Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Gun Closet

Houston police say a group of thieves broke into a house and forced a resident into a closet so they could ransack the place. The closet chosen during the Tuesday afternoon home invasion was the one where the resident kept his guns. Houston police Sgt. Jerri Brandon said the man, now armed, confronted the thieves and exchanged shots with them, wounding one and flushing all three from the home.

The wounded intruder collapsed down the street with gunshot wounds to a shoulder and leg.
The resident was not wounded.
 H/T: Blowing San #1 who says, "For it is written, 'The stupid, they shall be punished."


  1. Of course, given the way things are today, the wounded intruder will probably get a lawyer & will then sue the resident. & maybe even win.

  2. Al, we are fortunate that here in Texas not only do we have a robust Castle Law, it is provided with a "stand your ground"
    clause. Basically, if one is at one's home, vehicle or place of work and subject to an unprovoked attack with threat of
    death or grievous physical harm, one is not obliged to retreat. The law also provides the defender with immunity from
    civil suits for damages. Naturally, there are some caveats: one cannot "stand your ground" against police lawfully entering
    one's home, one cannot be aiding or harboring a fugitive, one cannot have provoked the attacker, etc.

    The news article I read specifically mentioned that the Houston gentleman who shot the thief was not charged with
    any crime himself-- his case was a textbook exercise of the Castle Law/stand your ground. Nor, fortunately, does he appear
    to be subject to any civil suit for damages from the jackwagon who helped stage the home invasion.

    Unfortunately, not all states have the same robust Castle Law as Texas, so your own mileage may vary. If the crime had
    occurred in, say, DC or Vermont, I believe the homeowner could probably be successfully sued by his assailant.