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Homeowner Shoots Suspect in Home Invasion

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  1. Desertdog

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    And they say "Call 911, and let the cops handle it." This is a much more effective way.

    Homeowner Shoots Suspect in Home Invasion
    http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/topstories/news-article.aspx?storyid=49393

    By Grayson Kamm
    First Coast News

    MACCLENNY, FL -- Police say a suspect was shot early Thursday morning by a man who was protecting his home and his pregnant wife.

    Police are calling it a home invasion robbery.

    A 17-year-old boy is in police custody, while his brother is in the hospital in critical condition.

    Friends locked up the gate Thursday afternoon to the Macclenny home that will never feel the same for Jody Paul Thrift and his pregnant wife Sabrina.

    Baker County Sheriff Joey Dobson says early Thursday morning, Jody Paul got up to get some water, and noticed his lights were out. But the power was still on at the house next door.

    "So he knew that something was up," Sheriff Dobson said.

    Dobson says Richard Munoz and his 17-year-old brother had cut the power and phone lines to the house.

    Dobson says the pair then took a boat anchor from a shed and hurled it through a glass door.

    "So [the victim] went to his bedroom, retrieved his firearm, [and] waited in his bedroom," Dobson said.

    "And as [the suspect] opened the door, [Thrift] saw a flashlight, a little, small flashlight, and he began to fire. And he shot at the suspect, and the suspect fell right in his bedroom door," Dobson said.

    As three Baker County deputies sped to the scene, they say they came across the younger suspect, scrambling through the woods toward the getaway car.

    Deputies put him under arrest.

    Sheriff Dobson says the older suspect, Richard Munoz, was carrying a cocked and loaded pistol with him the whole time.

    In fact, when deputies found Munoz on the floor of the house, they say he was still trying to reach for his gun.

    There's no word yet on why the Thrift family may have been a target.

    Police are investigating whether the suspect ever fired his gun inside the home. He is in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville.
     
  2. insidious_calm

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    To bad he didn't kill him........

    Cut my power AND my phone and come after me and my pregnant wife ?:fire: :fire: :fire:

    Nothing acceptable here left to say.


    I.C.
     
  3. kage genin

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    They cut the power and phone lines (knew folks were home and could call for help) and entered the home with a gun ready to shoot. The crooks obviously expected using the gun to kill people inside. Glad they got something they obviously DIDN'T expect.

    There's hope yet, report says the wounded crook's in critical condition... if we're lucky he won't make it. I say this unapologetically. This cretin deserves to die.

    Good job by Mr. Thrift. Kudos to the deputies who arrived quickly enough to catch the fleeing one.
     
  4. robert garner

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    why didnt he

    just shoot him in the leg or sumpthin?
    still goin for his gun?
    sounds as if he didnt shoot enuff?
     
  5. pax

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    Note to self: Just because a BG goes down, doesn't mean he's out.

    **

    Excellent work by the homeowner. I hope someone sends him a medal, and his wife some flowers.

    pax
     
  6. Standing Wolf

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    Another "juvenile harmed by gun violence" for the leftist extremists' statistics.
     
  7. thumper723

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    :what:

    That is only 20 miles from MY house!

    For those of you outside the Jacksonville area, Macclenny is a small rural town about ~30 miles west of town off of I-10. Think Mayberry RFD.

    Small working class town with some light industry. Unfortunately, meth is being a bigger and bigger problem out here lately.

    That is why I keep a Condition 3 1911 in the nightstand. Or on me.
     
  8. TallPine

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    Isn't nice for once that they are not calling the creep a "victim" :)

    And geeze ... this is the kind of thing to make you want to have a gun with you when you get up in the night for any reason ... :uhoh:
     
  9. Hawkmoon

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    Better ratchet that up to Condition 1
     
  10. Shootcraps

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    Aren't you jumping to conclusions? Maybe the poor fellows were just weary travelers who were lost. They came into the house looking for a utility bill or something to verify the address. :confused:



















    :neener: :neener: :neener: :neener: :neener:
    :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
     
  11. JohnKSa

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    Home invasion SUSPECT?

    I guess the homeowner could have cut his own power & phone lines, then thrown the anchor through the door from the outside while he was inside his house. Then forced the two SUSPECTS into the house and to his bedroom at gunpoint while he waited for them there. Then shot one of the SUSPECTS when they opened the door. :rolleyes:
     
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    Almost sounds like an Olde English rendering, they left out

     
  13. DunedinDragon

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    Why??? Under Florida's no retreat law this is a good shoot regardless of whether or not the intruder even HAD a gun. Breaking and entering is enough.
     
  14. El Tejon

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    Duned, because it's the media and they never get anything right.:D
     
  15. 71Commander

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    Sure would like to know what gun the homeowner shot the BG with.:confused:
     
  16. whm1974

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    If somebody is going though this much trouble to break in my house then I have a reasonable assumion that they are planning to kill me.

    -Bill
     
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    Good for the homeowner and his wife. Hate to see honest folks suffer from senseless, ruthless crime. Those BGs sure weren't out collecting for the Red Cross.


    Not that my home is a fortress, but there are a couple of things that would help me somewhat in this scenario. First our power box is locked, sure that could be defeated but it would be more difficult and perhaps make some noise.

    Second if the power goes out the alarm in my home goes to battery backup and makes a buzzing noise inside the house at the touchpads, one of which is in my bedroom.
     
  18. HI express

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    Sad thing

    The sad thing is this is the general type of "gun violence" that the gun grabbers want to stop. Shame on them!

    This young man did what he had to do to defend his family..no more no less. Shame on the gun grabbers who are trying to prevent citizens like this young man from defending him home.:cuss: :cuss:
     
  19. taliv

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    what's surprising about this is that these two geniuses didn't electricute themselves cutting his power. this mean criminals have figured out how to use breaker boxes? or maybe they hadn't seen the approved hollywood methods
     
  20. odysseus

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    This is an interesting case. It is obvious to anyone that they intended to go right up against the occupants in a home. Even to say that this was for just as a robbery intent seems to be an early assumption, seems like they might have intended to kill the occupants.
     
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    You know, that's a VERY good point. The fact that they cut both power and phone lines and were also armed are all strong indicators that they were expecting someone to be home. Somehow that hadn't quite registered.
     
  22. thumper723

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    Done some digging, and the homeowners are related to some of the towns more pubic citizens (school board, former sherrif, fire dept).

    Still no sign of a motive. That being said, with the meth-heads here, they don't seem to need one.

    Not saying the perps are meth heads, just all too common here.
     
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    Pubic citizens? Oh me.
     
  24. thumper723

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    Sorry, public. Typo, mea culpa.
     
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    A flicker of smarts overwhelmed by a nova of stupid

    So they cut the phone and the power-homeowners can't call out and the darkness hides suspicious actions-so far, they've some tactical awareness. The next logical step would be to force a door or look for a weak point. But then they THREW A BOAT ANCHOR THROUGH A WINDOW????

    ????


    Tweakers!
     
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