From The Blaze (emphasis mine):
An armed elderly man in Dallas shot and killed a suspected burglar after finding him trying to break into his Dallas home this week. However, he was also forced to defend his actions after the would-be robber’s family showed up at his home.
The homeowner, a repeat burglary victim, found 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkins attempting to climb in the house through the window and fired at least one shot at the criminal, hitting his target.
Dallas police Sgt. Calvin Johnson told KDFW-TV that the homeowner is covered by the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which provides legal protection to gun owners in Texas and other states who are forced to use deadly force against a home intruder.
“It means they don’t actually have to retreat once someone comes in their home,” Johnson said. “You have the option of using deadly force if you believe your life is in danger.”
Old man at home. Young man trying to come in – without a key or invite. “My home is my Castle” – an acknowledgement of the right to self-defense of Personage and Property. After all, nothing says “malfeasance” to a “host” than using the back window instead of the front door. But wait, there’s more!
Once police identified the suspect as Pipkins, officers notified his family. Some of those family members showed up at the house and expressed their anger at the homeowner for not issuing a “warning.”
“He could have used a warning,” Lakesha Thompson, Pipkins’ sister-in-law, said. “He could have let him know that he did have a gun on his property and he would use it in self-defense.”
The suspect reportedly had a extensive criminal record and had served time in prison. He was previously convicted of theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.
Right. Did “no longer a young’un” Deyfon Pipkins offer a “hello, may I come in to rob you and rough you up a bit” warning? Wouldn’t that have been the “prim & proper” thing to do to show politeness to his victim? Sure, Lakesha, let’s expect mercy from the intended victim – but not from the perp?
A perfect example of Progressive thought, though: It is not the armed homeowner that is innocent – it is the now dead criminal. After all, if that homeowner hadn’t been armed, Perp Pipkins would still be alive…and so would the homeowner.
Or would he?