July 10, 2012
A criminal in Tulsa, Okla. crashed a stolen tow truck into an occupied suv and fled the scene as police were on their way. The thief then broke into a nearby home, only to be confronted by an armed homeowner. The homeowner opened fire on the home invader, striking the burglar in both legs and incapacitating him until police could arrive. Police pieced together the two incidents and brought the criminal to a nearby hospital, where after release he will face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an injury accident and first-degree burglary.
This wasn’t the home invader’s first brush with law enforcement. An investigation revealed that the criminal has several prior convictions, which include grand larceny, possessing a stolen vehicle and pointing a gun.
July 6, 2012
Vance T. Taylor was at home with his family in Idaho Falls, Idaho when the family dog alerted him to an intruder in the home’s bathroom. As his daughter called police, Taylor retrieved a gun and ordered the criminal to stay put. Disobeying the order, the home invader charged at Taylor, at which point Taylor opened fire, striking the criminal twice in the leg. The intruder fled the scene, but was captured a short time later at a nearby home.
July 3, 2012
A homeowner was upstairs in his Tacoma, Wash. house when he heard a suspicious noise and shouted to see if someone was downstairs. A man replied, identifying himself as a police officer, which lured the homeowner downstairs. Once downstairs, the homeowner was confronted by two home invaders, one of whom immediately threw a hatchet at him. The home invader missed, allowing the homeowner time to retrieve a shotgun and shoot one of the criminals. The burglars fled the scene, but the wounded intruder was captured when he sought medical attention at a local hospital.
Criminals of the Pacific Northwest beware; the incident marked the second armed citizen shooting in Tacoma in just over a week.
June 28, 2012
A husband and wife were at home asleep with their three young children in their Santa Rosa, Calif. home when the family dogs alerted them to an intruder. The wife went to investigate and found a burglar outside dismantling a window screen in an attempt to get into the home. The wife alerted her husband, who retrieved a gun, confronted the criminal and detained him until police could arrive. When police took the burglar into custody they discovered he was carrying a 2-foot length of pipe, for which he was charged with being in possession of a dangerous weapon.
June 27, 2012
A man entered a Subway restaurant in Vallejo, Calif., ordered a sandwich and then pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. A 25-year-old concealed carry permit holder witnessed the robbery and confronted the criminal with his gun drawn. Not prepared for armed resistance, the robber fled the scene.
June 25, 2012
Shortly after chaining her pet Chihuahua outside her home in Victoria, Texas, a woman noticed a stray pit bull attacking her pet. When the woman tried to intervene, the pit bull charged her, forcing her into the house. Once inside, the woman notified her son, who retrieved a shotgun and attempted to save the small dog. When the pit bull charged the son, he fired, killing the stray. The woman and her son were not harmed during the incident; however, the Chihuahua did not survive.
June 20, 2012
A homeowner was at his house in Tacoma, Wash. when he spotted a burglar climbing through a window. After calling 911, the homeowner retrieved a shotgun and fired at the criminal, striking him in the face. The intruder fled the home, but collapsed in a nearby street. When authorities arrived, the criminal was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to survive.
In an interview with local media, Mark Fulghum of Tacoma Police was supportive of the homeowner’s actions, stating, “If you’re in fear for your safety or the safety of your family, friends or others, you have the right to protect yourself or protect them.”
June 15, 2012
The owner of the Classic Cash check-cashing business in Athens, Ga. was opening a side door to let an employee inside, when he saw a hooded man rush towards the door. The owner locked the door before the hooded man could get inside, retrieved a pistol and went to investigate. Upon opening the side door, the owner noticed the criminal go into one of the business' storage rooms. After warning the robber that he was armed, the owner saw the criminal come out of the storage area wielding a gun, at which point the owner opened fire. The gunman was struck twice, ending the attempted robbery.
In an interview with local media Athens-Clarke Capt. Clarence Holeman described the shooting as a case of self-defense. An investigation revealed the robber to be a convicted felon and police suspect he may have been involved in another nearby robbery.
June 12, 2012
A man armed with a knife entered Justice Coins in New Port Richey, Fla. and stabbed owner Wayne Justice while attempting to rob the store. Despite his wounds, Justice was able to retrieve a firearm and shoot the attacker. The criminal fled, but collapsed just outside the store and later died after being taken to a local hospital.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office officials made clear that they do not expect Justice to face charges and indicated that the store owner is a Right-to-Carry permit holder. Law enforcement officials also noted that the deceased robber had been arrested for robbery in 2007, was on felony probation and had a warrant out for his arrest at the time of his death.
June 11, 2012
An armed robber entered the Stockton Pharmacy in Stockton, Calif., demanded money from the pharmacist and then ordered the worker to the ground. The pharmacist responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, who immediately fled to a getaway vehicle. It wasn’t immediately clear if the criminal was struck by the gunfire, but a man with a gunshot wound was discovered by police in another part of Stockton a short time later.
In an interview with local media, Stockton police Det. Joe Silva noted that the pharmacist’s actions were appropriate.
June 8, 2012
Michelle Horton was asleep in the North Port, Fla. home where she lives with her two sons, when she was awakened by the family dog. Horton got up to investigate and spotted a burglar inside the home. After retrieving a gun, Horton followed the criminal to the back yard, where she confronted the man and his waiting accomplice. One of the burglars ran upon seeing the gun, but the other refused to leave. Horton warned the intruder twice, before firing a shot that struck the criminal in the leg and caused him to flee.
In an interview with local media, Horton had encouraging words for women seeking to exercise their right to self-defense, stating, “I know a lot of women say, ‘Oh no, I’m too scared to shoot him.’ But when you’re threatened, you won’t be so scared.” Horton also had a warning for the intruders should they try to come back, noting, “This time he won’t get wounded. This time will be for real.”
June 5, 2012
A clerk was alone inside the Atlantis Corner convenience store in Huntsville, Ala. when an armed criminal entered and demanded cash. The clerk responded by retrieving a gun and shooting the robber, who then fled the scene. The wounded criminal was captured by police a short time later, but died before reaching a hospital.
Police suspect the criminal was involved in several other recent convenience store robberies. An investigation revealed the robber to have a 2005 conviction on a third-degree robbery charge for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
May 30, 2012
Mangal and Kulbier Singh were tending to the Four Oaks Market convenience store in Del Paso, Calif. when two masked and armed men entered the store. One of the criminals grabbed Kulbier, put a gun to his head and dragged him down an aisle, while the other demanded money from Mangal. Mangal responded to the robbery by retrieving a revolver and firing it at his attacker, causing him to flee. At the same time, Kulbier fought off his attacker and wrested control of the gun away from him. The Singh brothers then held the remaining robber until police could arrive.
May 25, 2012
A pair of men entered the Creative Hair Masters barber shop in Enterprise, Ala. and asked the staff for haircuts. One of the men then drew a gun and ordered the owner of the shop to hand over cash and jewelry. The owner responded by retrieving a gun and shooting the armed criminal in the thigh, incapacitating the robber and causing his accomplice to flee.
May 23, 2012
65-year-old Jerry Springer’s storage business in Tulsa, Okla. has been the target of at least a dozen burglaries since January 2012, when he underwent triple bypass surgery. So when Springer was alerted by a friend to yet another break-in at the facility, he grabbed a gun and went to investigate.
When Springer arrived he spotted a pair of thieves pilfering cables and auto parts from one of the storage trailers. Springer confronted the criminals and held them at gunpoint until police could arrive.
In an interview with local media, Springer made clear how upset he was with the thieves, stating, “I’ve earned what I got and I’m tired of people stealing it.” Springer went on to warn any would-be burglars, saying, “When they get in that yard I think it's second degree, that’s 2 to 4 years; if you get caught by me that may be an eternity.”
May 21, 2012
A Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune was at home with his family in Jacksonville, N.C., when a naked man, who was high on drugs, started walking up and down the street shouting that he was on a “bad trip.” After the family turned on a porch light, the naked man approached the Marine’s house and began demanding that the Marine and his wife let him inside. The Marine refused, locked the door, and retrieved a 1911 pistol. At first, the crazed man tried to knock down the front door, but he eventually moved on to a nearby screened window, which he punched out and dove through headfirst. The Marine responded by shooting and killing the home invader.
After reviewing the case, District Attorney David Lee announced, “The occupants of the residence were justified in using deadly force against [the intruder] because the actions of [the intruder] caused the occupants to reasonably believe it necessary to use deadly force to protect their lives.”
May 16, 2012
Doug Snarski and his girlfriend, Christina Lewis, were in Snarski’s Spokane, Wash. home at around 12:30 a.m., when an intruder armed with a shotgun and handgun broke in. Snarski immediately knew who was responsible; several hours earlier he and Lewis had acquired a restraining order against Lewis’ ex-boyfriend following a string of threats.
After retrieving a pistol, Snarski called 911, positioned himself at the top of the home’s staircase, warned the criminal that he was armed and ordered him to leave. The criminal refused, firing the shotgun and pistol up the stairs towards the couple. Snarski returned fire, mortally wounding the home invader. Neither Snarski or Lewis were injured during the attack.
Local law enforcement officials have praised Snarski’s actions, with Deputy Craig Chamberlin of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office stating, “His quick thinking most definitely saved both him and his girlfriend’s lives… He handled it perfect, from getting a restraining order to maintaining composure in an extremely stressful situation.” In a media interview following the incident, Snarski shared some advice, remarking, “I believe everyone should have some kind of pistol for their own protection, for your own safety… If I didn’t think like that I wouldn’t be here right now.”
May 15, 2012
A group of four campers were having breakfast in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, when a mountain lion came upon the camp and attacked one of the camper’s dogs. The campers rushed to the dog’s defense, with one hitting the lion over the head with a skillet until another camper could dispatch the animal with a pistol.
Following the incident, the group notified the Arizona Game and Fish Department, who sent wildlife officials to bring the body to a lab for testing. Tests revealed the mountain lion to be rabid.
May 10, 2012
84-year-old Korean War veteran Fred Ricciutti and his wife were at home in Elizabeth Township, Pa., when at around 4:30 a.m. a man armed with a screwdriver and stun gun broke in through a kitchen window. Upon hearing the intrusion, Ricciutti retrieved a Luger pistol he carried during the war and went to investigate. When he found the home invader, Ricciutti ordered the criminal to halt, but when the intruder turned, Ricciutti fired, grazing the man in the back of the neck and causing him to flee. A short time later police captured the burglar a few blocks from Ricciutti’s house.
When asked by local media if the home invader had picked the wrong target, Ricciutti replied, “I think he probably might have.”
May 8, 2012
Pastor Anthony Jobe was at home in Fort Worth, Texas, when a man rang his doorbell and then attempted to break in through a side door. Upon discovering the criminal, Jobe retrieved a gun and fired at the intruder, striking him and causing him to flee. The criminal was captured a short time later when he sought medical attention for his wounds. The intruder’s injuries have been reported as non-life-threatening.
When interviewed by local media, Jobe stated, “That’s unfortunate, shooting pastor, I know… I shoot more as a hobby and I like to go to the gun range, but this is unfortunate that this happened like this, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your family.”
May 3, 2012
An armed robber entered a jewelry store in Chicago, Ill. and began pilfering the shop while holding the owner, 66-year-old stroke victim George Layous, his wife and two young grandchildren at gunpoint. The robber showed no mercy, pushing Mr. Layous to the ground and taking a purse and necklace from Mr. Layous’ 4-year-old granddaughter. After rounding up what he wanted, the criminal attempted to erase the store’s surveillance video, giving Mr. Layous an opportunity to act. In Arabic, Mr. Layous told his wife to retrieve the .380-caliber pistol he keeps in the store. Once armed, Mr. Layous shot the criminal in the leg, incapacitating him and ending the robbery.
Following the incident, Mr. Layous exhibited pity towards his aggressor, telling local media, “I am very, very sorry for him.” Mr. Layous’ son Joseph told an interviewer that he is trying to help his children understand what happened and is making sure to stress to them that “not all guns are bad.”
April 30, 2012
A crazed man entered a Smith’s grocery store in Salt Lake City, Utah, purchased a knife, exited the store and began stabbing nearby customers while yelling “you killed my people.” The criminal viciously attacked two patrons before a man with a Right-to-Carry permit arrived on the scene, drew his gun and ordered the attacker to drop the knife. The criminal complied, which allowed other bystanders to subdue the attacker until police could arrive.
Salt Lake City Police have hailed the armed citizen as a hero who likely saved lives, with Lt. Brian Purvis noting, “This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time.” An investigation revealed that the knife-wielding man has a lengthy criminal record with convictions for criminal trespass, attempted aggravated assault, attempted aggravated assault on a police officer and sexual battery and lewdness. The attacker’s latest stint in jail occurred less than a week before the rampage, after he was arrested for joyriding and possessing false identification.
April 24, 2012
Shortly after dropping off her grandson at her daughter’s house in Macon, Ga., 57-year-old Lulu Campbell’s car was approached by two men, who ordered her to hand over money. Campbell pretended she had no money, but one of the criminals warned, “You don’t open the door, I’ll shoot you.” Refusing to open the door, Campbell replied, “You’re gonna kill me anyway no matter what.” The robber then fired through the window at Campbell, at which point Campbell retrieved a gun and returned fire, striking one of the criminals and causing both to flee. Police later captured the wounded robber, who is expected to survive his injuries.
Campbell believes the pair followed her from one of the several convenience stores she owns and has made clear she is prepared to defend all of her stores, keeping at least one gun at each. In an interview with local media, Campbell told reporters “I always carry a gun, 24 hours, 7 days a week,” and went on to note that she owns more guns than she can count.
April 19, 2012
Shortly after 4 a.m., a Santa Barbara, Calif. homeowner heard a knock on his front door and a man outside it mumbling about money. The homeowner ordered the person to leave. Undeterred, the trespasser moved to another part of the home and attempted to break in through a set of glass doors. After retrieving an M-1 carbine, the homeowner fired a warning shot. When the criminal persisted, the homeowner fired again, striking the intruder in the leg.
An investigation revealed that the would-be home invader had attempted to break into another nearby house before he met resistance from the resident.
April 17, 2012
A homeowner, who had been the victim of a burglary the day before, was at his house in Renton, Wash. when there was a knock at the door. Shortly after the knock, the homeowner heard someone inside the home, retrieved a gun and waited upstairs. When the home invader approached the homeowner’s position, the homeowner fired three times, causing the intruder to flee.
When interviewed by local media, the homeowner had a message for would-be criminals, stating, “They need to watch out. They need to stop what they are doing. If they want to earn some money, find a job… They are playing with life or death for them.”
April 11, 2012
A man in Charlotte, N.C. was at home when he noticed a car pulling into his driveway and dropping someone off. The resident continued watching as the person who was dropped off went to the back of the house and attempted to kick in the door. After retrieving a firearm, the resident warned the attempted home invader that the house was occupied. When the criminal continued trying to break in, the homeowner fired a round through the door, striking and killing the would-be intruder. A short time after the incident, police captured the criminal’s getaway driver. She has been charged with attempted breaking and entering.
The community has expressed support for the armed citizen, with neighbor Etta Nash stating, “You’ve gotta suffer the consequences because people are tired of people taking what they don’t work hard to get,” while neighbor Maynard Dutton added, “Can’t blame the guy… What would anybody do?” The District Attorney’s Office has made clear that there will be no charges filed against the resident.
April 9, 2012
A homeowner in Toledo, Ohio was awakened by his wife at around 1 a.m. after she noticed someone turning the lights on and off in their bedroom. After retrieving a gun, the homeowner went to investigate, came upon a home invader and shot him. The criminal was struck twice and is recovering at a local hospital.
The homeowner’s child was also in the house at the time of the incident. The armed citizen credits the child’s safety to the family emergency plan he and his wife prepared for just such situations, and encourages other families to take the time to prepare their own.
April 6, 2012
A retired police officer was asleep in his Puyallup, Wash. home, when a group of four burglars, one armed with a crowbar, broke in. Upon becoming aware of the burglary, the homeowner retrieved a gun and fired on the criminals, causing them to flee.
A short time later, police were contacted when a man showed up at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. The wounded criminal did not survive, but police were able to track down his two accomplices that had dropped him off. A search of their vehicle uncovered stolen property, leading police to believe that the group is responsible for a string of burglaries.
Police have been supportive of the homeowner’s use of force, with Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ed Troyer stating, “At this point, if people enter your house and they’re armed with a crowbar – if you’re out doing burglaries and doing that – there’s a strong chance you’re going to get shot. People are able to defend their lives and their homes.”
April 4, 2012
Owner Keidi Hindi was in a back room of the Court Street Express convenience store in Syracuse, N.Y., when an armed robber entered and demanded money from the clerk, Hindi’s son, Younis. After hearing a shout, Hindi retrieved a pistol and went to the front to the front of the store. Upon seeing the criminal, Hindi told him, “Get out and put the gun down. If you shoot my son I shoot you.” The criminal complied, fleeing the scene.
Although Hindi has only owned the convenience store since March 1, this isn’t the first time he’s been forced to defend himself. Hindi previously owned a convenience store in Newark, N.J. where he and a clerk captured a would-be robber who is still serving time.
March 30, 2012
75-year-old Willie White was at home with his wife in Detroit, Mich., when at around 1:30 a.m., he heard a suspicious noise at a side door. Already on alert from the day before, when someone broke his window and fence, White retrieved an SKS rifle and went to investigate. When a burglar burst through the side door, White fired, killing the intruder. A police investigation revealed that the home invader was armed and that he likely had two accomplices.
White made clear to local media that he didn’t relish having to use force, stating, “I feared for my life. I don’t feel good at all. I wish there was some other way it could have been handled.” White’s son, Noel, showed support for his father, saying of his actions, “I think it will protect a lot of people. I think people will think twice before they start kicking in doors, breaking into houses, stealing cars, preying on old people. It doesn’t guarantee you’re going to make it out of the situation.” White also remarked on the support he’s received from the community, noting, “The neighbors all told me they were glad it happened.”
March 28, 2012
A frequent customer entered Baker’s Mini Mart in Tampa, Fla. and asked for change from owner Taquanda Baker. Baker made change for the man, who then left. About a half an hour later the man returned, armed with a gun, and attempted to rob the store. Baker responded by retrieving a gun and shooting the criminal, ending the robbery. When police arrived, the wounded robber was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
When speaking to local media, Baker described herself as “heartbroken” over the incident, but explained, “I have to protect myself.” Baker has also taken steps to protect herself while away from her store, as police confirmed she is a Right-to-Carry permit holder.
March 23, 2012
78-year-old Jack Thompson and his wife were at asleep in their Brewers, Ky. home when two burglars, at least one of whom was armed, kicked their door in. Upon hearing the burglars, Thompson retrieved a handgun he keeps by the bed and confronted one of the home invaders at the bedroom door. Thompson fired at the criminal three times, striking him once. But the wounded intruder was relentless and continued after Thompson, until Thompson retrieved a shotgun and shot the burglar in the shoulder, ending the incident. The injured intruder was airlifted to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery; his accomplice fled before police arrived.
During an interview with local media, Thompson made clear that he intends to keep the pistol by his bed, but doesn’t think he’ll need it, stating, “I don't think he'll want what his friend got.”
March 20, 2012
An armed robber entered the Hometown Pantry convenience store in Springfield, Ill. and demanded cash from the two clerks behind the counter. While the criminal was reaching over the counter, one of the clerks retrieved a handgun and fired it, causing the criminal to flee. An investigation revealed that the clerk has a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card as required by Illinois law.
This isn’t the first time the employees of Hometown Pantry have been forced to defend themselves. In July of 2011 a similar incident occurred, where a clerk used a handgun to scare off a shotgun-toting robber.
March 19, 2012
A burglar broke into the M&M Food & Beverage convenience store in Durham, N.C. while it was closed at around 2:20 a.m. An employee inside the store noticed the intrusion, retrieved a gun and shot the criminal in the leg. The burglar fled the scene, but was captured a few blocks away.
The criminal faces charges of communicating threats, felony larceny and drug possession. Police have made clear that they do not plan to charge the store employee.
March 16, 2012
After threatening to kill himself and his estranged girlfriend, a criminal went to his girlfriend’s home in Scotland Neck, N.C. and attempted to break in through a window. Upon noticing her estranged boyfriend, the girlfriend, who was at home with her one-year-old daughter, grabbed a rifle and ordered the home invader to leave. When the intruder attempted to take the firearm from the girlfriend, she fired, striking him in the arm and ending the home invasion.
Once the attacker is released from the hospital he will face charges of assault, first-degree burglary and communicating threats.
March 14, 2012
Maintenance man Angelis Candido was working the graveyard shift at Met Foodmarket in Queens, N.Y. when an intruder attempted to break into the store by cutting a hole in the ceiling above the register. Upon discovering the burglar, Candido retrieved a shotgun and shot the criminal in the chest, killing him.
Police have confirmed that the shotgun Candido used was registered to the business, as required by New York City law. An employee of a 24-hour deli across the street from the food market is familiar with the dangers of operating in that part of Queens, telling local media that he has been robbed twice in the past year.
March 9, 2012
An armed robber entered the Up In Smoke shop in Albuquerque, N.M., drew a gun and demanded cash and items from the people inside. A struggle over the gun ensued between the robber and the store’s clerk, which resulted in the gun firing and the criminal falling to the ground. As the robber was on the ground, the clerk retrieved a shotgun from behind the counter and ordered the criminal to drop his gun. The robber refused, at which point the clerk shot at him, causing the criminal to flee.
An investigation of the scene revealed that the criminal lost the tip of his finger in the altercation. Police hope the recovered digit will be useful in tracking the suspect.
March 8, 2012
A clerk for the Food Shop convenience store in Conway, S.C. was walking to his vehicle after closing the store, when a criminal wearing a mask and latex gloves approached him with a gun and demanded money. Having been suspicious of a nearby car as he left the store, the clerk had a gun ready when the robber approached. The clerk shot the criminal several times, killing him and ending the robbery.
The person driving the suspicious car, who had been the robber’s getaway driver and lookout, fled the scene following the shooting, but was captured by police a short time later. Police have indicated that the clerk will not face charges.
March 6, 2012
66-year-old Dianne Stracener was home alone in Oklahoma City, Okla. when she heard suspicious noises around her house. Stracener retrieved a gun, went to investigate and came upon an intruder inside the home. A physical struggle ensued, in which Stracener shot and killed the home invader.
Police were supportive of Ms. Stracener’s actions, with Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City police noting, “Obviously if she felt threatened, if she felt that she had the risk of some type of bodily harm or even death, she did have the right to defend herself there on the property.” Stracener’s neighbor James Arnette also showed his support, telling local media, “If it would have happened to me, I would’ve done the same thing… At that time, you want to do the best thing you can to stop something like that and that ‘Make My Day’ law, that’s what it’s all about.”
March 2, 2012
A man acting erratically entered the reception area of a medical practice in Colorado Springs, Colo., drew a gun and ordered everyone to the ground. In another part of the building, Doctor Jeff Ferguson heard the criminal and the resulting commotion; describing the scene to local media, he said, “it was chaos… When you heard [the criminal’s] voice, I was expecting any second to hear shots ring out.” That’s when Ferguson, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, retrieved a gun and positioned himself between the intruder and 20 to 30 employees and patients, enabling them to safely exit the building. Recalling his actions, Ferguson noted, “I was absolutely prepared to shoot him.”
Following Ferguson’s exit and the arrival of the police, the situation devolved in to a hostage standoff. Fortunately, police were able to eliminate the threat with no injury to the innocent.