Homeowner who shot intruder won't face charges

2012-11-08T05:30:00Z Homeowner who shot intruder won't face chargesAndrea J. Cook Journal staff Rapid City Journal
November 08, 2012 5:30 am  • 

Authorities say a 69-year-old Rapid City man had no choice in September but to shoot and kill a man who had broken into his home and severely beat him with a baseball bat.

After reviewing the Sept. 25 altercation that led to the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Dallas Two Bulls, prosecutors on Wednesday announced that the shooter — 69-year-old Tom Wilson — acted in self defense and will not be prosecuted.

Pennington County State’s Attorney Glenn Brenner displayed graphic images Wednesday that he said showed how brutally Wilson was attacked by Two Bulls before Wilson was able to get a gun and shoot his attacker dead.

The photos showed Wilson with several lacerations to his head. Seven stitches were clearly visible above his right eye, and his left eye was swollen shut. His bald scalp had two large cuts, one held together with six staples and the other with seven staples.

A large bruise was evident between the elbow and wrist on Wilson’s left arm. He also had extensive bruising on his legs, according to police.

“After a very exhaustive investigation into this matter ... we’ve concluded it was a justifiable shooting," Brenner said.

Police were called to Wilson’s mobile home, at 1121 Riley Court about, 4:45 a.m. Sept. 25. They found Two Bulls dead in the hallway of the home.

According to Brenner, Two Bulls’ twin sister was at the house drinking with Wilson; she had called her brother to come over, he said.

“When Dallas Two Bulls arrived, he was extremely agitated,” Brenner said.

Authorities speculated that Two Bulls assumed there was “something inappropriate between his sister and Mr. Wilson,” Brenner said.

“He was agitated. He broke down the door. He took the bat from Mr. Wilson and began to beat him with it,” Brenner said. “This was an assault.”

Wilson managed to crawl from the living room down a short hallway to reach his 9 mm handgun and stop the assault by killing Two Bulls, Brenner said.

Two Bulls was found in the hallway with a watch and jewelry belonging to Wilson in his pockets, Brenner said.

Tests showed Two Bulls was intoxicated; his blood was found to contain a pain medication that he may have been taking for a broken leg, authorities said.

Wilson was also intoxicated, but he was coherent and able to speak to officers, Brenner said. Two Bulls had met Wilson before the shooting, but only once, and briefly, Brenner said.

Contact Andrea Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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  1. Mannysb
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    Mannysb - November 13, 2012 10:14 pm
    Things like this make my race look bad but not all of us are like that and that's a good thing that that poor old man isn't gonna get charged no person should be beat at any age my prayers go out to both sides
  2. Freedome
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    Freedome - November 08, 2012 11:25 pm
    Any one that breaks into a home the home owner has the right to shot them if they feel that they will harm them. They are breaking into your home to steal from you or to rape you they are not selling candy bars. After living in Cal home invasion robberies happen all the time & they beat up the owners or kill them even during the daytime. When you shot someone you shot to stop them from doing harm to you not to kill them.
  3. DLaw
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    DLaw - November 08, 2012 10:56 am
    Anytime anyone breaks into a house I believe the owner has a right to shoot. Individuals who illegally enter a residence are not doing so to do anything other then illegal activities and cause harm.
  4. 23bb2010
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    23bb2010 - November 08, 2012 9:08 am
    This is on the extreme end of obviously self-defense. If the guy broke in and even swung the bat it should be justiied to shoot him. It should not have to be made a big deal and make headlines like it wasn't a no-brainer. Only if the intruder has no intent to do physical harm would I be against killing them but if someone has a weapon and breaks in, you got what you deserved.
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