Skip to comments.Police: Homeowner Shoots Home Invader (TX)
Posted on 04/02/2007 6:46:17 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
SAN ANTONIO -- A homeowner opened fire on three individuals who attempted to break into his home Sunday morning, police said.
One of the individuals was injured in the chest by the gunfire, police said.
The other two people escaped and are still at large, police said.
The injured suspect was taken to a hospital.
Police said a surveillance camera mounted on the homeowner's garage door recorded the incident. Police said they were able to get a good description of their van.
Police said they're looking for a Ford minivan -- light-colored on top and two-toned on the bottom.
The minivan has a dent on the right side between the door and the gas tank, police said. Police ask anyone to contact them if they have information.
"Presently, we have officers all over the city looking for two individuals that were with the individual that got shot (while) burglarizing the house," Sgt. David Scepanski, a San Antonio police officer, said.
Javier Bocanegra, a neighbor, said several of the homes in the near Northwest Side neighborhood have been broken into.
Bocanegra worries that the escalating crime in the area could soon become unbearable.
"It's scary," Bocanegra said. "Luckily (the homeowner) had a gun and was able to scare him off. But yeah, it's scary."
Lucky heck, that was good planning. Poor aim though to only hit one.
Bang! Bang! Bang!
After he hit the first one the other guys were probably moving a lot faster. Tougher targets.
Yeah, a round in the chest tends to do that!
A sucking chest wound would get me moving in the opposite direction.
Sounds like the homeowner was prepared.
Costs are coming down, so they're becoming more and more common. Heck, I could leave my office, go over to Fry's Electronics and get a baseball-sized camera with the lense surrounded by a field of high-intensity IR LED's along with a box to tie it into a VCR for under $500, easy. Hang that bad boy up in a discrete, outdoor location and start collecting evidence.
I've got a neighbor on the next block that kicks his on at midnight and monitors street traffic until six or seven in the morning. He said, there're all kinda speed freaks and drug runners riding their bicycles around in the wee hours of the morning.
Start here: http://www.pricewatch.com/security_surveillance/
> Police said a surveillance camera mounted on the homeowner’s garage door recorded the incident. Police said they were able to get a good description of their van.
In New Zealand surveillance cameras are becoming very common: in fact, it would be difficult to do anything here in any metropolitan city without appearing on somebody’s camera: public, private, or police. Quality of the photos aren’t always marvelous, but.
(Different subject: a tip of the hat to DaveLoneRanger for this ping list — I read it all the time and it provides immense value as to the status of armed response in the US with great anecdotal information. Awesome job: thanks, Dave!)
All it takes is a touch of my televisions remote control and I can watch any one of four cameras in and around my house.
I've turned a couple of tapes over to the police in the 2 years I've had the system running.
At our Neighborhood Watch meetings we strongly encourage this sort of thing. There are now 10 houses in the neighborhood doing the same thing I am. One family even monitors the neighborhood park after hours as we've been having some undesired after hours visitors there.
As I understand it one familys tape directly led to the arrest of a burglar.
Since it's all done by private citizens with their own resources there's no whining about rights violations or government intrusions, which is as it should be.
The best part about it as that not even we, the NW Block Captains, know who and who doesn't have these systems operational. So it pays for all the potential miscreants in the area to be on their best behavior.
And the other poster was correct. The prices on these systems are really coming down. They're amazingly affordable these days.
> Since it’s all done by private citizens with their own resources there’s no whining about rights violations or government intrusions, which is as it should be.
Delightful post, Lurker!
Empowered Citizens taking responsibility for the outcomes that they desire from the Society in which they live. Perfect!
Have you ever considered being a Guardian Angel? If so, FReepmail me. We need guys like you.
To be perfectly honest, I haven't. I don't know if we have a Chapter in our area.
Freepmail on the way.
[Lucky heck, that was good planning. Poor aim though to only hit one.]
Everybody’s a critic. Do you think folks line up and stand still after the first shot is fired.
“Oh Snap! He got the drop on us! Alright, you get one shot at each of us before we get to run away, but just one! No cheating!”
“Everybodys a critic. Do you think folks line up and stand still after the first shot is fired.”
I was being sarcastic and neglected the tag, sheesh.
[I was being sarcastic and neglected the tag, sheesh.]
Sorry I missed it. If you read Dave’s threads, someone always posts something about how bad a shot the good guy was.
I thought my little quip was clever, though. I’ll get with my writers for some new material. :o)
No Problem. I don’t enjoy reading stories where someone was shot BUT I DO enjoy reading stories where the good guy wins. If that means a bad guy gets shot then so be it.
I also kinda wish he had hit all three. I doubt the almost being shot will be enough to keep the other two on the straight and narrow.
Yeah, it’s really scary!
-the scary thing is if you shot intruders in NYC you would be arrested ......those bad guys have rights doncha know.....rme
Can I ask what type/brand of monitoring system do you use?
And for the record I have no connection to the company other than being a very satisfied customer.
Thanks. I’ve looked at X-10 a lot but never pulled the trigger to order it. Your satisfaction helps my decision.
I always like to visualize that “deer in the headlights” & “Feet, don’t fail me now!” moment for the bad guys in this sort of situation
“Sounds like the homeowner was prepared.”
If this happened in New Jersey, Being prepared would constitute premeditation.
Your right about that. There is nothing quite as final as a place in Boot Hill for the bad-guys. It is not about revenge. However, at some point, there must be a reckoning.