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Theft suspect shot during struggle over gun

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 18, 2013 at 6:23 a.m.


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— A man who was stealing items from a home under construction was shot Sunday when the homeowner showed up during the crime, authorities said.

The Garland County sheriff's office says 35-year-old Michael Freeman was taken into surgery after being shot in the abdomen. His condition wasn't clear.

Police say it happened about 4:45 p.m. when the homeowner and a witness showed up at the residence, 195 Vista View Point, and found Freeman and 44-year-old Anna Childers taking lumber and other building materials.

"When they confronted the suspects, a fight ensued," Lt. James Martin said in an e-mail. "During the struggle a gun was pulled by either the homeowner or witness. The male suspect grabbed the gun and attempted to gain control of it, during which time he was shot in the abdomen area."

Childers was arrested on charges of breaking or entering and theft of property. Freeman is expected to face similar charges once he is released from the hospital.

Authorities said Sunday night that they were still interviewing the homeowner and witness and that the case would ultimately be forwarded to the prosecutor's office to determine whether either will face any charges tied to the shooting.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 18, 2013 at 7:42 a.m.

Good. Glad to see some maggots get what they deserve.

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wormie says... February 18, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.

Probably would have been cheaper to go and buy lumber than to wrestle a man with a gun. Maybe the hospital will install a GPS tracker in his stomach and he'll be easier to keep up with.

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snapper1 says... February 18, 2013 at 7:59 a.m.

need to be HAPPY they were caught

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jgbear says... February 18, 2013 at 8:11 a.m.

Did they expect the homeowner to just let them walk away?

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DRMGATSBY says... February 18, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.

Well, here goes another 5 year trial with appeal after appeal, at taxpayers expense.

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Packman says... February 18, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Thank God for the 2nd Amendment.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 18, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.

Right on Packman. But some would say on here that post, " If we had better educational opportunities and spent more money on these kids, this crime would not be happening"

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HalALouyah says... February 18, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.

Thank you for the laugh DemRep! That made my day!

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Ragmop says... February 18, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 18, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.

The point is the home owner or witness did not need a Bushmaster to defend their property.

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