True Stories — August/September 2018

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Break It Up! Illinois Gun Owner Uses AR-15 to Stop Knife Attack

Hearing an altercation outside his apartment, a Chicago man looked out his door to see several men, one of whom was armed with a knife and another bleeding from a knife wound, in a fight in the building’s hallway. The resident retrieved his legally owned AR-15 and confronted the men, ordering them to stop. The assailant fled the scene, only to be captured by police later. The stabbing victim was hospitalized for his wounds.

MRCTV.org

 

North Carolina Man Holds Burglar at Gunpoint for Police

Hearing his usually quiet dog barking in his residence at about 7:30 one Sunday morning, an Iredell man saw an unknown man in the outdoor sunroom trying to enter. Fearing for the safety of his fiancee and two daughters and still in his underwear, the homeowner took up a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle and confronted the intruder. On the homeowner’s demand, the intruder stopped trying to break into the house and remained passive while the resident called the police. The burglar was later charged with breaking and entering, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and resisting an officer.

The Statesville Record & Landmark, North Carolina

 

California Man Shoots Home Invader

An early morning noise in a Stockton house prompted the resident to take up a gun when he went to investigate. Finding a strange man in his home, the homeowner confronted the intruder, who threatened the owner and his family. Fearing for his life, the homeowner shot the intruder, who later died of his wounds. Police reported the incident to be a case of self-defense.

KCRA-TV Channel 3, Stockton, California

 

North Carolina Homeowner Stops Armed Robbery

A Raleigh homeowner was accosted by two armed men who demanded money. Responding with his own gun, the homeowner shot both robbers during a brief exchange of gunfire that left one robber dead and the other seriously wounded. The homeowner’s 11-year-old son was also seriously injured in the incident.

ABC 11-TV, Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Florida Homeowner Fights Off Assailants

A Hudson man was accosted at his home by several men who yelled at him and broke several of his windows. The homeowner called police, then took up a gun and ordered the men to leave. When one of the group charged him, the homeowner fired several shots at the attacker, hitting him once and putting all to flight.

WFLA-TV Channel 8, Tampa, Florida

 

New Mexico Man Defends Against Knife-Wielding Burglar

At about 9 one morning, when an Albuquerque couple went to check on a house they were preparing to sell, they found an unknown man had broken into the property. A scuffle broke out between the property owner’s boyfriend and the burglar, during which the burglar drew a knife and slashed at the boyfriend’s face. That’s when the boyfriend drew his legally carried pistol and fired on the burglar, wounding him, and held him for police. The shooter, who was defending himself, is facing no charges, while the assailant is facing charges of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

KOB-TV Channel 4, Albuquerque

 

Washington State Homeowner Foils Burglary

A Ferndale homeowner armed himself with a pistol when he went to investigate a loud banging noise around his home at 2 a.m. He found a window broken on his garage and a strange man nearby. The intruder promptly surrendered at the sight of the homeowner, who held the invader at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him on burglary and malicious mischief charges.

MyFerndaleNews.com, Washington

 

North Carolina Man Defends Against Unprovoked Knife Attack

A Lenoir County man was checking his dog pens one day when his neighbor attacked him with a knife, badly slashing his side. The wounded man fired a shot that failed to stop his attacker. After being slashed a second time, the victim fired again, wounding the assailant in the shoulder and finally driving him off. Responding police arrested the attacker, whom witnesses described as being mentally unstable.

WITN.com, Greenville, North Carolina

 

Utah Man Fights Back Against Home Invader

A Salt Lake City man was at home one evening when an acquaintance kicked in the front door of his residence and attacked him. The resident quickly retrieved a gun from a back room and shot the intruder, hitting him in the leg and ending the attack. Investigators said the shooting was in self-defense.

KSL.com, Salt Lake City

 

Texas Liquor Store Clerk Shoots Attacker

An acquaintance of a San Antonio liquor store employee came to the store and started an argument. When things turned hostile, the employee told the man repeatedly to back away. Rather than comply, the instigator cornered the employee and disregarded repeated demands to back off. At that point, cornered and fearing for his life, the employee drew a pistol and fired on the assailant, killing him. Police said the shooter would not face charges for the self-defense shooting.

KENS-TV Channel 5, San Antonio

 

Wisconsin CCW Holder Stops Early Morning Carjacking

A 21-year-old man held a 24-year-old Milwaukee concealed carry permit holder at gunpoint in a carjacking attempt. Fortunately, the concealed carrier was armed, and he used his pistol to defend himself by firing on the robber, killing him. The shooter stayed at the scene, cooperated with investigators and voluntarily gave them a statement. His assailant, despite his youth, was already a felon twice over for felony battery and burglary.

Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee