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postheadericon Follow Up: Video of Hero Thomas Yoxall Describing How He Saved a Police Officer’s Life

You may remember a story last year in which a concealed carrier — one who had had his gun rights restored after a felony conviction — came to the aid of an Arizona trooper who was being attacked by an illegal alien. Thomas Yoxall no doubt saved trooper Ed Andersson’s life by the side of the road that day as the attacker, Leonard Penuelas-Escobar, had already shot him once and was beating him when Yoxall arrived on the scene.

Andersson, a 28-year department veteran who underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries and hasn’t yet returned to work, was asked during a police interview what would have been the outcome if the driver hadn’t stopped the attack.

“Probably a funeral. He wasn’t gonna stop,” Andersson told investigators, crediting the passer-by with saving his life.

Now video has been release of Yoxall relaying his story to investigators in the aftermath of the shooting.

Thomas Yoxall describes saving Arizona trooper Ed Andersson's life
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Yoxall’s emotional response while recounting the shooting to detectives is worth noting. Reading comments posted throughout the gunblogosphere, you’ll see plenty of keyboard commandos proclaim they’d have no problem using their concealed carry gun to shoot anyone who threatens them, their family or their property. And that they’d sleep like a baby in the aftermath.

As Yoxall’s reaction demonstrates, it’s not as easy to shoot another human being as many gun owners think. His defensive gun use was a clear a case of justified deadly force if ever there was  was one. Yet the effect of shooting and killing another person — no mater how clear cut the situation– is something every person who carries a firearm needs to consider when they strap theirs on every morning.

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postheadericon FOLLOW UP: Woman Who Thwarted Kidnapping Reveals Gun Used, And Incident Details

MOLINE, ILLINOIS — In a story that we brought you last week, we saw a woman defend herself against a kidnapper with a large knife in a parking lot. Now, the woman gives the whole story and shares the experience with everyone during an interview with local news.

Her Glock 42 saved her life that day.

“The grace of God is what saved me, and the sense to have calm, and have my weapon, ” Diane McIntire told a reporter during an interview.

What we didn’t know is that the kidnapper, 61-year-old Floyd R. May, made McIntire drive for 20 minutes until he made her pull over on a rural part of the road.

“He apologized for the cut in my arm,” she said.

“He also said I know you can identify me. I know it’s kidnapping.”

Watch her interview below:

The initial story tells us that McIntire was able to get her gun and point it at May, which ultimately made him flee to a nearby home.

For the whole car ride, she didn’t have a move to make until May made a crucial mistake.

“He got out of the truck and the butcher knife fell onto the ground and he got out to pick up the knife, I opened the console and grabbed my pistol. I went ahead and got out of the truck. I had the gun at his chest, and I told him do not come near me,” she recalled.

“I said, if you come near, me, I’m going to shoot you.”

She says May retreated to a house, and she took off in her truck. She drove herself to a hospital, and called police.

“I didn’t want to take a human life, if I didn’t have to. If he took one more step toward me, my finger was already squeezing the trigger, and yes, I would have shot him. There’s no doubt in my mind,” she said.

There is no telling that McIntire’s fate would have been if she didn’t have her Glock 42 with her — and what would have happened if she were unable to get to it.

McIntire made the decision to get her concealed carry permit three years ago. Back in 2013, Illinois became the last state in the country to allow it’s citizens to carry concealed. With this timeline, it wasn’t long after the law was enacted that McIntire applied for her permit.

And if Illinois hadn’t passed concealed carry, McIntire may not have made it out of this terrible situation. It goes to show how important it is for citizens to be armed, if they choose, to defend themselves when they need it.

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postheadericon Homeowner Pulls Gun On Robbery Suspect: How Far Do You Follow A Suspect?

AUSTIN, TEXAS — How far would you go to recover what’s yours? One homeowner took control of a home invasion after discovering his home had been broken into. The couple awoke when dogs started barking but by the time the man retrieved his gun to go inspect, the suspect was already fleeing.

According to KEYE TV, the Austin homeowner found the suspect just outside his backyard. The man was attempting to enter a Chrysler Cruiser when he was confronted. He said he was just coming from a neighbor’s home but with a shotgun levelled at him, he attempted to flee. His passenger’s side window got a motivating buttstroke from the homeowner’s gun and shattered. Taking precisely zero chances, the man fled the scene.

Upon assessing the situation, the homeowner discovered that a drill had been taken from the back of his truck, a pink iPod Nano was also stolen alongside a 65 inch TV from out of the living room.

He later recovered the TV further on down the street. According to a police affadavit, he also discovered a knife that wasn’t his in the backyard — so the perpetrator came armed but wisely decided to drop the weapon once he knew he was being pursued.

Wise move. In the game of rock, paper, knife, shotgun, knife doesn’t beat shotgun.

Police tracked down the home invader to his home where he, of course, denied any involvement. Police bought that for all about two microseconds before putting the man under arrest.

Take home? Don’t screw up in Texas. Really.

The second take-away that we’d like to talk about is pursuing a suspect in a home invasion or really any crime. In Texas, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine both strictly apply and can be extended to encompass simply witnessing a violent felony taking place.

Because the man was believed to be armed and used forced entry into another home, deadly force is perfectly reasonable in challenging him. However, he had departed by the time the homeowner became aware of his transgression.

In Texas, for the most part, the homeowner is perfectly fine in his actions. However, be warned, some home invaders are a lot nastier than others and pursuing them outside can turn into a very violent scenario quickly.

In general, we recommend that once you know you’re secure and your house is relatively secure (sans break-in), sit tight, call the police, and report any details that can help identify the person or persons who authored this ordeal.

But, we also want to ask — how far would you go to pursue someone who broke into your home?

For the discussion, we’d like to elucidate that not all states view self-defense the same way once you go from defensive operations to a pursuit. Once you step outside your property, the firmness of the law begins to erode quickly.

In this particular case, we don’t think the homeowner did anything wrong. We’ve reported on other cases, though, where the homeowner goes to inspect outside and gets ambushed or even gets stuck in a close quarters struggle for survival.

Neither of those scenarios sit well for us.

Safety and security first. Justice will follow.

But maybe we’re looking at it all wrong. You tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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