An East Texas man is dead after police say he broke into a Canton home and was shot by the homeowner.
Erik J. Hicks, 51, of Grand Saline, was shot multiple times by a homeowner after he “unlawfully forced entry” into the home around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Canton Police Department.
Officers responded to a call of a shooting shortly after midnight Saturday where they found Hicks with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital and died a short time later, police said.
Police said after Hicks entered the home, he went into the living area and confronted the homeowner as he was armed with a handgun.
When the homeowner heard Hicks break into the home, he got his own handgun. Once Hicks was inside the home, the homeowner shot him multiple times, according to police.
The homeowner has not been charged.
It sounds silly to say this, but after detecting danger, first go to gun, then establish defense and only after that, call 911.
We have been ingrained with the CALL 911 IN ANY EMERGENCY that we end up believing it is a magical spell to instantly summon help. That ain’t so, Sparky.
You are your own First Responder.
Hat Tip Gary E.