Sherman man shoots at car burglar caught in the act

Published: Feb. 18, 2020 at 5:37 PM CST
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A Sherman man caught a thief in the act, and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Shawn Goodman said he was asleep Tuesday night when his dogs' barking woke him up around 2:30 a.m.

He looked outside, and saw someone in his truck.

He told his wife to call police, and he grabbed his gun.

"I keep my gun on my back and so I drew down right here, I gave a verbal warning three times, and I said get on the ground," Goodman said.

But Goodman said the suspect wouldn't listen and started running, so he fired five times.

But even that didn't stop the suspect, so Goodman followed him, and grabbed another gun on the way to the back yard.

"I fired three more rounds at him as he was in my backyard trying to decide if he wanted to go through the fence or over the fence," Goodman said.

Police said there's no evidence that Goodman hit the suspect, who got away on foot.

Goodman said the same thing happened about a year ago.

"This is the second time that my truck has been broken into, I had a gun stolen the first time," Goodman said.

Goodman said this time the thief got away with his wallet that had his driver's license, his license to carry, and about $200 in cash inside.

He said he's not sure if it was the same person both times, but police told him the burglar likely used a universal remote to unlock his truck.

Goodman was a Marine, and said he used that training to make sure he didn't put any neighbors in danger.

"Whenever you're defending your house, defending your family, defending your property, you can't just go hog wild and start blasting off rounds everywhere," Goodman said.

Goodman said three people who live nearby reported car burglaries the same night on his security camera app.

He hopes this will keep it from happening again.

"I work hard, whether it's five dollars or a thousand dollars, it's my money," Goodman said.

Texas Penal Code 9.42 said a person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible property.

So, Sherman police say they don't anticipate any charges against Goodman