Texas Homeowner Uses Rifle to Defend Kids from Three Home Intruders

The homeowner killed one of the intruders, Terence Ellies (right). (Photo: Corey Chavis Facebook)

A homeowner in Port Arthur, Texas, used a rifle to defend his home and children from three intruders on Sunday after the intruders held his family at gunpoint, according to police and local media. The man shot and killed one of the suspects, and the other two fled and are still at large.

Port Arthur Police are calling the incident a home invasion/aggravated robbery. The suspects forced their way into the house around 8:15 p.m. and held the family at gunpoint right after a woman who lived in the house came home, according to news releases.

That’s when a 29-year-old man came in from another room armed with a rifle to confront the suspects and protect his young children. He fired several shots at the intruders and killed one of them, 27-year-old Terence Ellies.

Investigators are still looking for the other two men.

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The same home in which the attempted burglary took place was found on fire less than 24 hours later. Nobody was home when the fire started, and the cause is still unknown, 4WWL reports. Police have not said whether the home invasion and the fire are related.

Crime has been an ongoing problem in Port Arthur even before the coronavirus pandemic, according to Jefferson County Commissioner Michael Sinegal speaking to Fox 4.

Sinegal told the outlet that residents shouldn’t expect the police to reduce crime on their own. It will take cooperation from schools, churches, and the community to stop the burglaries. Most of all, he believes it will take individuals choosing to become productive members of society.

“The individuals are not considering the damage they’re doing to society. These individuals think, I’m going to get mine. Well, go out and work for it,” Sinegal said. “These young people, I don’t know if they’re getting the message that we will lock you up.”

Sinegal’s sentiment was echoed by a resident who spoke with Fox 4 anonymously.

“If you have time to ride around and case out neighborhoods that you want to go break in their vehicles or break in their homes, go get you a job and work!” she said.

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Neighbors say that hiring more police officers and installing more lighting might help the area’s crime problem.

Friends of Ellies on social media expressed grief and surprise at his death.

Police have not identified the homeowner who defended his family.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ralph Cramden January 1, 2021, 11:00 pm

    I’m so so upset that he was not able to kill the other 2. Hopefully the cops will.😩

  • Ralph Cramden January 1, 2021, 10:57 pm

    DemocRATS probably trying to prosecute the home owner now. DemocRATS support all criminal behavior. Look at WTF is happening in Wash. State. Fake News doing little reporting on how ANTIFA took over a lodge and they are demanding it be used for the homeless. Authorities are doing nothing. And if you look at the make up of ANTIFA its mostly a white liberal run outfit of brainwashed Millennial fools. All the Dems touch and control will eventually become a sh!thole.

  • Ralph Cramden January 1, 2021, 10:50 pm

    I’m so so upset that he was not able to kill the other 2. Hopefully the cops will.

  • El Zorro January 1, 2021, 10:14 pm

    “If you have time to ride around and case out neighborhoods that you want to go break in their vehicles or break in their homes, go get you a job and work!” she said.

    Yeah right…

  • Kane January 1, 2021, 5:21 pm

    Alyssa Milano “was unavailable to comment.”

  • John Silvey January 1, 2021, 4:14 pm

    Guns-America – a suggestion – please add a “Like” or “Up-vote” click-link for each comment. I like / would-up-vote almost every responding comment I see to this article and would like to let those who have posted them know in support of their position.

    • John Silvey January 1, 2021, 4:18 pm

      P.S. – would also help you identify trolls, anti-2A types, etc., so they can be blocked in the future.

  • DELCO January 1, 2021, 3:08 pm

    The culture in the black community is generations away from being civilized. Every time one of those wannabe Gangsters publicly post a message that shows us all just how bad the education system has failed , we who actually care about making America great should get a tax refund for the atrocities it has set upon the rest of us. DIZ DAT MAKE YALL SOME SENSE? Come down to it for real yo , maybe get ya crib smoked up like dis hear boy done get.

    • Rattlerjake January 1, 2021, 11:05 pm

      The education system has nothing to do with teaching children to be civil – it is the failure of parents! The negro is noted for being less civil than any other species of human (yes I said species and not race).

  • Michael D bobier January 1, 2021, 12:55 pm

    Good riddance. Shoot all these criminals and then you won’t have to spend tax dollars keeping them locked up

    • Rattlerjake January 1, 2021, 10:45 pm

      This is the result of our society no longer having public hangings! Instead we jail, house feed, and care for them for their sentence then turn healthy criminals back out to commit more crime. Recidivism 85% plus percent with this trash.

  • Winston January 1, 2021, 12:19 pm

    Black ghetto subculture and its embrace by the Democrat Party has ruined significant portions of the US.

  • Major McDowell January 1, 2021, 12:02 pm

    If you are going to try and intimidate and rob hard working people by breaking into their homes then you should be ready to pay the ultimate price —-Your Life because their are a lot of us who will defend and protect our own and the things we have WORKED for with whatever means possible up to and including shooting you to stop your illegal actions from harming our loved ones and defending out rights Get a job and work for the things you want just as we have it will be much safer and you will live longer. I will not hesitate to shoot an intruder .

  • Rusd January 1, 2021, 11:29 am

    That Facebook post, was it in English????
    Don’t commit crimes against other people in their homes, if you choose to you will likely die of it. Get a job and quit committing crime. It’s really that simple.

  • CJ January 1, 2021, 10:27 am

    But his mamma ses hes a good boy. He dedunufin.

    How long do you think its going to be before his friends catch a bullet? Maybe the cops would do well to look for his two friends by tracking down the other “homies” in the Facebook photos.

  • Tyrone L Greene January 1, 2021, 10:25 am

    The image [affixed at top of this article] of him sporting his golden “Jesus cross” and the narrative of the article demonstrates just one thing: “If anyone says [indicates] God is in him or that he is in God, he ought to do the same things that Jesus did.”, or as another version puts it, He who says [indicates] he abides in Him ought himself also to walk as He walked.” 1John 2:6. Just remember this: GOD is not mocked as He has the last word….

    • John Silvey January 1, 2021, 4:09 pm

      Tyrone Greene – well-spoken, and very observant on your part. Agree w/you 100% !

  • Chuck Matson January 1, 2021, 9:58 am

    One less thug in the world.

  • Andy January 1, 2021, 9:27 am

    Ah, more victims of our exemplary (great) school systems. Yea, I’d hire someone with those speech skills- Not!

  • EW January 1, 2021, 9:24 am

    We should expect behavior like this, since we’re taught from K-12, in our universities, and in popular culture, that we are nothing but cosmic accidents. We’re just evolved African apes. The religion of Darwinian evolutionary theory has no issue with killing other bags of protoplasmic goo or stealing something they own or have within their dwelling places. After all, with with a worldview that has no God, do what you want…who cares if stardust bumps into stardust or shoots it in the face at point blank range. Only a worldview with a Creator, specifically the one specified in the Bible, can make sense of and explain right, wrong, justice, love, math, integrity, and everything we see and hear around us. When we get back to teaching our children re: their Creator, this crap will decrease. If we continue to dump untold piles of treasure and effort into public education absent the Chief Shepherd, this will continue as a daily headline, as it has for over 100 years now.

  • jColes January 1, 2021, 9:17 am

    I wish this home owner/defender of the threatened a happy, healthy & safe new year … and all his years thereafter…
    The vast, vast majority of police officers, Sheriffs and their deputies are upright, good people. Not so for many-to-most urban police executives who are joined at the butt to Leftist political machines.
    Realistically, most of us are on our own when it comes to personal protection, so it’s incumbent upon each of us to have the tools to defend home, family, & community.

  • SD January 1, 2021, 8:50 am

    I love reading the face book posts. Think any of these folks will be English majors?

    • WVinMN January 1, 2021, 10:05 am

      You’d need a universal translator to decipher that garbage.

      • Drew January 1, 2021, 10:03 pm

        Mine fizzled and exploded trying to decipher it.

  • Hendrik Joseph Haan January 1, 2021, 7:54 am

    Facebook’s Hate Speech Engineering Team has been busy! It must be hard for those CCP H1-B visa holders to figure out which side of the fence to be on!

  • John Foster January 1, 2021, 7:42 am

    The prison system releasing a lot of these guys and they write back doing the same thing again

  • Ron Stidham January 1, 2021, 7:26 am

    Damn shame, this world and the shape its in. No jobs, and the fact that its easier to steal instead of working for a living, so they can steal from you again. One more product of its environment off the street.

    • Michael D bobier January 1, 2021, 1:00 pm

      Thank the demoncrats and their corona virus for no jobs. The economy was growing. Unemployment was dropping until the rona. Wonder why hunter B got paid so much money from china? Funny that you don’t see alot of the demoncrats in office getting corona virus huh.

  • john January 1, 2021, 7:10 am

    play a stupid game .. get a stupid prize.

  • Bad Penguin January 1, 2021, 7:05 am

    Shame the home owner wasnt able to clean up the community a little more.

  • Sneed January 1, 2021, 6:35 am

    You expect these people to work???? They don’t even know how to speak proper English. How do they expect to get a job? Maybe they need to find a job that requires people to communicate using finger signs.

  • paul December 30, 2020, 11:31 am

    You should change the article to say “EX-HOMEOWNER”……….Shame that the rules of engagement gives the bad guys an opportunity to exact revenge, and improve their nefarious endeavor proficiency!

    • Spiffy January 1, 2021, 4:18 am

      Huh? Are you trying to sound erudite or something? What do you mean by “improve their nefarious endeavor proficiency”? Are you trying to say that they could improve their proficiency in their nefarious endeavors? Or are you just using big words you don’t understand? Use smaller words. They fit your brain much better.

      • Tyrone L Greene January 1, 2021, 9:56 am

        I’m thinking he was being sarcastic when pointing out that the homeowner “lost” due to having the house burned as in apparent/possible retribution for the gangsta’s loss….

        • paul January 1, 2021, 11:56 am

          okay I will use smaller words so you can understand….The house comment is for the get even mentality, the other BIG words are to show that the more some one does something the better they get at doing it, in this case bad criminal things. Sorry for trying to get you think about it, I will make sure you understand in the future so you don’t miss the message!

          • Big Al 45 January 2, 2021, 9:57 am

            I understand, but you still missed the mark.
            Perhaps you should re-evaluate your communication style, and withhold your insults until then.
            Fact is, it’s your failing in communication, NOT those that read your posts that brought this about.

          • paul January 3, 2021, 12:17 pm

            for big al 45. I made a comment, yes I used big words, you people choose to belittle what I said by attacking my choice of words , much like when one goes off about misspelling, It was my comment so get over it!

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