Warning shot scares intruder

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- A Sherman store owner went to great lengths to protect his life and livelihood. The business owner says he had no choice but to take matters into his own hands and says he's learned to be prepared.

Daniel Gonzalez says he bought a gun after being robbed at gunpoint at his store in Dallas. He was glad he had it nearby during last night's break in.

Gonzalez and his wife own Sherman Jewelry, doing repairs on bracelets and necklaces. He sleeps in the back of the shop on nights he works late like he did Thursday night.

"I heard some knocks and thought she was here, thought I'm kind of tired, it's not already 9:00 but then I heard some other knocks and heard the window crack and said that's not my wife," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez grabbed his handgun he keeps for security and confronted the intruder, and told the man to get back.

"I caught his attention, showed him my gun, but he still came towards me, so i fired a warning shot into the wall, and he freaked out."

One shot was all it took. The intruder crawled back through the broken window and drove off after Gonzalez wrote down his license plate number. Police later arrested 18-year-old Colton Franks after a sheriff's deputy pulled him over for driving while intoxicated.

After interviewing him, the deputy realized his description fit the Sherman police bulletin.

"He could've easily taken a man's life and chose to inflict harm but instead fired into the wall and that was enough to chase the burglar off," said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman police department.

Gonzalez says he's glad he was able to protect his property.

"No jewelry is worth somebody's life, but if you're being threatened you need to react and act accordingly."

This wasn't the first time either. Gonzalez moved from Dallas after two armed robberies at his jewelry store.
"I figured if I moved a bit further north it may not happen here but I guess crime runs all over the place."

Gonzalez says he's glad no one was hurt and hopes his intruder learns his lesson and doesn't do it again.


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  • by Texoma Location: GC on May 8, 2007 at 06:20 AM
    I'll tell ya what - my kid, your kid, someone elses kid - the scum breaks into my house the warning shot will be aimed at the intruder. Good for you to let your kid sit in jail. Maybe it will help him realize what a toe headed stunt he pulled. But as far as entering someone elses dwelling - shoot first
  • by Opininated Location: Ardmore on May 7, 2007 at 11:54 PM
    Ieisha, let's put the shoe on the other foot. You have worked hard to get what you have, and someone decides they want it. So, they decide to take what you have and in the process, threaten your security and that of your family. What would your son have done if the man hadn't had fired the gun? If it were my son, he better hope they keep him in jail, because when I got through with him, there wouldn't be much left to punish. Your son is luck it was someone that didn't want to do harm. But your son would have gotten what he deserved if he had been shot. I hope he does change, but if he doesn't, next time he might not be so lucky.
  • by leisha Location: san antonio on May 7, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    if it were your son or daughter you would not be saying hang the thief or shoot first then say why me....this is my son you are talking about and i thank GOD i am not planning my sons funeral he is a good kid... no matter what and has just made some bad choices...there is always hope... peaple do change....if they want to..i will not be bonding him out, hopefully he will learn a lesson...
  • by penny ibarra Location: sherman,tx on May 6, 2007 at 04:22 PM
    I WOULD DO THE THE SAME THING I WORK HARD FOR A LIVING TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN IO ME I WOULD SHOOT THEN ASK WHY ME.
  • by m Location: Bonham on May 5, 2007 at 04:07 PM
    HANG THE THIEF. LIKE THE OLD DAYS.
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