A Texas father of two fatally shot one intruder from a gang of three that invaded his home and held his family at gunpoint. The home located on 18th street in Port Arthur was also targeted in a subsequent shooting attack that took place the following day, while a blaze engulfed the property at midnight.
"The homeowner fired several shots at the suspect, who was pronounced deceased on scene," Sgt. Shannon Meaux told Port Arthur News. "The other two suspects fled the area before officers arrived."
The suspects, including the deceased, identified as 27-year-old Terence Ellies, are believed to have known the property residents. The initial attack also commenced when a female resident arrived at home. It was suspected that the criminals either trailed or waited for the woman to get home.
Police reports say the house was deserted during the second shooting and fire outbreak. The cause of the blaze wasn't determined and questions remained on whether it was a deliberate attempt to torch the building.
Port Arthur Detective Mike Hebert suggested that the attack was possibly premeditated and carefully planned. One resident suggested that it was gang-related, although Port Arthur police department investigators refused to confirm the connection.
"Our law enforcement will not say what it all is. It’s all gang-related," a resident told Port Arthur News. "[Criminals] get together and rob and steal."
Meanwhile, Rep. Terry Meza filed House Bill 196 seeking to revise the Castle Doctrine, making it the responsibility of homeowners to retreat when confronted by armed invaders. In this case, the father of two would have to leave his family at the mercy of the criminals, whose intentions were far from good.
"I'm not condoning stealing, it is against the law," Meza said after filing the bill. "but it's not an offense that is punishable by death."
Meza added that her bill "would require a homeowner to exhaust the potential of safely retreating into their habitation before using deadly force in defense of themselves or their property."
According to Rep. Meza, prohibiting law-abiding citizens from defending themselves against armed criminals would make Texas safe. Unsurprisingly, Meza, and other gun-control activists, only prioritize the safety of dangerous criminals.
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