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Resident kills 1, wounds 1 during break-in
By Alejandro Martinez Cabrera -

One man died and another man was critically injured Tuesday night after they tried to break into a house near Olmos Park and were met with gunfire.

The men, both in their mid-20s, kicked open the door at a house in the 100 block of Horace Street around 11:30 p.m. and entered, said San Antonio Police Sgt. John Slaughter. A resident in the home fired several rounds at the intruders with a handgun.

One of the intruders, who was armed, collapsed on the sidewalk outside the house, where he was pronounced dead. The other intruder was critically injured and transported to University Hospital.

The homeowner was unharmed, Slaughter said.

"I don't think (the deceased person) even had a chance to fire (his weapon)," he said.

Police are investigating whether the attempted home invasion was a robbery or if the intruders had another motive.

Relatives and neighbors of the said break-ins and vehicle robberies were common in the block.

The shootings happened two days after a West Side homeowner shot and injured a 15-year-old boy as the teen and his father attempted to break into a residence. The 33-year-old homeowner was not charged in Monday's shooting.

A man and his son tried to break into a far West Side home on Monday, police said, but failed when the homeowner shot and injured the 15-year-old boy. Several homicides were justified under state law, including the so-called "castle doctrine," which allows property owners to use deadly force to protect homes. Across the country, justified homicides are up, according to recent reports.

The latest incidents followed a year in which San Antonio's justified homicides more than doubled from seven in 2007 to 17 in 2008.

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    The shootings happened two days after a West Side homeowner shot and injured a 15-year-old boy as the teen and his father attempted to break into a residence.
    :o :o :o

    Nothing like a little father-son bonding....  :vomit

    Good for the homeowners.  And God bless Texas.

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    Hell, yes. Love it. Not a proponent of unnecessarily killing people, but if you break into my house and it comes down to you or me, screw you (you being the bad guys, not the peace loving folk of WTA).

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    So, what has prompted this rise in justifiable homicide?  A rise in the rates of breaking and entering/home invasion?  An increase in gun ownership?  An increase in home owner preparedness?  A decrease in criminal IQ?

    Any ideas?
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    My grandfolks live in San Antonio, and they told me about the rise in crime. They say it's mostly due to illegal immigration. I have no idea whether they are right or not.
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    Why is this on the rise?   Lots of guesses, and I don't really know about SA.

    I have not seen stats, but it feels like it is on the rise in Houston, too.   Here the commentary is all that it's a matter of homeowners being fed up and not gonna take it anymore.
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    So, what has prompted this rise in justifiable homicide?  A rise in the rates of breaking and entering/home invasion?  An increase in gun ownership?  An increase in home owner preparedness?  A decrease in criminal IQ?

    Any ideas?
    Perhaps it is just my perception but it seems that home invasions have sharply increased. In the past I don't recall the criminals going into occupied homes like they do now.   

    Perhaps it is just the media making more of the "poor criminal' getting killed?  They generally show little restraint in their disdain for the average citizen defending himself. 
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    Well, part of why it may be up is simply a change in reporting.  With the Castle Doctrine in play, a shooting that happens today and is called JH may not have been "declared" JH 3 years ago.

    Second, with Castle getting press, more and more people REALIZE they don't have to TAKE IT, they don't have to FLEE, and they're going out of their way to be prepared.  HOORAY for that!

    And yeah, God Bless Texas.  :)
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