Saved by the Gun! (Civilian Self Defense News)
2013-12-25 Homeowner fatally shoots man breaking into home — "About midnight when a man attempted to break in through a window ... the homeowner fatally shot the suspected would-be burglar.... [he] was pronounced dead at 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve...."
2013-12-23 Concealed carry house-sitter foils home invaders — "A housesitter was alerted of a possible break-in through the home's alarm system, and he allegedly caught the two men trying to break into his house. There was a struggle, and he pulled out a gun, shooting and seriously injuring one of the suspects. The other took off on foot and was later arrested...."
2013-11-22 Knock out game victim turns tables on attackers — "A man waiting for his six-year-old daughter to be dropped off from school, had no idea he would be the city's first reported knock-out victim. 'I saw the van circle twice, and the second time three kids came out. I didn't suspect anything. I hadn't any enemies, or any reason to believe they would be looking to do anything to me.' The victim was attacked by 17-year-old Marvell Weaver. But Weaver did more than try to knock his victim out, he tried to do it with a taser. Luckily for the victim, the taser didn't work and he was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol. 'He shoved something into my side. I wasn't sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn't sure if it was a knife or a gun,' said the victim. Weaver was shot twice, in the leg and an inch away from his spine. He's been sentenced to a year in jail for the attack...."
2013-11-22 Store owner uses gun to halt assault — "Police were called to the Marathon station at Winchester Road and Industry Road shortly after 12:30 when a man came in to rob the store, but they say he didn't simply demand money.... They say the man attacked the store owner. They say the two struggled briefly before the shop owner got his hands on a gun and shot the would-be robber...."
2013-11-14 Elderly cancer patient kills one home invader, drives off another — "23-year-old Gypsy Watt is dead, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested, then charged with burglary and assault on Friday. A cancer patient is shaken up after the two broke into his Pine County farmhouse around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say the men, who were just out of jail, when they broke into 75-year-old Charles Carlson's home, on Fox Road near Sandstone. Both men have long criminal histories, and one had a gun. Carlson struggled with the intruder and managed to grab his own gun. He shot one of the intruders, Watts, who died at the scene...."
2013-11-08 Gonzaga students use firearm to deter felon home intruder — "Two Gonzaga students are facing possible expulsion from the University after they pulled a weapon in self defense as a six time felon attempted to get into their on campus apartment. Fagan answered the door and was greeted by John Taylor. Taylor is a felon with an extensive criminal history and when he arrived Fagan said Taylor showed him what appeared to be an ankle bracelet as he tried to intimidate him. Fagan said Taylor then demanded money and was frustrated when he was turned down. Taylor then attempted to force entry into the apartment. At that point McIntosh brandished his pistol. McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun and did not know it was in violation of policy at the time. Once Taylor saw the gun he left the property...." [This is a no-brainer: Defend your life and property, or obey an asinine anti-firearms rule? I'd rather be alive and not attending Gonzaga, than dead because of their policy.]
2013-10-05 Texas teen shoots one of two intruders — "A Fort Bend County teenager fought back Friday after two strangers broke into his home. One suspect is now dead and a second is on the run. [The teen] was home alone when he heard a noise. There were two men pounding on the front door, but he didn't answer. They then went around to the back of the house. The men allegedly forced their way inside, meeting the teen head-on. The shot suspect died inside the home. The second suspect fled the scene...."
2013-09-29 Woman holds intruders at gunpoint twice in 6 months — "A Toledo woman held an intruder at gunpoint after catching him on her property. And this isn't the first time it's happened. It's the second time in six months Betty Collins has pulled a gun on a suspect. She says protecting her family and property is her priority...."
2013-09-24 Car thief dies after engaging in gun fight with former Marine — "A suspected car thief who was in the middle of breaking into a pickup truck was shot and killed by the truck's owner.... As the man then began breaking into a pickup truck, the truck's owner came out to walk his dog and confronted the thief, according to investigators. Guns were drawn, and several shots were fired.... [The thief's] accomplice was arrested and police say she had a felony warrant for burglary...."
2013-09-23 Ex Royal Marine with handgun saves 100 lives in mall massacre — "A former marine emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives. The ex soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday. With a gun tucked into his waistband, he was pictured helping two women from the complex.... The former soldier is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire...."
2013-09-09 Pregnant woman scares off home intruders — "She heard a man banging loudly on her front door while another walked around to the back.... her husband had just left 20 minutes before. Immediately, she knew something wasn't right and made the split decision to grab her husband's handgun.... She's never felt comfortable with the idea of using a gun. Her husband insisted on showing her how to use one just a few months ago.... Once the men realized Alex was armed and ready to defend her home, they ran back towards their truck...."
2013-09-05 Woman pulls gun, fends off carjackers — "An Indianapolis woman was able to fend off a group of guys who pulled a gun on her while trying to steal her car. Kari Bird just started law school and continues to work full time. Bird got home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and when she got out of her car, a group of three or four young guys approached her [and demanded her keys at gunpoint].... With [their] gun still pointed at her, she reached into her center console to pull out her own gun...."
2013-08-29 Texas teen shoots burglars — "One burglary suspect was killed and another was listed in critical condition after a teen watching over his grandmother's Baytown home opened fire on them, police said...."
2013-08-24 Domino's pizza delivery man shoots, kills armed robber — "54-year-old Bryon Park of Palm Bay had just returned to his vehicle after delivering a Domino's pizza to a room in the motel complex when he was approached by 32-year-old Frederick Kelly brandishing a large knife. Kelly allegedly demanded money from Park and threatened to kill him if he did not comply. Brevard County spokesperson Lieutenant Tod Goodyear said in a release that Park then obtained the firearm he carries in his vehicle and defended himself. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Sheriff's Office, Kelly has a lengthy violent criminal history that includes armed robbery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment...."
2013-08-21 Elderly couple kill escaped prisoner who was holding them hostage — "Law enforcement authorities said Tuesday that an Iowa couple shot and killed Rodney Long, an escaped inmate, after being held in their home for four hours.... Jerome, 71, and Carolyn, 66, decided to defend themselves, Mortvedt said. Jerome shot Long with his shotgun...."
2013-08-08 Woman sends husband's robbers fleeing from Denny's — While his wife was in a Houston Denny's restroom, a man was robbed by six armed men. When his wife emerged from the restroom, she saw her husband on the floor, with the men around him, so she drew her licensed pistol and shot at the robbers, who fled....
2013-07-02 Armed doggy door intruder flees from armed homeowner — "The Lake County [CA] Sheriff's Office has reported that an attempted home invasion robbery Sunday resulted in gunshots being fired by a resident of the home.... Occupants of the home reportedly told deputies that they had head what sounded like someone gaining entry into the house through the dog door, Brooks said.... A male resident then armed himself and went to investigate the noise finding a male subject crawling through the dog door into the residence, Brooks reported. The resident of the home was holding what appeared to be a firearm, according to Brooks' report. At that point the resident questioned the would-be robber, who began lifting the firearm towards the home invasion victim. Brooks said the resident then fired twice. The alleged robber immediately retreated from the dog door and ran from the residence, Brooks said. The resident then noticed a second suspect in the middle of the yard. According to the report the second suspect began raising what the resident thought to be a weapon and the resident responded by firing two more times causing the second suspect to flee on foot...."
2013-06-30 Father protects family by killing two armed intruders — "Police said three men broke into an apartment, demanded money and showed a gun, but what they didn't know is the resident also had a gun and shot two of them to death.Neighbors at Oak Leaf Village heard gunshots around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Houston police said there was a home invasion at one of the apartments. Lila Pena's husband, Javier Ortiz, got out his gun and fatally shot two of the men...."
2013-06-05 Louisiana homeowner fatally shoots armed home intruder -- "Two armed men kicked open the front door or a Lafayette, La., home early Wednesday morning and were greeted by a homeowner who opened fire, killing one of the suspects.... two masked suspects were armed with handguns forced their way into the home. Once inside the home, the suspects exchanged gunfire with the home owner, he said.One of the suspects was fatally shot and the second suspect ran from the scene...."
2013-06-04 10-year-old NY boy chases away home invaders with their own gun — "A 10-year-old boy picked up a gun that was dropped in his home by a would-be robber dressed as a deliveryman and fired a shot, helping to chase away the intruder and a partner.... The intruders went upstairs to the second floor. A woman, the owner of the home, then slammed a bedroom door on one of the men's arms.The man dropped his gun, police said, and it was picked up by the owner's son, who fired a round that hit a wall...."
2013-05-24 Woman uses gun to scare off three home invaders — "A south Kansas City woman fired shots at a group of people she said was trying to break into her home. ...She heard someone jiggle the knob of the front door. The woman said she saw two other men heading to the back door.The woman said she peered through the blinds and saw the men putting on gloves and raising their feet to try to kick their way through the sliding glass doors. She said she pulled the trigger and fired straight ahead. The woman said the men ran off, firing shots toward the house...."
2013-05-22 Girl stabbed but uses gun to scare off attacker — "26-year-old Samantha Minehart was stabbed while feeding the horse in her family's barn. She was stabbed in the stomach and leg resulting in 11 stitches. Samantha says the man left as she fired two shots, missing him both times. ...Samantha was carrying a gun because they've had problems before...."
2013-05-22 Toledo woman apprehends attempted home invader — "At 4:45 in the morning [a man] started heading toward [Betty Collins'] house, then started kicking the door, trying to get inside. 'I screamed as loud as I could, 'get off my porch. I have a gun. I will shoot you.' And he stayed at the door,' explained Collins. 'I'm like, 'Get off my porch. I have a gun. I will shoot you.' He didn't move, so I opened the door and there he was standing 5 inches from the barrel of a loaded .357... I said, 'Get on the ground.' and he got on his knees. I said, 'no, put your face in the dirt and you're gonna stay there.',' recounted Collins...."
2013-05-23 Homeowner kills burglar — "At around 2:40 in the afternoon, a 911 call came in from [a] homeowner.... He said he had just shot an intruder who was trying to burglarize his home. After shooting him once in the chest, the homeowner said the intruder broke through a window to get out of the home. He then drove his getaway car into a chain link fence where he died of his injuries.... Shortly after authorities got that call, they received other calls of burglaries in the area...."
2013-04-03 Grandmother holds burglar at gunpoint -- A grandmother of ten fired a warning shot and then held a would-be burglar at gunpoint in her home until police arrived and arrested him. She called police when her back door was kicked in. "I told him I was armed. He kept coming, so I started backing up," she said. That's when she fired the warning shot. "You have to be prepared for anything. You don't get do-overs. You can't ask for a time out, so you just do what you need to do," she said. (see also KXLY.com article)
2013-03-31 Father protects himself and children from two intruders — "The victim of an early Sunday morning home invasion in Philadelphia shot at his intruders after a brief struggle, killing one of them... 63-year-old Lee Heng told officers he had no choice but to open fire on two men who broke into his second story bathroom window around 1 a.m. Easter morning. Heng was sleeping inside with his two children when the suspects broke in. After a struggle with the two men, police say Heng got his gun and fired several shots, killing one of the suspects...."
2013-03-15 Marine with concealed carry permit stops man from beating woman — "A Marine Corps veteran was able to stop a man early Tuesday, March 12th from nearly kicking a woman to death.... Charlie Blackmore was driving home from work at 4:00 a.m. along Lincoln Avenue when he saw something on the sidewalk. Blackmore didn’t realize it was a woman on the ground being kicked in the head and stomach until he got closer.That’s when he jumped out of his car and sprung into action...."
2013-03-14 Texas homeowner shoots intruder — "Deputies say 20-year-old Cecilio Semis last night broke in through a window..... The homeowner was asleep upstairs but heard a noise. According to deputies, he went downstairs, confronted Semis and fired his pistol. Semis was hit twice -- once in the ribs and once in the chest...."
2013-03-13 Alabama homeowner uses shotgun to kill intruder — "Investigators said the homeowner fired just one shot with his shotgun.... Police said they were familiar with the suspected burglar, Lacey, from previous investigations. Albertville Police arrested him last week for first-degree theft of property, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office also arrested Lacey in December for theft...."
2013-03-10 Homeowner shoots man who kicked in front door, bedroom door — "A South Carolina man was shot by Jonathan Wofford after he called 911 to report someone was trying to break into his home, retreated to his bedroom, locked the door, and saw Hester kick in that door too. The raging intruder grabbed Wofford's wife around the neck and pushed her against a wall before he was shot...."
2013-03-08 Intruder calls 911 fearing that homeowner might have gun — A woman came home to discover that her home was broken into. The intruder was in the bathroom taking a shower. When the homeowner yelled at him through the door, he called 911, afraid that she might have a gun. The homeowner also called 911.
2013-03-05 Woman drives away armed drunken bedroom intruder with shotgun — "A woman confronted in her bedroom by an armed intruder grabbed a shotgun from her closet and blasted three shots at the man as he fled the home in the early morning hours..."
2013-03-04 Bank robber armed with replica gun shot by armed teller — "The robber pointed a realistic plastic replica handgun at a bank employee and ordered her to give him the money in her teller drawer. The employee instead dropped to the floor behind the teller stations and began crawling toward another bank employee, shouting for help. The robber moved around the end of the teller stations and was directly behind her. A second bank employee heard the shouts for help, saw the robber pointing a handgun at the first bank employee, retrieved a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver, and fired two rounds at the robber, who was struck and fled, leading police on a high-speed chase...."
2013-02-27 Homeowner holds 3 intruders at gunpoint until cops arrive — "A man came home Wednesday morning to find three juvenile suspects inside his northwest Houston home.... Police arrived and took the three juveniles into custody."
2013-02-23 Texas man fatally shoots intruder during home invasion — Men knocked on the front door and pushed the father to the ground. The men lunged for the mother. At that point the 21-year-old son got his father's gun and opened fire, killing one of the intruders....
2013-02-20 Elderly man kills intruder — "The homeowner saw Deyfon Pipkins trying to climb into the window and fired his weapon at least once at the intruder.... Pipkins had a lengthy criminal record. He served time in prison and was convicted of theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing...."
2013-02-18 Two suspects dead following home invasion — "Deputies are investigating a deadly home invasion that happened early Sunday morning in Prospect. Two of the three suspects are dead, shot by the homeowner in self defense...."
2013-02-11 Homeowner shoots intruder high on meth — "The suspect, Brian L. Creed, entered the home and started down a hallway toward the homeowner, who was standing outside the bedroom door to protect his wife. When the homeowner told the suspect to stop, Creed chose to charge the homeowner.... Creed had recently moved into a house nearby and admitted that he had used methamphetamine earlier in the day...."
2013-01-04 Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder — "A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety...."
2012-04-27 Concealed carry permit holder ends grocery store stabbing spree — "A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store...."
Criminals get what they deserve when they are harmed while threatening someone else's life or property. I really don't care what their motives were. As soon as they attack someone or maliciously enter a home or place of business that is not their own, they have willingly forfeited their own safety, and potentially their own life.