Joe Horn, a resident of Pasadena, Texas, used a shotgun to kill two men who were burglarizing his neighbor's house, while he was on the telephone with a 911 dispatcher.
In Texas, deadly force can be used to prevent burglary, robbery, theft, or criminal mischief to your own property. Texas even has a "make my day" statute which makes it legal to shoot and kill a fleeing burglar, robber or thief. Think about it - you can shoot a fleeing burglar in the back, even if there is no potential risk to your personal safety, or the personal safety of your family members. Texas being Texas, he wasn't arrested, and opinion polls show that two out of three Texans support his actions and to not believe he should be imprisoned. A grand jury will determine whether charges will be filed.
The audio recording of the entire incident can be heard here.
Is Joe Horn a good neighbor? Is he a vigilante? Is it possible to be a little bit of both?