- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Some people think they can get away with murder, and some people actually do. This dude, Joe Horn, who shot down two Colombians that had robbed his neighbor’s home, has just been cleared by a jury:

A Harris County grand jury on Monday ended the rancorous seven-month debate over Pasadena resident Joe Horn’s decision to gun down two illegal immigrant burglars in his front yard, concluding the act was a justifiable use of deadly force and not murder. [The grand jury] likely also heard his breathless 911 call, during which the increasingly frustrated retiree ignored a dispatcher’s pleas to stay inside and out of harm’s way. The Nov. 14 call ended with the sound of Horn racking a shell into his 12-gauge shotgun’s chamber followed by three gunshots that killed Colombians Diego Ortiz, 30, and Hernando Riascos Torres, 38.

Each man was shot in the back. They had taken about $2,000 in the burglary.

Here’s how things went down on that ill fated day:

Horn was alone inside the home he shares with his daughter’s family around 2 p.m. on Nov. 14 when he was heard glass shattering next door, spotted Ortiz and Torres crawling through a window and called 911 to report the break-in.

The operator repeatedly urged him to stay in his house, but Horn said he did not believe it would be right to let the burglars get away.

“Well, here it goes, buddy,” Horn told the operator. “You hear the shotgun clicking and I’m going.”

The operator replied: “Don’t go outside.”

“Don’t go outside the house,” the 911 operator pleaded. “You’re going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with a gun. I don’t care what you think.”

“You want to make a bet?” Horn answered. “I’m going to kill them.”

Then the tape recorded Horn warning: “Move and you’re dead!” Two quick shots can be heard on the tape, followed by a pause and then a third shot.

After the shooting, he redialed 911.

“I had no choice,” he said, his voice shaking. “They came in the front yard with me, man. I had no choice. Get somebody over here quick”

Hmmm. The victims were running away from the old redneck. Isn’t it considered self defense when a person is in immediate danger? SMH.

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  • {{ The INFAMOUS }} Ms. Sugar Walls


  • ace

    they shouldnt have been robbing someones house

  • Tam


  • I'm Just Me

    LOL @ Suga Walls

    Sounds like MURDER 1 to me! He didn’t intend on maiming them so that they would stop so police could get there. He wanted to kill them. He should be in jail. REMIND ME TO STAY AWAY FROM PASADENA!

  • Rod Serling

    Submitted for your approval…a world where crime is excused and the criminals receive the sympathy. Sadly, the fact that the lawbreakers are now taking dirt naps and not being free to burglarize, rob and commit crimes against others is a rarity of justice that thankfully is not just found…

    …in The Twilight Zone!

  • J Man

    They shouldnt have been robbing someones house. I would shoot them too! Make sure I send a clear message to not mess with my family. If they robbed the house next door…you’re next!

    And in situations like this…you don’t want to end up like Sean Taylor.

    We need more neighbors like Joe Horn and not nosey sheep that turn their lights off and close their ears when you are in trouble…but got enough time to see all of your other business.


  • dcgal


  • Kel

    @ J Man —– EXACTLY!!

    If I hear anyone walk in my house in the middle of the night I am shooting first and asking questions later!!! Feel Me?

  • moca81

    I ain’t mad at the old man because they were robbing him we as people work to hard for our things and for someone to violate you by coming into your home and take your thing’s while your there…..Now come on your bold as hell so they got exactly what they deserve I’m not saying I’m happy they died BUT had they done do what they did they’d still be here…….So they brought that upon themslves……. COME ON NOW EVERYONE IF THAT WAS “YOU” YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME DAMN THING NO MATTER WHAT RACE YOU ARE.

  • Envy (Est. in 1983)


  • Envy (Est. in 1983)


  • cliff

    they werent on his property… they were robbing the neighbors house. dude took the law into his own hands and should have been convicted. if i did that, as a black man, i would have been under the jail.

  • Aunt Viv

    Sounds like self defense to me.

  • cliff


    exactly!!!! i’ve been watching this story from when it first surfaced. this dude watched the robbers crawl through the neighbor’s window. he was supposed to stay in the house like the 911 operator instructed him to. texas law always favors the rednecks that take the law into their own hand. he wasnt even defending his own property. this guy is a cowboy and they let him loose.

  • Afiya

    That’s a whole big mess right there…this guy should be doing time…he was told to stay in the house and let the police handle it…BUT NOOO…he wanna be captain-save-a-home and go and shoot the guys…I seriously wonder if these guys were white would he have shot them???

  • cliff

    for those claiming no sympathy please read the whole story subjectively. dont look at ONE news source. second, imagine if you as a black person would have shot a robber going into the neighbor’s house in the BACK. would they acquit you??? would you be a free man/woman??? would they be calling you a hero???

    come on, you people know right from wrong. all our lives they say that’s what the cops are for, to protect us. then they break the rules they say we cant break and then we defend them? wtf

  • Tired

    He got away with it b/c of his light skin color. Let that had been someone with a darker skin color and they would had found them guilty. He should have just called the police and left it at that.

  • I'm Just Me

    @ Marquis.

    I am entitled to my opinion. It is lawlessness, especially when the operator told him to stay in the house. I worship God. I don’t know where you get thug worshipping n*gga ho. The man is wrong and he got away with it. Whenever someone gets away with being wrong it upsets me. I will not engage in useless conversation with you like SMDH. Please don’t acknowledge me anymore and I will do the same.

  • Afiya


    Valuable can be replace…you can’t replace a life or your conscience after you’ve killed someone.

    I understand what you are saying…but…they should have been ARRESTED…NOT….MURDERED!!

  • Lydia

    I have been paying attention to this story. He called 911 when his neighbour was being robbed and the operator clearly told him not to go outside but trying to be a vigilate he did and shot the two robbers. This is an injustice. He should be doing time!!!

  • I'm Just Me

    @ Cliff

    Thank you.

  • I'm Just Me


  • kaybaybay

    Well according to AP they did come on his property and you have the right to defend your property and yourself. How many times have there been stories of people getting robbed then killed. You have to protect yourself and your family nobody else is going to do it.

  • Me too

    The man went outside the house with the intent to kill thieves. They weren’t inside HIS house. For all you people claiming you’d do it too, you’re fools! It’s ridiculous to believe it’s right to kill others over stolen PROPERTY! The man didn’t even know the neighbors!! He didn’t care about their STUFF! He hated to see two black CRIMINALS “get away” with a crime. And, for all you posters claiming he did the right thing, and you would have done it too, well, according to this killer, he REGRETS having taken TWO lives over STUFF! And he would have never gone outside if he could do it all over again. This man killed two people over replaceable items. There’s no justice in this! This is vigilante INjustice. Antiquated Texas penal code got this killer off. And if you don’t think race has ANYTHING to do with this, you’re an imbicile.

  • N3w0rl3@ns

    @ jorge-

    l0l no i aint really up on the fball, but i knew he played for us before…the only point i was trying to make though was that the name wasn’t from “redneck descent (lol)” not really so much that he still played for us.

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