Burglar Shoots Texas Homeowner’s Dog, Homeowner Responds By Shooting Perp

Last Wednesday, El Paso police found a man at a road intersection “yelling for help” and saying he had been shot.

That man, identified as Bruce Wayne Murphy, was arrested in El Paso, TX last Wednesday on burglary charges.

According to El Paso Police, Murphy entered a home in the city in the middle of the day. Armed with a firearm, he shot the homeowner’s dog.

Along with the homeowner, two other people were inside the residence. As the incident unfolded, the homeowner was able to retrieve his own firearm and fire back at Murphy.

The shots sent Murphy fleeing the residence and police were called shortly after. That’s when they found Murphy at the intersection. He was then taken to a local hospital to be treated for his wounds.

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The police obtained a warrant for Murphy for burglary of a habitation. Bond was set at $500,000. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be transferred to an El Paso County Detention Facility.

The situation is still under investigation by the El Paso Police. The Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit Is also looking into the matter.

Due to the homeowner’s responsiveness and access to an adequate means of self-defense, he and the other residents are safe. The condition of the dog remains unknown at this time.

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About the author: P. H. Everett grew up in a small town in southeastern Idaho. He spent his free time exploring and developing an affection for the outdoors. While attending college he worked at a local sporting goods store. Here, he fostered his passion not only for the outdoors and hunting but also for firearms, reloading, and shooting. He takes every opportunity to get in the mountains and his love for everything firearms and outdoors continues to grow.

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  • DEFENDER March 13, 2023, 8:56 am

    Shoot “My dog” and I would just Beat Hell out of you, for a Long Time. Forget shooting you. You would beg to be shot. Even Better – Maybe shoot a leg, THEN Beat Hell out of you.

  • Earl of Buccleugh March 10, 2023, 10:09 pm

    Shoot my dog and I’ll make sure your raisins are detached from your nethers at the rate of 2800fps.

  • Charlie March 10, 2023, 2:01 pm

    We know what John Wick did….

  • Analog Man March 10, 2023, 7:43 am

    On my property, especially indoors, you direct harm on a domestic creature, indicates you see it an adversary. You just doubled odds against yourself, now dealing with me.

  • Stan d. Upnow March 10, 2023, 7:40 am

    Cops should have finished the job, rather than aid the scum.

  • Steven Thompson March 10, 2023, 7:16 am

    There is a special place in hell for people who shoot dogs.

  • swimmer March 10, 2023, 4:12 am

    Hopefully the dog will be OK.

  • survivor50 March 9, 2023, 9:31 pm

    ” Don’t MESS with my DOG !!! “

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment March 9, 2023, 5:16 pm

    Shoot my dog and that will be the last thing you ever do! I would like to add I will call the vet before 911.

    • Mted76 March 17, 2023, 11:08 am

      Why call 911 at all. Drive your dog to the vet, and since the perp was found on or near the road, you might get lucky and run him over, accidentally….back up and repeat several times. Me…I would use my plow truck, so I would not scratch the paint. Dog is God spelled backwards, and is truly man’s and woman’s best friend.

    • Milo Mindbender March 18, 2023, 7:10 am

      My dog is my friend, you by shooting my friend are not. I care for my friends, so they get medical aid, my enemies, not so big a priority. Hope the dog gets better, give him a steak.

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