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Watauga homeowner stabbed, shot with own gun during robbery
09:46 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
By BRENDA GONZALEZ / The Dallas Morning News
A Watauga homeowner was stabbed several times and shot once with his own gun during a robbery early this morning, police said.
6000 block of Sundown Drive in Watauga
The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Sundown Drive in Watauga about 10 miles northeast of Fort Worth.
According to Watauga police, a man heard someone trying to break into a trailer parked in his driveway around 3:30 a.m.
Armed with a shotgun, the man confronted the intruder who stabbed him several times. The gun went off during the scuffle, and the homeowner was shot in the arm.
A neighbor who came to the help the homeowner was also stabbed multiple times, police said.
The homeowner, who police did not identify, was taken to Harris Methodist Medical Center in critical condition. Police said the neighbor drove himself to the hospital.
Police have no suspects or a detailed description of the intruder.
WFAA-TV contributed to this report.
Update: Texas Man Loses Arm After Fight With Robber
As reported via WJZ.com:
Oct 30, 2008 10:27 am US/Eastern
Texas Man Loses Arm After Fight With Robber
WATAGUA, Texas (CBS) ― Doctors had to amputate the arm of a Watauga, Texas homeowner Wednesday morning after he was injured in a fight with a crook. The man interrupted a robbery attempt in front of his house and ended up getting stabbed and then shot with his own gun, reports CBS station KTVT-TV in Dallas.
This image (from in 'Street View' in Google Maps) shows the portable trailer parked outside the home where the incident took place.
Debris – including the homeowner's shotgun – from the scuffle was scattered in the yards of several homes as police continued their investigation nearly seven hours after the man first interrupted the robbery, authorities said.
According to reports, the homeowner heard some noise near his portable trailer parked outside his house in the 6000 block of Sundown Drive and went outside. His wife called 911 and woke a friend who had stayed the night at the house.
The robber, who was armed with a knife, struggled with the homeowner and his guest in the driveway. During the scuffle the homeowner dropped his gun and as the men clamored for the weapon, it went off and hit the homeowner in the arm. The house guest was also stabbed during the altercation.
Officials later said doctors amputated the man's arm because his injuries were so severe. The injury is a detrimental loss for the victim, who works as a mechanic for American Airlines and was also a part-time contractor.
One neighbor heard the gunshot, but dismissed the noise because he did not suspect it would have been a gunshot in his neighborhood.
Police continue their search for the alleged thief/attacker. "Since daylight we found a few additional items that came out of the trailer," explained Watauga Police Det. Jason Babcock. "Apparently whoever broke in to this trailer took some items and stashed them along the way in between houses."
Residents in the neighborhood say they will now be more diligent about their personal safety, including Nancy Bennett, who usually works nights and comes home in the early morning hours. She thinks the man could have been searching for an easy target.
Police believe there may have been more than one suspect. There were security cameras set up on the garage but they weren't working.
Authorities urge residents to call police instead of confronting anyone at any time of the day.
The story can be found at; wjz.com - Texas Man Has Arm Amputated After Scuffle With Robber