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Published On: Sun, Feb 24th, 2013

Elderly man shoots Deyfon Pipkins breaking into his home, family says he should have gotten a warning

A homeowner fatally shot a man as he climbed through a window and into his home Monday afternoon, Dallas police say.

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.

Deyfon Pipkins

Deyfon Pipkins

“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.

Pipkins mother, Catherine Pipkins, arrived as police were investigating. She was not surprised.

“Yeah, it’s something he would do … Somebody called me and said my son got shot that’s the reason I’m standing here,” she told NBC 5.

Authorities reaffirmed the homeowner’s right to defend his home.

“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.”

“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.

About the Author

- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco is the Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reporting, insights and interviews for the Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia regions. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at theglobaldispatch@gmail ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. Willie says:

    All around the older man’s house,
    The burglar chased the crack pipe.
    The burglar went where he don’t belong;
    Pop! goes the burglar.

  2. Carlos says:

    “Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun and you might meet ‘em both if you show up here not welcome son” if thats not a warning the US flag an Gadsden flag
    Should let you know!

  3. Gray says:

    Deyfon Pipkins had sufficient warning when he had to break in.

  4. Tara says:

    Uh, Lakesha, maybe he couldn’t read the sign on the side of the house that said “Due to the high cost of ammunition, no warning shot will be fired”.

  5. Chris says:

    Uh, Lakesha – he should have had a warning all right, there’s no doubt about it. But it should have been you, Lakesha, or some other member of his family who knew Defon was nothing more than a common criminal, that sooner or later he would get his if he didn’t mend his ways. THAT should have been his warning. Coiture FAIL.

    • The Tax Man says:

      Lakesha – this is the only warning you and your friends will get – WE ARE ARMED AND WE WILL USE OUR GUNS IF YOU TRY TO HARM US, OUR FAMILIES, OUR FRIENDS OR IF YOU TRY TO STEAL FROM US. OK – now act accordingly!

  6. Tyrone Ooks says:

    Anything that lives to be 33 and pretends to be human should have at least a basic concept of ownership and personal property. No warning is necessary or warranted.

    Live by the TNB, die by the TNB.

    Please learn more at our website.

    • Joe Mama says:

      “Oh mah baybee!! Hims was gonna be one o dem brain sturgeons or a astronaut! Why did dey done habs to shoots hims so much!! Hims was gonna turn hims life aroun’!!”

      Just kidding. Good riddance. Too bad the old guy couldn’t do us a favor and take out the whole family.

  7. Skullsmasher says:

    To bad that stupid family member also wasn’t killed. Making excuses for criminal scum. Rot in hell criminals.

  8. Michael says:

    If Barack Obama had a son, he would look just like Teyfon.

  9. “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.”
    Deyfon must have failed B&E 101 at his last enrollment in NU and now he resides at DNS.

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