The voice of Joe Horn of suburban Houston on the infamous 911 tape, the one telling police he wasn’t going to let the men burglarizing his neighbors’ house get away, that he was “gonna shoot” them, is not the voice of the real Joe Horn, he told the Houston Chronicle. Nor is the man who grabbed his shotgun, left his house against a 911 operator’s orders, pumped a shell into the chamber and shot the men down after shouting “move, you’re dead,” the real Joe Horn.
The real Joe Horn, he insisted the day after he was cleared by a Harris County grand jury in the deaths of two illegal immigrants from Colombia, is just a boring retired engineer. “I would never advocate anyone doing what I did,” Horn said. One day, he looked out a window and saw two men breaking into his neighbors’ home through a window. While on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, he said he went downstairs with the goal of getting a description of the men for police. Operator: Mr. Horn, do not go out the house. Horn: I’m sorry. This ain’t right, buddy. Operator: You’re going to get yourself shot if you go outside that house with that gun. I don’t care what you think. Stay in the house. Horn: You wanna make a bet? I’m gonna kill ’em. Horn gvei the Chronicle this week his account of the incident.