A Cedar Hill Homeowner Shot and Killed the Mayor's Stepson During a Christmas Burglary

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Joshua Slaven
Just before midnight on Christmas Eve, Gareth Long woke to a noise outside his bedroom door. He got out of bed, grabbed a handgun and went to investigate.

In the hallway of his Cedar Hill home, Long's attorney told The Dallas Morning News, he encountered a stranger. Several times, Long told the man he was armed and asked the intruder to leave. When he wouldn't, Long fired.

The man, identified by police as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven, was pronounced dead one minute before the clock struck midnight.

Slaven is reportedly the stepson of Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke, who lives a couple of blocks away from Long on the same street.

According to court records, Slaven wasn't supposed to be at either home. The Morning News reports that he was arrested on November 25 for violating a protective order after showing up at the mayor's home and attempting to persuade his sister to let him in.

Long's lawyer, Chris Knox, says Long's actions were justified under Texas' castle doctrine.

"It's very unfortunate that Mr. Long was forced into a position of having to defend himself, his wife and his home from a nighttime intruder," Knox told the News. "Nobody ever asks to be placed in such a life-threatening position, but Mr. Long's actions were absolutely justified and completely protected under Texas law."

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MissMacy
MissMacy

Holy crap. Everybody just shut up already and eat some braunschweiger and sweet pickles.

andynorthcutt
andynorthcutt

Sometimes a responsible loving family that has done all that is humanly and spirtually possible is not enough to steer a young man on the right path to a responsible life of happiness. This is a tragic event that ended his life. The homeowner made a decision to protect himself and family that will stick with him for the rest of his life. It seems to me the real victims in this situation are the family that Mr. Slaven has left behind. Please pray for them to find the strength to put this event behind them and move on to a life without there son,father and family member and somehow be able to enjoy a Christmas Holiday in the future.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Is this where I insert a snarky remark about hypocritical Republicans/Democrats and their glass houses to generate an ongoing stream of nonsense debating which political party is the sleaziest?

brentdgardner
brentdgardner

Why is Henry Goedrich Magee charged with murder when he dealt with an armed gang invading his home in the dead of night?

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

His mayoral step father is the same guy who loaned a neighboring mayor a firearm that she used to kill herself and her daughter.

Being raised in such a REPUBLICAN family, this kid was screwed from the start.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

*** Man fatally shoots stepdaughter mistaken for burglar ***


DENVER - A 14-year-old Colorado girl mistaken for a burglar was shot and killed by her stepfather early on Monday morning at the home they shared, police said.


Police in Colorado Springs were called to respond to a report of a burglary on the city's north side and arrived at the scene to find the girl gravely injured from a gunshot wound, according to a police statement.


The man who told police he shot and killed his 14-year-old stepdaughter after mistaking her for a burglar is a Fort Carson officer with multiple deployments behind him and a Bronze Star for service.


Sources on Wednesday confirmed that 2nd Lt. Daniel R. Meade is at the center of the tragedy that has drawn headlines across the world.


The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said police spokesman Larry Herbert.


Colorado's so-called "Make My Day" law allows members of the public who face a home invasion to use deadly force if the intruder is believed to be committing a crime, immunizing the home owner from criminal prosecution or civil liability.


Remember -- Cowards Shoot First !!

leestorm913
leestorm913

In case you don't remember, in 2010 Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters murdered her daughter and then killed herself.  She used a gun she had borrowed from Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke.  Franke was not charged.


A few years before that, the Franke home burned to the ground, killing their dog.  What's up with this family?  Good Republicans?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Is this a story because a homeowner defended himself when confronted by a threat or because the perpetrator is the stepson of the Mayor of Cedar Hill?

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 According to court records, Slaven wasn't supposed to be at either home. 

So there was History between the Homeowner and the dead guy ?

Or just the Observer Listing two of homes the dead guy shouldn't have been in ?

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Score another one for a prepared homeowner who defends his family and home.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Even a gun-hater like Myrna understands that the most terrifying thing that could happen is having your home broken into.  Defend yourself at any cost.

wylietymes
wylietymes

What obvious issues? Look, it's a shame the guy's dead but that's the risk you take when you break into people's homes. 

hurleypic
hurleypic

Slaven obviously had serious isssues!

Easybreezy
Easybreezy

It seems to me that the real victims are the ones who had a man violently slam through a window. The real victims are the ones who will have to live the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder, jumping at the slightest sound, rearranging their lives to get through this trauma. The family, yes did lose a father, son, etc., but they also knew that he was dangerous ( reference to the protective order and arrests of assault on his own family). They aren't the victims-the family who will have to attend grief counseling, and deal with flashbacks and Christmas never being the same-full of bad memories. They are the victims, not the family. Think if it was you who had to deal with it, would you call yourself a victim or the intruders family the victim?

James080
James080 topcommenter

@bvckvs  

Screwed just like a Kennedy kid, right?  You know, like the dead girl in the back seat of Teddy's submerged car, the young girl beaten to death with Skakel's golf club, the young girl raped by a Kennedy kid named smith at the Kennedy's house in Florida. Or screwed like Democrat Jesse Jackson's kid, in prison for campaign fraud? 

dingo
dingo

@oakclifftownie  

I am guessing that both homes were within the radius specified in the protective order related to the stepfather.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@juanmayeaux Myrna gives the guy a pass, because even though he was probably scared to death he gave the guy a chance to get out before he pulled the trigger.  That's humane and heroic in my book.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@juanmayeaux 


Shooting an intruder in your home is much different then shooting a young lady lost in the middle of the night with a shotgun in your front yard.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@wylietymes

Obvious issues like being raised by Republican psychos.

His step father recently loaned a weapon to a neighboring mayor, which she then used to kill her family.

Afterward, he expressed almost no regret - saying that he was right to give her the gun.


Raised by such irresponsible Republicans, it was inevitable that he would grow up to be lethally irresponsible, as well.


ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Thankfully, he no longer has these issues. Another NRA success story.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@James080@bvckvs

The Democrats didn't raise this kid to rob houses, or to supply weapons to family annihilators..

His Republican parents did that.


Logic4U
Logic4U

@James080 @bvckvs

Nice reply but I think facts and logic are wasted on this guy. He'd probably be a lot happier in either liberal NY or ditzt CA

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TexMarine


That includes every news outlet in the area. Including Fox. So I guess they are all doing it. 

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz From the looks of this intruder the only thing your Frying Pan would be good for is to make the intruder laugh.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Sanders, how do you explain the high crime rate in democrat strongholds like Detroit, LA and Chicago? Are democrats born psycho killers, or do republicans make them that way?

Logic4U
Logic4U

@bvckvs @wylietymes

You libtards are so filled with myopic hate that replying to you is almost impossible...didn't you see James 080's reply to your last inane post? If you did, I'm amazed you are willing to try another asanine post such as above.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@jamessavik@bvckvs@James080

In psychology, blaming an inanimate object for the actions of a person is considered a sign of severe mental illness.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Well, just let the intruder step on one of the cat's tails... Intruder = Mincemeat

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@juanmayeaux I love when people watch movies like Home Alone and think that a frying pan or a baseball bat are suitable defense weapons when there is a complete stranger standing in your hallway in the middle of the night. Hopefully the criminal in your house is only armed with some pork chops or maybe a few baseballs.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@juanmayeaux  No.  Myrna would have been so hysterical she'd probably beat the intruder to a pulp.. then ask him if he wanted a nice breakfast.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

Marsupial.

ruddski
ruddski topcommenter

@leightxx

No, in this case the NRA and the weapon acted poorly.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wait a second here!  The NRA is responsible for flooding the country with firearms that have made it necessary for law-abiding citizens to arm themselves.  Myrna gives no pass to the NRA nutsoes.

leightxx
leightxx

Riiiggghhttt because I'm the one who brought up the NRA. Pay attention.

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