Texas Musician Killed

If I awoke to my wife screaming that someone was trying to break down my door at 4 in the morning, then found someone “pounding and kicking” at my back door I can’t say I would have acted much differently than did this man.

The incident occurred just three days after a new law took effect strengthening the right of Texans to use deadly force to protect themselves and their property.The musician, Jeffrey Carter Albrecht, 34, a keyboardist with Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and the Dallas rock band Sorta, was shot in the head after he startled a man and his wife about 4 a.m. by pounding and kicking at their back door, the police said. Mr. Albrecht had just assaulted his girlfriend, who lives next door and had locked him out of her house, the police said.

The neighbor, who has not been identified by the police, was awakened by his wife’s screams that someone was breaking into their home, according to the police report. The man yelled for the person to go away, but when the pounding continued, he fired through the top of the door.

Mr. Albrecht, who was about 6-foot-5, was struck in the head.

I would hope that I would have had the presence of mind not to open fire but who can say how they would act in a situation like this. I can honestly say that there have been less frightening incidents that have caused me to chamber a round prior to heading downstairs to investigate. Sad but this is a fact of life.

UPDATE: I’m sorry but I have one more thing to say about this. The headline The New York Times used on this story is ridiculous, “Musician Is Killed for Banging on a Door.”

What the F#$?

I know headline writing is about being “catchy” but this is a bit misleading don’t you think? Yes he was killed for banging on a door, the back door of someone else’s home at four in the freakin’ morning. He also was apparently drunk and on some kind of medication for quitting smoking and, according the the report, did not stop banging and kicking said door even after being asked by the frightened man on the other side to do so forthwith.

The headline should have read, “Surprise, Surprise, Musician Shot Dead for Being an Idiot.”

Others blogging this story: The Democratic Daily, JustOneMinute and NewsBusters.org

8 Responses to “Texas Musician Killed”

  1. Macswain says:

    Uhm … how ’bout calling the police?

  2. Look, I am sure a call to 9/11 would happen but how realistic is it to expect the police to arrive and save you, your wife and child if someone is busting down your door?

  3. Fuck that, I’m a pussy. I’m gonna call 911, and cringe under my bed sheets.

  4. Macswain says:

    What? The wife can’t operate the phone and the guy’s such a pussy he fires through the door to stop some pounding and kicking at his door.

    From the description – “pounding and kicking” – it sure doesn’t sound like the threat was sufficiently imminent to warrant deadly force. If, in fact, the door was busted down, I think you’d have a good argument.

    In fact, I suspect that the shooter is going to claim he didn’t intentionally shoot the guy but was trying to fire a warning shot and just didn’t realize the guy was that tall.

  5. Patrick Whited says:

    Calling 911 will get you dead. The guy who fired the shot WAS trying to scare the guy off by firing a shot. He fired it up high in the door because he figured it would go over the guys head. Really, how many people are 6’5″ tall? Could he have done more to ID the guy? Probably. On the other hand, it’s 4am, he’s awakened by a screaming, panicked wife, and there’s some unknown bonehead kicking and pounding on his door. As far as he knows, he’s got seconds to do something to protect his family, and once the bonehead kicking at his door did NOT stop and go away as told, now the homeowner truly does believe his life is in danger. IF he had called 911, and IF the guy kicking at the door was a real threat (and who knows if he WASN’T?) then it’s possible that it would be the other way around, with the homeowner and his wife dead instead. 911 calls are meaningless in a case like this, because they cannot get there in time. This is why cops carry chalk, to outline the bodies. It’s a damned shame this guy was killed, but why the hell was he kicking and pounding on a back door at 4am???

  6. That’s an awful lot of ifs.

    I don’t know. I mean, I guess, there’s a fear factor. But i’m still strictly non guns, and you’re talking to someone who had a gun in his face before. So there you go.

  7. I have had a gun in my face as well (let me tell you about that story some time).

    I guess we all make different choices. Personally I choose to own a gun, you do not. In the end this is a story of a man who felt his life and the life of his wife was threatened and he chose to fire off a shot high in the door. I expect he didn’t plan on that shot hitting the man on the other side but, as I learned at a young age, you don’t pull the thing out unless you are ready to use it. That means understanding the consequences if you do end up killing the person on the other side of that door. Add in that it was four AM, screaming wife, stranger pounding on your BACK door and things get a bit fuzzy.

    Any way you cut it though I stick by my post. It is not like the guy came knocking on his neighbors door at 11 AM on a Sunday asking for sugar.

  8. No, you’re right, and I’m pretty sure nothing will happen to the guy given that he lives in Texas.

    But then you know me, I never understood guns. I just don’t.

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