Early one December morning, the Vance County, North Carolina dispatcher received a 911 call from a teenage girl reporting that she was hiding in a closet. Intruders had smashed the glass out of the back door and were downstairs, and her 14-year-old brother was guarding the upstairs hallway with a shotgun.
When a 76-year-old Hampton, Virginia man heard the sounds of a break-in, he called 911. Officers arrived and took a report, and a cursory search turned up a broken window but no burglar. Police then left the building to search the surrounding area, while the homeowner, an Army veteran, grabbed his own handgun and continued to search the premises.
Although the hospital in suburban Dandy, Pennsylvania had a “No Guns” policy, the psychiatrist who worked there had no illusions about how ineffective signs are at stopping evildoers. Therefore he discreetly ignored his employer’s policy and carried a small pocket pistol to the office every day.
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.
A quiet Sunday morning backyard brunch in suburban Tuscaloosa, Alabama was interrupted when the homeowner and his wife found themselves accosted on their own patio by a machete-wielding intruder who demanded money and valuables. A scuffle broke out as the man tried to defend himself against the masked interloper, while his wife ran to a neighboring residence to dial 911.