COLLEGE STATION, TX – According to College Station police, the case
of the burglary suspect who was shot by a man living in an apartment appears
to be a case of self-defense.
On Sunday night (Dec. 27), the authorities were called to an apartment
complex where they found the 28-year-old Bryan man unconscious with a
gunshot wound to the stomach. According to the police, Z. Jarell Ransom
was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died.
The man who lived at the apartment told the police that Ransom was armed
when he tried to barge through the resident’s door. The resident,
who was also armed, fired a shot at the intruder and then called the police
to report the incident.
College Station police told NBC News that the resident was cooperating
with the investigation. According to Police Sgt. Steven Taylor, both of
the weapons were recovered.
Claiming ‘Self-Defense’ in Texas
In Texas, people have the legal right to claim self-defense under certain
circumstances. Under Section 9.31 of the Texas Penal Code, if a person
reasonably believes that they are in imminent danger because of another
person’s attempted or actual use of unlawful force, they have every
right to defend themselves.
Under the law, it may be lawful to use force, even lethal force, in
self-defense against another person who:
- Forces themselves “unlawfully” into another’s home,
- Unlawfully and with force, tries to remove a person from their home, vehicle,
or place of employment, or
The person is attempting or committing an act of
sexual assault, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery or
In the case of the College Station apartment shooting, Ransom, a burglary
suspect, was trying to force his way into the resident’s apartment.
In effect, the resident, who had a weapon to protect himself and his home,
opened fire on the burglary suspect in what appears to be an act of self-defense.
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