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Intruder slain in Ferris

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Joey Dauben
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Ferris resident Jimmy Don Allen shot and killed an intruder in his home Tuesday, Dec. 4 off Farm-to-Market 983, just outside Ferris' western city limits, according to Sheriff's reports.

The incident occurred on the same day and around the same time a car wreck claimed the life of Ferris High School coach Mike Tesei on the other side of town.

According to Ellis County Sheriff's Department Lt. Royce Gothard of the Criminal Investigation Division, the case must go to a Grand Jury to determine if Allen was acting in self-defense.

'The alarm was going off when Allen got home, so he was searching and spotted the subject, then ran after him,' Gothard said. 'It [chase] then proceeded outside, where Allen shot him.'

Gothard said the type of gun used was a .22 caliber rifle and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

However, after a week of investigating, Gothard said the relatives of the intruder still have not been notified.

'We know who it is, but cannot release the name of the individual because we have not notified his next of kin,' Gothard said. 'We're still investigating the case.'

He said the suspect did work for Allen.

'Allen did some remodeling of homes and the suspect did do some odd-jobs now and then for him,' Gothard said. 'As far as a criminal record, we do believe the intruder has been to jail before.' He said there were items of jewelry found in the pockets of the suspect.

'Right now, we're still trying to fit all of the pieces of the puzzle,' Gothard said.

Gothard could not confirm reports the suspect had previously broken into the Allen's home, while Allen and his wife, Marietta, were sleeping and stole credit cards and other valuables.

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