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knife-wielding home intruder, TX

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  • Wed, Nov 28, 2012 - 07:09pm


    Wendy S. Delmater

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    knife-wielding home intruder, TX

A homeowner in Grand Prairie, Texas shot a knife-wielding home intruder after the suspect shattered a side window to gain entry into the home, KXAS-TV reports.

Here we have a reasonable expectation of danger–the knife–and the homeowner stayed on the phone with 911 until the police arrived. So it was well handled according to TX law.

I may disagree with a number of you here in that I am actually rather pleased for the homeowner that he did not have to take the intruder's life: he shot the guy to stop him from coming after him with the knife and held him at gunpoint until the authorities showed up. A kill shot would have been overkill. OTOH, if the intruder had a gun instead of a knife–an long range weapon instead of a short-range, hand-to-hand one–a bullet in his X ring would have been justified. Thoughts?

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