Joe Horn: Good Neighbor or Cold-Blooded Killer?Â
Police Detective Present When Horn Shot BurglarsÂ
“Pasadena Police Department Stinks”
When we first wrote about Joe Horn on November 27 the debate was whether Horn’s actions in killing two men who had just broken into his neighbor’s house in broad daylight was being either the good neighbor, protecting property or a case of cold blooded vigilantism.
“Don’t go outside the house,” the 911 operator pleaded. “You’re going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun. I don’t care what you think.”
“You want to make a bet?” Horn answered. “I’m going to kill them.”
Horn claims the two men were “10 to 12 feet from him in his yard” and that they “lunged at him.”
“Move,” Horn can be heard saying on the tape. “You’re dead.”
Horn redialed 911 and told the dispatcher what he’d done.
“I had no choice,” he said, his voice shaking. “They came in the front yard with me, man. I had no choice. Get somebody over here quick.” 
Now comes word from the Pasadena, Texas police. Horn shot the two men in the back and the incident was witnessed by a plainclothes detective.
From the Houston Chronicle:
Corbett said the plainclothes detective, whose name has not been released, had parked in front of Horn’s house in response to the 911 call. He saw the men between Horn’s house and his neighbor’s before they crossed into Horn’s front yard.
Corbett believes neither Horn nor the men knew a police officer was present.
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