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Woman Opens Fire On Intruder

Discussion in 'Legal' started by CommonSense, Feb 7, 2004.

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  1. CommonSense

    CommonSense Member

    Oct 28, 2003
    Milwaukee, WI

    A man is wounded as she defends her home with two handguns.
    By M.S. Enkoji -- Bee Staff Writer
    Published 2:15 a.m. PST Saturday, February 7, 2004
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    Firing nine rounds from two handguns, a 53-year-old Rancho Cordova woman fended off an intruder Thursday night after he crashed through her sliding glass door.
    William Kriske, a 47-year-old parolee, was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm, then taken to jail and arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Lou Fatur.

    "It was one of those nights. I have a few holes in my glass out front," Carolyn Lisle said Friday.

    "That's OK, I don't think he'll be back," said Lisle, who emptied one .357 revolver at the intruder before she retrieved a second one and he crashed through another window to flee.

    "I was trying to miss my furniture. Priorities, right?" Lisle said.

    Lisle, shaken but spirited, recounted her night that started as a quiet evening of TV with three friends and two dogs in her living room.

    At about 9 p.m., a noise at the sliding door prompted a male visitor to get up to investigate, but Lisle dashed to a back room to get one of her guns.

    "I knew it couldn't be good," Lisle said.

    When the intruder shattered the glass, Lisle's three guests fled from the house. Lisle stood her ground and opened fire.

    "He was like a mosquito hitting the window. Every time he turned around, poweee," she said.

    Lisle wasn't sure the intruder was alone so she nervously watched her back as she squeezed off rounds.

    When she emptied one gun, she still hadn't hit him. And he wasn't gone.

    "He was still in the garage, flitting around," she said.

    She went to get another gun -- "I like to be prepared," she said -- and waited to see his next move. After tearing up the garage, he finally broke out through a garage window, but he veered toward Lisle's front door. She fired again, hitting him at least once.

    The bleeding intruder ran across the street and tried to hot-wire a motorcycle, but its owners, already armed to come to Lisle's aid, chased off the would-be thief, she said.

    She said one of the men yelled after the retreating burglar: "And that's just our womenfolk."

    A California Highway Patrol officer stopped the suspect a short distance away and sheriff's deputies arrested Kriske.

    Lisle is still puzzled why someone would break into a well-lit living room with four people and two dogs.

    "It was like he was out to hurt someone," she said.

    Fatur said a prowler had been reported moving through neighborhood back yards at about the time Lisle's house was invaded.

    Lisle, who said her guns are registered, will not face criminal charges, Fatur said. California law allows someone to use deadly force whenever a reasonable person believes an intruder poses a threat to kill.

    Lisle is the second homeowner in the Sacramento area this year to use deadly force against an intruder. In January, a Sacramento man shot and killed one of two armed intruders who broke into his home. He wasn't charged.

    Studies done to determine whether gun ownership deters crime have only stirred more controversy because of the way statistics are gathered and analyzed, and the way people recall their experiences, said William Vizzard, chair of the criminal justice department at California State University, Sacramento.

    "We tend to see ourselves as heroic rather than idiotic," said Vizzard, who is also a 30-year law enforcement veteran.

    Vizzard, who has studied major research and written on gun issues, said two of the most prominent surveys differ dramatically in results, showing anywhere from 150,000 people a year to 2.5 million who claim success in thwarting crime with a gun.

    "The answer is, no one can say for sure at the end of the day that the presence of a firearm doesn't increase your risk of getting injured, nor does it reduce your risk," he said.

    Lisle is pretty sure where she stands: "You need protection in this day and age."

    A retired state worker who once worked as a correctional officer, she did admit that she hadn't been to a shooting range lately: "After last night, I might go once in a while."
  2. fjolnirsson

    fjolnirsson Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Oregon, in the Willamette Valley
    Um, if the bad guys have bullets in them and you don't, I'd say that's pretty conclusive. Duh!
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Yep. Bullet placement, bullet placement, and bullet placement.
  4. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    Enfield, NH
  5. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Santa Fe, NM
    I admire her spirit and preparation, but it seems the lady needs some range time . . . I hoe she takes her own advice.;)
  6. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 3, 2003
    South PA, and a bit West of center!
    NINE shots .... and just an injured arm ...... my that perp was lucky.:D

    If he had been on receiving end of one of us lot then it might have been more a case of 6 COM and 3 head! OK, I'm being optimistic perhaps!:rolleyes:

    And ........ after she emptied 6 from .357 ... he was not gone!! hahaha! Either he realized she was a very bad shot and/or .. he was too thick to retreat whilst the going was good! Amazing.:p
  7. Nightfall

    Nightfall Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Sounds like my kind of community! Well done!
  8. jamz

    jamz Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Seacoast NH

    Best story I've heard in a long time. She could be a stand-up comedian. :p
  9. Dave Bean

    Dave Bean Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    New York
    Wouldn't be surprised if the intruder was on drugs. Seems that all rational logic leaves the brains once drugs come to play. If I had been that guy, I would have ran after the first shot.

    Dave Bean
  10. 4570Rick

    4570Rick Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    South of Left Angeles in Casa De Santa Ana, Caulee
    Good for her...and please...get some range time. :cool:
  11. Drizzt

    Drizzt Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    Had to be the best line I've heard in a while....... :D
  12. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 19, 2002
    And that's just our womenfolk!

    Gotta love that male neighbor for that parting taunt. Kudos to the retired gal with spunk and firepower!:)
  13. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    That was my favorite line as well.
  14. 71Commander

    71Commander Member

    Sep 21, 2003
    Headin back to Johnson City
    Woman's got grit.

    This is a good example of if someone asks you "How many guns do you keep loaded ?" You should be able to answer. "All of them":D
  15. Jeff Thomas

    Jeff Thomas Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    They always feel the need to throw in a quote from the Vizzard's of the world, don't they? Don't want folks to think they might actually be able to purchase a firearm, train, and protect innocent life.

    No. Let's just leave that in the hands of mother government. After all, it prevents all this nasty violence ...

    Regards from TX
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