Harris County – On September 10, a Texas teenager protected his family from armed home invaders with a shotgun. Police responded to a residence in Channelview, Texas at around 10:40 p.m. on reports of a shooting in progress.
retrieved a shotgun and discharged it several times striking two of the suspects. Both males were pronounced deceased at the scene. The 3rd suspect fled in a dark colored, 4-door sedan. There were no other reported injuries. The case will be presented to a grand jury. The 2/3
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 10, 2022
The home was occupied by a woman, a 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys. When the suspects attempted to enter the residence, one of the 17-year-olds grabbed a shotgun and discharged it at the suspects. Two of them were killed, the others fled the scene in a dark 4-door sedan. (ABC17).
When police arrived, they found two suspects dead on the lawn by the side of the residence. The suspects were all wearing masks and were armed, according to police. Conflicting news reports said three or four suspects. KTRK received a surveillance video that shows 4 suspects rather than three parking near the home.
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Police stated that they would turn over the case to a grand jury. The incident is still under investigation, and police are asking for anyone iwht informaitono this incident to contact them.
It was unclear from the news reports whether the Texas teenager or the suspects’actions were the point of the garnd jury. Texas has a strong Stand Your Ground Law (Castle Doctrine) that does not require retreat when the need for self-defense arises.
The two biggest questions in cases involving the Castle Doctrine are whether the force was “reasonable” and whether it was timely. In other words, you can only use reasonable force to protect your property, and you are only protected if you use such force immediately after the trespass or while is the trespasser is trying to get away.
In Texas, the use of deadly force to protect your property is permitted in certain situations. For example, to legally use deadly force, you must have a reasonable belief that the trespasser is attempting to commit arson, burglary, robbery, theft (during nighttime hours), or criminal mischief. You must also reasonably believe that the use of non-lethal force would not be effective or that it would subject you to “substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.” Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog
The Texas teenager was most definitely protecting his family from armed intruders.
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