In February, I covered the case of Joe Horn, the man who shot dead two thieves who made the mistake of breaking into his neighbor's house. (Original post here)
At the time there was some controversy because he was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher who told him not to interfere. He did:
Horn fatally shot the burglars, two illegal immigrants from Colombia named Diego Ortiz and Miguel de Jesus. Stephanie Storey, De Jesus' fiancée, wants to see Joe Horn prosecuted.
"This man took the law into his own hands," she said. "He shot two individuals in the back after having been told over and over to stay inside. It was his choice to go outside and his choice to take two lives." - ABC News
Of course it was these two guy's choice to go and try to steal someone else's property. Now I disagree with the dispatcher who told Mr. Horn that nothing was worth being shot over. If it had been my stuff, I definitely would have shot the thieves, if given the opportunity. And one more thing, I would have also shot to kill. (Which is why when I decided on a first gun, I got a .45) Really, why risk these guys getting a stupid idea to try and come after you when/if they ever get out of jail/hospital.
Well today comes news that Mr. Horn will not be facing any criminal charges
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- A Texas man who shot and killed two men he suspected of burglarizing his neighbor's home was cleared in the shootings Monday by a grand jury.
Joe Horn, 61, shot the two men in November after he saw them crawling out the windows of a neighbor's house in the Houston suburb of Pasadena. - CNN
Sure it is sad that two people had to die, but at least it was the right two people. Nobody knows what might have happened had these two invaded a house that was occupied. Also, the police could have prevented this shooting had they gotten there a little quicker. (This is a common claim to leave it to the police) However, as quick as the police were, they would have just missed the robbers had Mr. Horn not intervened. Also, these two had long police records and were just pushing their luck for something like this to happen to them. One of them was sent back home to his country after serving only 5 years of a 25 year prison sentence. Had he been required to serve his full jail term, he never would have ended up in Mr. Horn's sights. It's doesn't matter if he was right or wrong, it was the wrong choice of the two robbers that then forced this man into a position of having to decide interfering or not.
Never Push Your Luck II - 28 Feb 08