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Grayson Co. Scrapyard Owner Shoots Intruder

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- A Farmersville senior citizen who owns a scrapyard just outside Sherman says he was so outraged by thefts that he took matters into his own hands and confronted two men he caught stealing.

After continued thefts at his new scrapyard, Lucien Hines, 79, says he decided to do his own stake-out, and wait for the criminals to show up, and he waited with his gun.

"I just told them the party was over with," says Hines. "They wouldn't stop. I hit one of them and I shot four or five times at the other one and he ran off."

Hines says he noticed copper and brass was disappearing from Stinky's Scrap Metal on east F.M. 1417, so for four nights he turned on the outside lights and waited for them. Around 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Hines says they showed up and started taking things.

"They drove one of my pickups around from the north side of the warehouse and that's where I could get to them at, they were dragging stuff around to load it there and already got some stuff down there under the hill," says Hines.

Hines says after about an hour, he confronted them, and when they started to run, he fired. "I'm sorry that it had to end this way, I am," says Hines.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the intruder who was shot was flown to a Plano hospital, while a second person managed to get away.

Hines says he has called authorities before, but this time, he decided to catch the crooks himself. "I had a big burglary out there and they wouldn't make an investigation on it, like it never happened," says Hines.

This time, deputies remained on the scene for much the day. "We've got some evidence around there that needs to be collected, we're just waiting on some of the snow to melt," says Sheriff's Office Lt. Ricky Wheeler.

"It's not the first time this has happened, they've had shootings out there before," says neighbor Larry Fleming.

Hines says he decided to shoot because he wanted the men to face their crimes. "They was gonna get away you know and I wanted to bring them to justice," says Hines.

The man was shot in the leg, but Wheeler says he was responsive and spoke to deputies in the ICU. When he is released from the hospital, he will be arrested. Wheeler says a Sherman K-9 was brought in but there was no sign of the second man.