I was watching the local news tonight(KIRO 7, a CBS affiliate out of Seattle) and they did a story about a lady down in Yelm that used a shotgun to stop a home invasion type thing.
It seems that she was working out this morning when a couple of large teenagers approached her house, and began looking in the windows. She locked the front door, and then heard her garage door opening. As she used the phone to call 911, she also got her husbands shotgun out of the closet, and met the youths at the garage door with it...
It seems at this point, the teenagers decided discretion was the better part of valor, and ran away, just to be picked up by the police at the exit of the driveway.
All in all, it was a very positive story about using a firearm for self-defence. The reporter pointed out how this shotgun allowed this 5'2" housewife to run off these two large teenagers. Of course, that was using a shot-gun...a pistol could have caused different spin. A few things struck about the story...
One: She met them at the door, instead of waiting in her room...which is not the way we are told to handle things. But...I'm not sure I could just sit back and let kids ransack my house either...she even said she had worked to hard to give stuff up to these punks.
Two, and most important...She says the Shotgun wasn't loaded!!!!!!! Now...as a positive, this underscores the fact that bringing a gun, any gun, to a situation is a going to solve your problem 95% of the time...
But...if these kids had had firearms of their own...and they were crazy enough to try to take on a lady with the shotgun....Well, draw your own conclusions.
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March 5, 2003, 10:52 PM
Good report, good outcome, and good for her! :D
March 5, 2003, 11:18 PM
I'm glad everything came out ok, but perhaps now the homeowner will recognize the need for a readily-accessible weapon, along with some sufficient training.
March 5, 2003, 11:24 PM
Glad she is OK but her hubby better show her where the shells are and how to load/shoot it.
March 6, 2003, 01:59 AM
I went to www.kirotv.com and couldnt find the story. What are you doing watching KIRO anyway, KING5 is way better:D
March 6, 2003, 07:43 AM
yeah, I couldn't find anything on KIRO's website either, but, since my 9-month old daughter has decided that the remote was the coolest toy in the world, I didn't feel like getting up to change the channel.
March 6, 2003, 09:54 AM
One detail I liked was that these two morons tripped over the threshold/each other as they tried to go in the door, ending up laying in a tangle on the hall floor, and then looking up at the muzzle of the shotgun. I would have run at that point, too (not that I would have done anything like that in the first place).
These were apparently former friends of her teenage son who had somehow gotten hold of the code for her garage door and decided to take advantage of it. Teach your kids to (1) pick decent friends and (2) keep their mouths shut- I see a lot of burglaries that originate as talk from the homeowner's kids.
March 6, 2003, 09:55 AM
Bad part is your 76yr old (ok 66) mother could now be facing charges for doing that in some parts of the country. :( Now in some areas y ou should retreat to locked room and wait 30++ min for LEO to show up. If your dog bites the POS it is a dangerous animal and must be put down.
March 6, 2003, 10:16 AM
I think we should take up a collection & send her a case of buckshot & a copy of "Principles Of Personal Defense"
by Jeff Cooper. That way she's ready for a repeat performance...:evil:
March 6, 2003, 06:59 PM
Mom With Shotgun Foils Burglary Suspects
SCOTT GUTIERREZ THE OLYMPIAN
YELM -- A 44-year-old Yelm woman used an unloaded shotgun to ward off two teenage boys who broke into her home, authorities said.
The boys, ages 14 and 15, entered through the woman's garage door. A third boy, 16, stood as a lookout on the street, communicating through a walkie-talkie, Thurston County sheriff's Capt. Dan Kimball said.
All three were arrested shortly afterward because the woman was able to call 9-1-1 before they broke in. Sheriff's deputies and a Yelm police officer were on their way to the residence when she confronted the suspects, Kimball said.
The burglary was reported about 9:30 a.m. Monday in the 16800 block of Flume Road Southeast.
The boys targeted the woman's home because one of the suspects had been her son's friend. They had somehow obtained the electronic code for her mounted garage door opener and gained entry through the garage, Kimball said.
But the two would-be burglars tripped over a threshold as they entered and fell onto the woman's floor. They glanced up to see a shotgun barrel drawn on them, Kimball said.
"One fell down and the other one fell down on top of him," Kimball said.
She told them to get out of the house and they fled. Officers arrested them outside the home, Kimball said.
The woman was exercising when she first noticed two of the teens approach the house and ring her doorbell. When she didn't answer, the two boys tried to force the door open, according to a deputy's report.
The teens were looking for cash, according to the report.
The woman, who told deputies she was frightened, grabbed her husband's shotgun when she heard them forcing their way into the house, according to the report.
The two youngest boys were booked on suspicion of residential burglary. The 16-year-old, who was arrested a few blocks away, was booked for investigation of conspiracy to commit burglary, Kimball said.