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Austin, Texas – A man was shot and killed after attempting to break into a home in northeast Austin, Texas, on April 18th, 2023. According to reports, a female resident called 911 at around 5:30 a.m. to report that a man was trying to break into the home. While still on the phone with dispatchers, the caller reported that the man had entered the home.

While on the phone, the residents of the home stated that they were holding back the door as the man tried to break it down. A few moments later, police said the man switched to breaking into the home through a window.

The caller promptly told dispatchers that the man had entered the home and they were shooting at him.

Police arrived on the scene at 5:37 a.m., and the home invader was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later. It is unclear how many people were in the home; authorities have not said who shot the man. But, investigators have determined that the man was shot by one of the residents in self-defense, and no charges have been filed.

Austin-based defense attorney Sam Bassett stated that this shooting was justified under Texas law based on the facts released at this point.

“The person would have a reasonable fear that they could be seriously harmed or even killed by somebody who was acting so aggressively and so violently in entering the home,” said Bassett.

This incident marks the city’s 23rd homicide of 2023. The growing need for law-abiding Americans to have increased ways to defend themselves and protect loved ones is becoming more apparent. As demonstrated in this case, having a firearm in the home can be the difference between life and death. It is essential for individuals to understand their rights and the laws regarding self-defense in their state.



In Texas, the state’s “castle doctrine” law allows individuals to use deadly force to protect themselves, their families, or their property against intruders without fear of prosecution. The law assumes that if an intruder unlawfully enters a home, they intend to commit a violent act, and the homeowner can use deadly force to protect themselves.

The positive outcome for these homeowners highlights the importance of being prepared to defend oneself and loved ones with deadly force in potentially life-threatening situations. Understanding the laws and having the proper training and equipment can make all the difference. While no one wants to take a life, having the ability to protect oneself and loved ones can provide peace of mind and ensure their safety in dangerous situations.

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