CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) — The stepson of Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke was shot and killed during an alleged break-in overnight Christmas Eve in Cedar Hill.
Police said Joshua Slaven entered Gareth Long’s home in the 1300 block of Stoney Creek Drive through a window. An attorney representing Long said his client fired one shot, and that Slaven died at the scene.
“Mr. Long gave repeated warnings that he had a firearm and continuously demanded the intruder exit the home. Ignoring the warnings, the intruder advanced further into the home and Mr. Long reacted with force, as allowed by law, in order to defend himself, his wife, and his home,” said attorney Chris Knox in a statement.
Cedar Hill police reports show Slavens was arrested twice recently. On November 17, records show police arrested Slavens at the Mayor’s house on a family violence charge.
The police report said the mayor confronted his step son about his drug addiction and asked him to leave. But the report says Slaven became angry and grabbed Mayor Franke’s shoulder.
“Never ever heard anything, that’s why it’s strange to me when I heard what happened,”said Fred Perez who lives next door to the mayor.
Franke called police and filed an emergency protective order to keep him away from their house.
On November 25, police arrested Slavens again for violating the protective order after he returned to Franke’s house asking his sister to let him in.
A city spokesman said Mayor Franke has great empathy for the homeowner who shot his step-son and feels no animosity toward him.
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