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Corpus Christi police: Homeowner shoots, kills teen intruder
Corpus Christi Caller Times ^ | May 22, 2011 | Michelle Villarreal

Posted on 05/23/2011 7:27:11 AM PDT by Hang'emAll

CORPUS CHRISTI — A man was shot and killed inside a St. Andrews Drive home by the homeowner who had called 911 to report a burglary in progress early Sunday.

Police said Steven Daniel Abrego, 18, broke into the home about 2:30 a.m. and was shot almost immediately once inside.

In the 911 call, the 78-year-old homeowner, whose name was not released, told police that someone was trying to break into his home. He also told them he was armed to protect his family.

Officials responded so quickly to the report in the 5700 block of St. Andrews Drive that they arrived and saw someone still attempting to get in the house through a back entrance.

Police ordered the man to stop but he didn’t stop, and he was able to force his way into the home, spokeswoman Julie Garcia said.

Moments later two shots from a handgun were fired, Lt. Isaac Valencia said.

“You have the intruder there and officers are coming up,” Valencia said. “But a gun is involved, so they just can’t run up and grab him.”

Abrego was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, where he later died.

St. Andrews Drive resident Mary Heimann, 90, said she did not hear the fired shots, but she did see about 10 police cars lining the street at 3 a.m. and was worried.

“This is usually a quiet neighborhood,” she said. “So that’s what makes us jumpy.”

No arrests have been made and detectives from the homicide division still are investigating.

“At this point we will have to pursue the investigation and the facts and evidence will have to speak for themselves,” Valencia said.

Once complete, the case will be turned over to the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office for review because it falls under the castle doctrine, a Texas law that allows the use of deadly force to protect people and property.

“The questions is, does the homeowner have the right to use this deadly force,” District Attorney Mark Skurka said. “If it’s not justified they could face criminal charges.”

Circumstances will vary, but generally if a person’s life is threatened they are permitted deadly force.

“Breaking into someone’s home is definitely one of those circumstances,” Skurka said.

The castle doctrine applied to a Corpus Christi home invasion shooting in 2009, Valencia said. Two men charged into the house firing shots and the homeowner fired back. One burglar was killed on the living room floor and the other fled the house. Police are still trying to him, he said.

Whether the case is justifiable or not, it still can be a traumatic event.

“The 78-year-old was very shaken up. In the twilight of your life and you have to take a life,” Valencia said. “You’re protecting your property and family.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: breakin; castledoctrine; intruder; selfdefense
Amazing story. The intruder thought it was safer to finish his break in with the cops watching. Wrong! Not in Texas.
1 posted on 05/23/2011 7:27:19 AM PDT by Hang'emAll
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To: Hang'emAll

Boy the author of this story sure seems to think self defense is wrong.


2 posted on 05/23/2011 7:30:44 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Hang'emAll

I’m wondering if they’re Amish or illegal.


3 posted on 05/23/2011 7:30:52 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Hang'emAll

If you are armed, it is probably often better not to trouble the police until the situation is resolved.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 7:31:09 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: driftdiver

Just a little bit of bias.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 7:31:39 AM PDT by Hang'emAll (")
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To: Hang'emAll

Another child taken by a gun.


6 posted on 05/23/2011 7:32:41 AM PDT by umgud
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To: Hang'emAll

Sorry that the elderly person had to be put through this trauma, but glad he did what he needed to do to protect himself, family, and home.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 7:32:52 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: umgud

One less scumbag on the streets consuming oxygen.


8 posted on 05/23/2011 7:35:13 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Hang'emAll
In the 911 call, the 78-year-old homeowner, whose name was not released, told police that someone was trying to break into his home. He also told them he was armed to protect his family.

Officials responded so quickly to the report.....

I'm wondering if the former comment caused the latter officer action......

9 posted on 05/23/2011 7:37:02 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The stench of dependency is a sickening smell. Strive to become an asset, not a liability.)
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To: Hang'emAll
Whether the case is justifiable or not, it still can be a traumatic event.

Man did what he had to do.

10 posted on 05/23/2011 7:37:17 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Hang'emAll
Amazing story. The intruder thought it was safer to finish his break in with the cops watching. Wrong! Not in Texas.

He might have figured on taking a hostage, which makes shooting him even more appropriate.

11 posted on 05/23/2011 7:37:39 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Hang'emAll

Lol, “teen!”


12 posted on 05/23/2011 7:37:54 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: Hang'emAll

I don’t see what the question is. The fact that this guy ‘forcefully’ broke into the house even after police had arrived is more than enough justification for this homeowner’s response.


13 posted on 05/23/2011 7:37:57 AM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Hang'emAll
It doesn't sound like a random break in. Generally, the police arriving on scene will end the effort to enter the home for burglary.

Sounds like the teen was after somebody in that house. And now he's dead. Bye-bye.

14 posted on 05/23/2011 7:38:22 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: LoneStarGI

It’s odd behaviour. I wonder if he was on drugs.


15 posted on 05/23/2011 7:40:46 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Hang'emAll

That was one really stupid or stoned kid.


16 posted on 05/23/2011 7:41:58 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: Hang'emAll
Circumstances will vary, but generally if a person’s life is threatened they are permitted deadly force.

Permitted? Nah... no bias in this jackasses reporting is there. Where do they find these people?

17 posted on 05/23/2011 7:42:11 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: umgud

That’s some pretty good sarcasm, right there...


18 posted on 05/23/2011 7:43:37 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Hang'emAll

Wow, the citizen is “permitted” in some circumstances. Used to be the govt needed permissions, not the people.
As for the “teen,” it sounds like he was on drugs, if he’s got an announced “armed citizen” in front of him and police at his rear, and he still breaks in.
Otherwise, it’s an odd way to go about suicide.


19 posted on 05/23/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (I stand with Israel!)
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Lol, “teen!”

Or in burglarese, a "shirley temple."

20 posted on 05/23/2011 7:46:20 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (I stand with Israel!)
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To: OB1kNOb

Probably. But their ‘logic’ makes no sense.

They should concentrate on responding “so quickly” to ALL reports of burglars, that the criminal is still trying to commit his crime when they arrive. However, they ESPECIALLY should make this effort when the intended victim is NOT ‘armed to protect his family’.


21 posted on 05/23/2011 7:49:50 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: LoneStarGI

Definately Castle Law applicable.
Bunch of squirrelyass lib pols and MSM in CC.

If the cops saw the perp, why didn’t THEY stop him? Maybe was some 2nd cousin from other side of Rio Grande just wanting a little part of Texas back?

If perp knew cops were on the scene and kept on, prolly drugged up, then the shooting was perfecto.

Some punk w.. b... break in here and result will be the same, cept 911 will be more or less an after action report..


22 posted on 05/23/2011 7:50:56 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: WayneS
Probably. But their ‘logic’ makes no sense.

I agree, but it makes me wonder if when calling 911 to report a break-in in progress, burglery, or prowlers on the premises a homeowner NEEDS to report that he is armed to more or less light a fire under the responding officers to arrive quicker than they normally would. It's really sad to think officers respond quicker if they know it's likely the homeowner will shoot the intruder. It's a convaluted logic, to say the least. Makes me wonder just who the heck the officers are more concerned with protecting. Hopefully this was just bad reporting on the journalist's part.

23 posted on 05/23/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The stench of dependency is a sickening smell. Strive to become an asset, not a liability.)
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To: Hang'emAll

God Bless Texas!


24 posted on 05/23/2011 8:04:22 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: Hang'emAll

God Bless Texas!


25 posted on 05/23/2011 8:04:44 AM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: Hang'emAll

I hate to be callous - OK, not really. The way I look at it is: “He shoots. He scores!”


26 posted on 05/23/2011 8:05:56 AM PDT by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: Hang'emAll

There is no reason to keep this homeowner concerned about possible prosecution.

Anyone making a call on the facts as reported by the police would say “no prosecution”.
The DA should give the homeowner a good citizen award instead of keeping him on tenterhooks.

Is the DA running for office or concerned about the hispanic/criminal/zombie voting blocs?


27 posted on 05/23/2011 8:07:02 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: OB1kNOb
In the county I live in, a hot burglary gets lots of quick response. The "so quick, they arrived to find the suspect still working on the window" comment is written by the reporter.

The bad part would be if the homeowner didn't tell the police he was armed with a possibly tragic ending.

28 posted on 05/23/2011 8:14:40 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Hang'emAll
Another example of one of my pet peeves......

At age 18 one can be drafted (if the draft comes back) and forced to go to war.

At age 18 one can vote.

At age 18 one is responsible as an adult for their actions.

At age 18 one IS AN ADULT.

So why does the MSM insist on calling an 18 year old ADULT a teen, implying that person is still a child?

For all legal purposes, a “teen” is age 13 to 17, and 18/19 year olds are adults.

OK, I'm done with my rant for the day.

29 posted on 05/23/2011 8:21:30 AM PDT by fredhead (Liberals think globally, reason rectally, act idiotically.)
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To: driftdiver

“Boy the author of this story sure seems to think self defense is wrong.”

Also, he obviously knows NOTHING about the “castle doctrine” law.


30 posted on 05/23/2011 8:23:26 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: fredhead

Good boy, turning his life around, going back to school, helps his momma, made a mistake, wrong crowd, etc, etc.


31 posted on 05/23/2011 8:24:17 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: secondamendmentkid

Uh, read closer kid, shoulda been “SHE”.


32 posted on 05/23/2011 8:24:32 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: Hang'emAll
Glad the LEO’s didn't shoot the homeowner.....
33 posted on 05/23/2011 8:31:54 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: driftdiver

>> Boy the author of this story sure seems to think self defense is wrong.

That’s what you can expect from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. They’re one of the worst purveyors of left-wing-biased fishwrap in the entire state.


34 posted on 05/23/2011 8:55:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Hang'emAll

“Officials responded so quickly to the report.....”

TRANSLATION—The evil, gun crazed homeowner was obviously NOT justified in shooting this poor, defenseless victim of society. The police could have handled the situation and taxpayers could have provided counseling to the misunderstood youth. The homeowner should be jailed, his family thrown into the streets and his dog shot!

This non-biased media report brought to you by the Brady Bunch.


35 posted on 05/23/2011 8:55:38 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Nervous Tick

Right. Leftist rag..


36 posted on 05/23/2011 9:08:36 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: dog breath

“Harry, a man’s got to know his own limitations . . .”


37 posted on 05/23/2011 9:10:46 AM PDT by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Hang'emAll
“The questions is, does the homeowner have the right to use this deadly force,” District Attorney Mark Skurka said. “If it’s not justified they could face criminal charges.”

This is just one example of why I despise lawyers. The homeowner did the right thing and called 911, but when seconds count, there police arrived in minutes late. The police witnessed the burglar actually breaking in. Now, if that isn't a clearcut case, then what is? There really should be a LEGAL open hunting season on lawyers in Texas.

38 posted on 05/23/2011 9:25:17 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Just what you expect from our Caller Slimes. Stopped taking this paper years ago. Not even worth it for the Sunday only, with the weekday free, and I still won’t take it.


39 posted on 05/23/2011 9:38:43 AM PDT by TStro
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To: driftdiver
Boy the author of this story sure seems to think self defense is wrong.

Along with the inherent joys of Marxism, that's one of the first lessons taught in journalism 101...

40 posted on 05/23/2011 9:40:03 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: secondamendmentkid
Yeah, "She"...

And "Michelle Villarreal" whining about the demise of "teenager", "Steven Daniel Abrego, 18". in Corpus couldn't possibly be a clue to additional bias, could it...?

Can you spell, "La Raza"...?

41 posted on 05/23/2011 10:00:53 AM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
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To: Hang'emAll

He was just doing what Obama said to do go after the evil rich people. /s


42 posted on 05/23/2011 11:08:05 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Hang'emAll
The castle doctrine applied to a Corpus Christi home invasion shooting in 2009, Valencia said. Two men charged into the house firing shots and the homeowner fired back. One burglar was killed on the living room floor and the other fled the house. Police are still trying to him, he said.

I love happy endings, but this is par for reporters these days.

Police are still trying to find him, he said.
Police are still trying to charge him, he said.
Police are still trying to kill him, he said.
Police are still trying to screw him, he said.
Police are still trying to award him, he said.

43 posted on 05/23/2011 11:20:18 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
It could have been worse:
Police are still trying to krocsyldipth him, he said.

44 posted on 05/23/2011 11:41:16 AM PDT by raygun
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To: raygun

I think some news reports are so lacking these days. I guess they just don’t pay attention to detail lately.


45 posted on 05/23/2011 11:48:19 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back.)
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To: TXnMA

Missing from the story was whether Abrego was or was not a wetback. It probably doesn’t matter whether Michelle is part of La Raza Unida; the fact that she is a reporter explains her left-wing ideas all by itself. You have to become a Stepford Wife to get a journalism degree.

Maybe Abrego was trying to get the old man to sponsor him for citizenship, you think?


46 posted on 05/23/2011 2:33:38 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: Hang'emAll

They family said on the evening news that he thought he was going into his own house.
(Yeah, right)


47 posted on 05/23/2011 4:16:18 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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