Saved by the Gun! (Civilian Self Defense News)
2014-12-29 Homeowner beaten with axe handle fatally kills man trying to break in — "A homeowner ... shot and killed one of two masked men who were attempting to break into his house late Sunday night. Investigators said the 74-year-old victim was beaten with an ax handle before he opened fire. Police said the incident happened around 9 p.m.... Investigators said [the criminals] disabled the victim’s power, knocked on the door and hid near the man’s residence. When the victim walked outside to see what may have happened, at least one of the men attacked him.... Officers said that’s when the homeowner fired several shots at the pair...."
2014-12-27 Burglars fatally shot after ignoring homeowner's warning — "Neighbors say there's a serious crime problem in the neighborhood where people broke into a home Saturday morning. A homeowner shot and killed two suspected burglars when they came inside.... [A] third person who also was inside got away.... Neighbors [say] they're used to people breaking into their homes. One man says it's been a problem for 20 years.... The homeowner gave verbal warnings for the men to stop coming toward him but the men refused. The homeowner shot several times killing two of them...."
2014-12-26 Concealed carry motorist stops man from beating woman — "A motorist who said he saw a man in another car beating a woman forced the man out of the car at gunpoint Friday and held him until officers arrived.... The officers found two men outside their vehicles in the middle of the roadway.... One was pointing a gun at the other.... The man with the gun told police that he had seen the other man assaulting a female passenger. When both vehicles stopped, the man with the gun got out and pointed it at the other man and held him there for police...."
2014-12-26 Armed apartment dwellers thwart armed home invaders — "Howard running back Terrence Tusan was one of two suspects killed Sunday in a home-invasion robbery at a Denton, Texas, apartment complex. Tusan, who was at home on holiday break from the Washington D.C., school, was killed along with 18-year-old Jakobi Dmon Gipson. Police say three men forced their way into an apartment and gunfire broke out, leaving two suspects dead and two residents wounded. The third suspect fled and reportedly remains at large.... Police recovered two guns, one belonging to a victim and another belonging to a suspect...."
2014-12-24 Woman kills armed home invader — "A man is dead and another on the run after an attempted home invasion. Officers responded to a home ... where they saw 22-year-old Nico Carlisle with multiple gunshot wounds lying at the front door. Officials pronounced Carlisle dead at the scene. Investigators say Carlisle and another man knocked on the door, then forced their way inside when a woman answered the door. Carlisle then put a gun to the woman’s neck. The homeowner grabbed a handgun before going to investigate the commotion, and fired multiple shots at the men, hitting Carlisle. The second man escaped and has not been identified...."
2014-12-15 Victim draws own gun and surprises armed robber — "A man trying to rob another man at gunpoint had the tables turned on him when the victim pulled out his own gun.... The victim told deputies [the robber, identified as Ben-Belarrio Ulysse] initially got on the ground, but jumped up and ran, leaving the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, behind. Another man in the area, who said Ulysse also held a gun to his neck and stole about $900, said he recognized Ulysse because Ulysse frequently walks around the area. Ulysse was arrested Saturday and booked into Palm Beach County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. He faces robbery and three aggravated assault charges."
2014-12-09 Husband fights intruder, uses shotgun to hold him for police — "Just before 5 a.m., Samantha Cart was returning from walking her dog when an intruder pushed his way into her home before she could lock the door. Her screams awoke her husband, Caleb, who was asleep in the next room. The man rushed to help his wife. After fighting with the intruder for several minutes, crashing into the bedroom closet and putting a hole in the wall, Samantha handed Caleb his shotgun. He held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived...."
2014-12-09 Farmer kills armed home invader, frightens off two others — "The homeowner was working at a chicken farm down the road when his wife called him and told him there was a suspicious vehicle at their home. Hardin returned home and found a brown and gray vehicle at the house and a man sleeping inside.... He tapped on the window, the man woke up and sped away.... When Hardin went inside the house, he saw two people wearing masks. One of the intruders shot at Hardin, striking him in the shoulder. Hardin fired back, striking and killing [one intruder]. The other intruder fled...."
2014-12-07 Disabled vet thwarts home break-in — "A Marine Corps veteran who served four years in Vietnam ... was watching television in his bed at 7:42 p.m. at his home.... He heard someone prying off the lock and pulling the nails to the latch out of his front door. He grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, put it in a holster on his walker and began shuffling toward the sound. He flipped a hallway light on, yelled out to announce he was armed, and yanked open the door to see two men wearing ski masks. They jumped off his porch and practically tripped over one another trying to flee...."
2014-11-20 Three armed home invaders repelled by armed homeowners — "A 62-year-old man and his 66-year-old wife were home ... the woman taking a bath.... Three men knocked on the door and then forced their way inside when the man, who didn't recognize them, tried to close the door, police said. One of the intruders was armed with a knife, another with a gun. They beat the man, who needed stitches to close a head wound, and cut his wife's hand after dragging her out of the bathtub.... The intruders then tied up the couple before searching the house for valuables, police said. At one point the robbers went outside, and the man was able to free himself and lock the front door. He and his wife then retreated to their bedroom and locked that door as well.... The bandits broke through the front door, firing a shot as they did so.... The man retrieved his own gun from a lock box and fired two shots when a pair of the bandits forced the bedroom door open.... Police believe the man hit one of the robbers, who then fled. An hour or so later in Federal Way, police were called to the scene of a dead man with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex...."
2014-11-17 Husband defends self and wife from armed group of men — "One person is recovering from a gunshot would after a shooting in Hartford on Friday night. According to Hartford Police Chief Anne Ward, the man was shot after he and group of men approached a couple as they were returning home. The group of men was allegedly armed. Police say the husband then fired one shot at a group of men, hitting one in the nose. His injuries are non-life threatening...."
2014-10-31 Man shoots neighbor's attacking pit bull — "A man shot and killed his neighbor's pit bull after he says the dog attacked him. The man, who was not identified by police, was washing his car in his driveway ... when the pit bull got out of its kennel and bit the man's foot. The same dog had bitten the man's wife in September, according to police.... He yelled for this wife to grab his gun, he kicked at the dog, and it took off running.... When the wife came back out of the house with the man's handgun the dog tried to attack again, at which time he shot it..."
2014-10-29 Elderly man kills robber who robbed and knocked wife to the ground — "A 36-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night while he was attempting to rob an elderly couple outside a Northwest Dallas grocery store, police say. The man, who has not been publicly identified, approached a man and a woman as they walked out of a grocery store and snatched a gold necklace from the woman's neck, police said.... The man knocked the woman to the ground.... The woman's husband, 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the man.... The man got in his car but died before fleeing, police said...."
2014-10-24 Armed woman deters crazed man after he violates her dog — "Police are investigating after a woman had to confront a naked man at gunpoint while he allegedly performed sexual acts on her pit bull...." [The woman fired a warning shot into the dirt and kept the man at bay as he threatened her, until police were able to arrive and arrest him.]
2014-10-15 Democrat lawmaker uses 2nd amendment rights to thwart armed robbers — "Pennsylvania state Rep. Marty Flynn (D-Luzerne) was reportedly walking home with fellow Democratic Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) on Tuesday night when they were confronted by an armed robbery suspect.... Flynn left the criminals stunned after he pulled out his own concealed handgun and opened fire. The Democrat reportedly continued to trade shots with the suspect, though no one was hit during the shootout...." [I wonder how Mr. Flynn has voted on Second Amendment issues? I sure as heck hope he votes for the Constitution, and that he is not another elitist that believes he and his privileged pals should be armed, while disarming us average folk...]
2014-10-04 Bar patron halts robbery, kills two suspects — "Just after closing around 2:30 Saturday morning, four armed men barged in at [a Texas bar] demanding money.... Instead, a customer inside the bar ... pulled out his gun and started exchanging fire with the robbers. He shot and killed two of them while the other two ran. Once the heated exchange ended, the patron left, too.... [A] longtime customer said that the patron who killed the robbers always stays until closing to walk the female bartenders to their cars. The friend said the man would never start anything, but would always protect his friends...."
2014-10-03 Brother defends family, kills two of three armed intruders — "A man opened fire on a group of home invaders inside his family's [Texas] home.... One of the suspects died at the scene while the other two fled in a getaway vehicle.... Family members told deputies that their mother was in the kitchen cooking breakfast with three young granddaughters when the armed men broke in. The woman's adult son heard the commotion from his bedroom and grabbed his gun.... The son wasted no time in shooting and killing one of the suspects.... Thankfully, none of the family members were hurt. There were eight people in the home at the time...."
2014-09-26 She shot her stalker — "A man was shot in the chest early Friday morning after trying to break into the home of a former girlfriend, according to police.... Citing the woman living at an apartment complex, [authorities] said she called officers regarding a former boyfriend kicking her door. Police said the woman fired two shots at the man once he made entry into the unit, hitting him once in the chest. The man fled from the scene and tried to hide in the area. A K-9 unit was able to locate him behind bushes... The victim ... had been sleeping with a chair in front of her door to keep her stalker out...." After the incident, the victim (the woman who was stalked, not the man who was deservedly shot — he most definitely was not a victim) posted a blog entry, and had this to say: "I'm writing this staring at the mess the police left for me, in a bit of a fog. After 6 months of stalking and threats against my life my stalker finally snapped and decided to kick my door in and make good on his promise. Out of fear, the past month I had begun sleeping with a chair propped against my front door, to give myself a few extra precious seconds in case of emergency. I shudder to think how differently things might've turned out had I not barricaded the door. I awoke around 1:15 am to the sound of the door giving way after one kick followed by the sounds of my stalker struggling to dislodge the chair while forcing his way inside. I jumped up and grabbed the gun I've learned to do everything even shower with. I stood at the top of my stairs and fired twice. Hitting him in the chest, I hear his scream, his disbelief that I'd stood up for myself.. 0 to 100 in milliseconds. I've never been so afraid in my life. I do not know if he is living, but I do know the police have him and that's what helps the most. For months of him evading the police I began to question whether he was unstoppable. Untraceable. Houdini, he would murder me and get away with it. As of now I'm in a haze of guilt, surprise, relief and disbelief. I shook as the canines drag him out from his hiding place under a bush. I survived, where so many people do not.... Those who believe there was other things to be done have never had someone tell you that you no longer deserve to draw breath and mean it. And for the 'shouldve fired a warning shot' folks: There are no warning shots, a gun is a deadly force, you only pull that trigger if you are in fear for your life and all other methods of deterring are gone. When he kicked my door in, there was no longer a deterrent preventing harm. Warning shots are dangerous and could hurt the unintended. This is not a wild west movie. That's what responsible gun ownership is."
2014-09-26 Armed food processing plant executive stops man who beheaded and stabbed workers — "The fired employee [Alton Nolen] who beheaded a woman with a knife and stabbed another person at an Oklahoma food processing plant on Friday likely would have hurt more people if it weren’t for the company’s heroic — and armed — chief operating officer, who shot and neutralized the suspect before police arrived.... [Nolen] recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. Nolen had recently converted to Islam, according to the co-workers.... Immediately after being fired, Nolen reportedly drove to the entrance of the business and started attacking co-workers at random. He allegedly beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, several times before he was shot and stopped by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer...."
2014-09-24 Eleven-year-old shoots man who was stabbing her mom — "The Oklahoma City Police Department says an 11-year-old girl shot a man who got into a fight with the child's mom at a SE OKC mobile home Wednesday morning.... Five children were inside the home when the incident happened.... 25-year-old Leonard Demon Henry broke in through the glass door and began attacking his ex-girlfriend and stabbing her.... That's when police say the victim's young daughter shot him twice. Police say when they arrived, the found him running from the home with a gun shot wound." [A stupid question for gun banners: What would the outcome have been if the young girl didn't have a gun? Her mom would be dead, and there's a good chance that some or all of the children would be dead or injured. Ban guns? You're crazy.]
2014-09-23 Armed robbers shot and killed by Gas station clerk — "Two suspects are dead and a gas station clerk injured following an attempted armed robbery at a gas station late Monday evening.... Once on scene, officers found the clerk with gunshot wounds to his legs. The gas station clerk told police three masked men entered the gas station and during the robbery attempt, gunfire was exchanged. The suspects ran out of the store, and police later found two suspects unresponsive near the shooting...."
2014-09-08 Dad at home with daughter shoots, kills intruder — "A man tried to break into a home [in Omaha, Neb.] Monday morning, police said, but ended up with a gunshot wound.... Police said the homeowner told them he went to answer the front door after someone rang the doorbell and a man was standing inside the home. That's when the homeowner opened fire, police said. A neighbor said the intruder kicked in the homeowner's door...."
2014-09-03 Widow with a gun stops attacking home invader — "Cynthia, a 47-year-old widow, realized that somebody was trying to break into her house one morning in May. She didn't panic, didn't back down and she didn't go all Rambo either. Instead, she simply defended herself and police say she did everything right. She called 911, she armed herself with a gun she knew how to use and she retreated to the bathroom, hoping that help would arrive in time but knowing that if it didn't she would just have to provide her own rescue. The 911 tape, released this morning, provides a chilling account of her encounter with Michael Lewis, who used a weeding tool to break the glass in the backyard Arcadia door of her west Phoenix home.... Lewis was hospitalized for a month. He's pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated assault and will be sentenced later this month and when he gets out, maybe he'll think twice about breaking into somebody's house. As for Cynthia, she told police that her late husband taught her how to handle her .38. Last week's Arizona gun story, about a little girl and an Uzi, made international news. I wonder if this one, about a widow and an iron will, will get equal treatment. I'm guessing not and that is a shame...."
2014-08-18 Elderly man with gun chases off crowbar-wielding burglars — "A 68-year-old man fought back after finding burglars in his home who were armed with a crowbar. The two suspects broke into the man's enclosed pool area... When [the homeowner] came face-to-face with two burglars in his screened-in pool, he grabbed his gun to protect his property.... Both burglars fled..."
2014-08-04 Elderly woman ignores 911 advice to put down her gun, frightens away intruder — "It was broad daylight, just around 2:30 in the afternoon. NJ Logan was upstairs at her Holmes Beach home off 6th Avenue.... She was resting after hip replacement surgery when she heard a noise downstairs.... In a police report, officers said the suspect used a large rock to smash the bottom glass out of the door. They then cut out the screen.... She grabbed [her gun] and went downstairs.... She yelled out warnings to whoever was downstairs.... She then called  for help.... 'When I called 911 she kept saying put the gun down. Put the gun down and I said I'll put the gun down when I see the police', she said..."
2014-06-30 Father shoots & kills man who had gun to daughter's head — An attempted home invasion turned into a murder investigation Tuesday morning.... St. Louis police say a 17 year old girl was outside of her home getting something from a car when two armed men confronted her and demanded that she return to her home. The girl's father saw the suspects walking his daughter toward the home. That`s when police say the teen's father, a 34 year old man, got his gun and fired several shots at the suspects, hitting both of them. The girl`s mother, also 34, got another gun and fired a round as well, not hitting either suspect. The first suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect ran away, got into the first suspect's car and contacted his brother to take him to the hospital.
2014-05-19 Bat-wielding mugger stopped by woman with gun — "A man was shot in South Toledo while attempting to attack a couple with a bat.... The suspect approached the woman and her boyfriend with a bat. He hit the male victim in the arm, but that’s when the woman pulled out a gun and fired twice. The suspect showed up at the University of Toledo Medical Center a short while later seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to the leg...."
2014-05-12 Homeowner with AR-15 outshoots armed home invader — "Jonathan Haith said he was sleeping in his home on Thomas Lane at around 9:45 a.m. when he heard a light knock on his backdoor. He ignored it at first. Then he heard a louder sound..... Someone kicked in the door. Haith grabbed the AR-15 rifle he keeps under his bed.... Haith said he surprised the intruder.... [The intruder shot and missed, Haith returned fire and the intruder] was struck in the stomach. He ran out of the home, and collapsed across the street in a church parking lot.... Police were also able to apprehend a man who was waiting outside in a car...."
2014-05-06 Detroit grandma shot by attackers wards them off with her own gun — "Her siblings now jokingly call her Rambo. However, Paris Ainsworth easily could have been killed. Her attackers shot her four times, but she had eight bullets for them.... It was late Saturday night when she arrived home after working a double shift. She saw two men moving closer to her as she was about to get out of her car. Before she got out, she put her .45 caliber handgun in her pocket.... He shot immediately.... She was hit three times in the side and once in the hand. It was not her shooting hand.... The two men were arrested after showing up wounded at Sinai-Grace Hospital in west Detroit, the same place where Ainsworth was being treated...."
2014-05-05 Stabbing victim shoots and kills her attacker — "Dallas police say a woman ... shot and killed a man as he stabbed her.... On Friday evening, Martin was sitting in her car, talking to an unidentified female resident. Police say the two began arguing, which prompted the woman’s husband, 52-year-old Louis Rodriguez, to come over.... Feeling uneasy, Martin placed a handgun on her lap that was inside her purse, and remained inside her vehicle. It was then that Rodriguez pulled a knife out and began stabbing Martin. In self-defense, Martin fired her handgun several times at Rodriguez, ultimately killing him...."
2014-05-04 Two burglars shot dead breaking into elderly woman's home — "Two teenage boys were killed after attempting to burglarize a home.... Sacramento Police responded to a burglary just after midnight on Sunday morning. When they arrived, they found two suspects had been shot and killed by the occupants. Neighbors said the owner is an elderly woman, who has been a victim of several burglaries since her husband passed away....[A neighbor] said the woman asked a family member to stay with her, in case she was burglarized again. We are told, her family member fired several rounds in self defense, and killed the intruders...."
2014-04-29 Recently armed woman shoots intruder — "A homeowner on Detroit's west side is thankful that she got her concealed weapons permit last year. The 50-year-old woman used it to fend off an intruder early Tuesday morning.... The woman heard someone trying to break in around 12:30 a.m. She immediately called 911 and grabbed her handgun.... The woman repeatedly warned the suspect that she had a gun. Police say the 24-year-old man used a crowbar to break a rear window at the home. After he made his way into the home, she opened fire. She was still on the phone with the 911 operator.... Police say the suspect was hit in the arm and was taken to the hospital. At last check, he was in temporarily serious condition.... This was the first break-in at the home. The woman has lived there for more than 20 years. Her brother is glad she took his advice and got a gun for protection last year."
2014-04-29 Armed good Samaritan prevents purse snatching — "A mother out with her two children to go shopping became the victim of would-be purse snatchers, but a good Samaritan armed with a gun came to the rescue.... This lady opens her car door, grabs the woman’s purse and they reverse. While they’re trying to reverse, the lady is holding on to her purse still, chasing them.... That's when a perfect stranger intervened. He happened to be in his car in the parking lot when it happened. [He] came out, drew his weapon and scared them. And that’s when he pulled them out of the car.... A few minutes later, police arrived and took the male and female suspects into custody.... No one was injured."
2014-04-15 Pizza delivery man uses gun to fight off robbers — "They messed with the wrong pizza guy. A gang of robbers attacked a pizza deliveryman just before 10:30 p.m. Monday as he brought food to a house.... In the front hallway of the house, one of the robbers, who wore a mask and had a brown hoodie pulled over his face, hit the deliveryman on the head with a hammer.... The masked man also displayed what appeared to be a gun.... But then, the deliveryman ... pulled out his own handgun and fired a shot, striking the masked man. The rest of the gang scattered...."
2014-04-07 Armed family kills home invader who ignored warning shot — "A man breaking into a [Florida] home Monday morning was shot and killed by the family living there.... It happened at a little before 7 a.m.... A mother, father, and son woke up to the sound of someone, identified by police as 40-year-old Mitchell Large, trying to get in through a porch door.... One of the family members fired a warning shot....The intruder didn't retreat.... Large made it into the kitchen. But by then,three members of the Pena family were armed...."
2014-04-04 Woman shoots and kills knife-wielding home invader — "One person is dead and a second is under arrest after a robbery early Friday morning in [Alabama] in which the homeowner fired shots. Authorities say 18-year-old Marbury resident Mikel Steven Smith of Marbury was killed when he tried to force his way into a home overnight in the Booth community.... Smith was armed with a knife when he tried to break into the home.... The female homeowner feared for her safety, and for that of her niece, when she fired several shots at the intruder.... Responding officers found Smith's body about 30 feet away from the home. He was pronounced dead...."
2014-04-04 Off-duty officer shoots, kills man stabbing another man — "An armed off-duty officer shot and killed a suspect after she walked upon a stabbing scene late Friday morning in ... downtown Dallas.... The incident began when two employees at a business on the street attempted to escort a suspicious man they discovered within a fenced in area off their property.... The suspect began attacking the male employee with a knife .... The female employee began screaming for help and called 911.... An off-duty officer, Sgt. Jackie Moore, had just parked her car ... when saw [the assailant] repeatedly stabbing the employee.... Moore said she ordered him to stop and drop his weapon. When [the assailant] continued to move towards her, she fired at the suspect....[The assailant] was pronounced dead at the scene...."
2014-03-28 Man with rifle drives off 3 armed home invaders — "A man fought back against a home invasion by three men, one of whom was shot during the violent confrontation early Friday morning.... Around 2 a.m. ... men broke into the house, and a resident inside was pistol-whipped. The victim was then able to grab a rifle and fire back at the suspects, hitting one of them in the chest. Investigators said the wounded suspect showed up at a hospital near New Castle a short time later. He was said to be in critical condition. None of the three residents of the home was hurt...."
2014-03-26 Pizza delivery driver thwarts armed robbers with gun of his own — "A Jet's Pizza delivery driver fired shots at two men who attempted to rob him Saturday night when they posed as customers.... The driver was making a delivery ... when one of the males grabbed him and the other produced a handgun and demanded his money. Police said the driver, who lawfully possesses a firearm, shot at the suspects, then fled the area and called 911. The suspects also fled the area in a waiting vehicle. One of the suspects, Clarence Sanders, 27, of Detroit, was later located at a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, and another suspect was arrested Monday night...."
2014-03-25 Fatal self-defense shooting on rise in Detroit — "A northwest Detroit homeowner on Tuesday fatally shot two men he said were trying to break into his west-side house.... Detroit has traditionally had a large percentage of the nation's justifiable homicides by citizens. In 2012, the last year for which national figures are available, there were 25 justifiable homicides in Detroit, which made up 8 percent of the 310 seen nationwide. Last year, there were 15 justifiable homicides in the city.... Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a press conference last week that in his 37-year career, he's never seen as many homeowners defending themselves by shooting intruders. Craig told The News in January he felt the crime rate could be lowered if more good Americans were armed, because he said criminals would think twice about attacking...."
2014-03-25 Armed customer stops man stabbing home depot security officer — "A customer with a handgun stopped a shoplifting suspect from slashing a security officer with a contaminated needle and syringe outside a Home Depot store in Roseville, police said.... Joshua J. Silva, 26, was arrested a short time after the incident.... Silva began to fight with store loss prevention officers in the parking lot when they tried to apprehend him for stuffing a $179 battery-powered drill under his coat. Silva pulled a concealed syringe from his jacket and used it as a weapon, swinging it around in a slashing motion.... A customer with a concealed pistol license saw the fight, pulled out his handgun and told Silva to drop the syringe and get on the ground. Silva stopped fighting and sat down in the parking lot...."
2014-03-17 Recently armed coffee shop owner frightens off burglar — "After the third robbery in a month Sunday night, the owner of Spokane's Jitterz Java on Northwest Boulevard has had enough and says the next person to try may end up face to face with a gun. Sara Chapel says some of her employees are already bringing their own guns to work, no matter what shift they are working. But after Sunday, they were will always be a gun at the coffee stand. In the most recent burglary, a man aggressively tried to open a window at the stand and appeared to have a gun. The barista kept the window locked, grabbed her gun and called police. The man took off before police arrived...."
2014-03-17 Homeowner shoots, kills intruder — "A Missoula man was shot and killed early Monday while he was apparently burglarizing a residence northwest of Corvallis.... The resident reported that he was awakened by noises in and around the house shortly before 4 a.m. When the resident went to investigate, he found a man climbing through a window that had just been broken. When the resident ordered the intruder not to move, the man turned toward him. The resident was armed with a handgun and shot the intruder, who then jumped back through the broken window and ran away from the house. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found the man lying on the ground a short distance from the house. Paramedics rendered aid immediately, but the intruder could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene...."
2014-03-14 Houston man kills intruder, frightens off accomplice — "A man fought back against two intruders, fatally shooting one of them at his north Harris County apartment, according to deputies.... [The] man, who lives in a third floor apartment, says he was asleep when he heard something at the front door and went to investigate. He told sheriff's deputies at least two men then forced their way inside the apartment. He then confronted the two suspects and fired his weapon several times. One of the suspects died at the scene. The other fled the scene...."
2014-03-06 Son with a gun subdues intruder and saves elderly mom — "A man accused of trying to rob an elderly Seymour woman, only to have the victim's son hold a gun to his head, has been charged. Kenny Guffey said he was driving home from work around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday when he called is 83-year-old mother, Christine Guffey. 'We were talking probably ten minutes and then all of the sudden her voice panicked and she said, 'What are you doing in my house, oh no, he's got a knife. What are you doing with the knife?'' said Guffey. Luckily, Guffey was only two minutes away from her Balsam Road home. When he got there, he went inside with his gun drawn.... Guffey said the intruder used the shovel to knock his gun out of his hand. He said he then tackled the man and got his gun back while his mother called 911...."
2014-03-06 Detroit homeowner shoots & kills one of two intruders -- "Thursday afternoon a Detroit homeowner fatally shot an intruder. A second intruder was also at the scene but ran away and is still being sought by police. Police say the homeowner heard glass break around 12:30 p.m., ran to the back of his house and saw a person climbing in the window, so he grabbed his gun and fired. Police say the 17-year-old suspect then collapsed on the driveway, appearing to have died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect is in his 20s....'It's a message to the criminals - stop coming in to people's homes unannounced and uninvited. Crime no longer pays in the city of Detroit,' says Dep. Chief Rodney Johnson of the Detroit Police Department...."
2014-03-05 Mom holds man at gunpoint who had sex with underage daughter — "A Fort Mill [South Carolina] mom ... caught her 15-year-old daughter having sex with a [23-year-old] man who ... claimed to be a teenager. The mother held him at gunpoint until Sheriff's Deputies arrived. Around 3:30 Sunday morning, she noticed an unfamiliar car in her driveway.... She says she sent her oldest daughter to check the home and when she did, she found Addison Pittman in one of her bathrooms. The mother quickly grabbed a BB gun.... She held up Pittman until Sheriff Deputies arrived. At first, the mother thought Pittman was a burglar until her 15-year-old daughter revealed she invited the man over to have sex...."
2014-02-19 Homeowner shoots burglar in groin — "Officers charged David R. Miles Jr, 30, of Dyersburg [Tennessee], with aggravated burglary after he was found by officers with a single gunshot wound to his groin on Hull Street. Police said Miles was shot by a resident of the apartment complex while he was allegedly breaking in through their window...."
2014-02-18 Mom defending children fires at home invaders — "A Detroit mother opened fire Monday night when three suspects broke into her home. Surveillance cameras caught it all.... When she heard the door to her home on Woodrow Wilson being kicked in, she immediately warned the three teenage intruders and then opened fire.... One of the teens dropped a handgun on his way out the door. He then tried to get back inside the house a second time, but was again met with gunfire. Once again, he took off and all three were arrested shortly after the incident by Detroit Police...."
2014-02-17 Robbery victim rescued by armed off-duty officer — "An off-duty police officer came to the rescue of a robbery victim last night on Houston's north side, and he ended up killing the suspect....Police Department veteran C. Rodriguez was out of uniform and in his own pickup truck with a passenger when he noticed two men hiding behind a dumpster outside a convenience store. That's when HPD says the off-duty officer saw the two men jump out and start beating a man who was walking out of the store with groceries. According to police, Rodriguez opened his window and ordered the suspects to stop. Officials said one of them responded by showing his gun and walking toward the officer, so Rodriguez shot him. The wounded suspect ran to a neighboring house where he collapsed and died. Police said they recovered a pistol at the scene. Police arrested the second suspect...."
2014-02-16 Off-duty officer stops armed man in restaurant — "An off-duty police officer is being called a hero after he confronted an armed suspect who pulled out a gun in a busy restaurant. His valiant efforts may have saved a lot of lives.... Things were fine until suddenly an argument started at the bar. Police say it escalated and a man pulled a loaded gun out and started pointing it at patrons.... That’s when off-duty officer Joe Silva, who was there eating with his family, took action.... Drawing his own weapon, Silva led the man out of the restaurant and managed to take away his weapon, say police. Silva then held the man at gunpoint until more officers arrived and arrested the man. "
2014-02-14 Seventy-six year old's gun trumps hoodlum's stun gun — "A 76-year-old South Carolina man fatally shot a robbery suspect who assaulted him in his own driveway.... Sunday's incident wasn't the first time he was robbed.Neighbors of the 76-year-old said criminal activity is becoming commonplace on their street and in their town and are glad the man took action.... The homeowner told them he was exiting the house and walking toward his car when the suspect attempted to fire at him with a stun gun or taser...."
2014-02-13 Armed shop owner shoots, frightens off burglars — "Burglary suspects came face to face with a businessman who was not going to become a victim. A deputy constable and a store owner both fired their guns at the two suspects who tried to break in to a northeast Harris County (Houston) store. The suspected burglars are now behind bars. They made a brief attempt to run away even after being hit by a bullet...."
2014-02-11 Off-duty officer uses firearm to thwart robbery — "A gun pointed at his gut, the off-duty sheriff's sergeant digs through his pockets with his left hand, fumbling for money, as the three robbers surround him at the Far South Side (Chicago) gas station. The sergeant is surer with his right hand, quickly drawing his own gun and firing point-blank. The gunman, 16, drops at his feet as the two others scatter, according to surveillance video that captured the robbery...."
2014-02-06 Woman with shotgun foils home invasion — "Detectives say two male hispanics broke into a home on the 10500 block of Blythe Ave. in Cheviot Hills. The burglars got inside the home through the garage. They were able to steal several items while the homeowners slept through it all. The men hit a second home about 40 yards away on the 2400 block of Patricia Ave. That's when their luck ran out. As they tried to gain access to the home, 59-year-old Carla came out with her shotgun.... She fired once toward the ground ... just to scare them off. It worked. The two suspects ran back to a white sedan and drove off...."
2014-02-01 Man on crutches defends daughter and home from two intruders — "A 44-year-old man on crutches fatally shot one of two intruders who came charging at him Friday morning in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, according to police.... The 44-year-old homeowner was sleeping when his frightened 18-year-old daughter woke him up, then told him that she heard noises and thought someone was breaking into the apartment behind theirs, according to a police report.... At first she thought the noise was a heater in that apartment but after she heard something fall, she locked the door that separates the two residences, the report said. The man ... did not see anyone at first, so he returned to his bedroom to get his gun. When he went back to the rear apartment, he saw two intruders charging towards him so he shot at them, according to the report. Both burglars stopped, turned around and ran back towards the back door, but one of them collapsed and fell to the floor. Two men were seen running away and yelling gang slogans...."
2014-01-31 Armed neighbors apprehend burglars — "Residents of a ... neighborhood took law enforcement matters into their own hands, holding a burglary suspect at gunpoint until lawmen could arrive.... Neighbors had seen three men trying to break into [a] home, and confronted them. All three ran away, but neighbors chased them into nearby woods. They managed to hold one of them, a 17-year-old, at gunpoint. Two others fled on foot but were captured more than a mile away...."
2014-01-21 Homeowner's son shoots and kills burglar — "A man suspected of burglarizing a homeowner ... was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by the homeowners son. The homeowner woke up to see a man burglarizing his pickup truck that was parked in his front yard. He approached the man with a rifle, intending to hold him until law enforcement could arrive, but the man fled the scene.... The homeowner fired at the man and then noticed a truck parked in the dark near the roadway, which he believed belonged to the man so he got in the truck and took the keys out of the ignition to prevent him from leaving the scene. The man confronted the homeowner and disarmed him, assaulting him with the rifle, authorities said. The homeowner's son saw the man raising the rifle and, fearing the man was about to shoot his father, shot the suspect, killing him instantly...."
2014-01-06 — Man uses AK-47 to defend against 3 armed intruders — "Two home invasion suspects are on the run and a third was fatally shot by a South Florida resident who fought back against the armed intruders with an AK-47 Thursday night, police said.... Three armed men entered the apartment and pistol-whipped the resident inside, police said. He then confronted the suspects...."
2014-01-02 Ninety-year-old armed laundromat owner chases off robber — "A man came into R&J Laundromat on Monday afternoon and demanded money from the owner, George Hicks, 90. Hicks grabbed his gun and chased the robber out the door and then called 911. Hicks said this isn't the first time he has been targeted. In 2010, he was beat up and robbed inside his business...."
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.