Derek Splawn, a student in the Keller school district, had been upset with the apartment’s 18-year-old resident and had reportedly threatened in an earlier telephone conversation "that he was tired of this and he was going to come over there," homicide Detective Curt Brannan said.He had a friend drive him to the apartment complex where his intended victim was. He went with an aluminum bat. He pounded on the patio door and on the front door.
Though the resident did not emerge, Brannan said, Splawn was able to force his way inside the apartment after the resident’s roommate opened the front door to peek out and saw Splawn standing there with the bat.Did he think the kid was going to stand there and let himself be hit with a bat? Well that isn't what happened.
"Before he could get the door shut, the man [Splawn] pushed the door open and had taken several steps inside the doorway in the direction of the [18-year-old]," [homicide Detective Curt] Brannan said.
[The] 18-year-old, in turn, picked up a shotgun he kept in the home and fired once, striking Splawn in the face.He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The guy who drove this kid to his death? He took off when he heard the shotgun blast and the bat hitting the floor. He returned later with the dead guy's parents.
It is unfortunate that this guy thought he needed an aluminum bat to solve a problem, but I don't have a problem with someone legally defending themselves from attack, even if that defense uses lethal force.
Self-defense is a human right.