BEAUMONT, TEXAS – A man who was allegedly breaking into the home of a former girlfriend was fatally shot by the woman after she called police to report the crime. Beaumont Police said the incident occurred just after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th.
BPD received a 911 call of a burglary at 6:06 p.m. in the 3200 block of Cartwright Street in the South End neighborhood. The female caller stated that her ex-boyfriend was breaking into her home, according to Officer Haley Morrow.
The woman then fired a gun, striking the intruder in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither the victim nor suspect has been identified, according to Jefferson County Precinct One Justice of the Peace Ben Collins, Sr. He has ordered an autopsy on the man, who was reportedly from Georgia.
It appears that the woman acted in self-defense. Forcible entry and attacks by former acquaintances can be very unnerving and victims are often hesitant to use force against someone that they know and have been intimate with. In addition, the intruder / attacker usually has a very good knowledge of the layout of the home or apartment and is familiar with the victim’s schedules. They may also be aware of any security and/or self-defense measures that their victim has in place and may think they know how the victim will react.
This intended victim acted decisively, calling 911 and taking the necessary actions to defend herself while waiting for responding officers to arrive on scene.