Instead of calling police, Don decided to get his loaded handgun and go downstairs to investigate.
That's when he encountered the unarmed burglar, Daniel Durham. The two fought, and Durham took the gun from the pastor, made him beg for his life, then shot him dead and fled the scene.
From an article:
Sheriff s deputies said the preacher and his wife heard a noise downstairs in their garage it was the sound of their generator turning on. Deputies said when the preacher went down to investigate, somehow Durham managed to take the homeowner s gun.
Deputies said Durham told them the pastor was on the floor begging for his life and that s when Durham pulled the trigger and shot Frazier in the head.
Frazier s wife heard the shooting and called 911 as Durham fled.
Area residents heard the gunshots, but some said they thought they were fireworks.Every life is precious, and Mr. Frazier did not deserve to die. But it makes me wonder what would have happened if he had called the police instead of confronting the burglar. And if Frazier hadn't been armed with a gun, would the burglar have still killed him?
One thing is certain, though: having a loaded gun did not help him that night.
[this post is part of an ongoing series of people being shot to death or attacked despite being armed (and sometimes because they are armed)]