Port Aransas, Texas

From the Corpus Christi Caller Times of November 30, 2007

Port A homeowner shoots burglar

A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest about 11:15 p.m. Thursday by a homeowner who caught the man burglarizing his home, police said.

The 42-year-old homeowner confronted the intruder inside his home with a .22-caliber pistol, said Detective Mark Stokes, investigator for the Port Aransas Police Department. Police declined to release the home’s location or the name and occupation of the homeowner because of possible retaliation, Stokes said.

The shooting victim was conscious while being taken by Halo-Flight to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial, emergency rescuers said. He remained in intensive care Friday in stable condition, Stokes said.

Investigators will present information to the district attorney before arresting the suspect, Stokes said.

A woman was also at home at the time of the incident, but was not involved, Stokes said, and the homeowner was not charged.

By Texas statute a homeowner has the right to defend themselves and their property, he said.

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