Posts Tagged ‘Intruder’

postheadericon 82-Year-Old Homeowner Shoots And Kills Intruder After Being Threatened

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.V. — When a burglar stormed into the garage of an elderly man in the early morning hours, he probably wasn’t expecting the garage’s occupant to be armed.

That was an error that he would soon regret — that is to say, he would regret it had he lived long enough to do so.

As WSAZ reports:

A man is dead after an apparent home invasion in Kanawha County overnight.

Timothy Dean Coker, 24, of Ripley, WV was killed during the incident. Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tell WSAZ that in the early morning hours Saturday, an 82-year-old man was working in his garage. Coker allegedly broke into the garage through a window and threatened the homeowner.

The homeowner shot Coker, according to deputies, killing him. Detectives are on scene investigating collecting evidence and conducting interviews. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.

I have said it once, and I will say it again: respect your elders.

It’s possible, if not likely, that Coker burst into that garage not expecting a fight. If it was the early morning, the man would have lights on which would broadcast the garage’s occupation, but someone up in the early morning hours tinkering in the garage is not likely someone ready to engage a threat.

However, for this homeowner, his vigilance paid off.

The thug may have been perfectly comfortable threatening an elderly man, but as we’ve seen here many times, you’re probably safer going after a member of another age group. In my experience, older really does often mean wiser, and folks above the age of 70 are pretty likely to be packing some serious home defense capability.

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postheadericon “I Had To Take Care Of Things”: Mother Scares Off Intruder With Her Gun

HOUSTON, TX — One mom whose husband was out of town and whose infant daughter was counting solely on her the Thursday before Christmas knew exactly what to do when her home was attacked.

She produced her Equalizer, and sent the bad guy packing.

She didn’t even need to pull the trigger, either.

As KSAT reports:

The mother was at home with the family’s 3-month-old daughter Thursday night. Her husband was out of town working, but was coming home Friday to celebrate the first Christmas with their daughter.

After tossing and turning in bed for a while, the mother was not able to fall asleep and went to the living room around 11:30 p.m. About an hour later, she heard the home alarm beep and her back door open. Her instinct kicked in.

“I froze for a second and then I realized I needed to spring into action, I mean, I had my baby in the house. I was alone. My husband was away on business, so I had to take care of things,” she said.

She grabbed a gun and went towards the back door, where she found a man standing in her kitchen. She yelled at the man while pointing the gun at him, and her dog ran towards him, scaring him out of the back door.

She locked the door and called 911.

Houston authorities were on the scene in minutes.

She had to take care of things, and she did. I have no doubt she was terrified — anyone with sense would be.

But she came through — that’s about the definition of courage.

When you’re out, whether you’re a man or a woman, make sure your partner knows how to defend your shared home.

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postheadericon Murder And Gun Charges Dropped Against Armed Homeowner Who Shot And Killed Intruder

CANADA — A man who shot and killed an intruder back in April of 2016 inside his home, had his murder and gun charges dropped. It seems that self-defense with a firearm prevails in our northern neighbor.

Local media reports;

Gilbert Budgell was charged following a home invasion at his Botwood residence. It’s alleged the two masked men entered the house and Budgell shot at one of the intruders.

A preliminary hearing was set to begin in Grand Falls-Windsor court today, but the charges against Budgell were instead dropped.

There were two masked men who entered, and only one left alive. It’s a sad day when an armed person is prosecuted for shooting someone who illegally entered their home while wearing masks.

It is also noted that the homeowner pleaded guilty to drug charges earlier this year. Whether or not the home invasion was over drugs is not known, but it seems that we still have a case of self-defense that’s justified.

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postheadericon Suspected Intruder Shot While Attempting Entry to Home, Confusion Emerges

HERNANDO, MS — A man was shot while attempting to enter a woman’s home in the middle of the night Friday, WREG reports.

Now, in the aftermath, there seems to be some confusion about just who the victim is.

According to WREG:

The incident happened in the 11000 block of Sunset Drive in Hernando. Deputies were called for a reported burglary.

According to the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, the woman was home when the man tried to make his way inside around 2:30 a.m.

She grabbed a gun and opened fire, shooting through the door and hitting the suspect.

The suspect was taken to Baptist Desoto but was eventually rushed to the Regional Medical Center. He was listed as stable with a gunshot to the arm, authorities said. The homeowner was not injured.

The sheriff’s department said later Friday that the woman and man were acquainted. A news release referred to the man as a “victim.”

There are two ways this could go.

This could be a man who knew the resident and that relationship was not at all pleasant. His attempting to enter in the middle of the night would certainly seem to back that line of reasoning.

In that case, the woman was well within her rights, and the news release was miserably-phrased.

However, it could be the case that the two were acquainted, and the man tried to enter the house and the woman shot him not realizing who it was.

If that was the case, then the fault would lie firmly with the woman who failed to recognize who she was pointing a gun at.

Both are tragic scenarios, and either way this should serve as a strong reminder to us to always know exactly what we’re aiming at.

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postheadericon Resident Shoots And Kills Alleged Intruder

BAXTER COUNTY, AR — A man was shot and killed after allegedly trying to break into a relative’s home, The Baxter Bulletin reports.

Paul James Assaf was shot early this month and killed at the scene, and his body has been taken to a crime lab for analysis. Both state and local police are involved in the investigation.

However, other than that, a lot of this case is a mystery. The Baxter Bulletin did not report whether or not the homeowner was aware of the identity of the home invader, and there is no mention of how the two individuals were related.

Regardless of the details, this break-in gives us two separate reminders in responsible carry:

  1. Family violence is tragic, but it does happen. Please take care to look after you and your loved ones’ safety.
  2. Always, always, always carry at home.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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postheadericon Woman Steps Up and Shuts Down Intruder Invading Parents’ Home

HAMILTON, OHIO — An Ohio woman was at her parents’ house to celebrate her father’s 75th birthday when a man broke into her parents’ garage.

Kim Sinnott wasn’t about to let the intruder have his way.

“About 1:30 a.m. the alarm went off in the house,” Sinnott said according to Pantagraph. “We noticed the light on in the garage. We saw somebody walking in the garage.”

She found 21-year-old Mykale B. Davis, and pointed her father’s .32 caliber pistol at the man.

“I told him that I had a gun,” she said. “I was standing there looking at him with the gun pointing at him. I told him a hundred times not to come out because I had a gun and that I would shoot and that we were waiting for the cops, that we had the cops on the line right now.”

Regardless, Davis decided to try his luck against the woman and her sister, Tamie Lesher. He lunged at her and tried to get the gun away from her.

“Anything could have happened by just the way he lunged at me, and I had the gun in his face and told him not to come out because I would shoot,” she told Pantagraph. “He probably thought I wouldn’t shoot.”

Well, she did.

“When he grabbed me and pulled me down I was fearing for my life,” she said. “I shot him just for him to let me go. I don’t know if it was in the leg or in the foot. I was scared to death.”

He fled, and was later apprehended by police. There won’t be any charges against the woman defending her family.

Bloomington police public information officer Elias Mendiola told Pantagraph that “Based on the facts at this time no charges are anticipated.”

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postheadericon Intruder With Crowbar VS Homeowner With Gun: Who Wins?

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — A homeowner heard someone forcing entry through his front door and got his gun to confront the intruder. That’s when he ran face-to-face with 56-year-old Darrell Bettis allegedly wielding a crowbar in his hands. In his own statement, the homeowner told police that he pointed his gun at Bettis and told him to “get down on the ground” and “police are on their way.”

As WPXI Pittsburgh News reports, Bettis charged the homeowner. During the physical altercation, the homeowner took a blow to the head before pulling the trigger of his gun at close range. The shot hit Bettis in his hip, forcing him to surrender until police arrived. Police took custody of Bettis and took him to a nearby hospital.

As soon as he is stable for transport, Bettis will go to jail and wait there until he either makes bond for his charges or receives his date in court.

This is a close quarters confrontation that could have honestly gone either way. By the time Bettis was on top of him and hit him with a crowbar, the homeowner could have just as easily been knocked unconscious or killed. Bettis obviously wasn’t about to go down without a fight. He had no compunction about breaking into a man’s home while any occupant would still likely be awake and fighting him for his property.

A crowbar can be a deadly weapon in the wrong set of hands.

Police will not charge the homeowner with any wrongdoing for shooting Bettis but the suspect is likely to face very serious charges in relation to him assaulting the homeowner in addition to breaking into his home.

Criminals don’t care.

We can say it over and over again.

Your average law-abiding gun owner and homeowner doesn’t want to shoot anyone. In this case, the homeowner would rather risk getting hit in the head with a crowbar rather than needlessly chance taking a human life. That sentiment is not shared by a hardened criminal.

Nine o’clock at night isn’t late. Heck, at this time of the year, it’s only an hour and a half past dusk. If a man is willing to use a crowbar to jam open the door of another person’s property at that hour, he has to know that person is likely still awake. That means Bettis had every intention of using force. This wasn’t a burglary where the burglar attempts to sneak in and sneak out with the goods. This is a “seige the castle” scenario. If stuck in that situation, it would be in anyone’s best interest to never let an intruder move an inch past the doorway if possible.

The closer quarters you let an intruder get, the less work he has to do to fight for control of your pistol. Once that struggle happens, it’s anyone’s guess who gets the upper hand.

In a melee weapon versus firearm scenario, distance is always your friend. A moment’s hesitation can cost you your life.

Thankfully, this homeowner was able to keep his on account he had a gun and was at least willing to use it when he realized his opponent wasn’t going to surrender peaceably.

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postheadericon Home Occupant Exchanges Gunfire With Intruder — SPOILER: It Doesn’t End Well For The Intruder

SUMNER, IOWA — Investigators in Bremer County are still trying to figure out why a man traveled out into rural Iowa to break into a home and exchange gunshots with occupants of that home. In the ensuing fight, one of the residents was also shot but survived the encounter.

According to Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett’s statement to KCCI Des Moines News, the wounded resident was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The intruder, identified as Steven Anthony, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. Anthony has been identified as the alleged intruder but investigators are confused why a man would travel 150 miles from Davenport, IA, to break into a home.

The best person to answer that question is deceased.

In the absence of any good evidence or proof that he had a cause or that any of the occupants of the home knew Anthony, investigators are probably going to stick with a self-defense ruling and leave it at that. We can’t be sure, however, because plenty of things do often show up during the investigative process.

Law enforcement is always curious why a bad guy picks a particular home. Sometimes it’s because the bad guy has been told that there’s goodies in the home. Other times, it could be something much more base like a prolonged vendetta. And, yet, still other times it just happens because the bad guy thinks that home just looks promising.

It’s not so much a question the residents of a home really have to answer. Their job is to stay alive. And with bad guys showing up through their door, they wisely invested in firearms for home defense.

Always a good call.

Because bad guys come in all shapes and sizes and possess a wild variety of motivations, it’s near impossible to figure out what motivates any particular one. If a criminal is willing to rob a convenience store for $ 200 and a pack of Marlboros, who’s to say he’s not willing to break into a home occupied by strangers?

While it’s the job of police to figure all of this out — an often impossible task — it’s the job of us law-abiding gun owners to stay armed and alert even while we’re at home.

Personally, I suggest a home surveillance system of some kind. It’s nice to know who’s trying to break in through the garage at three in the morning.

Nothing quite substitutes the role of the gun in the home. When it comes down to surviving a dangerous unknown — which a bad guy breaking in most certainly is — having the means to protect your life is of the greatest importance. Keep a gun nearby. Ideally, carry it in your everyday concealed carry or open carry holster of choice. It cuts down on the time you need to defend yourself so you can focus on the important things: getting your family to relative safety, finding cover, and calling the police.

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postheadericon Attempted Home Invasion In NY Ends With An Injured Homeowner And Deceased Intruder

ILION, NEW YORK — A local school was placed on lock-down after a reported shooting took place in the near vicinity. When Ilion police arrived at the residence, they found one intruder dead outside. It is believed that the occupant of the home successfully defended himself from the intruder through the use of a firearm.

“What we know right now is that it was a robbery attempt and the suspect entered the home, and the homeowner was able to shoot the suspect,” Ilion Police Chief Tim Parisi said to WKTV.

Police eventually identified the deceased suspect as Dasean Chastine, 24, of Kennedy Plaza in Utica. The homeowner took some damage to his head during the confrontation but was treated for injuries on site and released. This case is being treated as a self-defense incident.

While we commonly regard New York as an anti-gun state, there is a huge difference between New York City politics and upstate New York. In these areas, gun ownership is widely treated in a different fashion than in the five burroughs. That, however, has not translated to a decrease in criminal activity as criminals are under the assumption that occupants of a home are unwilling or unable to defend themselves against brute force.

That assumption didn’t pay out so well for Chastine. Another young man cut down because he took up the wrong profession. However, it’s pretty clear that if Chastine had not been shot, he would have continued to beat that occupant about the head — likely causing serious or maybe even fatal injury. All for what? All so he could take that man’s possessions and feel on top of the world for a couple days?

Well, that play doesn’t work out when you have homeowners who refuse to be victims. By owning a gun and having that gun accessible in the home, you’re able to fight back when bad guys kick in the front door. It doesn’t take an abnormal act of heroism to fight back. It just takes a little preparation.

It’s better to get treated for some minor head wounds and be alive than to have some thug parading around with your stuff in the streets and you’re unconscious or dead in your own living room. That’s not heroism — that’s just wanting to be alive.

Don’t be a hero, be a survivor. Carry a gun every single day — especially in the home.

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postheadericon Home Intruder Learns Too Late That Occupants Of California Home Are Armed

ANTIOCH, CALIFORNIA — Antioch police arrived at a residence to find a 21-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to a call to emergency services at 11:55 p.m., he was suspected of violently breaking into the home. Thankfully, one of the occupants was armed and shot the intruder multiple times.

Antioch police reported to East County Today that the suspect died on the scene. No charges have been filed against the occupant who shot the intruder but the investigation is under preliminary investigation.

Even in rural California, law enforcement understands the need to protect one’s self inside one’s own home. Whether it’s an apartment, a rented room in a house, or the house itself, every person that has a legal right to own a gun has the right to defend himself with it while in his own home. With the exception of Massachusetts, which weirdly alleges that force must be met proportionally, every other state in the Union acknowledges that inherent, natural right to self defense.

The best thing you can do if you’re stuck in that situation is to evade, barricade, communicate with authorities, arm up, and defend yourself if need be. That order can jumble around depending upon the circumstances but the two basic premises are this: if you’re going to defend yourself in your own home, you need a gun in-hand.

Contacting police when you get that first suspicion of a break-in can help them understand what they’re walking into. If the break-in ends, for whatever reason, and the culprits decide to beat feet before entering the premises, stay on the line with police and help them apprehend the bad guys. Do not pursue out of the house. Do not expose yourself to danger by pursuing bad guys. If they fall down due to injuries inflicted, you don’t have to endanger yourself by administering first aid. Just keep them stable and at gunpoint until authorities arrive.

Stay safe. Keep that gun close. It doesn’t matter if you live in California or Ohio, your life matters and you deserve to be safe inside your own home.

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