If something goes bump in the night, what will you grab?
In the pre-dawn darkness of a January night in San Antonio, a homeowner heard an insistent knocking at his front door and went downstairs to investigate. Prudently, he armed himself before opening the door to find a stranger on the porch, demanding to be let in to use the phone, with only a screen door between them.
When the homeowner didn’t open the screen door, the shadowy figure on the front porch suddenly produced a firearm and fired through the door, hitting the resident with two of what reports indicate were at least six shots. The homeowner fired back three times, causing his assailant to flee. Police searched for the attacker but had not found him at press time.
SOURCE: KENS-TV, San Antonio, Texas, 1/5/16
Did You Ever Have That Feeling…?
A 65-year-old Manchester, NH woman stopped for gas on the way home from work and thought it suspicious that, after leaving the station, a car pulled up quickly behind her at a traffic light and followed her home. She parked as close to the entrance of her apartment building as she could, but when she was feet from the door, a shadowy figure in a hoodie leapt from the following car and got between her and the door to her building.
As the assailant reached for her, the woman, 4’11” and 105 pounds, pulled a pistol from her coat pocket and fired once, hitting her attacker in the chest. The would-be robber, a 5’11” 200-pound 23-year-old man, crumpled to the ground. His accomplice dragged the robber into the getaway car and transported him to the hospital, where he was arrested. “Last night was the first time I ever shot that gun in all the time I’ve owned it,” the woman told local reporters.
SOURCE: WMUR-TV, Manchester, New Hampshire, 1/6/16
Defending Her Castle
When three masked men with guns forced their way into her Trotwood, Ohio home in the wee hours of the morning, the homeowner defended herself and her four children with the ferocity of a mama bear.
Dodging away from the intruders, who’d been holding her at gunpoint while trying to steal a safe, she pulled a pistol from a dresser drawer and opened fire. The threesome fled, but her fire had taken effect, as responding police officers found one of the robbers dead on a neighbor’s lawn.
SOURCE: WDTN-TV, Dayton, Ohio, 12/28/15
A man and woman pulled into their driveway in Corpus Christi, Texas. As they parked their car, they were approached by an armed robber brandishing a pistol and demanding the driver’s wallet. The driver, a 69-year-old man with a valid license to carry a handgun, pulled his own pistol and fired on the holdup man, hitting him.
The driver then held the 23-year-old gunman for police, who took the would-be robber to the hospital. He will face arrest as soon as he’s discharged. Police told reporters no charges are expected to be filed against the driver.
SOURCE: Caller Times, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1/7/16