Citizen kills intruder who
was fleeing from police
Originally ran here
"Resident kills fleeing intruder
Shooting followed chase by police"
By Ian McCann / The
Dallas Morning News
COCKRELL HILL – A resident shot and killed a
Grand Prairie man on parole who burst into his home after being chased by
officers late Saturday night, police said.
Darrell Ray Canup, 30, was shot after he kicked
in the back door in the 500 block of Archer Avenue just before midnight, police
said. The resident, who was not identified by police, told investigators that he
picked up a handgun from his nightstand and fired once at Mr. Canup, hitting him
in the back. The resident could not be reached for comment Sunday.
"He was woken out of a deep sleep with a
stranger in his house," Cockrell Hill Police Chief Bill Avera said Sunday.
"He had no idea what the man was doing there and had no idea that anything
else had been going on."
Mr. Canup was taken to Methodist Medical Center
in Dallas and was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m.
The incident happened after police tried to
stop Mr. Canup on a traffic violation on Cockrell Hill Road. He fled two blocks
west on Garfield Avenue and stopped in the 500 block of Calumet Avenue.
Chief Avera said that Mr. Canup evaded police
by jumping over a fence and going through several back yards. As police were
returning to Mr. Canup's 1985 Chevrolet Blazer about midnight to get it towed
away, they received a call about a shooting on Archer Avenue, one block east of
Chief Avera said his investigation will
continue through the next few days, but there are few answers in the case.
"I'll be interested in the toxicology
report to see if there were drugs or alcohol involved," Chief Avera said.
"I'd like to know what would have prompted him to flee from the police. We
have very little to go on."
Mr. Canup's mother, Mary Stone, said that her
son, who was on parole and trying to rebuild his life after a conviction,
"He had gotten a ticket and felt like he
was being watched," Ms. Stone said. "When his car stopped, he probably
got scared. And when he gets sacred, he runs."
Police have been unable to find anyone in the
neighborhood who could provide detailed information about what happened, Chief
"Apparently this all happened rather
quickly," he said, "but I haven't finished interviewing all the
Chief Avera said that he has not spoken with
the resident since he first interviewed him early Sunday but plans to conduct
follow-up interviews on Monday. He said the man was visibly shaken by the
Cockrell Hill police have not filed any charges
in the case, which will be referred to a Dallas County grand jury, Chief Avera
Chief Avera said that Mr. Canup did not have
any active warrants.
Dallas County criminal records show that Mr.
Canup, who lived with his mother, had been convicted of four counts of burglary
of a vehicle, one count of burglary of a habitation, delivery of marijuana and
assault. Most recently, he had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglary
of a vehicle in 1993.
Ms. Stone said that Mr. Canup, her youngest
son, was trying to move to Amarillo to live with a friend so he could continue
to rebuild his life. Since he had been on parole, she said, he had worked long
hours at a salvage yard. And though he had a few relapses with a drug habit, she
said, he was doing his best to rehabilitate himself.
"He was on parole, but he paid for what he
did," she said. "He was no saint, but he was a good son to me."
Services for Mr. Canup will be at 3 p.m.
Thursday at Bean Massey Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie.
Chief Avera said that Mr. Canup's death was
"He chose a course of action that resulted
in loss of life," he said. "Any time there's a loss of life, it's
Ms. Stone said she doesn't blame the resident
for her son's death.
"I love Darrell, but I have no animosity
at all about the person who shot him," she said. "Darrell kicked in
his door and went into his home. I have no animosity at all."
KABA NOTE: Being awakened from a slumber
with someone kicking in your door, self-defense must be foremost on your mind.
It is unlikely that the man whose home was invaded had time to think about
whether or not the now-deceased criminal was armed and/or dangerous. In fact,
when someone is desperate enough to kick your door in, it's fair to assume both.
Though this is an unfortunate situation all the way around, we support any and
all homeowners in protecting their lives in such a circumstance, and we consider
the only guilty party in this incident to be the lost soul who is now pushing
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