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West Dallas business owner kills 2 suspected burglars in 3 weeks

09:32 PM CDT on Sunday, October 14, 2007
By MARISSA ALANIS / The Dallas Morning News
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A Ledbetter-area business owner fatally shot a suspected burglar Sunday morning – the second time in three weeks that he killed an intruder, Dallas police said.

James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding in the 2000 block of Chalk Hill Road in West Dallas, was alerted to the intruder when his motion sensor system activated about 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Mr. Walton, who also lives at his business, went downstairs with a shotgun and fired at a man who had broken in. The intruder was later identified by police as Jimmy Gannon of Ferris.

Police said Mr. Walton also noticed another man outside Sunday. Mr. Walton shot and wounded that man. He escaped, but a witness eventually led police to him. The man, whom police did not immediately identify, was questioned by officers Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Gannon, 37, was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he died.

Police said Mr. Walton is allowed to protect his property. No charges were filed against him Sunday, though the case will be referred to a grand jury, police said.

"He's got a right to defend his property. What gives a stranger the right to go in and vandalize or burglarize his business?" said Dallas police Sgt. Gene Reyes. "He's within every legal right to do this."

Mr. Walton could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Dallas police Sgt. Andrew Harvey said he doesn't believe anything was stolen from Mr. Walton's business on Sunday.

On Sept. 22, Mr. Walton shot and killed a man he saw climbing through a pried-open window of his business, police said. The intruder was later identified as Raul Laureles. That incident also was referred to a grand jury.
 

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He should get a commendation for helping the police rid the city of criminals!

The message to criminals should be clear in that city. Stay away from his place of business and only break into gun free zones like Liberals homes and public schools!
 

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That tears it. I'm moving to Texas.
 

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In Oregon the DA would have your butt in Jail! You would never get away with killing someone just because they broke into your home or business.

The rule is you have to "fear for your life!" The Grand Jury would hang you from a liberal tree in downtown Portland with all the aniti-gun folks doing a dance around the tree!

So you have to make sure the BG is coming towards you with a weapon in his/her hand and then you can defend yourself. If he/she runs when they hear you coming you have to let them go or hold them for the police if they will allow you to do so. They know you can't shoot so it would be a matter of them making the assessment, "is the owner a loose cannon that will shoot me" or can I chance it and bolt out the door!

So you have to tell the BG that you are very ill with a serious mental problem, you can't find your medication and you really don't know if you can keep from pulling the trigger or not, so they better not move or temp you. The voices are telling me to shoot but I am fighting the voices! Please don't move because it gives the "voices" in my head power! That statement might work and hold them in place long enough for the police to arrive.
 

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In Oregon the DA would have your butt in Jail! You would never get away with killing someone just because they broke into your home or business.
Unless, of course, it is his home or business, then suddenly there is a need to defend yourselves. The textbook definition of liberal hypocrisy comes from these people.
 

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SatanzBountyHunter said:
In Oregon the DA would have your butt in Jail! You would never get away with killing someone just because they broke into your home or business.
Unless, of course, it is his home or business, then suddenly there is a need to defend yourselves. The textbook definition of liberal hypocrisy comes from these people.
Maybe liberals are the ones doing the breaking and entering and its just self preservation??
 
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