Texas Homeowner Shoots Burglar, Goes Back To Bed Before Calling Cops

James Michael Meyer called police approximately two hours after he allegedly shot a burglary suspect outside his home.

Dallas, TX – A Texas homeowner allegedly shot a suspected burglar, then went back to bed for approximately two hours before calling the police.

The incident began at approximately 5 a.m. on Sept. 26, when 72-year-old James Michael Meyer was awakened by a noise outside his home on Philip Avenue, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Meyer said that when he got up and looked out his window, he spotted someone attempting to break into his shed using a pick ax, according to police.

The homeowner chambered a round into his handgun, then charged outside and yelled at the suspect to stop, police said.

He also allegedly warned the intruder that he would shoot him if he came any closer to him.

Meyer said that the suspect began advancing on him, so he fired his weapon, The Dallas Morning News reported.

According to Meyer, the suspect dropped the pick ax and took off running, so the homeowner fired off one more round “into the night,” according to police.

Meyer said he didn’t know if either round actually hit the suspect, so he headed back inside and went back to bed, The Dallas Morning News reported.

When he awoke later after sunrise, the homeowner looked outside and spotted “a black bag” lying in a nearby park, so he went over to investigate, according to the arrest affidavit.

That’s when he found the body of the unidentified suspect lying face-down.

According to police, Meyer’s wife contacted an attorney for advice on what to do before Meyer finally placed a 911 call at approximately 7 a.m.

Meyer repeatedly told the dispatcher that he was the victim of a crime, and that he needed medical personnel to respond, but he refused to answer the dispatcher’s questions, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Emergency medical personnel said that the blood found on the body was dry, and that the suspect had been dead for a period of time prior to their arrival.

He had a gunshot wound to the back of his neck, CBS News reported.

Officers were unable to locate any spent shell casings during their investigation, and Meyer claimed that he had thrown them in the trash, according to The Dallas Morning News.

He was arrested for murder, and was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a $150,000 bail.

Meyer was no longer in custody on Sunday, according to USA Today.

Comments (110)
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flybynight
flybynight

Don't steal.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

Blaming the victim!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Too bad, it sounds like the shot fired off "into the night" was probably the one that got him. Poor old man will probably serve more time than one of the Chicago gang bangers that kill just because. He was woken up by a burglar and didn't ask for this... he made a poor decision sounds like in the end.

Deputy
Deputy

I'd never convict him, nice shot

Hilarya93
Hilarya93

Sounds like bs to me. Why wait and call the cops. Why call your attorney first. And why pick up the shell casing. This is not just some innocent protecting your property shooting. Shot in the BACK of the neck; he wasn't coming at him, he was running away. I guarantee the burglar was black and this is a racist old man.

javaguy746
javaguy746

OOPS

Alanncpd
Alanncpd

So let me get this straight, you protect your property and long story short you get arrested for murder... there’s got to be more to this story...

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

oh well; get a job...........

Alanncpd
Alanncpd

Don’t break into other people’s stuff. No matter what your ethnicity is. Racist... you’re the racist that assumes the color of the burglar was black...or just stereotypical ignorant knucklehead

NYXX
NYXX

Shooters fault. If you've fired your weapon at a suspected intruder, it's your responsibility to report regardless of whether you think you hit the subject or not. And firing blindly into the dark is extremely dangerous and will get you into a world of trouble. That's why you don't send "warning" shots. If you feel your life being directly threatened, then make the necessary decision. Shooting at someone running away will put you in his exact position. Not a good place to be.

tfort
tfort

This man is living that “thug life”.

His coffee wasn’t ready, so he went back to bed.

merlin9
merlin9

Bad shoot! In Oklahoma, you can't shoot someone for "stuff" He escalated it, by confronting the BG. And shot in the back of the neck?.....He was attempting to run.

DebiC
DebiC

Did you read the story? All your questions would be answered. He’s an old man, and understands the system. He didn’t call the police because the guy ran off so he thought he missed him. Then fired one more shot into the night, not realizing he hit him that time...... I don’t see any malice or racism. Just trying to figure out what to do next. If he hadn’t called the police at all, I’m sure it wouldn’t of been traced back to him.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Only one I see hating is Mayor Frey ! Woosie 🚔

Wish505
Wish505

Go ahead and make my day.

PFCPyle
PFCPyle

Why would you assume the burglar was black? Talk about racist!

Caddis
Caddis

If the suspect advanced on him and he felt his life was in danger, the shoot should be justified. Not calling the police right away was a judgement call and should not have a bearing on defending yourself. I suspect there may be more to this story.

Musicray
Musicray

This is tough...fortunately he’s in Texas... stands a better chance of beating it... was a case here in California years that was similar...the homeowner went to prison for killing the thief who was running away...

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Only in Texas could something like this happen. If it was Chicago, no one would care and the street sweeper would simply come by and swoop up the body into its dumpster with the other trash.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

The homeowner has a look of a boss. Good job protecting your family and property...and beauty sleep.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

I can't think of anything more dumb than his random second shot fired into the night. Several years ago a 5 year old was killed in a Richmond suburb by some jerk who fired his weapon in the sky. Never found the perp. I guess on his death bed he will confess. Maybe.

61mouse
61mouse

Just another day in Texas

JohDia22
JohDia22

Stand your ground here in Florida! Don’t be a thief!!!

ron383
ron383

BPSCG
BPSCG
  1. Always treat every gun as if it's loaded.
  2. Never point a gun at anything that you do not wish to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. BE AWARE OF NOT ONLY YOUR TARGET, BUT WHAT IS AROUND AND BEHIND YOUR TARGET.

All right class, what rule did he violate by "shooting blindly into the night?"

He'll be lucky if he doesn't go to prison, even in Texas.

davidpeace
davidpeace

@floridacop, are those the laws in Florida? I live in Michigan and don't think all of those conditions apply. Genuine question.

@NYXX, good engaging the chaos of the guy slamming you. I'd be in your same camp. Two wrongs, don't make a right. Should have reported it to police after it happened.

In the same breath, I can see, all things being assumed true, how and old man could be like..."Son of bitch A-hole trying to break into my barn at 5am" probably not wanting to kill someone, just scare him away, drozy, poor eyesight, tired, went back to bed if he figured the guy ran off, which he didn't. Again, assuming the story is true and honest.

The attorneys on both sides will do a lot with this one.

NYXX
NYXX

@davidpeace Thank you. I like to try to take different scenarios into consideration. Doesn't mean that I think I'm right, just other things to consider.