Charges Come for Residents Who Reportedly Opened Fire on Burglars

Lt. Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes
Lt. Gary Trupe, Potter-Randall Special Crimes

Charges are now filed against two Amarillo residents who opened fire during an alleged burglary.. Killing one man.

The sun on January 7th revealed a body laying in the front yard of a home in the 41 hundred block of Hughes.

It was reportedly the fourth time the home had been a target for burglars in a month. Now, police are releasing what inside that home was so enticing.

The home was burglarized also on December 13th.

During the police investigation, officers say they found several marijuana plants growing inside the home.

Daniel Bartlett, Justin Campbell and Patrick Red reportedly came to steal the drugs several times.

Lt. Gary Trupe with the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit says, "Their target was that specific house, not the neighborhood, not that area of town, but that specific house and they were specifically targeting the marijuana, that's what they were there to steal."

Lt. Trupe says other crimes committed in the area had nothing to do with this.

And the theory these alleged thieves were working their way through the neighborhood is false.

As for the homeowners, they are being charged with possession of marijuana.

The charges took so long to file since investigators had to wait to see what they were dealing with.

Lt. Trupe says, "They had to be dried out so they could be weighed and that took some time for those plants that were in various stages of growth. From little all the way up to some pretty good sized ones. They weighed those finally, and it's actually a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, but the drug free zones books it, moves it up to a state jail felony."

Lt. Trupe says they still believe the men were justified by opening fire during the alleged burglary. But they will still take the case to a Randall County Grand Jury.

Officials are not releasing the homeowners names because they are hoping the men will turn themselves in.