Last Monday, a Texas homeowner fatally shot a 21-year-old man who was knocking on his door at 4 a.m. and, allegedly, refused to leave.
Andrew Russell was the young man’s name.
Russell suffered from epilepsy and seizures and recently had an electrical device implanted in his brain in the hopes that it would alleviate his suffering.
Cynthia Williams, Russell’s mom, believes he had an episode on the night of his death and mistakenly wandered outside the home.
“We can’t tie him down to a bed. He’s an adult,” she said. “And sometimes whenever he has seizures, he does wander.”
Police told KDFW-TV that Russell knocked on the doors of several houses in the Saginaw neighborhood before he ended up at the homeowner’s residence.
The homeowner reportedly told Russell to leave but as the young man was walking away he suddenly turned back and rushed toward the homeowner.
That’s when the homeowner opened fire.
In a statement to investigators, the homeowner said, he “was threatened at that point and felt the need to defend himself.”
Williams disagrees. Though she wasn’t there, she believes the homeowner was too quick to pull the trigger.
“I’m very questionable [sic] of what happened. I think there’s more to this,” she said.
The incident was caught on camera, so police will be examining the footage as part of the investigation. Hopefully, it provides more clarity as to how things played out.
“This was not justified. The homeowner could have secured himself in the home,” Williams said. “He could have called 911. They could have spoken to him through the door, through a Ring camera.”
Saginaw Asst Police Chief Russell Ragsdale acknowledgedRussell’s medical condition.
However, that may not be relevant because the homeowner was not privy to that information at the time of the encounter.
“It could have some factor into it,” saidRagsdale. “Ultimately, it’s going to be the grand jury that makes a determination if this is a castle doctrine defense case or if this is a homicide case.”
Police also said that there was a burglary in the neighborhood several days earlier and that may have put the homeowner on high alert.
As mentioned, the details of the case will be presented to a grand jury. It will utlimately decide whether the homeowner will face charges.
Thoughts and prayers to all involved. As based on the available facts, this seems like a tragedy through and through. Your $.02?