Expensive fighting blade or cheap kitchen knife: either can be dangerous in the hands of a determined attacker. Remember, your gun does not make you knifeproof.


A Chino Hills, California homeowner heard that his daughter’s ex-boyfriend had forced entry into their home and was believed to be hiding in the garage early one Wednesday morning. Arming himself with a handgun, the homeowner headed toward the garage to investigate the intrusion, only to be ambushed inside his own home by the invader. In the ensuing scuffle, the intruder stabbed the homeowner multiple times before the homeowner successfully ended his attack with pistol fire.

Police responded to the 911 call and arrested the home invader. Both the homeowner and his assailant were hospitalized. The attacker was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and burglary.

Source: Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California


A former police officer was working behind the counter of her vitamin and health supplement store one afternoon when a man entered the little shop and barged behind the counter. Brandishing a knife at the proprietor, the robber hurled the cash register to the floor, smashing it, and proceeded to scoop up the scattered money. When he finished, he stood up and put the knife against the storeowner’s chest, whereupon she produced a pistol and shot him once, killing him.

Responding officers said the armed robber was no stranger to the justice system, had a long rap sheet, and had only recently been released from prison. When asked if her former police training helped her survive the incident, the storeowner told reporters, “I think it didn’t hurt.”

Source: WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


When a Coalville, Iowa man answered the knocking on his front door shortly after 0600 one Sunday morning, an intruder confronted him on his front porch, produced a knife and tried to force his way into the house. Stabbed in the neck and bleeding profusely, the homeowner opened fire with his handgun, hitting his assailant three times in the torso. The intruder stumbled back off the porch and into his car and drove off.

He managed to drive five miles before police found him. The intruder was airlifted to a hospital and awaits trial, while the homeowner was also hospitalized for his injury. The county sheriff said robbery was the likely motive and that the homeowner acted in self-defense.

Source: KCCI-TV, Des Moines, Iowa


A 62-year-old Centralia, Washington man and his girlfriend were in their living room at 0730 on a Friday morning when an apparently intoxicated man armed with a knife let himself in through an unlocked sliding glass door. While the homeowner grabbed a shotgun and demanded the intruder leave, his girlfriend called 911. Instead, the man pushed the homeowner down the porch steps into the yard, grabbed a machete and tried to re-enter the home. At that point, the homeowner struck the assailant over the head with his shotgun and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

The intruder was treated for minor head injuries at a local hospital before being booked on suspicion of burglary. The sheriff reminded people to lock their doors and have a plan for these scenarios.

Source: KOMO-TV, Seattle, Washington

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