Police say two or three men who broke into a home looking for drugs messed up big time."The victims had never seen them before. They probably picked the wrong house," explained Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Charles Jurcak. "[The suspects] entered the location, confronted the husband and demanded to know where the pot was!' When the couple said they didn't know anything about marijuana, the frustrated intruders began to beat them. While they focused on the husband, the wife went to the bedroom to retrieve a firearm. On her way back, she was confronted in the hallway by one of the intruders and shot him several times. The suspects fled, but the injured intruder was found lying nearby and arrested. (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, CA, 06/15/2007)
Leroy Hudson was asleep upstairs while his wife, Janice, slept down-stairs. Both awoke with alarm to loud, suspicious noises coming from their enclosed back porch. Leroy got a firearm while Janice called 9-1-1 to report an intruder. Leroy, 71, opened the door and encountered a man in his mid-20s. He demanded to know what the intruder was doing in hopes of getting him to leave. But the man refused to speak, instead moving toward Hudson, who fired a single shot, incapacitating him. (The Oregonian, Portland, OR, 06/30/2007)
A pastor and a 17-year-old boy were guarding their church's fireworks stand late at night when a group of suspicious juveniles approached. According to police, the suspects tried to enter the stand and concocted a phony story when confronted. They returned thirty minutes later. This time, two or three suspects attempted to distract the pastor while the others went around and again tried to sneak inside the stand."When the 17-year-old confronted them, they began assaulting him" said Muskogee, OK, Deputy Police Chief Johnny Teehee. "The boy was screaming for help .... " The pastor answered his cries, shooting one of the assailants, who will be arrested after his release from the hospital. Four other juveniles were also arrested. The 17-year-old was treated at the hospital and released. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 06/26/2007)
Three armed men allegedly barged through the unlocked front door of a home occupied by five men and one woman, most of them students. Police say the residents fled in multiple directions as the suspects raided the home. One of the victims grabbed a semi-automatic AK-47 and hid in a closet. He heard two shots fired somewhere in the home and the next thing he knew one of the intruders was trying to force his way into the closet with a handgun. The victim fired three rounds, killing the gunman. "He did everything possible to avoid a physical confrontation. The last thing he wanted to do was kill somebody," said Orlando Deputy Sheriff Carlos Padilla, who didn't know why the house was targeted. "Deep down in his heart, he felt his friends were getting killed." (Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL, 06/22/2007)
According to police, a teenager asked a 16-year-old acquaintance if he could stay the night, claiming he was experiencing problems at home. The acquaintance agreed, presumably under the impression the teen was a friend, but this was no friendly visit. Once invited inside by the 16-year-old and his mother, the teen left the front door unlocked. During the night, two youths used the unlocked door to rush inside with a shot-gun and pistol. While they demanded money, the mother snuck into a back bedroom to phone police and a neighbor for help. The neighbor, armed with a firearm, showed up first and held the would-be robbers at gunpoint until police arrived. As police handcuffed the boys, they discovered that the teen who had been invited to stay the night also had a gun. (News Channel 5 WTVF, Nashville, TN, 06/18/2007)
Mack and Wanda Crawford were awakened about 1:40 a.m. by a thump in the night. When Mack Crawford grabbed a 9 mm handgun and went looking for the source of the noise, he encountered a masked man in his kitchen. The masked intruder demanded Crawford's prescription for OxyContin and then pulled a weapon. Crawford reported that he thought it was a gun. A struggle ensued and Crawford fired his gun several times, hitting his assailant twice in the torso. Crawford then removed the man's mask and discovered it was an acquaintance of his. The intruder was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. During their investigation, police took into evidence a straight-blade knife that Crawford said did not belong to him. (Kingsport Times-News, Kingsport, TN, 10/15/2002)
Note: Ironically, the intruder probably got his own OxyContin prescription following the incident.
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Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.
Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech
Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.
Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting.
Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue
criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit
holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun
free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas
in which to slaughter innocents.
Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.
Right to Carry Statistics.
Does Violence Beget Violence?