Homeowner steps up: shoots suspected burglar in the back

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A suspected car burglar nearly paid with his life after a homeowner shot him.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of Richardson Street in Longview.

A frightening night for the homeowner who did not want to be identified, who was victimized yet again by a car burglar.

"This is probably our fifth or sixth time this year and we're fed up with it. I don't think it's fair my--husband works really hard," said the victim.

It was one in the morning, the homeowners at the house were asleep when they hear a suspect breaking into their vehicle, but this suspect got more than he bargained for.

When officers arrived they were told by the car's owner that he had fired a weapon in the direction of a car burglar, who then ran from the scene, but was hit in the lower back.

"He heard some noises and went outside and fired off three rounds," said Kristie Brian of the Longview Police Department.

"He was trying to steal stuff from the truck," the homeowner said, "The guy took off running down green street."

Brian says that under the "Castle Doctrine," the homeowner was allowed to do what he did.

Officers later located the suspect, following a blood trail, to a house only a few blocks away.

The suspect is hospitalized, and the homeowner has a warning, "I just want to let them know, they can't come here anymore and expect top take our stuff and for nothing to happen."

We're told the suspect has non life-threatening injuries.

He will face charges once he is out of the hospital.

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