This time it’s from Porter, Texas. Yet another 60 ish man in Texas kills yet another person. The Houston Chronicle:
A homeowner in Porter shot and killed a suspected thief Thursday, then had to be hospitalized after suffering from chest pains after the shooting.
The suspect, Rodney Earl Shamlin, 36, died at an area hospital shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department said.
An interview with Mr. Shamlin’s father just aired on the local news. He’s broken-up — near tears — his grandchildren no longer have their father, he no longer has his son. Why? The home owner, Gerald Lynn Southworth had his reason:
Southworth, who reportedly had been the victim of numerous thefts at his home, said he fired once at the man in his yard after the suspect raised an unknown object in his direction, the report states.
The Chronicle already has hundreds of comments attached to the article.
There’s too little info available to make much more of this. What is clear is that the recently passed “castle law” will get a workout.
Also of note — according to one of the commenters at the Chron, there is supposedly a rally and bike ride for Joe Horn happening. I’ll look into it.
Updated: No luck on finding out about the Joe Horn happening. Also, there’s another article in the Chronicle. The dead man — Rodney Earl Shamlin — was on probation for a theft conviction in 2005.
Shamlin’s father, Lenard Shamlin Jr., said he doesn’t believe his son was trying to steal from Southworth. He said Shamlin was probably looking for the homeowner to ask about some old cars on the property. He said Shamlin bought old cars and sold them to scrap yards.
Still no word on what the “unknown object” was.