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Dallas homeowner shoots, kills 14-year-old intruder(TX)
wfaa.com ^ | 9 April, 2012 | CRAIG CIVALE

Posted on 04/10/2012 6:16:50 AM PDT by marktwain

DALLAS — Two teenagers are in custody and a third is dead after an attempted break-in in southeast Dallas on Monday morning.

Police said the suspects were betting on entering an empty house — not facing an armed homeowner.

Investigators said the three young people rang the front doorbell of Lee Cobler's home in the 7300 block of Vallejo Drive. When no one answered, they went around the back and started trying to kick the door in.

But Cobler, 51, was at home with an adult son. The son was on the phone with 911 when police said Cobler opened fire on the intruders, killing 14-year-old Luis Avila, a student at Hood Middle School.

"He was able to make the right choice to protect his child," said Shirley Starks, president of the local homeowners' association. "It was important, because he did not know that those — whoever was coming through that door — was not going to kill all of them."

Investigators are not saying that the teenagers were armed, but police were at Hood Middle School Monday afternoon interviewing students and offering counseling.

Principal C.A. Williams sent out a letter to parents explaining that one of their students was killed in a burglary attempt. "Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the family and close friends of the student who is no longer with us," she wrote.

News 8 captured a video showing what's believed to be one of the teenage suspects being arrested just a few blocks away from the shooting scene.

"It's surprising like to see like kids — 13-year-old kids — like breaking in nowadays," added Sarah Trevino, who was watching what happened.

Residents in the Piedmont neighborhood have been on high alert after four burglaries in recent months, and Crime Watch officials said it was just a matter of time until something ended in a tragedy like this.

"This can happen to any child that is doing something like this," Starks said. "Why weren't the parents watching him to make sure that he wasn't doing something like this, is my question."

Police have the two other suspects in custody, ages 13 and 14. They have been charged with attempted burglary.

Police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said no charges have been filed against Cobler, but a grand jury will review the circumstances of the fatal shooting.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; home; tx
These three young criminals had no respect for the homeowners property. Property costs a part of your life to aquire. Destroying your property is destroying a part of your life.
1 posted on 04/10/2012 6:16:58 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
They have been charged with attempted burglary.

One of them got shot. Aren't they on the hook for that as well?

2 posted on 04/10/2012 6:21:05 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: marktwain

If this kid’s parents had taught him right and wrong and respect for the property of others, he wouldn’t be dead.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 6:21:33 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: marktwain

You are 100% correct. The Good Lord doesn’t say “Well, you lost 2 years worth of hard work, because someone stole some of your possessions, so I’ll just extend your life those 2 years”. You lose a part of your life, your possessions and the ability to feel secure in your own home.

The world was made better by a factor of 1, too bad the parent’s were such dismal failures in not being able to teach their kid right, from wrong. I’m willing to be a meal at a fine dining establishment that the parents noticed that their child was brining home some new stuff that he ‘found’, and they didn’t do anything about it. New bike, skateboard, clothes, games - I see it all of the time. A kid steals, and his parents defend the child; thus encouraging him to steal more.

One less thief to worry about.


4 posted on 04/10/2012 6:24:24 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: marktwain

I don’t know the race of the shooter or the perps, but I saw an interesting statistic on the “stand your ground” law. Apparently the number of blacks shot by whites is up significantly since the law was passed. And those shootings were considered self defense.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 6:24:35 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: marktwain

He was just looking for some Skittles and Iced Tea..................


6 posted on 04/10/2012 6:25:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: marktwain

Perhaps “Hood” Middle School should consider changing its curriculum, or at least warn their prize students of the dramatic increase in arms sales across America since their fearless leader took office.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:17 AM PDT by Mich Patriot (We can't have economic progress...there is a slug somewhere that needs to be saved. MP)
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To: marktwain
Cobler opened fire on the intruders, killing 14-year-old Luis Avila, a student at Hood Middle School.

The name of the school seems appropriate enough.....

8 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:33 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: marktwain

‘Hood’ Middle School .....


9 posted on 04/10/2012 6:27:49 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: marktwain
Luis Avila
10 posted on 04/10/2012 6:30:16 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: agere_contra

—One of them got shot. Aren’t they on the hook for that as well?—

Exactly my thoughts when watching the video.


11 posted on 04/10/2012 6:30:42 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: marktwain
I came very close to shooting a perp not much older than the one in this story. Surprised each other while he was attempting to burglarize my garage. His bad luck I had just returned from a session at the range, with magnum revolver still on my hip. This happened not more than one week after a neighbor lady came home from work for lunch, and experienced the same with a young perp standing in her foyer. He attacked her. She shot and killed him with a .38 snubby carried in her purse. Nothing more dangerous than a young perp. They lack self control, common sense, and fear of death. They'll kill you in a heart beat for nothing more than the change in your pocket, or for some shiny nick-nack or dust catcher they've just stolen from your family room book case.
12 posted on 04/10/2012 6:34:16 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: marktwain

Like what like shade of skin like were those of the “kids?”

Like just curious.

(Sorry folks. I just couldn’t hep’ myself. Saludos.)


13 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:41 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: MissMagnolia

Lol its innocent enough. I went to Hill jr high and they were big competitors with Hood in sports. Just the last names of dead guys.


14 posted on 04/10/2012 6:38:33 AM PDT by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: marktwain
Destroying your property is destroying a part of your life.

Ah, a fan of Bistiat's "The Law"?

15 posted on 04/10/2012 6:46:34 AM PDT by super7man
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To: PowderMonkey

Exodus 2: 22 : If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.


16 posted on 04/10/2012 6:48:56 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: marktwain

Shouldn’t La Raza be trotting out a baby picture of the innocent deceased “child” to show how evil the homeowner is?


17 posted on 04/10/2012 6:50:29 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: marktwain
"It's surprising like to see like kids — 13-year-old kids — like breaking in nowadays," added Sarah Trevino
Why do I get the feeling Sarah LIKELY attended publik schools?
18 posted on 04/10/2012 6:52:44 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Gasshog

Innocent but ironic ....


19 posted on 04/10/2012 6:54:15 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Hodar

Anyone that says the world is better because a 14 year old kid is dead has no clue who the Good Lord is.


20 posted on 04/10/2012 6:54:27 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: All

The Left hate Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground because it allows whitey to fight back....


21 posted on 04/10/2012 6:58:34 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: bramps

So, the world would be better off if there were more 14 year old burglars?


22 posted on 04/10/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

Did I say that?


23 posted on 04/10/2012 7:04:29 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: bramps
Anyone that says the world is better because a 14 year old kid

14 year old hoodlum is more like it. Good riddance. Better a dead 14 y/o hood than whatever was to befall his future victims.

24 posted on 04/10/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT by pgkdan (Rick Santorum 2012. Conservative's last, best chance!)
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To: bramps

Are you questioning my question?


25 posted on 04/10/2012 7:05:59 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

I’m questioning your ability to read.


26 posted on 04/10/2012 7:08:33 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: super7man; marktwain
Destroying your property is destroying a part of your life.
Ah, a fan of Bastiat's "The Law"?

Bastiat's "The Law" is a masterpiece.

I also love the words of John Locke:

"Every Man has a Property in his own Person. This no Body has any Right to but himself. The Labor of his Body, and the Work of his Hands, we may say, are properly his. The great and chief end therefore, of Men uniting into Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the Preservation of their Property."

27 posted on 04/10/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: deport

Sad, another likely ward of the state gone.

Life is tough, it is a lot tougher when you are stupid.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 7:16:41 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: deport

Such a wholesome looking boy..


29 posted on 04/10/2012 7:28:16 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy; super7man
Bastiat’s “The Law” is a masterpiece.

It should be required reading in every civics class.

30 posted on 04/10/2012 7:32:38 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Don’t break into houses.


31 posted on 04/10/2012 7:34:48 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: bramps

I’m sorry. I thought your comment could have been read to lament the death of a 14 year old burglar. Clearly now I see that I was wrong.


32 posted on 04/10/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: agere_contra

were they adults in many states in would be felony murder

you commit a crime resulting in death even if you didn’t shoot


33 posted on 04/10/2012 7:41:48 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: bramps

Have you ever reaad the Old Testament?

God seemed to condone a lot of killing of those who wouldn’t follow His rules.


34 posted on 04/10/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: hoosierham

Good shooting Citizen. Civilization thanks you.


35 posted on 04/10/2012 7:44:47 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: marktwain

The homeowner did nothing wrong. IMO.


36 posted on 04/10/2012 7:55:19 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: marktwain

There’s another thread running in which these thugs would be called “daring kids.”


37 posted on 04/10/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: marktwain

I don’t think they have Civics anymore


38 posted on 04/10/2012 8:00:54 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: BuffaloJack

Yep. If he had been in school he would not have gotten shot. At 14 you are old enough to know right from wrong.


39 posted on 04/10/2012 8:07:45 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: MissMagnolia
-- ‘Hood’ Middle School .....

In sports are they known as the 'Hoodies?'

40 posted on 04/10/2012 8:09:46 AM PDT by QT3.14 ( European-American (/sarc))
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To: Vigilanteman

Amen.


41 posted on 04/10/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: hoosierham

Yes, I have read the Old Testament. Have you read the New Testament? If so, I have one very simple question going back to my first post, so please don’t go into other subjects:
Would Christ consider it a ‘better’ world because this 14 year old is dead? He would not blame the homeowner. I’d bet that he would scream at the kids parents, politicians, and entitlement programs that induce the absentee parenting that result in most of these kids. But he would not consider it a ‘better’ world because this kid is dead. That was my only point.


42 posted on 04/10/2012 8:36:10 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: marktwain
It would probably bother me after the fact, but would have done exactly what the home owner did without hesitation.
Somebody breaking into my house, I go into the I win, you lose mode.
43 posted on 04/10/2012 8:54:49 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: agere_contra

Don’t forget truancy.


44 posted on 04/10/2012 9:13:49 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Well, he doesn’t look like Obama’s son so it is no big deal.


45 posted on 04/10/2012 9:34:28 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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