Homeowner Fatally Shoots Christmas Eve Intruder

CEDAR HILL, Texas (AP) — Police in suburban Dallas say a homeowner has shot and killed an intruder who broke in late Christmas Eve.

Chris Knox, an attorney for the homeowner, told The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/1aa9E5z ) the intruder entered the Cedar Hill home through a bedroom window just before midnight Tuesday. Knox says the homeowner’s deadly actions were justified and “completely protected under Texas law.”

The Morning News reports the intruder, identified as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven, was the son of Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke.

Franke lives a couple of blocks away and Slaven had been involved in an altercation last month at his home.

Court records show Slaven was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge and an emergency protective order was issued.

Cedar Hill is about 20 miles southwest of Dallas.

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