January 1, 2015 3:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Texan Spencer Crandall had a history of sleepwalking.

…Crandall, 31, had been known to walk outside his Rhome home, but would usually be stopped by his newlywed wife, Amanda, before he made it too far, brother Ryan Crandall told WFAA-TV.

“Sometimes he would make it into the back yard, sometimes he’d make it into the front yard and she would go out and physically grab his arm and pull him back into the house so that he would be safe,” Ryan Crandall told the station.

But on Christmas night, Spencer Crandall was alone at his rural Wise County home, some 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth. His wife was out of state and he’d been taking prescription pills for two slipped discs in his back. He’d also likely been drinking beer, something unusual for the devout Mormon because his faith forbids booze, family members said…

Cops say Spencer Crandall knocked on the door and rang the doorbell at neighbor Craig Rigtrup’s home around 4 a.m. last Friday. Rigtrup called police before he armed himself and went outside to see Crandall trying to hop over a privacy fence into Rigtrup’s backyard, Wise County Sheriff David Walked told the station…

Crandall never threatened Rigtrup and wasn’t armed, though cops said Rigtrup’s wife and 14-year-old daughter were inside the home. Crandall refused to stay on the ground before Rigtrup killed Crandall with one shot to his chest, police said.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
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22 responses to Man Shot Dead On Neighbor’s Porch Was Sleepwalking

  1. granpa.usthai January 1st, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    seems to be a lot of activity for someone who is sleeping?

    • bpollen January 1st, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Happened once to me… I woke up about 3 blocks away, on the opposite side of the main drag in the town. Some people on Ambien have even driven while asleep (at least, asleep from THEIR point of view.)

      • whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 6:56 pm

        that would be me. read my post above yours.

        • bpollen January 1st, 2015 at 8:40 pm

          Happened to my wife, too. Cop who stopped her didn’t know WHAT to make of her.

          • whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 9:35 pm

            thankfully taco cabana was only up the street. i only had to drive 1 block down and through a parking lot. also thankfully, they were the only fast food joint opened 24/7, otherwise i may have traveled further. NOT a good outcome i would think.

          • bpollen January 1st, 2015 at 11:49 pm

            While you were obviously able to handle the basics, I don’t think you (or anybody else sleep-driving) would be able to have the reactions to deal with the myriad stupid drivers out on the road. That’s hard enough to do when you have ALL your faculties.

          • whatthe46 January 2nd, 2015 at 12:17 am

            you’re absolutely right. i think that because its some place i’ve traveled to so often, it didn’t require much effort (brain function) i suppose. and considering it was in the wee hours of the morning and no cars in my way, there wasn’t anything distracting. but, when i said i was 1/2 way on the lawn, i failed to mention that 2 days later i realized what happened. there’s a yellow fire hydrant in front of my next door neighbors house and i obviously hit that, because there was a dent in the front bumper that had yellow paint on it. my husband and i figured it out. still i ate then fell asleep not even remembering a thing. that’s when i gave up the keys and then never filled the script again.

          • whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 9:37 pm

            how did she make it home? did they call you?

          • bpollen January 1st, 2015 at 11:44 pm

            They let her go under her own power. She remembers nothing before the cop stopped her (she mixed up Ambien with another med similar in appearance she takes in the AM.) She then went to work (a short distance away from where she was pulled over.) I took light rail to pick her and the car up.

          • whatthe46 January 2nd, 2015 at 12:12 am

            good thing she was ok. and i believe every bit of her not remembering a thing.

    • whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      i can’t say that really. i am an insomniac and i was on ambien. it would knock me out, but what i didn’t know was that it caused me to “sleep drive.” i would get up in the morning to find Taco Cabana bags of food, 1/2 eaten on my kitchen counter. i didn’t put 2 and 2 together for quite a while. i would actually wake up and drive to Taco Cabana and buy food, drive home, eat some and go back to sleep w/o ever realizing it. it can happen. because of that i did gain weight. which i loved. i had to give my keys to my son to hide so i wouldn’t be able to leave the house. and that was after i woke up to find my car 1/2 in the driveway and 1/2 on the lawn with a flat tire. it took 2 days to figure it out. never took the sleep aid again. now, i just suffer through it.

      • StoneyCurtisll January 1st, 2015 at 9:03 pm


        • whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 9:31 pm

          yes. haven’t taken it since. scary stuff.

    • eyelashviper January 1st, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Not so, especially with Ambien. Generally sleep walkers do not travel far, but with Ambien, they get in the car and drive, and can end up miles away.

  2. whatthe46 January 1st, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    since he had already called the police, he could have stayed his ass inside “armed” and safe. this was unnecessary unless the guy was attempting to get into his home.

    • StoneyCurtisll January 1st, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      If the ‘sleepwalker’ had been rattling the door trying to get in..
      That would be different..
      But we are talking about Texas, were it is shoot first ask questions later.

  3. Mephistophiles January 1st, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Prison for Rigtrup. You just know that scumbags like him have wet dreams about days like this coming to them.

  4. edmeyer_able January 1st, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Man shoots neighbor who was sleep walking, sheriff shoots wife “accidentally” TWICE floriduh man chops mothers head off …. forgot about the dude just watching fireworks in texas nd drops dead w/bullet to the head … …..WHAT THE F’CK 2015.

    • edmeyer_able January 1st, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      And it’s not like 2014 was all that good either.

  5. eyelashviper January 1st, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    The mentality that someone is out to get you, and that you need a gun to protect yourself, always, under any circumstances, has created an environment in which this kind of stupidity occurs, with terrible consequences. I cannot imagine a situation where I would be compelled to fire upon a person in my yard, unless they happen to be pointing a bazooka in the direction of my house, which is highly unlikely.

  6. StoneyCurtisll January 1st, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Let this be a lesson to any other Mormon who thinks god doesn’t know he is drinking~! I’m going to assume he wasn’t wearing his Magical Mormon under garment since the bullet didn’t glance off him…
    It think if they are sinning, (drinking) the magical properties to the under garments are not guaranteed.

  7. illinoisboy1977 January 2nd, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Unknown assailant attempts to gain entry to another man’s house, where homeowner’s wife and daughter are. Homeowner confronts assailant and they tussle. Assailant then attempts to scale privacy fence, into back yard. Homeowner informs assailant that he’s armed and orders him to the ground. Assailant refuses to stay put and gets up from the ground. Homeowner pulls the trigger.
    In Texas, I think the homeowner was legally justified in his actions. I, personally, wouldn’t fire on someone unless they actually made entry to the structure. Deadly force should ALWAYS be a last resort, in my opinion. That being said, even though the intruder may not have DESERVED what he got, I don’t think the homeowner violated the law. Let this be a lesson to those who are prone to sleepwalking and think it’s a good idea to mix pain medicine with booze.