Dallas, Texas

From Dallas’ WFAA.com of October 15, 2007

Man kills 2 suspected burglars in 3 weeks

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.

From Fort Worth’s MyFoxFW.com of November 20, 2007

Dallas Man ‘Justified’ in Shooting Two Burglars on His Property, Grand Jury Says

The owner of a West Dallas machine shop will not face charges for shooting and killing two burglars on his property.

A Grand Jury determined the actions of James Walton were justified.

Walton shot the two men while they were each committing separate burglaries at the shop where he works and lives.

He told FOX 4 that he is relieved the ordeal is over.

Police responded to at least 42 calls for burglaries and thefts at Walton’s place before the shootings.

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