Homeowner Involved In Death of Former Employee Speaks

Published 08/26 2014 09:21PM

Updated 08/26 2014 10:23PM

The homeowner who was involved in the altercation that resulted in the death of his former employee Friday afternoon says he is shocked and saddened by the outcome.

"In my heart it kills me because I know I have taken a life and it is hard on me because I love everybody," says the homeowner.

The homeowner said he knew the suspect Christopher Moran, 36, for 15 years and was his employer for about two weeks. He said he struck Moran with a baseball bat as a way protect his family who was inside the home.

"I was trying to do what was best for my family and myself, I was scared," the homeowner said.

He said Moran was upset and verbally aggressive outside the home and reportedly tried to force his way in. After being struck, the homeowner said he provided aid to Moran until medical service arrived.

Moran died the next morning at Hendrick Medical Center.

"I have a huge burden to live with for the rest of my life and the one I cared most about is now gone," the homeowner said.

The following is a press release from the Abilene Police Department regarding a death investigation:

ABILENE, TX – On August 22, 2014 at approximately 2:48 pm, the Abilene Police Dispatch received a 911 call from the occupant of a residence in the 1100 block of Burger St. on Abilene’s north side. The caller reported he was attacked by a known suspect. The resident responded to the attack by striking the suspect with a bat. The resident administered medical care to the suspect while he was on the phone with a 911 operator.  He remained at the scene until police and medical personnel arrived.

Upon arrival, officers located the suspect, Christopher Moran, age 36, lying near the front door of the residence on the sidewalk. Moran was transported to Hendrick Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours of August 23rd. Moran’s body was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The investigation to this point has revealed that Moran was an ex-employee of the resident. Moran drove to the residence in the 1100 block of Burger where a verbal altercation occurred between Moran and the resident. The resident terminated the verbal argument and went inside his house. Moran responded by attempting to force entry into the residence at which time the resident struck Moran one time in the head with a bat. Both of the resident’s children (ages 10 and 15) were inside the residence at the time of the offense. The bat used was surrendered to the police by the resident.

This investigation is ongoing. Pursuant to Article 20.22 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the resident’s name will not be released until such time as a grand jury can be convened to hear the facts of the case.

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