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Burglar Locks Up Homeowner in His Own Gun Closet, Gets Shot
Although there are often reports of idiotic burglars who fall asleep or do other unbelievable things while attempting to rob a house, this case might just be the stupidest.
Three burglars entered a man's home in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon and quickly locked up the man who lived there. They believed they locked him up in a closet, but the closet was actually home to the man's gun collection.
The man waited for awhile, and then emerged from the closet carrying a gun. He went downstairs to see if the burglars had left, and when he saw one of them, the two began exchanging gunfire.
Though the robber tried shooting the man, the homeowner won the gunfight as he shot the burglar in the shoulder and leg.
Not being a very supportive team, the two other burglars fled the scene in a Chevrolet Tahoe and left their injured accomplice to fend for himself.
The burglar ran out of the house but soon collapsed on the street, crying in pain.
The man, said to be in his 20s, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment.
Neighbors say burglaries have been on the rise in recent months, the latest being a robbery where thieves kicked down a door.
"What happened today is exactly what guns are supposed to do - to protect your home and defend your life and your family," neighbor Craig Gaddis said.
Authorities said the man who shot the burglar will not face charges.
Texas' self-defense law is based on the "castle doctrine," meaning that the person being attacked does not have a "duty to retreat."
Deadly force is allowed under the law if the person is being attacked or is trying to defend themselves from an armed person who entered their home.