New Orleans Homeowner Shoots Career Criminal, Temporarily Ending His Life Of Crime

Here’s a chance to start your weekend on a positive note. A career criminal in New Orleans has seen his career suffer a major setback this week.

59 year old David Mathis was trying to burglarize a shed in New Orleans. The homeowner caught Mathis and confronted him. Mathis then fought with the homeowner and the homeowner shot him in the leg. Mathis got away, but was found by paramedics and taken to the hospital.

Here’s the whole story from the Times-Picayune:

A 59-year-old man is expected to face charges after New Orleans police say he was shot in the legWednesday morning (June 8) while trying to burglarize a home in the city’s Milan neighborhood.

A homeowner in the 4300 block of Lasalle Street returned home around 9 a.m. and discovered his front gate open and a man, identified by police as David Mathis, near his shed. The two fought, police said, at which point the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot Mathis one time in the leg.

Paramedics found Mathis in the 2400 block of Louisiana Avenue. He was taken by EMS to an area hospital for treatment. Once released from the hospital, he is expected to face two counts of burglary, police said. At a department-wide meeting later Wednesday afternoon, NOPD 6th District Cmdr. Ronnie Stevens said investigators are looking into whether Mathis is responsible for a second shed burglary in the same area.

Mathis’ lengthy criminal record in Orleans Parish dates back more than two decades.He has been out on bond and awaiting trial following an August 2015 arrest for simple burglary, court records show. 

Once again, an armed citizen does more to fight crime in New Orleans than Mitch Landrieu.

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