuff so that's why I did what I had to do; I just waited on them," says Shandy.

    Sure enough, the two suspects showed up.

    "They walked in the front door because they left it open," explains Shandy. "That's when I surprised them, and startled them cause I was sitting in the living room and left this door open. When they got to the washer that's when I told them to stop."

    Shandy stopped them in their tracks, called 911, and held the two at gunpoint until officers arrived. Both suspects were arrested.

  2. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Well-Known Member

    These stories always give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. But it could also be the coffee I just spilt all over myself...

    Others will say he did wrong by not calling the cops and leaving the area, but I say he did right. To each his own.
  3. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I agree fully, Spook.
  4. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, call the cops and leave home. cops come. They do the appropriate paperwork. End of story.

    Now, however, the two thieves are caught and aren't free to do the same to somebody else.

  5. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    Funny thing about living in VA, if you 'hold the BG at gunpoint', that's all you can do. All he has to do is calmly get up and walk out, and we can't do a thing about it.

    "Stop! I said STOP. I really really mean it! Hey...get back here. Put my heirloom down dammit!" :rolleyes:
  6. Greymoor

    Greymoor Well-Known Member

    Thats when they get the blast of Fox Labs pepper spray. As far as I am concerned they can either sit and wait for the cops to arrive or writhe on the floor waiting for the cops to arrive. :evil:
  7. 8830

    8830 Well-Known Member

    I'm a cop in TX and love to hear stories like this. He did the right thing waiting for them and being prepared to handle the problem himself. As soon as they stepped inside he could have shot and klled both so I would say they got off lucky.
    Question for Chris in VA. So if someone comes in your home to commit a crime you can't shoot them?
  8. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Me thinks George Shandy needs to reconsider some of his overt external security and harden his apparent easy looking homestead target.
  9. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Both convicted felons will be out on parole in six to twelve months.
  10. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    Yup. But we can hope that, after they have come face to face with an armed homeowner, maybe they'll think twice the next time.
  11. sturmruger

    sturmruger Well-Known Member

    That is a kind of risky waiting for them to come back. I think I would have at least called a few of my shooting buddies over so that the odds were a little more in my favor.
  12. Ukraine Train

    Ukraine Train Well-Known Member

    Can't speak for VA but in OH even in your own home you have to have reason to believe you are in danger of grave harm or death before shooting.
  13. TheDutchman

    TheDutchman Well-Known Member

    They would be Dead Men in Texas.
  14. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    Dead men tell no tales...............
  15. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.

    Here in CT we are expected to retreat till we're cornered before we can use our guns.

    They call that the law. :rolleyes:

    Yup, legally all they have to do is turn their backs and walk away.

    Is all of Texas as hot as San Antonio?

    I'm liking Texas more and more...

  16. Stand_Watie

    Stand_Watie Well-Known Member

    It may not be as bad in Connecticut as you think it is 280 plus.

    Connecticut (like most states I think) has a specific exemption to the duty to retreat for your dwelling.


    b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a person is not justified in using deadly physical force upon another person if he knows that he can avoid the necessity of using such force with complete safety (1) by retreating, except that the actor shall not be required to retreat if he is in his dwelling, as defined in section 53a-100, or place of work and was not the initial aggressor...
  17. ScottsGT

    ScottsGT Well-Known Member

    Oh great! More laws writted for the Hollywood elite! ;)
  18. scotjute

    scotjute Well-Known Member

    As I understand it, in Texas, the instant someone breaks into your house, you are legally justified in shooting. Your house is considered your place of retreat, and once that is breached, deadly force is immediately justified.
  19. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    Very good,

    Glad, Happy, no ECSTATIC to be corrected on this one. Very good link too Stand, Thanx!

    IRRC We were taught in my pistol class that you must retreat even in your house. Interesting to find we were being misinformed.

    Another myth : BUSTED!

  20. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    As long as you don't shoot them in the back, how are they going to know they where trying to leave.

    HE'S COMMIN RIGHT FOR US. :neener:

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