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TX: Firefighter fatally shot by woman outside Montgomery County
abclocal.go.com ^ | 18 March, 2014 | Demond Fernandez

Posted on 03/22/2014 12:20:43 PM PDT by marktwain

PORTER HEIGHTS, TX (KTRK) -- A 64-year-old woman opened fire and killed a man she says was trying to get into her Montgomery County home. According to an HFD spokesperson, that man happened to be a Houston firefighter and he may have been at the woman's house by mistake.

According to investigators, a 64-year-old woman was home alone on Monday night when she says she heard a noise and saw a man outside. Deputies say the woman claims she told that guy to leave and shot him twice as he attempted to enter the house.

"(The) person then attempted to gain entry into the house," said Sgt. Dan Zienteck with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. "She fired twice through the door, striking the person. The sheriff's office and EMS responded. The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital."

We've learned the man was her neighbor, Samuel Keen, 27. Detectives say the three year veteran Houston firefighter was out drinking with his friends at a bar in south Montgomery County Monday night. They say he took a taxi home and they believe he was intoxicated when he approached his neighbor's home.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; drunk; firefighter; tx
If you are drunk, and your key does not work, do not try to break down the door. You may be at the wrong house, and your attempt may prove fatal.
1 posted on 03/22/2014 12:20:44 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Why wouldn’t the neighbor identify the firefighter through the peephole instead of shooting first and asking questions later? Now she’s going to be the neighborhood leper.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 12:28:06 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: marktwain

“They say he took a taxi home and they believe he was intoxicated when he approached his neighbor’s home.”

For whatever reason, perhaps by mistake or negligence, the taxi driver dropped the firefighter off at the wrong house. Did the firefighter direct the driver to the wrong house or did the taxi driver not stop and drop off his passenger and the correct address?


3 posted on 03/22/2014 12:28:50 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Zhang Fei
Why wouldn’t the neighbor identify the firefighter through the peephole

I'm kinda fond of my right eye. Maybe she is too. I would maybe wait for the sound of splintering wood.

4 posted on 03/22/2014 12:31:23 PM PDT by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: marktwain

Can someone please explain why the headline has to identify him as a “firefighter”? He wasn’t acting in any capacity of a firefighter nor representing the fire dept at the time. His occupation should have nothing to do with it.

He was a drunk intruder who was shot while trying to break into someone else’s house.

The “firefighter” part should be a minor description, if even that, at the bottom of the story. NOT the headline. “He was employed by the XYZ Fire Dept.”

If he was a “massage therapist” or a “grocery clerk” or a myriad other non-descript professions, would the headline of the story be written the same way?

Sheesh! Today’s urinalism.


5 posted on 03/22/2014 12:34:10 PM PDT by hadit2here ("Most men would rather die than think. Many do." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Stentor

even drunk, how could you go to the wrong house and insist on breaking in? If he was married,and trying to sneak in late, you still couldn’t figure out it was the wrong house?
I would like to see a pic of the houses to see if they are townhouses all alike.


6 posted on 03/22/2014 12:34:20 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Zhang Fei

She determined that she did not know him and told him to leave.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 12:36:16 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: marktwain
Nice slant to this thing. It makes it sound like "Hero Firefighter" was trying to get into the home in to course of his duties and crazy lady shot him

Instead it was drunken lout trying to break in and elderly lady protecting herself.

8 posted on 03/22/2014 12:36:37 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: hadit2here

Because the mediots insist that all “first responders” are somehow heroes.


9 posted on 03/22/2014 12:40:17 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: marktwain

A genuine tragedy.

I live in a condo complex, five floors, unit 205. Twice, I’ve gone to 305 and worked the key in frustration, then my other key, then my wife’s key. Finally, to our amazement my upstairs neighbor opens the door and we have a good laugh. A month later he does the same thing to me. Another laugh.

I don’t own a firearm but support those who do, as they ultimately protect me and my family; but this is a danger that can’t be taken lightly.


10 posted on 03/22/2014 12:40:28 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Zhang Fei

Let’s see now ... nighttime, distorted view through the peephole, perhaps superannuated eyes ... kinda hard to make a positive ID.


11 posted on 03/22/2014 12:40:47 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: clintonh8r
Because the mediots insist that all “first responders” are somehow heroes.

A good point.

This is how firefighters cost $250,000 per year at many locations. They are given these salaries and benefits because the other party is owned by their union and the public's perception of "hero" can't be swayed.

On the other hand, the applicant pool is long and deep for these positions and cost could be reduced significantly.

12 posted on 03/22/2014 12:44:51 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: hadit2here

Agree. The guys occupation has nothing to do with this story.


13 posted on 03/22/2014 12:46:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: marktwain

The woman told authorities she was alone in her brick home in the 20600 block of
Youpon Lane when she heard a noise about 9:30 p.m. and saw the figure of a man
through her opaque glass door.

She said she ordered the man to leave, telling him she was armed and would shoot if
he kept trying to come in.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/article/Houston-firefighter-fatally-shot-by-neighbor-5326991.php

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No charges have been filed at this time but the case will be presented to the
Montgomery County Grand Jury, Fitzgerald said.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/hfd-firefighter-shot-dies-after-trying-to-enter-neighbor-s/article_bae62421-9ae7-5243-8ee6-57263636adbc.html


14 posted on 03/22/2014 12:47:55 PM PDT by deport
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Thanks for the reasoned summary ;)


15 posted on 03/22/2014 12:48:24 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: hadit2here

Yeah, from the headline I pictured a home burning home, a firefighter trying to break down the door to gain access, and the occupant shooting him.

I guess I was off a bit.


16 posted on 03/22/2014 12:48:43 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: hadit2here

Point made.


17 posted on 03/22/2014 12:54:24 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

That’s probably what the headline writer wanted you to think.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 12:56:29 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: hadit2here

Totally agree!


19 posted on 03/22/2014 1:03:28 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Zhang Fei

Shooting through the door is not a good idea except in the most dire of circumstances.


20 posted on 03/22/2014 1:15:24 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Jane Long
From what I can tell this does not look like a sub division where all houses look alike.
21 posted on 03/22/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

That’s a question for Rip Torn.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 1:40:49 PM PDT by pallis
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To: smokingfrog
Shooting through the door is not a good idea except in the most dire of circumstances.

Some would say Biden knocking at the door would suffice.

23 posted on 03/22/2014 1:51:08 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Zhang Fei

Apparently she did not know the neighbor so would not have been able to identify him. Sad situation but I can guarantee you that anyone banging on my door late at night is going to find some lead somewhere in them.

Everyone on our cul de sac knows their neighbors and everything about them but when you live on a thru street it is likely most haven’t a clue as to who their neighbors are.


24 posted on 03/22/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: deport

She said she ordered the man to leave, telling him she was armed and would shoot if he kept trying to come in.

that right there is very weird that he would keep coming...if someone says they are going to shoot me I would sober up real quick and quit moving forward.


25 posted on 03/22/2014 2:17:38 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: smokingfrog
Shooting through the door is not a good idea except in the most dire of circumstances.

Quite correct.

26 posted on 03/22/2014 2:30:17 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: marktwain

BUT — If you are drunk enough to kick the door down, you are too drunk to know it’s the wrong house.


27 posted on 03/22/2014 3:31:57 PM PDT by Wombat Ark (Love your life, respect your life, and beautify all things in your life. -- Tecumseh)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Here's a video of the two houses and an interview with a neighbor. I don't have
speakers hooked up so I can't hear the conversation but the two houses are distinctly
different. His has no gate at the front door the house he was trying to get into does.
Shrubbery at her house entrance and not at his. Intoxication messes up the mind.
28 posted on 03/22/2014 3:51:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: marktwain

If her house is in the county, and she shot him outside the county, then her house must be close to the county line. Wonder what county he was in when he was shot.


29 posted on 03/22/2014 4:18:36 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Oliviaforever; All

“For whatever reason, perhaps by mistake or negligence, the taxi driver dropped the firefighter off at the wrong house. Did the firefighter direct the driver to the wrong house or did the taxi driver not stop and drop off his passenger and the correct address?”

We had something like that happen in Northern Wisconsin. The Bus driver dropped off the intoxicated veteran at the wrong house. The vet couldn’t get inside, got even more numb, went “asleep” in the snow at -30 degrees and froze solid.


30 posted on 03/22/2014 4:22:24 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain
I blame Joe Biden.
31 posted on 03/24/2014 2:23:56 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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