By Frank Heinz
A homeowner fatally shot a man as he climbed through a window and into his home Monday afternoon, Dallas police say.
The shooting took place at a home on the 2200 block of Morrell Avenue at about 4:15 p.m.
Police said the homeowner heard a noise inside his residence and shot a man, later identified as 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkins, aka BJ, as he climbed through the window.
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“The homeowner heard a noise. He came around the corner, saw the individual trying to climb into the window and according to the law, the castle doctrine, he used deadly force,” said Sgt. Calvin Johnson, with the Dallas Police Department.
According to police, the homeowner then called 911. When police arrived, officer’s found Pipkins’ body lying lifeless in the window.
Pipkins mother, Catherine, said she had been called to the scene by her daughter-in-law and said the crime sounded like something her son would do.
“Yeah, it’s something he would do … Somebody called me and said my son got shot that’s the reason I’m standing here,” said Catherine Pipkins. “Somebody called her [her daughter-in-law] and told her he had got shot. She said, ‘Momma you need to sit down, they said BJ just got killed.’ That’s the reason I’m here.”
The woman said her son did not live at the home.
Pipkins had a lengthy criminal history in Dallas that included numerous charges for theft, trespassing and possession of a controlled substance.
Police said the shooting is a Castle Doctrine case and the Dallas County Grand Jury will decide whether or not the homeowner faces any charges.
NBC 5’s Omar Villafranca and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.
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