GUN Burglar possibly shot by 2 different homeowners in the same night

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Jun 9, 2004
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    Dec. 17, 2007, 12:26PM
    Homeowner says fatal shooting was self-defense

    Damon Barone, shown here, says he was protecting his family when he shot at a suspected burglar who tried to enter through one of the windows of his west Harris County home.
    Courtesy of the Barone family

    A man who fatally shot a burglar coming in a window of his home said the dead man may already have been shot at — possibly by another neighbor.

    "There were bullet holes in my back fence," Damon Barone said today.

    Barone said he fired four shots at Steven Dunbar, who was found shoeless after he died halfway into Barone's master bedroom window around 2 a.m. Friday. But Barone said today he does not believe any of his shots could account for the bullet holes in his backyard fence.

    "No one has come forward, but that may be because of that Joe Horn thing," Barone said. "I think (Dunbar) was possibly breaking into another house and was running from another neighbor."

    Barone referred to a November incident in which Pasadena resident Joe Horn fatally shotgunned two men burglarizing his nextdoor neighbor's home. Questions about the legality of that shooting are expected to be submitted to a grand jury.

    Contrary to early accounts of the Barone home shooting issued by the Harris County Sheriff's Department Friday, Barone said he was awake and working in his home office before he shot Dunbar.

    Barone said he heard two gunshots while he ran to get his pistol from his car in the garage. In addition, Barone said he heard noise through the back wall of his home that he believes was caused by at least two people banging against the house during a struggle. A screen section of a sliding glass door was torn off.

    Soon after, Barone said he heard glass breaking in his bedroom.

    "I saw an upper torso coming through the window but it was covered by the curtains," Barone said. "I fired three shots."

    Barone said he ran out his front door and quickly checked around the outside of his house, then ran back inside.

    Back in the bedroom, Barone said he saw an arm still hanging inside the window and he fired another shot "where I thought the head would be."

    Barone had directed his wife and infant daughter and his six-year-old son to hide in a bathtub when chaos erupted around the house, he said. His wife and the baby were asleep on his office couch when the shooting started and his son was in his own bedroom, Barone said.

    "When (people) were in the backyard fighting, I had no intention of going outside or using deadly force or anything like that," said Barone, 33. "But when I heard glass breaking, I knew something was going to happen. That changed everything."

    Barone said he knows he did the right thing by shooting at Dunbar.

    "I was protecting my family," he said. "I think anyone with a guy coming into their house like that would have done the same thing. "

    Sheriff's Sgt. Rolf Nelson said today investigators "are not prepared to comment further" on the circumstances of Dunbar's shooting.

    Barone said he works in the accounting division of a waste company and attends the University of Houston, where he is taking communications courses.

    Barone's home is in the 3400 block of Cascadia in west Harris County. Dunbar lived about three blocks away on Wingdale in the Forest View subdivision, records show. Winnie Constable, who owns the Wingdale home and lived with Dunbar there, today declined comment on the case.

    Barone said he never met Dunbar.

    Barone said he had a large Rottweiler but the animal died recently from poisoning. He speculated that whoever killed the animal might have been setting up his home for a burglary.

    Investigators said Dunbar, 44, had a long criminal history, with a dozen felony arrests in the last 13 years and a half dozen convictions. Charges included theft and drugs.

    "With his extensive criminal background, it's amazing to me somebody hasn't already gotten him," Barone said.

    Still, Barone said he feels sorry for any friends or family Dunbar had.

    "I know there's someone out there who loved him and is grieving," he said. "I am sorry for them."

    Despite his experience, Barone said he has no plans to move from his normally quiet neighborhood but he will have a burglar alarm installed.

    "I'm not going anywhere," he said.

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  2. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 New Member

    Feb 26, 2004
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    I wonder when Quanell X is gonna show up :run:
  3. t1h

    t1h Guest

    why does him working for a waste company in accounting and going to college have anything to do with the shooting story?
  4. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

    Oct 3, 2005
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    Probably the reporter showing how great his investigative skills are.:coolugh:
  5. jeepilot

    jeepilot Banned

    Aug 12, 2005
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    The only thing that gets me about this shooting is that after shooting at him 3 times, he goes outside, and then comes back in to finish him off? Especially "where I thought the head would be". You shoot to stop the threat, not to kill. that's the only legal part that makes me question whether or not the last shot was justified. It's obvious that he was dead.... UNLESS that last shot was under the presumption that the guy was still coming through the window.
  6. GTP

    GTP New Member

    Nov 9, 2004
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    In my lab. In Canada.
    the reporter is a moran
  7. [DWI]

    [DWI] Master of Nothing

    Aug 6, 2000
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    I have no idea, and for the principles of the shooting, it really does not. It is nice to see a gun owner portrayed as the average working man and not the crazy hick next door.

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