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Shooter won't be charged in slaying of intruder

Originally ran here in the Dallas Morning News on May 2, 2001


DALLAS, TEXAS -- A Far East Dallas man who shot and killed an intruder will not face murder charges in the March incident, a Dallas County grand jury has ruled.

Elijah Owens, 45, was not indicted in the shooting of 30-year-old Tommy Jordan, who kicked open Mr. Owens' front door before dawn on March 19 after falsely identifying himself as a police officer.

Mr. Owens told police he fired on the intruder at his house in the 2900 block of Healey Drive.

Mr. Jordan's body was discovered about an hour later at Forney and Hunnicut roads, according to police reports. Homicide detectives said they recovered a weapon near his body.

Police said Mr. Jordan also had injuries consistent with those of someone who fell out of a moving car. Witnesses told police they saw someone else running from the house and driving away with the intruder.

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