On September 29, 2011, Houston Repo Man Rufus Bryant was shot in the face by a borrower on a repossession gone wrong as they were leaving without the vehicle. The shooter was never arrested and no charges filed. Today, Rufus Bryant still struggles with his injuries but is focusing his frustration on changing Texas archaic 1800’s frontier era law Texas Penal Code 9.41 created to deal with cattle thieves, that gives Texans considerable leeway at night to kill thieves and intruders.
This law has allowed many murderous borrowers to shoot and in some instances like on Feb 25, 1994 when Tommy Dean Morris was shot from behind and murdered by a warned borrower. While it has been lobbied to revise or amend this law on many occasions to no avail, this is a cause worthy of however many efforts it takes. What’s at stake are lives.
Below are some excerpts from Mr. Bryant’s website leading to the petition that I urge you all to sign.
I am a former Repo Man, one of the many Repossession Agents in Texas and across the country, who has been shot while on the job. As in most of the other cases, the shooter was released instead of being arrested. While I am sure that the police have their reasons for NOT taking the man who shot me to jail, it leaves me to question the nature of the laws regarding that type of situation.
If you are a Repossession Agent who has been shot or injured in any way or if know someone who has been in that type of situation, please follow this link and sign our petition in order to help get the Texas Laws changed that protect people who play dumb when they shoot a Repossession Agent. Don’t let anyone else get away with acting like they thought someone was “stealing their vehicle” when you can clearly see a wrecker hooking up to it!
Visit the site and sign the petition today!