On January 21st a son in Van Zandt County, Texas, saw a man attacking his father with a rifle, so he shot and killed him.
According to the Dallas Morning News, a homeowner “awoke to see a man burglarizing his pickup truck.” He grabbed a rifle and went out and fired a shot at the burglar, who ran. The homeowner then noticed a second truck “parked in the dark near the roadway” and went to investigate.
When he got to the truck he saw the keys were in the ignition and assumed it was the suspected burglar’s vehicle. He took the keys out of the truck “to prevent [the burglar] from leaving the scene.” As he did this, the suspect accosted him, disarmed him, and began “assaulting him with the rifle.”
When the son saw the burglar “raising the rifle” toward his father, he shot the suspect, killing him instantly.
Afterward, Van Zandt county sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray said, “We are a nation of laws. It’s unfortunate that a young man had to die this morning… because of a bad decision he made to violate the rights of a law-abiding citizen.”
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