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7/29/05

Police Say Charges Unlikely Against Homeowner In Deadly Burglary, Shooting

The only burglar to survive a Central Lubbock break-in is behind bars.

Richard Steven Lovato was released from the hospital Friday morning and charged with burglary of habitation. Former Lubbock Police Officer James Kimber caught Lovato and Fermin Martinez Jr. robbing his house in the 4800 Block of 45th Street, Thursday.

Kimber shot both men, Lovato in the leg and Martinez in the chest. Martinez fled, and collapsed in the alley behind the house and later died. Charges against Kimber are unlikely because police say he was acting in self-defense and protecting his property.

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