‘I wasn’t going to have my dad die in front of me’

Jennifer Cruz
January 24, 2014

A burglary suspect is dead after an early morning confrontation with a homeowner and his son at their Van Zandt County, Texas, residence Tuesday.

The homeowner, who did not wish to share his name, told reporters that he was sitting in a recliner in his house when he heard the suspect’s truck drive down the rural road around 4 a.m. When he looked outside, he saw the suspect rummaging through the homeowner’s truck in front of his house.

The homeowner armed himself with a rifle and walked outside to confront the man he found on his property. According to the homeowner, he only intended to hold the suspect until police arrived, but when the suspect saw the armed homeowner, he took off running. The homeowner then began firing at him, but missed.

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