Recent incidents of home owners defending lives with guns


January 5, 2013, 06:49 PM
I am starting this thread to illustrate that when home invasions occur, calling 911/police won't help at that moment and home owners may need to defend their and their family's lives.

January 4, 2013 -
A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.

The incident happened at a home ... woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window ... she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

But the man eventually found the family ... The woman then shot him five times ... woman ran to a neighbor's home with her children. The intruder attempted to flee in his car but crashed into a wooded area and collapsed in a nearby driveway ...

December 11, 2012 -
A man had to defend his home and life by shooting an intruder multiple times in the chest ... a 20-year-old man said he was at his home ... and a man tried breaking into his home ... intruder broke a window and was inside the home.

Officials said the man opened fire on the intruder, striking him multiple times in the torso. The intruder left the home and was found a block away from the home.

Sheriff's officials said this was the second time this man's home has been broken into in the last week.

November 5, 2012 -
David Lucas, 32, stole a car ... while driving ... saw a 69-year-old man working in his garage ... Lucas reportedly walked up to the homeowner and tried to rob him at knife point. But the victim managed to get to the .38-caliber handgun he had stashed in his garage.

The man shot Lucas once; then the two struggled briefly over the gun, police said. The homeowner regained control of the weapon and shot the suspect again. Bleeding from wounds to the arm and the buttocks, Lucas ran across the street and entered a neighbor's back yard, where officers found him.

October 27, 2012 -
A Dallas homeowner said she opened fire on three intruders early Saturday morning, killing one of them and wounding another.

... the 50-year-old woman came home ... to find the front door had been kicked in. She observed one suspect inside ... the homeowner got a handgun from her car and started shooting when two of the suspects exited the front door and a third jumped out of a bedroom window.

The other two suspects were apprehended about a mile away ... Both had outstanding arrest warrants

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January 5, 2013, 07:12 PM
Yes -- in metro Atlanta, a week does not go by without media reports of innocent civilians saving their own lives or the lives of other innocents with lawful use of firearms.

January 5, 2013, 07:19 PM
September 3, 2012 -
One man is dead and two more are behind bars after a World War II veteran took matters into his own hands when a burglar broke into his home.

Police say a man broke into the basement of a home ... just after 2 a.m. The homeowner, Earl Jones, 92, was awakened and grabbed his .22 caliber rifle. Thieves targeted Jones’ farm at least three times recently, stealing guns, money, even cattle.

When the intruder came through the door from the basement, Jones fired a single shot, police said. Jones immediately called his neighbor, who then called 911 ... Police say the wounded intruder was carried off by two other accomplices ... They got about a mile when they stopped ... to call 911. Police responded to the call they found a deceased male, along with Dalton and Inabnit ... Police said they admitted they were involved in the burglary on Violet Road.

Jones is a 92-year-old Air Force veteran who worked on planes, including the Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He will not be charged.

January 5, 2013, 07:26 PM
August 25, 2012 -
A homeowner shot and killed an intruder Saturday after the man ripped down a fence, went through an unsecured door, and burst through a locked bedroom door, deputies said.

The intruder, 42-year-old, broke into a house ... shortly after 2 a.m. ... the family dog barked and alerted the homeowners that an intruder was in their house.

The family locked themselves in the bedroom and the husband armed himself with a handgun. Billings then burst through the locked bedroom door and the homeowner fired his gun twice while on the phone with police

January 5, 2013, 07:31 PM
July 19, 2012 -
An attempted home invasion ends with a deadly shooting. The man who pulled the trigger is 73 years old. He was armed and ready after being targeted last week.

Detroit police tell us a man who was likely in his mid 30's is dead because he broke into a home on the city's west side. The homeowner says two men tried to break into his home on Sunday.

On Thursday, he heard a noise coming from downstairs. He knew something was not right, so he grabbed his gun to see what was going on and he encountered a stranger he believed was one of the men who tried to rob him before.

Police tell us the bad guy had kicked in the front door and walked in but the man of the house was right there and opened fire. One shot to the chest. The suspect ran out of the house and collapsed in the driveway of the home next door, where he died.

January 5, 2013, 07:34 PM
Thanks for posting. Maybe submit them here?

January 5, 2013, 07:36 PM
March 1, 2012 -
A Springville man Thursday shot and killed an intruder who police say woke up a sleeping couple in their bedroom and demanded they take him to an ATM for cash.

The intruder ... took the time to make a snack and change his clothes before waking and threatening the homeowners. Once inside the home, police said, Martinez found some clothes that had been left folded on the couch. He changed out of his wet clothes and into the homeowner's clothing. He also made himself a tortilla and ham wrap in the kitchen.

Martinez entered the master bedroom and threatened the couple sleeping there, saying he had a gun. He demanded that they retrieve their wallets and keys and drive him to an ATM ... The homeowner walked into a closet under the guise of getting ready to leave, Caron said. Instead, he took a 9 mm handgun from the closet and shot Martinez, striking him once in the chest. The homeowner and his wife were uninjured.

Court documents reveal an extensive criminal history for Martinez, including multiple jail sentences.

January 5, 2013, 07:47 PM
December 27, 2012 -
around 2 a.m. when the homeowner, 51, heard glass breaking in his condo. He went to investigate and found a man entering through a window.

The homeowner told deputies he warned the suspect to leave, but the man allegedly continued to enter the condo. That’s when the homeowner opened fire, striking the suspect in the head ... He died several hours later.

January 5, 2013, 08:01 PM
March 31, 2012 -
A couple had been sleeping when they woke up to the sound of glass breaking. The suspect had broken the rear sliding glass door, entered the house, and then started "trashing the house."

The couple, a 46-year-old man and his girlfriend, hid in a bedroom as they talked to the 911 operator. The couple told police that they could hear the suspect ransack the house. The suspect was yelling, "Where are you? I'm going to kill you!"

The man living at the home retrieved a handgun from his nightstand and yelled numerous times, "I have a pistol. Get out of my house!" The couple in the bedroom continued to hear the suspect ransack the house and yell that he was coming after them.

West said within a short time the suspect kicked the door down and at that point the homeowner fired several shots, killing the suspect.

January 5, 2013, 08:08 PM
October 27, 2012 -
A southeast Dallas homeowner shot and killed one suspected burglar and wounded another.

Dallas police say the homeowner returned to her house ... and found three burglars inside the home.

She told officers that one suspect pulled out a gun. The homeowner then pulled out her own weapon and shot two of the three suspects.

January 5, 2013, 08:18 PM
March 29, 2012 -
The home invasion appeared to be random, and the homeowners said they did not know the attacker.

The homeowners, Bob Lohman, 64, and his wife, Charlene Lohman, 57, were in the downstairs living room, watching television. Bob ... saw a man looking through the doors at them. He got up to investigate, and a landscaping block flew through one of the windows on the doors, and then the doors flew open.

Carlton came into the house, grabbed Charlene Lohman, dragged her to the floor, and began beating her. Lohman tried to get Carlton off his wife, but couldn't. So Bob Lohman went upstairs and grabbed a .38 caliber revolver, went downstairs and warned Carlton several times to get off his wife. But Carlton didn't, so Lohman shot him once in the upper torso. He then pulled Carlton off his wife and called police.

Midnight Oil
January 5, 2013, 08:20 PM
thanks for posting these! I'm glad these people and their families are safe. it's great to hear about good guys winning once in a while!

January 5, 2013, 08:23 PM
October 18, 2012 -
Dallas police said the woman was home alone when she heard a noise -- two men had kicked in the front door of her house. She confronted the two men as they reached the second-floor landing and shot at them several times, police said.

Investigators said a gun recovered at the home indicates that at least one of the intruders was armed.

Charles Brown, the father of the 22-year-old woman who fired the shots, said he is proud of his daughter. "Yeah, it is -- it's puffed out because I'm real proud of her because I taught her that," he said. "I taught my girls that -- to defend themselves when someone come to hurt them, and apparently she listened."

Brown said their home has been broken into once before.

"I'm feeling real disgusted about this neighborhood at this moment, that a man can't go to work and make an honest day's living without some thug breaking into his house," he said. Because his daughter works at night and sleeps during the day, he left the gun by her pillow, just like he does every day, Brown said.

January 5, 2013, 08:44 PM
thanks for posting these! I'm glad these people and their families are safe. it's great to hear about good guys winning once in a while!
Thank you. Sadly, home owners being victimized and killed by intruders far outnumber the incidents where home owners successfully defend their lives.

After much contemplation of recent events, I thought it was constructive to illustrate the need for self-defense by home owners and CCW.

January 5, 2013, 09:31 PM
March 24, 2011 -
two men kicked in the door of a Creel Road home at about 1 a.m. and began firing weapons and demanded money from a 24-year-old son living there.

The man’s father heard the noise and came in with his own gun, shooting and killing one of the men, police said.

“It could have gotten a lot worse. Some of the homeowners, as well as the mother and the son, could have been injured, however, thankfully, in this scenario the homeowner was able to wound the perpetrator,” said Kay Lester of the Fulton County Police Department.

January 5, 2013, 09:35 PM
April 4, 2012 -
A retired Puyallup police officer shot and killed a man who was attempting to break into his home Wednesday afternoon.

a man who lives at a home ... was sleeping when people tried to break in. The owner grabbed his gun and fired, hitting one of the intruders. The group then fled ... the injured man was dropped off at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, where he later died.

After searching the parking lot, deputies found a man and woman, who were taken into custody for questioning ... Investigators also found a truck and what appeared to be stolen items from other burglaries, according to investigators.

"Those things are happening more and more in this economy. It's sad," said neighbor Matt Klein.

Just last Friday, a North Bend homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his house. The King County Sheriff's Office said in that case the homeowner showed "great restraint" and determined the shooting to be "justified."
Shooting mentioned in above incident - March 31, 2012 -
a 46-year-old man and his girlfriend were woken up by the sound of glass breaking. The intruder broke a sliding glass door to enter their home ... the couple hid locked themselves in a bedroom and spoke with a 911 operator, the intruder continued to threaten them. According to West, the intruder was yelling, "Where are you at? I'm going to kill you."

The man who lived inside of the home retrieved his handgun, according to officials. He told the intruder he had a gun and to get out of his house. After the intruder kept threatening the homeowner, he knocked the bedroom door down, and the homeowner fired at the intruder, said West. When deputies arrived at the scene they found the intruder’s body outside of the bedroom.

West said the incident was a clear case of self-defense. "The resident showed quite a bit of restraint. He continued to yell at the suspect to leave the house and said he was armed. The couple even locked themselves in a room to try to avoid a confrontation. They had no way of knowing if the suspect was armed. The resident was clearly forced to shoot to defend himself and his girlfriend."

“It’s your worst nightmare,” said Eric Nelsen, who lived close to the house. “Some totally random person coming in your house and attacking you.” According to the King County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was not known to the couple living at the home or to the woman at the home on Southeast 5th Avenue.

Sam Cade
January 5, 2013, 09:45 PM
Population of the United States: 315,062,000.
Number of justifiable homicides in 2009: 261

Food for thought.

January 5, 2013, 09:56 PM
December 23, 2011 -
The homeowner said he was home when two men came to his front door and knocked. Since he did not recognize them, he didn't answer, he said. A short time later, one of the men knocked on the back door before kicking it in, investigators said.

The homeowner said he grabbed his deer rifle and ordered the burglar to stop. The man then turned around with a pistol in his hand, the homeowner said, so the homeowner fired once. The burglar died at the scene.

"The other man had a gun. He didn't have any choice. It was him or the other guy. (It) still doesn't make it any easier on him," said Randy Charlton, the homeowner's friend.

The second man drove off but was apprehended an hour later because the homeowner wrote down the vehicle's license plate number, police said. Investigators said the second man crashed into another vehicle near the intersection of Kirby Drive and the South Loop.

January 5, 2013, 10:01 PM
April 25, 2012 (link has 911 audio) -
It all began, detectives said, when the burglar tried unsuccessfully breaking into a neighbor's house. A man next door heard commotion and looked out his window to see what was going on and called 911. That's when detectives said the burglar smashed some flower pots then smashed his way through a front window ... and crawled in.

The homeowner can be heard on the 911 call telling the burglar to leave and get out of his house or he'll "blow his head off." The suspect wouldn't listen and instead began rummaging through a drawer and grabbed a knife, police said. Fearing for his life, the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot the suspect once in the torso.

The 25 year old homeowner was not injured and will not be charged because he was protecting himself and his home police said

January 5, 2013, 10:25 PM
September 8, 2011 -
Police say the homeowner heard a noise in his attached garage and then heard his car alarm go off. After hearing the strange sounds, the homeowner armed himself with a gun and went to investigate. Once the homeowner was in his garage, he saw an intruder and opened fire. After firing at the suspect, the homeowner ran back into the house and called the cops.

Once on scene, officers found the suspect, identified as Robin Smith, lying in the driveway next to the damaged garage door wearing a shoulder holster with a handgun in it. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

After further investigation, a second suspect, 16-years-old, was located and placed under arrest.

January 5, 2013, 10:30 PM
July 22, 2012 -
Police say a Licking County homeowner shot and killed an intruder who allegedly tried to use his own gun against him.

According to investigators, the homeowner who is paraplegic and in a wheelchair, awoke early Sunday morning after an intruder poked him to wake up using his own shotgun. The intruder had found the weapon in the house.

But the homeowner had a second gun that investigators said he concealed in his "bed clothes," which the homeowner was able to obtain. He distracted the intruder and used the second gun to fatally shoot the intruder, police said.

January 5, 2013, 10:35 PM
April 19, 2012 -
A homeowner shot and killed a suspected intruder during a home invasion in south Nashville late Wednesday night. It happened ... around 11 p.m.

Investigators said a man and woman were inside their apartment when they heard a knock on the door. When they went to answer it, they said a man armed with a pistol and wearing a mask barged in.

There was a brief altercation, and that's when the man inside the apartment pulled out a gun and opened fire on the intruder, killing him.

January 5, 2013, 10:38 PM
April 5, 2012 -
The intruder kicked in the side door of the home and once inside he reportedly armed himself with a gun he found in the homeowner's purse.

Friends of homeowner say she was hiding upstairs after arming herself with a second gun that she owns and when the intruder came upstairs, she opened fire.

The intruder was pronounced dead on the scene.

January 5, 2013, 10:44 PM
August 31, 2012 -
The homeowner, Wallace Turner, told police he, his wife and 5-year-old daughter were sleeping around 1:45 a.m., when the intruder kicked in the back door.

Turner said he grabbed his handgun and ran down the hall to confront the burglar who was standing in his living room. Turner said, "He wasn't getting past me. My wife and daughter were behind me." At that point, Turner said, the burglar lunged at him; Turner fired the gun twice, striking the burglar in the leg.

The burglar, he said, ran out of the house but collapsed on the the back porch. Turner held the wounded burglar at gunpoint while his wife called 9-1-1. Turner told 24-Hour News 8 the burglar repeatedly said "sorry" as they waited for police. Wallace said his only response was "don't move."

Police are looking into a possible connection to two other homes in the neighborhood that were also broken into.

January 5, 2013, 10:47 PM
November 16, 2012 -
Homeowner kills burglary suspect

A burglary suspect was shot and killed by the homeowner Friday morning, according to the Memphis Police Department.

Police say the homeowner was inside his home when three suspects entered. One of the suspects was shot, another is in custody, and police are searching for the third.

January 5, 2013, 11:00 PM
January 6, 2011 -
two males in their late teens or early 20's broke into an elderly couple's home ... around 1:15 p.m. One of the men used a hammer to break a sliding glass door. Once inside, he was confronted by the homeowners, who had come downstairs after hearing the sound of breaking glass.

As the husband yelled at the man and asked what he was doing in his house, investigators said the wife pointed a handgun at the man and fired it. Police said the man was hit once and staggered into the backyard, where he then died. The second suspect ran off on foot. Police caught up with him about a block away a short time later.

January 5, 2013, 11:10 PM
October 19, 2010 -
A homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into her Northeast Side house early Tuesday morning, police said.

Toni Hanes, 50, told police she was awakened by the sound of her bedroom door being kicked in around 3:30 a.m. She grabbed a handgun from under her pillow, shot once and, as the intruder fled, she continued to shoot at him, the incident report states.

Officers combing the area shortly after the shooting found the body of Guadalupe Rolando Valenzuela, 28, face down in a neighbor's yard.

January 5, 2013, 11:15 PM
September 27, 2012 -
The two men forced a man into his sister's home and held the family at gunpoint, but they didn't realize the man had a gun of his own.

Just before 10pm Wednesday, as a man who lives in a home on Glenhurst was returning from the grocery store, police say he was confronted by two masked men with guns. The victim said, "I did everything that they said, then they took us in. One of them hit me in the head."

... the men made him, his sister and teenaged niece get on the floor. They demanded money. The resident says the two men began ransacking the home. While one searched in the attic, the other started sifting through a bookcase. He says that's when he saw a window of opportunity to grab his own gun, hidden in his belt. The resident killed one of the suspects inside the house.

January 5, 2013, 11:23 PM
bds - thanks for this thread, I've been using it to post at sites where folks claim we don't need any guns.

January 5, 2013, 11:31 PM
January 2, 2012 -
An 18-year-old woman shot and killed an intruder Saturday after the man forced his way into her home and was carrying a weapon, police said.

Sarah Dawn McKinley was at home with her 3-month-old son when the home invasion occurred about 2 p.m. He said Justin Shane Martin, 24, of Blanchard, entered through the front door and was shot by McKinley in the upper torso ... He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thompson said another man, identified as Dustin Louis Stewart, 29, of Blanchard, was about to enter the home with Martin when he heard the gunshot. Stewart ran from the scene and later surrendered to officers at the Blanchard Police Department

January 5, 2013, 11:36 PM
April 13, 2011 -
a gunman and two other suspects forced their way inside a two-story home ... around 2 a.m.

Once inside the home, the suspect armed with a .22 caliber rifle shot the family’s pit bull. A man who lives in the home, grabbed a shotgun and returned fire, police said.

One suspect, identified by police as Fred Flock, 27, of Coram, died on the back porch. Another suspect was wounded and hospitalized, police said. A third suspect, identified as Philipe Robinette, 27, of Aquebogue, fled the scene but was later caught by authorities.

January 5, 2013, 11:45 PM
July 17, 2011 -
a homeowner ... had shot and killed "an unknown white male intruder."

Police said the suspect entered the home by breaking the window of the kitchen door. Once inside, he armed himself with two large kitchen knives.

The homeowner shot when the intruder moved towards him with the knives, police said.

January 5, 2013, 11:53 PM
September 20, 2011 -
The man ... had allegedly attempted to break into several cars and homes along 10th Street, including an unattached storage building, Walker said.

At the home where the shooting occurred, he allegedly failed to break into a car in the driveway but then got into a front window ... The homeowner confronted the man as he was allegedly rummaging through a desk. The homeowner told the man to stop and then shot him several times, killing him, Walker said.

The homeowner was taken for questioning and was released Tuesday morning.

January 6, 2013, 12:06 AM
August 25, 2011 -
An Arkansas State Trooper shot and killed an intruder in his home ... Police say the trooper was asleep in his home when he was awakened by the sound of someone who did not belong in his house. That’s when the trooper shot and killed the intruder in his home.

“If your home is being burglarized and you’re in fear for your life, you don’t have to run away,” said Josh Adams with the Sherwood Police Department. “If you are in fear of something happening to you or your family, you can protect yourself, and he did.”

The man killed in the home invasion has been identified as 23-year-old Cleotis Castleberry. According to his criminal history report, issued by the Pulaski County jail, Castleberry has been arrested numerous times for burglary, theft, failure to appear, and obstructing governmental operations.

January 6, 2013, 12:12 AM
October 22, 2011 -
Very Afraid 66-Year-Old Woman Shoots and Kills Home Intruder

... she was terrified when she heard the intruder at her her door, firing two warning shots through her window to scare the man away. When 37-year-old Jesse Edward Theis persisted, attempting to come back in, Hopper fired a fatal shot in his abdomen, killing Theis on the scene.

Redding, CA prosecutors say Hopper’s actions were justified ... "He meant her lethal harm," Shasta County Chief Deputy District Attorney Josh Lowery said.

Local officials say the shooting is yet another example of how inmates at the continually full Shasta County jail are being released early and going out and committing more crime, sometimes within hours of their release ... Theis had been released from jail the morning before the shooting took place.

January 6, 2013, 12:20 AM
July 23, 2012 -
An off-duty, Buck County police officer shot and killed one person who attempted to rob his Andorra home, while another alleged burglar stole his car, Philadelphia Police said.

the officer and his wife were asleep when he was awoken by a commotion near his vehicle early Monday morning. He went outside and saw Tim Zgrzepski, 29, man near his Honda Odyssey and got into a confrontation with him.

The officer returned indoors to retrieve his weapon and found Mehlberger in his house. Little said he shot and killed the man. The other man fled in the officer's vehicle. Later, police apprehended him.

Neither the officer nor his wife were injured in the incident ... no charges will be filed against the officer as he was protecting his home.

January 6, 2013, 12:26 AM
April 19, 2012 -
a masked and gloved gunman later identified as convicted drug felon Michael Martin knocked on the door of the apartment that Michael Moffitt shares with his girlfriend. Moffitt directed his girlfriend to the bedroom and told her to call police.

Moffitt, who is a firearms enthusiast and had legal weapons in the apartment, retrieved an AR-15 rifle and again checked the peephole. Seeing that it was no longer covered, Moffitt opened the door. Police said at that point, Martin, armed with a semi-automatic pistol, forced his way in and shoved Moffitt hard into an interior wall.

Moffitt opened fire on Martin, 35, with the rifle, fatally wounding him.

A second man wearing a ski mask was seen on the backside of the apartment building. Police said he fled the area after hearing the gunshots ... detectives theorize that Martin may have come to the apartment as part of a plot to rob Moffitt of his firearms.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Moffitt fired on Martin in self-defense and no charges were filed. Martin was convicted of six felony drug counts last November and received a seven-year probated sentence, police said.

January 6, 2013, 12:33 AM
February 15, 2012 -
An Antioch man at home with his young son disarmed an 18-year-old man who kicked in his front door and shot him dead with his own gun, the second time in three months that a resident in the city has fought back with deadly results, police said.

The latest incident happened about 8:20 p.m. Monday, when a resident ... heard his doorbell ring ... The resident, who was home with his 7-year-old son, did not answer the doorbell right away and then peered out a window, only to see his front door being kicked in ... "He just jumps the guy and realizes the guy has a gun ... He somehow (got) it away from him" and shot the intruder three times in the torso, then called police, she said.

The intruder died at the scene, and ... had a criminal history that included weapons violations.

The resident and his son were not hurt. Police said the man would not be arrested. Investigators believe Stovall and at least two accomplices chose the home at random, intending to steal items.

January 6, 2013, 11:19 AM
November 28, 2012 -
a homeowner came home and noticed an upstairs light was on that wasn’t supposed to be. He went back to his car, got his gun, and headed back to the house.

Deputies said as he was heading inside, the thieves were on the way out with stolen property. That’s when the men tried to take off. One managed to get away, but the other ended up in a scuffle and then was shot by the homeowner.

The injured man sped off in a car but turned himself in to authorities ... Deputies said the homeowner carries a concealed handgun license.

January 6, 2013, 11:30 AM
November 27, 2012 -
the homeowner called 9-1-1 around 2:30 ... to report someone breaking into a window of his home ... The homeowner continued to talk to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, as he grabbed his handgun and argued with the suspect as he entered the home.

Police say the homeowner mentioned the suspect ... was carrying a knife, right before he fired his gun.

“Why the suspect picked this specific house I have no idea,” said Grand Prairie Police Detective Lyle Genslar. “But he picked the wrong house.”

Police say the shooting will be investigated, but the preliminary investigation shows the homeowner owned and used his gun lawfully.

January 6, 2013, 11:39 AM
Sempember, 2012 -
At approximately 3 a.m. ... police received an emergency call from a woman ... the caller said someone had kicked in her door and entered the house.

As the intruder advanced up the stairs, the homeowner fired one shot, and Jacobs left the house through the front door ... Jacobs was found in the yard of the house, bleeding from the gunshot wound. Though the homeowner’s two children were in the house at the time of the incident, none of them were injured.

The homeowner will not be charged, according to police.

January 6, 2013, 12:34 PM
March 19, 2012 -
According to Albuquerque Police, Richard Garcia has been arrested 37 times for various crimes including Criminal Sexual Penetration, ID theft, and a laundry list of property crime offenses since the late 1980s.

... Once Garcia was set free, police said he broke into a home ... On the 911 audio tape ... Torres explained to the dispatcher that he heard a loud bang and the alarms going off. He reached for his gun and found Garcia at the top of his staircase. Torres told the dispatcher he fired twice, hitting Garcia once in the back.

Torres will not face charges for shooting Garcia. Roseman said Torres was within his legal rights to defend his property with a gun.

January 6, 2013, 12:38 PM
March 29, 2012 -
the man ... tried to break in the front door of a house ... Investigators say he broke through a side panel and was reaching in trying turn the knob from the inside when the homeowner fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the hip.

"The homeowner gave him every opportunity to go away. In fact, he wished he would have. He wouldn't and the homeowner, by his credit, he waited until the last possible moment to protect his family and that's what he had to do," said Det. Dan Crafton, Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

There was about a five-minute delay in the police response to the shooting since, detectives say, the initial 911 call was received by Marion County Dispatch and had to be routed to Shelby County. The neighborhood is very close to the Marion-Shelby County line.

Detectives say the homeowner will not be charged.

January 6, 2013, 12:44 PM
January 17, 2012 -
James Huppart was shot by the homeowner in the chest when he entered the back door of his house. The man's wife and children were sleeping just a few feet away. Huppart staggered out of the house and collapsed outside near the roadway.

People living near the crime scene say they wouldn't hesitate to use deadly force and protect their families if confronted by an intruder.

Elberta Police Chief Julie Joyner says a homeowner was justified when he shot a man during an attempted home invasion and will not be charged.

January 6, 2013, 01:04 PM
March 28, 2012 -
The 75-year-old Willie White said he was watching a basketball game in his home when he heard the suspects breaking in through a side door. His wife was asleep upstairs.

White shot and killed one suspect, an 18-year-old man ... White said he feared for his life ... and, as the man approached, he had no other choice but to fire. “... he was into the kitchen and coming up the stairs ... And I felt threatened and I shot him,” White said.

A search by police determined the intruder was armed.

January 6, 2013, 01:14 PM
November 20, 2011 -
Heather Dawson and her two sons came home around 11 a.m. Sunday morning she noticed something wasn’t right in the home ... When she went to look is when she found him in the basement ... Heather confronted the man while her sons called 911.

“He produces a shotgun out of the items he was taking from the home,”

Heather took action.

“The struggle over the gun falls to the outside, goes upstairs and out the door. He's shot on the driveway to the house. One shot --apparently to the head," Said Sgt. Troy Armstrong

Neighbor Randy Mills says there have been several break-ins lately in the area.

January 6, 2013, 01:22 PM
July 23, 2012 -
the 67-year-old resident realized there may have been an intruder inside the home after hearing a noise outside his home. While he was investigating ... the homeowner was confronted by the burglar.

A struggle ensued and the homeowner retreated to the second floor and armed himself with a gun. He then returned to the first floor of the home and found the intruder attempting to steal his TV. The homeowner pleaded with the man to leave, and again the suspect began to physically assault the homeowner.

At that point, police said, the homeowner shot the home invader in the chest.

Investigating officers said they found a vehicle owned by Prue a short distance away from the homeowner's home ... inside the vehicle police ... found evidence of crack cocaine and paraphernalia used to ingest it.

January 6, 2013, 01:34 PM
May 1, 2012 -
The shooting happened at a home ... around 8:30 a.m.

Police say two men wearing ski masks broke into the home. The suspects had one person at gunpoint and demanded money and property. Another person in the home opened fire on the suspects. One of the suspects was hit.

Police do not plan to file charges against the victim.

January 6, 2013, 01:42 PM
January 17, 2012 -
around 3:00 a.m. ... the homeowner ... was asleep when he heard a noise. He went to check to see if everything was okay and noticed a man trying to get through the front door of his brand new home. The homeowner says the burglar had smashed in the glass window on the front door. The homeowner then pulled out his weapon and fired a shot from inside the house.

The homeowner says he just purchased the house three days ago. "I thought it was a pretty quiet area. I guess at night that's when they try to get in." The suspect tried to run but collapsed in the yard. Police found the suspect on the ground near the home.

Police said the homeowner will not be charged.

January 6, 2013, 01:54 PM
February 9, 2012 -
Home owner shoots intruder - 3 subjects are suspects in a burglary (that turned into an apparent home invasion) that occurred at a house. A male suspect apparently entered the house where the home owner and his infant child were asleep.

The home owner was awakened to a suspect walking around in the bedroom. Shots were fired by the home owner striking the intruder at least once in the upper chest.

When Deputy John Inman arrived at the scene, three suspects were taken into custody near the residence ... near the suspect's black Ford explorer.

January 6, 2013, 02:03 PM
November 9, 2012 -
Pete Delli Bovi ... was resting when he heard a noise he said he’ll never forget. “I was watching TV. I closed my eyes a little bit and I heard this big boom. Like, it was so loud. That’s when this guy kicked my door in the back” ... Someone tried to break in through the back door.

Just last year, someone else broke into his garage.

Delli bovi said he got his gun permit and ... used a revolver that ... saved his life. According to police, he shot the intruder –18-year-old Markees Hughes – in the groin.

Delli Bovi is just happy no one else was home. “My grandson, he watches TV in the kitchen ... you know? Nobody expects that in the daylight. Nobody,” Delli Bovi said.

Police said since Delli Bovi acted out of self-defense, he will not be charged.

January 6, 2013, 02:12 PM
Well there are certainly a lot of stories over just a few days!

No doubt there are lots of incidences that occur every day where no shots are fired and no one is injured so there are no police reports or news stories to document the incidence.

Long ago when I lived in Houston TX I remember reading in the old Houston Post newspaper a story where a home owner was awaken at 0 dark 30 one morning by what he thought was someone trying to break into his house through a window. He fired at the sound but when he looked afterwards he did not see anyone. He thought he had made a mistake to he did not call the police.

That morning when he went out to go to work he found the dead body of a woman, wearing a stocking mask and armed with a handgun, lying in shallow ditch between his house and his neighbor's. He had been right after all!.

I have no doubt that the number of times people frighten off criminals without firing a shot is many many more times than when the actually pull the trigger.

January 6, 2013, 02:27 PM
Please check post #38, am I confused or is that a poor example?

January 6, 2013, 02:41 PM
January 6, 2012 -

Georgia mom home alone with kids shoots ex-con intruder

By that time, according to the paper, the intruder had used a crowbar to forcibly enter the home, and made his way to the home office.

“He opens the closet door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a .38 revolver,” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The woman fired six bullets, five of which hit Paul Ali Slater in the face and neck area, Chapman said. But Slater, who has arrests dating to 2008 and was released from jail in August, was still conscious.

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January 6, 2013, 08:13 PM
November 7, 2012 -
Man Shoots and Kills Robber in His Home

A man sprung into action when burglars broke into his Fair Oaks home early Wednesday morning, killing one of them.

The man in his 60′s first shot one suspect, who made his way to a hospital and was later arrested. The man also shot a second suspect in his 30′s, who he found in the doorway of a bedroom. That person died in the home.

January 6, 2013, 08:19 PM
September 24, 2012 -
he and his roommate were returning home from work when they were approached by two men on their front porch, one of whom had a gun.

"The guy sprang from the ground, over my rail, and was like open your door, open your house door,” he said. “I said, ‘This is it. This is it for me. God just make sure you watch after my mom and my sisters for me.’”

The resident said his roommate ran, leaving him alone with the men. “I was like, ‘Man, there's no need to go in my house. I've got enough money in my pocket,’” he said. In an attempt to get the money from the homeowner's pants, the robber placed his gun on the ground.

The homeowner said, “I swear, from that moment God said, ‘It's not your time. Here's the gun.’ We kind of tussled for it, and he leaned forward and I pulled the trigger." The man said he shot the man at least twice, including once in the head ... Just as quickly as the whole thing happened, the resident says, it was over

January 9, 2013, 10:15 PM
December 16, 2012 -
a home invasion ... Deyon Durham, 24 ... was found shot to death ... The initial investigation suggests that Durham was breaking and entering at the home when the homeowner ... shot him.

Durham had convictions, starting in 2005, for indecent liberties with a minor, sexual battery, breaking and entering vehicles, larceny and failure to register as a sex offender, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

January 10, 2013, 02:36 AM
Update - January 2, 2013 -
Prosecutor ... charged Christopher Rhodes, 20, with Residential Burglary for the June 19, 2012, home invasion burglary of a Tacoma area residence.

The homeowner shot the defendant as he entered the home through a broken window.

“The defendant was caught in the act and lawfully shot,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Now, he’s going to be held accountable for the burglary. This case is another reminder that breaking into people’s homes can land you in the hospital or prison, if you aren’t killed.”

On June 19, the victim was home alone when he heard knocking at his back door ... the victim heard noises from the defendant prying open a window. The victim armed himself with a shotgun and called 911. The defendant smashed a bay window with an unknown object and was entering the home when the victim fired one shot. The defendant ran to a neighboring home and ... collapsed.

At the time of the alleged burglary, the defendant was in possession of a cell phone with an application that allowed him to monitor police radio broadcasts. One of the witnesses heard dispatch communications coming from the phone.

An inspection of the victim’s home revealed a spent shell casing on the floor near the broken bay window and holes in the curtain covering the window, consistent with a shotgun blast fired from inside the home. The victim told police that the defendant’s torso was inside his house when he fired the shot.

January 10, 2013, 02:38 AM
January 2, 2013 -
a homeowner wounded a person breaking into a house and held another suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

The incident happened Wednesday morning at a home ... the homeowner fired one shot at the suspect ... the second suspect was held at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The residents of the home were not hurt.

January 10, 2013, 02:47 AM
January 25, 2012 -
a burglar who was shot and killed ... had been in court earlier in the day on theft and burglary charges in an unrelated case.

Ross Thomas Wells Mortensen, 26 ... the burglar who sneaked through a window into a ... home ... The homeowner shot the burglar while he was inside the house, and he was found dead in the backyard.

Mortensen was in court earlier that day on charges of petty theft and possession of burglary tools from an Oct. 18 case. Before he was shot and killed, he pleaded not guilty to the charges in that case ... Mortensen was also facing felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled to appear in court.

Neighbors ... say this resident has been the target of thieves in the past and may have purchased a gun after a previous robbery attempt.

the homeowner, who lives with his wife and small dog, was awakened by noises Monday night. He went downstairs to investigate and confronted Mortensen inside the home. The homeowner shot Mortensen more than once.

The resident has not been taken into custody, and will likely not face any charges.

January 10, 2013, 09:11 AM
The recent Georgia incident where a mother defended her life and her children's lives against an intruder in her home was the catalyst for this thread that gun ownership has a fundamental purpose in self defense and protection of lives -

Mom who shot intruder inspires gun control foes -
A Georgia mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership.

Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in last week and approached the family at their home northeast of Atlanta, police said. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she recently learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire, seriously wounding the burglary suspect.

The National Rifle Association tweeted a link to a news story ( about the shooting, and support poured in from others online, hailing Herman as a hero. The local sheriff said he was proud of the way she handled the situation.

"This lady decided that she wasn't going to be a victim, and I think everyone else looks at this and hopes they have the courage to do what she done," Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said Wednesday.

Herman ... saw a man walk up to the front door ... rang the doorbell twice and then over and over again ... Herman took her 9-year-old son and daughter into an upstairs bedroom and locked the door. They went into bathroom and she locked that door, too. She got her handgun from a safe, the report said, and hid with her children. At some point, she called her husband, who kept her on the line and called 911 on another line.

In a 10-minute 911 recording released by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, Donnie Herman calmly explained what was happening to a dispatcher ...

"Is he in the house, Melinda? Are you sure? How do you know? You can hear him in the house?" Donnie Herman said.

His wife told him the intruder was coming closer.

"He's in the bedroom? Shh, shh, relax. Just remember everything that I showed you, everything that I taught you, all right?" Donnie Herman told his wife, explaining later to the dispatcher that he had recently taken her to a gun range.

Melinda Herman told police she started shooting the man when he opened the door to the crawl space.

January 11, 2013, 09:15 AM
January 10, 2013 -
A Decatur man fired his shotgun and hit a burglar who had broken into his home Thursday afternoon. It is the latest incident of homeowners protecting themselves from criminals.

"I come into the gate ... he was coming out the window with a shotgun in his hand," said George McRae ... The suspect found the shotgun that belonged to McRae inside the home after he had broken in. "I had my pistol in my pocket and I said, 'Put that gun down,'" McRae said. The suspect ducked back into the house so McRae went in, confronted him and told him to put down the shotgun. The burglar complied. McRae picked up the shotgun and called 911.

"I said, 'The police are going to get you. You're going to tell your story to the police,'" said McRae. "That's when he charged me ... McRae fired off one round and struck the burglar in the chest.

January 11, 2013, 09:20 AM
January 10, 2013 -
Police say the intruder tried to break into the third floor apartment ... armed with a handgun.

the 36-year-old man ... was shot and killed by the homeowner on the spot during the home invasion. The intruder had several gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Police say the intruder had an accomplice who got away when gunshots rang out.

Under Texas law, the Castle Doctrine typically sides with the homeowner. The law states that a person’s home is their castle and has the right to defend themselves from criminal intruders.

Lawmakers say it presumes that use of force is reasonable and necessary when someone is illegally entering or trying to get into an occupied home, car, or workplace to commit a crime.

January 11, 2013, 09:22 AM
Obviouslly that's one major reason we have guns. There are 3-5shootings in Palm Beach every day on my local news.
This is the new normal, and won't improve in this economy and the social climate. Everything from money to illegals, to early release, and mental illness has to be addressed befor you see the crime rate start to fall.
Guns have very little to do with anything, these people would use anything or nothing to get your stuff.

January 12, 2013, 09:58 AM
January 11, 2013 -
Police said Taijeron plotted ... to stage the home-invasion robbery in an effort to intimidate her estranged husband ... Instead, her husband confronted the burglars with a gun he owned, wrestled with one man, and fatally stabbed him. Robert Earl Lindsey, 54, who had a lengthy criminal history and was an uncle to two of the suspects, died at the scene.

The bungled burglary took place Tuesday morning ... As they attempted to enter the apartment, Taijeron's husband retrieved a gun he owned from a back room. He confronted the burglars and physically fought with Lindsey, dropping his gun before he grabbed a knife and stabbed Lindsey in the back, killing him.

Taijeron's husband, who had recently learned of his wife's infidelity, did not know of the plot, killed Lindsey in self-defense and was not arrested. Pittsburg police Lt. Ron Raman said ... the state's provocative acts doctrine, which holds that anyone involved in the commission of a felony can be charged with murder if that felony results in a death.

January 14, 2013, 10:12 AM
January 11, 2013 -
homeowner shoots two intruders - resident ... shot two men who broke into his home.

At about 8 p.m., LaPorte County 911 received a call from the homeowner, who ... said the home was being burglarized ... When police arrived, they found the homeowner holding one suspect at gunpoint in the home. He said the other man had fled on foot.

A short time later ... the suspect who had fled was in a home ... Police surrounded the home and ... the wounded suspect was found hiding in a closet in the home.

January 16, 2013, 08:55 AM
January 15, 2013 -
A homeowner ... shot a man who broke into his house to death ... police said the man was upstairs in his home ... around 9 p.m. when he heard the burglar break into the house through his kitchen door.

The burglar made it to the living room, with a spade shovel in hand, and started up the stairs to the second floor when police say the 37-year-old homeowner shot him three times in the chest. The burglar was pronounced dead at the scene

January 16, 2013, 09:02 AM
January 15, 2013 -
Police said two men broke into a home and the homeowner shot and killed one of them. Investigators said a home invasion led to the shooting ... 19-year-old male homeowner shot and killed the 22-year-old intruder.

Some who live in the neighborhood call it a nice area. However, bad things can happen anywhere. "I'm one that's been around for awhile, and I know things are gonna happen, and it will get worse. It only gets worse.

January 20, 2013, 07:26 AM
January 18, 2013 -
a woman homeowner and a companion opened fire on several suspects during a home invasion around 8 p.m. ... it started at a house ... when five intruders broke into the woman's home. The woman shot one of the suspects, and police say her male companion grabbed her gun and shot a second suspect.

Police say all five suspects then got into an SUV and drove three miles south to a home ... 911 call brought police to that second crime scene ... two suspects shot is in critical condition ... three other suspects are in police custody.

January 20, 2013, 07:50 PM
January 18, 2013 -
... around 4am ... two 911 calls ... first call was from a resident who reported what they thought was a burglary in progress and while on the phone with 911 the caller said they could hear gunshots in the area ... second 911 call came in, this time from a man who told dispatchers that he had just shot another man who had come onto his property.

Deputies arrived ... and they found a 35-year old white male lying unresponsive on the ground in between two homes ...was pronounced dead ...

... the homeowner who shot the man told detectives that he was inside his residence when he heard what sounded like someone breaking into a nearby home. So he went outside armed ... and was confronted by a man with a baseball bat. The homeowner told detectives that when the man raised the bat in his direction he fired his weapon, striking and killing the man.

January 20, 2013, 07:59 PM
Update to post #66 -
LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said he anticipated charges to be filed against the alleged intruders, but not the homeowner who claimed to be acting in self-defense after he surprised the intruders ... the homeowner is a retired Chicago police officer.

the homeowner returned to find a back window broken and told a woman he was with to call 911. He then went inside and ... encountered the intruders who he ordered to the floor. However, the two male suspects came at the property owner, who took action with a gun ... shots were fired ... One of the wounded men fled but soon was located hiding in a closet in a home

January 23, 2013, 07:25 AM
January 22, 2013 -
a man found an intruder in his house, reached for a gun and managed to get off one shot before the burglar took off ... he was glad his family was out of the house Tuesday morning and glad he has the right to defend himself and his home.

"I came in from work. You know, a usual, typical morning after third-shift work" ... he heard noises and noticed an open door that's usually closed. That's when his morning became anything, but typical ... he saw an intruder in his home.

"I went to the bedroom and grabbed my shotgun. As I turned around, he was coming out of my daughter's bedroom and I shot at him" ... he's just glad his daughter and the rest of his family weren't home.

"that person had every right to protect themselves the way they did" said Deputy Rick Lawrence with Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

January 26, 2013, 08:51 AM
January 25, 2013 -
Police say the man caught the suspect burglarizing his home just after 4 a.m. The resident shot the suspect in the stomach with a .25 caliber handgun. Despite his injury, the suspect managed to run from the house. The homeowner then called 911 for help.

The suspect later arrived at Midwest City Regional Hospital ... police investigated, they discovered the man was actually a suspect in the burglary ... no charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.

January 26, 2013, 07:09 PM
January 14, 2013 -
Police said people inside of a home may have acted in self-defense when they shot an intruder ... they were called to the home ... around 6 p.m.

Police said a masked man tried to force his way into the home by firing shots through the front door ... one man inside of the home was shot in the face ... another man inside of the house grabbed a gun and fired shots at the intruder ... later died at an area hospital.

January 26, 2013 -
A burglar may have been wounded when a Magnolia woman fired a shot at one of three men who forced their way inside her home ... The home invasion happened about 9:30 p.m.

The 33-year-old homeowner and her 6-year-old child were home alone at the time, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

February 1, 2013, 08:54 PM
February 1, 2013 -
homeowner fired multiple shots at an armed burglar, police ... responded to a report of a burglary in progress ... When police arrived ... a male resident had discovered a man breaking into the home ... was armed with a handgun and shot at him several times

... the homeowner would not likely be charged with a crime for shooting at the burglar, as Indiana law allows homeowners to use force to protect themselves and their property.

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