Texas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man During Car Break-In

Bob Irwin dissects the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. What went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.

Texas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man During Car Break-In
Texas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man During Car Break-In
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-(Ammoland.com)- Click 2 Houston reports this week (5/9) in Harris County, Texas: a man suspected of breaking into a car was shot and killed Monday by a homeowner.

According to investigators, the suspect was breaking into the homeowner’s pickup truck just before 5 a.m. The vehicle was parked in front of a house in the 12100 block of Oak Park Drive.

The owner, who was tipped off by his barking dogs, spotted the man inside the truck, called 911, and went out with a gun.

Deputies said the 54-year-old homeowner and the 27-year-old suspect had an altercation and the homeowner shot the suspect one time, killing him.

Investigators said the wounded man tried to run away before he collapsed in a ditch near a neighbor’s house. Deputies said he was alive when the ambulance arrived but died before Life Flight landed.

One neighbor said crime in the neighborhood has gotten worse since Christmas. She said after hearing news of the break-in and shooting, she is taking swift action.

“I’m actually going to buy a gun right now,” she said. “I’m not wasting any time.”


Again a Texas case where laws let citizens shoot bad guys to recover stolen property or prevent escape. Not the same rule for cops however as they are usually judged in Federal Courts with tighter case law.

In this incident, not going out to confront the bad guy could have saved this resident a lot of upcoming inconvenience. The investigation and possible litigation are expensive and time consuming.

Unless this shooter is a sociopath, he may also have some personal life changing repercussions. It’s always a good idea to seek some professional counseling to deal with the self-doubt after being forced to take a life

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Yup he sure as hell did.


,I noticed you are very conveniently leaving out the attack part of this encounter. That’s why he got shot ! The homeowner didn’t invite this scum over to his property at 5:00 AM to break into his truck and attack him.


I can’t replace my property either , the thief he got what he deserves. Yup he deserved to die for whatever he was stealing.

Wild Bill

“… in Federal Courts with tighter case law.” What the hell does that mean, Bob Irwin? Are you implying that the trial courts, appellate courts, and supreme courts of the various fifty states are somehow intellectually inferior?

ed silva

as a 69 yr. old man w/ a chl, I am too old to fight & too proud to run. I have worked for everything I have including several firearms. if I need to use it to protect MY property even if only I nickel I will after all it is my nickel. just look the news & see how crime has gone out of control.


@Mr.Silva,I agree with you 100% ! It’s your property that you worked hard for and you plan to keep by all means possible. Do what you have to do to protect your life and property. Criminal thugs don’t want to work for anything. They would prefer to steal from law-abiding citizens like yourself. In Texas we defend our property and our lives ! Take care !


Irwin,in Texas we don’t let criminals steal our stuff,threaten us,kill us,without a fight,especially on our own property. We have no duty to retreat,run and hide as you always suggest. It’s called a ‘stand your ground state’ ! Do you understand that concept or do you suggest everyone be the coward ? Have you ever seen bumper stickers that say ‘there’s nothing in this truck worth dying for’ ? That’s because people in Texas work for what they own,and pay money for what they own,and plan to keep it ! You seem to think hide and cower in your house and… Read more »


Which begs the question – Why do Lefty Liberal crime victims go to inner city ‘garage sales’? To buy their stuff back.


@Janek,this guy Irwin is taking being an idiot to a whole new level. In Texas,you have no duty to retreat anywhere you encounter a criminal,anywhere ! But this idiot says we should retreat ‘on our own property’ ! He thinks calling 911 and hiding in your house until police show up is the answer. You know the old saying,’when seconds count the police are only minutes away’ ! Janek,have you ever heard of this guy Irwin before ?


You are using the “stand your ground” clause too broadly. What Texas has for protecting property is different. It should be law in every state, though. He is right that every bullet comes with a lawyer. You could kill the leader of ISIS standing in front of you with a suicide vest and an AK, and his family will still sue you. Me personally, I am not afraid to fight off a lawsuit for doing the right thing.


,I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6. In Texas I encourage all LTC holders to enroll in Texas Law Shield. If involved in a self defense/protection of property type shooting they provide lawyers,investigation,etc. Its basically insurance to protect you in the event of any criminal charges being filed. Texas law protects law-abiding citizens rights not the criminal. You will never be charged criminally in a ‘good shooting’ by definition. You’re talking civil charges I think. If you have no liability criminally you have to civil action anyway.


Yep,no doubt about it,Bob Irwin is a full blown idiot ! Stay in a NV old man !