A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, October 15, 2007

Notch Two



DALLAS (WBAP) - A West Dallas business owner shot and killed an intruder in his machine shop Sunday morning, the second time in less than three weeks that a prowler has been killed at the same location.

James Walton, owner of Able Walton Machine & Welding on Chalk Hill Road just north of Interstate 30, told police he was alerted to the prowler by a motion detector in his shop. Walton took a shotgun downstairs and fired at the man he found standing there. 37-year-old Jimmy Gannon of Ferris was later pronounced dead at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

On Sept. 22, Walton shot and killed a man he found climbing through a window of the same business. Police have said both shootings appeared to have been justifiable uses of force to protect private property. Both cases are expected to be reviewed by a grand jury.

Jim Ryan, 24/7 News


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.

By Marissa Alanis / The Dallas Morning News


Maybe the guy needs to put a sign on the gate with tally marks.........

The first shooting........



Part of the aftermath.

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10 Comments:

Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Rock on, Mr. Walton. You deserve a citizenship award.

1:39 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I'm baffled by the asshats in the video who say that robbers shouldn't have any consequences - as though someone who "won life's lottery" by sacrifice and hard work should stand idly by while ne-er-do-wells simply pick their businesses or homes clean of valuables. I say there should be more examples like this. Good on that one neighbor with the courage to say Mr. Walton did the right thing and that it made him feel more secure in the neighborhood.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Breda said...

too bad the days of putting your enemies' heads on pikes are over.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for the naysayers in these "news clips" I wonder how they would react when somone was stealing from them or assaulting them? I say way to go!!! More scum off the streets.
Thad

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

Umm, did it say that either of the thieves threatened him or were armed? It just says he shot them when he found them in his business.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Will said...

Frankly, any look at the history of burglaries, break-ins, or unexpected encounters involving trespassing shows a level of significant hazard for the tenants of the properties. The odds of being harmed dictate a wise person should have deadly force available and ready, and should be prepared to use it if circumstances warrant it. How soon one resorts to shooting should be left up to the individual involved.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Will said...

I think an appropriate sign would be: "If you're found here tonight, you'll be bagged-n-tagged here this morning".

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reporter for the same local TV station "ambushed" the business owner as he was leaving Academy after buying a shotgun to replace the one the cops took as evidence. There's a thread about the interview at AR15.com with links to the video. http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=629207
WARNING - The video will make your blood pressure go up.

3:21 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Um, that news babe looked so much hotter three weeks ago - she needs to go back to doing her hair that way. I'm just saying. I know, you rely on me to make these earth-shaking observations about what matters in life. You're welcome. :P

3:40 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

See my post today on my blog for an update on this story - a Dallas reporter did a hatchet piece on the business owner, ambushing him in a parking lot and accusing him of being trigger-happy and of wanting to kill people. I've put a link to the video and contact info for that station on that post. Outrage. I'm spitting mad.

4:44 AM  

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