Well, this subject comes up now and then, lethal force in defense of property, from the Houston Chronicle: A 39-year-old man shot and killed a teenager he suspected was stealing a TV from his northeast Houston home this weekend, police said. The homeowner woke up around 6:30 a.m. Saturday when the security alarm sounded in his two-story townhouse in the 2900 block of Baer, just outside downtown Houston. When he looked out his second-floor bedroom patio door, he saw the suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old Marcel Jaquan Simpson, carrying away his television set. The homeowner fired shots from his bedroom balcony. Simpson dropped the TV and jumped the fence, collapsing on the other side, authorities said. The homeowner called 911 and Simpson was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The homeowner, who spoke on the basis on anonymity, was left shaken and frightened. I didn't want him to die, he said. I didn't want him to get away, but I didn't want to kill him either. Family members of Simpson did not wish to comment. The homeowner said that he had been hesitant about purchasing a firearm, but bought a gun after his residence was burglarized on New Year's Eve. I started thinking what would I do if I was here without any protection, he said. What would I do then? Similarities in break-ins The man believes Simpson may have been the same person who broke into his home Dec. 31 because of similarities between the incidents. The burglar in that case also broke into the man's home in the early morning hours and tried to get in through the French doors in his living room. He didn't make it into the house, stealing only a small table on the patio. By the time I went downstairs he was long gone, he said. I think the alarm scared him off that time. Although the man has only lived in the town home a year, he said he is considering moving. He said he is still trying to process all the events of the shooting. It's really all a shock right now, he said. Different emotions just keep hitting me. Girlfriend arrested Shortly after the shooting, Simpson's girlfriend, Sabrina Walker, 20, arrived at the scene. Police arrested her for possibly acting as the getaway driver. Walker was charged with burglary of a habitation. She is currently in Harris County Jail on $20,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court today. No charges have been filed against the homeowner. Police say the case will likely be referred to a grand jury. Not sure what I would have done, can't say unless you've been there.