Another Reason Why It’s a Bad Idea to Break Into a Texas...

Another Reason Why It’s a Bad Idea to Break Into a Texas Home: Armed Elderly Man Kills Home Intruder



By Jason Howerton

Dallas News |

An armed elderly man in Dallas shot and killed a suspected burglar after finding him trying to break into his Dallas home this week. However, he was also forced to defend his actions after the would-be robber’s family showed up at his home.

The homeowner, a repeat burglary victim, found 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkins attempting to climb in the house through the window and fired at least one shot at the criminal, hitting his target.

Dallas police Sgt. Calvin Johnson told KDFW-TV that the homeowner is covered by the so-called “Castle Doctrine,” which provides legal protection to gun owners in Texas and other states who are forced to use deadly force against a home intruder.

“It means they don’t actually have to retreat once someone comes in their home,” Johnson said. “You have the option of using deadly force if you believe your life is in danger


Once police identified the suspect as Pipkins, officers notified his family. Some of those family members showed up at the house and expressed their anger at the homeowner for not issuing a “warning.”

“He could have used a warning,” Lakesha Thompson, Pipkins’ sister-in-law, said. “He could have let him know that he did have a gun on his property and he would use it in self-defense.”

The suspect reportedly had a extensive criminal record and had served time in prison. He was previously convicted of theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.

Police have not charged the homeowner with any crime, but Dallas police will now refer the case to the Grand Jury to determine whether he followed the law when he killed the home intruder.



  1. He could have warned this career criminal over and over but he thought his life was being threatened just as I would and he fired one shot to protect himself saving the state many thousands of dollars in trial cost and the cost of confining another career criminal for years, one shot that is what I call GUN CONTROL.

  2. Did his family say the homeowner SHOULD have given him a warning? For one, the LAW is a warning! Secondly, shooting at him WAS a warning too! So I think he got the warning!!! And why did his family NOT WARN him 'right from wrong' and raise him to respect other people, their home and possessions? I did not see this question asked of that family!

    • Exactly right. give him a warning and then wait to see if he would kill you. If someone breaks in your home they intend to take what you have worked for all your life and maybe take your life. No he did the right thing. I hope more do the same thing. That idiot family is saying if no one is home it is okay but if some one is just tell them go find some one else to rob. Idiots.

    • I gotcha there! I'm from TX but I live in CO now, I wish we had elected officials that had a set and could stand up to the gun grabbers!

    • and he could have grabbed his ball point pen and scissors. Surely that would have scared him away and he would never commit another criminal act he would be so scared. LOL sarcasm intended. Good for the home owner.

  3. The perp was obviously homesick for Huntsville! and thought one more breaking & entering would be his ticket there. The homeowner saved the state of TX how many thousands by punching that ticket.

    • At the price of Ammo a warning shot is to expensive for a career criminal, he was tried found guilty and executed on the spot of the crime.

    • While training to use a gun, a swat officer told me that he would rather get a 911 call, come to my home and carry out a dead intruder, than to get a call to come to my house and find ME dead! I agree!!!!!!!

  4. what about the warning to the family members of not having rights when breaking the law….i swear stupidity should be damn painful

  5. That's one of the occupational hazards of being a career criminal. Does OSHA keep statistics on this? I'm sure the Obama administration will seek to have this classified as a legitimate career path.

  6. The fact your breaking into someone's home with the intent to commit a criminal act is asking to be shot at. If you rob a bank are you going to get fair warning from the swat team trying to stop you?

    • Jim Haire Yep, so he could go next door to the next house. Not judging but most of them are high on crack to start with, can't pass a drug test to get a job, easier to break and enter to get a fix..

  7. Actually most states' prosecutors will say that firing a warning shot would be irresponsible and illegal because who knows where the bullet may land.
    When you make your living burglarizing houses you really do give up your right to not get shot.

  8. He may have been justified. It's still very unfortunate that someone died in an attempted burglary. My heart goes out to that family, and I hope nobody else tries to rob that guy. I doubt he can stay living at that same place and ever feel safe again.

  9. What kind of warning should he give, 'Hey buddy here I am, why don't you take your shot first" The warning is the law, locked doors and windows and the name on the mailbox (if it ain't your name on the mailbox, stay the hell out, moron). The old man should be given a medal. one more scumbag off the street. Congratulations, homeowner, you got a HOLE in ONE.

  10. As with any "profession" there's an implied risk meaning you are aware something bad might happen. This guy had spent time in jail so he obviously knew right from wrong so therefore I assume he accepted the risk. I feel for the family of the perp but in the end he knew what might happen, and it did. Great job by the homeowner.

  11. With the gun ban pending and cost of ammo, a warning shot is out of the question. I think the home owner did what he had to. If you commit a crime you should be just as willing to pay a consequence.

    • Pay the consequences? You're talkin' personal responsibility. Criminals don't understand the concept, if they did they wouldn't be criminals. I would like to shake the homeowner's hand and spit on the dead criminal. Good Job, one more scumbag gone.

  12. Warning? Here is your warning, dont break into a fucking gunowners house, the surgeon general has found that it may be hazardous to your health….think of the tax dollars saved. thank you texas patriot homeowner

  13. The guy's a hero, he saved the state allot of money by not having to arrest this guy again and house him in jail for years. If you break into to anyone's house to rob it, no warning's are necessary if you walk through that door, I say shoot them any way and any where you can.