Alleged Burglar Shot To Death Was A Good Person, Says Childhood Friend
The shooting occurred Saturday in the 200 block of Pliler Precise Road.
Some Longview residents say the intruder who was killed by a homeowner may have been following others. Officials say the burglary happened shortly after 2:00 a.m. yesterday in the 200 block of West Pliler Precise Road. Authorities say the homeowner fired several shots when four teens broke into his residence.
Residents in the area are shaken by the news of a 65-year-old homeowner who shot an intruder in his home early Saturday morning, but sympathetic to his actions. "I don't blame him, honestly. I don't blame him. I think that I'd do the same thing if that were my house," said area neighbor Amber Bailey.
Bradley Parrish, 19, of Longview was shot inside the home. He fled with three other juveniles that had entered the house, but was found dead a short time later, collapsing after crossing the road about 200 yards away from the home.
Larry Barnett was Parrish's friend since childhood. He says Parrish was a familiar face in the neighborhood and would never have come up with the idea of burglary.
"He had his troubles but he wouldn't go this far. It could be anything, walking the streets visiting and the kids he was with coaxed him into it," said Barnett.
There were reports of some young people who were having a party in a wooded area close to where this happened. Residents KLTV 7 News talked to said they had seen some young people walking the streets, but investigators say there's no evidence this group was part of that. "I have no evidence at this time that anything else is connected to this," said Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano.
Deputies caught the other three juveniles, two boys and a girl, within minutes of arriving at the scene. Barnett feels Parrish got himself into something he couldn't get out of.
"Never expected it to be Brad. Reality hasn't set in that he's gone. I know he's gone and there ain't nothing I can do," said Barnett.
The three juveniles are charged with burglary of a habitation, and remain in juvenile detention.