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Texas State Lawmaker Opposing Deadly Force Bill Shoots Would-Be Thief

Monday, July 09, 2007

HOUSTON â€" A state lawmaker who opposed a bill giving Texans stronger right to defend themselves with deadly force pulled a gun and shot a man he says was trying to steal copper wiring from a construction site, police said Monday.

Rep. Borris Miles told police he was fixing a leak on the second floor of the Houston house he's building Sunday night when he heard a noise downstairs and saw two men trying to steal the copper. After Miles confronted the pair, one of the men threw a pocketknife at him, Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties.

Miles, a former law enforcement officer, shot the man in the left leg, police said. The wounded suspect was being treated at a Houston hospital. Police were trying to identify the other suspect.

Charges of aggravated robbery are pending against the wounded suspect, Senties said.

Police said Miles, who is in his freshman term, is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. No charges have been filed against Miles, Senties said.

Miles, a Democrat, voted against a bill that gives Texans stronger legal right to defend themselves with deadly force in their homes, vehicles, and workplaces. The so-called "castle doctrine," passed by the Legislature this year, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force. The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
 

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legacy38 said:
Let's see, a hit in the lower left extremity....

Somebody jerked the trigger. Somebody jerked the trigger.
Nah... He opposes deadly force, but seemingly supports injurous force. :?
 

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legacy38 said:
Let's see, a hit in the lower left extremity....

Somebody jerked the trigger. Somebody jerked the trigger.
Well, if he was drawing from a right side holster, he probably just shot too early, like what happens in most SD scenarios.
 

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Man, you beat me! I had the link copied and everything!

Don't get it twisted, he is all for his rights to defend himself... it's just everyone else he has a problem with.

Typical.
 

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This one is better than the guy in Ohio who got mugged and then bought a gun. This guy actually had to use his.
 

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Hopefully the shootee will sue Rep. Borris Miles. Even though the Castle Doctrine isn't effective until 1 September (he won't be protected) it will illustrate to him the importance of the protection afforded in the legislation he voted against.
 

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merlock said:
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Malum Prohibitum said:
Threw a pocketknife at him?
It was an assault pocketknife!
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But, now we must start thinking about the children and getting these demon knives banned! :p :shakehead:
That will be very difficult, so let's first introduce legislation that will disallow the vertical foregrip, instead only allowing the icepick grip.
 

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I wonder if it was one of those cheapy made in china/pakistan assault pocket knives. We must ban the importation of such accessible evil weaponry.
 
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