Man Who Shot Teen Defends Shooting

Man Who Shot Teen Defends Shooting

There are 38 comments on the NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth story from Mar 3, 2008, titled Man Who Shot Teen Defends Shooting. In it, NBC 5i Dallas/Fort Worth reports that:

A Kaufman man who shot a 15-year-old boy in the arm because the boy was near his front window said he feared the boy and his friend would break into his house.

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Kamber

Arlington, TX

#1 Mar 7, 2008
WOW.. So, now everyone will use "deadly force" if I am walking across someone elses lawn. Granted, I could use the sidewalk but I never know if I want to take a shortcut, have an emergency, or just plain want to upset an oldman. However, I do hope and pray that this man does not get away with shooting a kid based on the fact that he thinks "they kids were going to rob me". Not all kids are out to get you.
Jaybo

United States

#2 Mar 7, 2008
This is another example of how as a person ages they become more easily brought to a state of paranoia. This is a very sad situation that has happened, and my guess is with or without the "castle law" this would have happened. I'll bet the man wasn't even aware of the law that is protecting him. It is a shame the man didn't think thru it for a couple of more seconds, and this whole situation probably could have been avoided.
larry

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Mar 7, 2008
the nurse should have called 911. the parents should teach kids to respect other peoples property. kids now day have no respect. how about negelect because the parrents did not know what their kids were up to at night. to many people do not want to be held accountable for their actions.
J-Allen

Fort Worth, TX

#4 Mar 7, 2008
The age of the man, and the purpose of the yard crossing has nothing to do with it. Respecting other people's things and property is the bottom line. The kids need to show some respect and not be too lazy to use the sidewalk. Our tax dollars pay for the sidewalks and that is what they are built for. Quit walking on peoples lawns for a lazy shortcut!!
Billy

Dallas, TX

#5 Mar 7, 2008
We simply do not have the whole story. Other than what we read, we were not there.
However, this just shows how crazy our world has become. After all, crimes extend from various ages, gender, races, etc...
I wonder if we should post our moral law again,the TEN COMMANDMENTS?
Lauren

Garland, TX

#6 Mar 7, 2008
It is a sad story. What is even more sad is the state that we all live in these days. I completely see why a 74 year old man would be frightened by teenagers walking across his yard...at night. How many stories are there out there where the teen WAS trying to break into the house, how many times have we heard the home invasion stories? People have to live in a paranoid state these days. The man felt he was in danger...and I don't blame him. 15 year olds don't need to be out walking the street at night looking for parties. And if they.. don't walk across someone else's property... they don't know what your up to.
Don

Waxahachie, TX

#7 Mar 7, 2008
He had no reason to shoot that kid. What could those kids done to make him believe he was in such grave danger!!! I don't believe so.
texas1starr

Hurst, TX

#8 Mar 7, 2008
If the boys were just passing through the yard, how did the old man have time to get to a gun and shoot if they weren't lingering. The old man just got scared and wanted the upper hand. Can you blame him with all the crime going on these days. My heart sincerely goes out to the boy who lost his mother. Thats a tragegy he will most likely blame himself for, for a very long time. Sad, lives can change in an instant of stupidity.
j rod

Fort Worth, TX

#9 Mar 7, 2008
I feel awful about what happened. I am a father of two myself. I try to teach my kids about respecting other peoples property and rights.I also live next door to an elderly man that has the same problem. Kids (10-17 yrs.old)cutting through his yard. He has posted signs, he has roped off the area, and has even told the kids on many occasions not to pass through his property.The fact is KIDS DO NOT LISTEN! I feel bad for both families, but the man had and used his rights that The Great USA allows us to use. No charges should be filed in this case.
J-Allen

Fort Worth, TX

#10 Mar 7, 2008
Don, Let me ask you something. The next time you see a burglar or murderer or rapist coming towards you, see if you can tell before they commit the crime!! The point is, you don't know, because they aren't holding a sign that says: "Hey, I'm about to commit a crime against you!" Lesson to be learned: If your not a criminal w/ bad intentions, STAY OFF OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPERTY!! If you don't, they might think your a criminal and take action. I know I'm never crossing someone elses yard, out of respect and the knowledge that they might take action thinking I'm a criminal w/out my warning sign up.
texas1starr

Hurst, TX

#11 Mar 7, 2008
To Kamber from an 1 hour ago, I work in a hospital and elderly people can become very panicky, and extreme in their thinking. They are not always reasonable and can easily get carried away.
jeremy

United States

#12 Mar 7, 2008
This is a simple case tha man is 74 years old and was in fear of burglury he had every right according to tha " castle law" i know if i was in this mans shoes i would have done tha same thing and in only 29 this gentleman had tha right to deffend his property so he did its cut and dry no 1 was killed in this tha mother was by some freak accedent i beilive this case was over before it got started.
Don

Waxahachie, TX

#13 Mar 7, 2008
I could understand if the kid was tampering with his window or something but just standing there!!!
Don

Waxahachie, TX

#14 Mar 7, 2008
We all did stupid stuff when we were younger
maybe he should of yelled to them and they would of been just as scared as he was. Then, if they didnt respond then use the gun.. But I bet they would of ran away. Then call the police. I'm just saying it could of been handled a little different.
Goodness it is getting to be like the cowboy days!!
z-cat

United States

#15 Mar 7, 2008
People are to quick to judge and to GUN happy !!!!!!
z-cat

United States

#16 Mar 7, 2008
People are to quick to judge and to GUN happy !!!!!
Jill

Dallas, TX

#17 Mar 7, 2008
What has happened was a tragedy no matter how you slice it. But there are several things to consider. The first of these being why were the boys sneaking around the house so close to the windows? Why were they even out of the house that late at night? Did law officers even follow up to see if there was a party? Also, if the descriptions are correct, this was a rural/semi-rural area. The people in these areas are not used to having anyone outside their windows at this time of night and if the blinds moved and the other boy saw it, I think there may be more to the story. This is an unfortunate tragedy and I think that more investigating should go into these circumstances than meets the eye.
Don

Waxahachie, TX

#18 Mar 7, 2008
AMEN- Z-cat
MrCorvette96

Dallas, TX

#19 Mar 7, 2008
Mr Frosch had every right to shoot that boy. in the country you do not cross onto peoples land. These boys had to cross through a wired fence to get there, they should of walked in the ditch. The cops stated that the boys were 2 feet away from his window, so why were they so close........ Mr Frosch has things in his yard these boys had to get around to get that close to the window, so I say hey was justified to shoot, plus he does have a no trespassing sign on his gate. It is tragic but the boys were up to no good.
nora

Dallas, TX

#20 Mar 7, 2008
this boys were up to no good. unfortunately the learned a hard lesson with a very high price. they have no one else to blame but themselves. Stay out of other people's property

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