Castle doctrine may clear Kingsland homeowner Posted: Aug 1, 2008 03:32 AM KINGSLAND, Texas (KXAN) - Details are still emerging about a Kingsland homeowner who shot a man he accused of attempting to burglarize his neighbor's house, but until the investigation is complete, the Llano County District Attorney cannot say whether the state's new "castle doctrine" would apply to Wednesday night's shooting. "The law of self-defense is very complicated," said District Attorney Sam Oatman. The so-called "castle doctrine" law was one of the first bills Gov. Rick Perry signed into law during the last legislative session. The law gives Texans a stronger legal defense to defend themselves with deadly force to protect both themselves and their belongings or workplace. According to the law, a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before resorting to deadly force, which would give him the right to shoot an intruder, even if that intruder was retreating. For instance, if a burglar was leaving your home carrying your television, the castle doctrine would clear you of any liability if you chose to shoot and kill that person. In the Kingsland case, the homeowner told investigators he shot a man he thought was robbing his neighbor's house. The homeowner, who lives in the 4700 block of River Oaks Drive in Kingsland, told investigators he saw a black Honda Civic driving up and down his street and then saw the car back into his neighbor's carport. The neighbor grabbed his .45 pistol and walked over to investigate. When he confronted the men inside the car they drove off, and the man started shooting at the Civic. The homeowner hit Casey Rowe, 25, in the back of the neck. Rowe was sitting in the back seat behind the driver of the Civic. Looking at the car, two bullet holes can be seen in the side of the car where Rowe was sitting. The glass in the back car window was shattered by another bullet. Investigators found five shell casings lying in the grass by the fence. The men in the Civic drove to Rowe's girlfriend's house and gave the girlfriend's mother an account of what had happened. The other two men in the car told her they were looking for scrap metal and picked up an old air compressor that looked like junk right. "They got it in the car, and they heard a man yelling, and he fired a shot," said Cammie Kasper. "Then they were driving and the man was running after them shooting at ‘em." The district attorney is not certain if the"castle doctrine" would apply in the Kingsland case because the shooter seemed to have been protecting his neighbor's property, not his own. Even though the law is only a year old, it's been used in a number of high-profile cases. In Pasadena, a grand jury "no billed" a man who shot and killed two burglars breaking into his neighbor's house. The case was widely covered in the Houston media. Last October, a West Dallas man who lived at his scrap yard business shot and killed two burglars on two separate occasions in the span of less than a month. The men who were shot appeared to be trying to steal copper from the business. The 70-year-old man who shot the intruders was never charged, although a Dallas television reporter was eventually fired for aggressively questioning the man. As of Thursday, no charges have been filed in the Kingsland case. Rowe is on life support at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. Doctors told his family if Rowe pulls through he will likely be paralyzed from the neck down. ====== Sounds pretty questionable to me, I sure as hell wouldn't shoot in that situation.