updated 10:20 a.m. ET, Fri., Nov. 16, 2007
PASADENA, Texas - The 911 call a Pasadena man made before he shot and killed two suspected burglars was released Thursday, KPRC Local 2 reported. The man made the call when he saw two men climb out a window of his neighbor's home on 7400 block of Timberline Drive in the Village Grove East subdivision on Wednesday.
Operator: "I've got officers coming out there. I don't want you to go outside that house and I don't want you to have that gun in your hand when those officers are poking around out there."
Caller: "I understand that, but I have a right to protect myself too, sir." The 911 operator warned the man several times to stay in his home. The man took matters into his own hands and confronted the burglars, police said.
Caller: "Here it goes, buddy." (sound of shotgun pumping) "You hear the shotgun clicking and I'm going."
Operator: "Don't go outside." (sound of shotgun pumping)
The man became upset as he described seeing two men leaving his neighbor's home.
Caller: "They got a bag of something."
Operator: "Don't go outside the house."
Caller: "I'm doing it."
Operator: "Mr. (blank), do not go outside the house."
Caller: "I'm sorry. This ain't right, buddy."
Operator: You're going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with the gun."
Caller: "You wanna make a bet? I'm going to kill them."
Moments later, in portion of the tape KPRC Local 2 chose not to release, a shotgun was heard firing at least twice.
Both suspects died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
Police found a pillowcase stuffed with hundreds of dollars.
In the aftermath, the 911 operator tried to get a handle on the situation.
Operator: "Put that gun down before you shoot an officer of mine. I've got several officers out there without uniforms on."
Caller: "I'm in the front yard right now."
Operator: "Put that gun down!"
Police said the investigation into whether or not the shooter acted appropriately is ongoing. They spent most of Thursday taking precise measurements of the scene.
According to KPRC Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice, a neighbor is permitted to use deadly force only if he has been asked to protect the other neighbor's property. Police said it is not clear if that was the case in this situation