Mayor’s Step Son Shot and Killed by Homeowner When He Attempted Christmas Eve Burglary

December 30 2013
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
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shotgun stockThe step son of Cedar Hill, TX mayor Rob Franke, was shot and killed by a homeowner when he attempted to burglarize the home on Christmas Eve.

The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Joshua Slaven.

Slaven tried to enter the home through a bedroom window.

The homeowner armed himself and opened fire, hitting and killing Slaven.

According to,

Chris Knox, an attorney for the homeowner, told The Dallas Morning News the intruder entered the Cedar Hill home through a bedroom window just before midnight Tuesday. Knox says the homeowner’s deadly actions were justified and “completely protected under Texas law.”

Slaven had been arrested over an incident at his home less than a month ago.

This is the 139th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas. Texas continues to lead all other states for the highest number of documented defensive gun uses. This is the 1,036th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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