Family Claims Texas Tech Student's Death A Mistake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/11/07

Family Claims Texas Tech Student's Death A Mistake

A 911 call is revealing new information about what happened Saturday morning, when a Lubbock homeowner shot and killed a suspected intruder, later identified as Texas Tech student Ross Baker.

"We just had a break-in. My father has taken down the intruder," a 17-year-old calls 911 just minutes after his father, 43-year-old Charles Mire, shot Baker.

Police say 23-year-old Baker entered the home in the 3000 block of 24th Street around 3:45 Saturday morning. Mire says he confronted Baker and told him to leave several times before firing a warning shot into the ceiling.

The 911 call goes on to say that Baker was shot in the leg, but that shot was actually to the stomach, Baker later died at UMC.

Monday night Baker's family is spoke out, saying this was a tragic mistake, that their son was disoriented and was not trying to break into the house.

Due to the case still being under investigation, the family was limited in what they could share about the events that occurred in the early morning hours Saturday.

Investigation or not, there is one thing they know to be true, the good character of their son Ross.

"I feel he was lost. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and a tragic accident happened," says Bobby Baker, Ross' father.

Ross Baker, 23, was new to the Tech Terrace neighborhood and had lived in his house on 28th Street for two weeks.

"He was walking home so he wouldn't drink and drive like we taught him and he accidentally got in the wrong house, that's what I want people to understand. He was not a burglar," says Teresa Baker, Ross' mother.

Police say it appears Baker entered a home in the 3000 block of 24th Street through a side door at the back of the house. The home's alarm system sounded and the homeowner approached Ross with a gun.

Police say the homeowner, 43-year-old Charles Mire, asked Ross to leave his property several times. When Ross refused, the homeowner shot him in the stomach. Hours later Ross passed away at UMC.

For Ross' family Saturday's events seem surreal.

"Ross would never break into a house. He would never engage in a fight. He was not a fighter at all," says Bobby.

The Bakers say only one real crime was committed in the early hours of Saturday morning, that a life was cut short way too soon.

"Ross was every fathers dream. He was a very respectable young man who respected his elders," says Bobby.

"He's really going to be missed. He's very loving. Ross would never want to cause harm to anybody so we're really going to miss him," says Whitney Baker, Ross' older sister.

Ross was a Texas Tech student majoring in engineering.

An autopsy was conducted Monday afternoon; however it usually takes a while for toxicology reports to be complete. That, of course, would determine whether or not Ross was in fact drunk. 

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