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Wake-up calls.

In separate incidents, a couple of Texas homeowners proved to be trouble for burglars last October.

Clyde Buchanan of East Oak Cliff got out of bed at 1:30 a.m. on October 24 to get a drink, but he got more than he expected. When he was up, he saw a curtain move and someone begin to enter through a window. He made a futile attempt to yell and scare the intruder away, and so he retrieved a rifle and shot the man. The intruder was in critical condition in a local hospital.

Similarly, a Grand Prairie, Texas, man shot Samuel Tovar, Jr. two days previously when Tovar came in through a window at 3:30 a.m.

Both cases are being turned over to grand juries to determine whether a crime was committed, but neither man is expected to be charged with a crime because, as was reported in the Dallas Morning News, during nighttime in Texas, "people can ... shoot violators committing theft and criminal mischief."
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Title Annotation:night intruders
Author:Williamsen, Kurt
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Dec 26, 2005
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