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March 20, 2012

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill. 03/16/12

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

The News Observer, Durham, N.C. 03/16/12

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

The Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 03/13/12

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

New York Daily News, New York, N.Y. 03/13/12

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

The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, N.M. 03/06/12, KOAT, Albuquerque, N.M. 03/07/12

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

SCNow, Grand Strand, S.C. 03/06/12, WMBF, Grand Strand, S.C. 03/06/12

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

KFOR, Oklahoma City, Okla. 03/01/12

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

KKTV, Colorado Springs, Colo. March 1, 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.

February 29, 2012

The Monitor, McAllen, Texas, 02/27/12

71-year-old Carmen Polanco Perez was tending to the grocery store he owns in Hidalgo County, Texas when a pair of armed robbers entered the store and demanded cash. One of the robbers then shot Perez in the chest with a shotgun, prompting Perez to retrieve a .380-caliber handgun he keeps under the counter and return fire. The criminals fled once Perez started firing, but police believe that one of the robbers is a man who later showed up at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. Perez was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries and has been released.

February 27, 2012

The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 02/22/12

90-year-old Jay Leone was at home in Greenbrae, Calif. when an armed man broke into his house and held a gun to his head. The criminal told Leone that there was a “contract out” on him and further explained that this was due to Leone being a collector of classic cars. As the criminal led Leone around the home at gunpoint, Leone told the gunman that he needed to use the restroom, which, after some convincing, the criminal allowed him to do. Once inside the bathroom, Leone retrieved a .38-caliber revolver he keeps hidden there and exchanged fire with the robber. During the gunfight Leone was struck once in the face while the burglar was hit three times in the abdomen. The altercation eventually devolved into a physical struggle, in which the criminal gained the upper hand, grabbed Leone’s revolver and tried to shoot him with it. The revolver was empty from the gunfight, prompting the wounded criminal to flee. Leone’s attacker was later captured while attempting to receive treatment for his wounds. Leone has recovered from the wound to his face and was well enough to testify against his assailant a few weeks later.

February 24, 2012

The Union Leader, Manchester, N.H. 02/22/12, 02/23/12

61-year-old Dennis Fleming was at his home in Farmington, N.H. when he noticed that some of his drawers and belongings had been rifled through. After retrieving a .38-caliber handgun, Fleming went to investigate and spotted a suspicious man with a backpack walking up the street. A short time later, Fleming heard a loud noise coming from his neighbor’s home and saw the same suspicious man crawling out of his neighbor’s window. Fleming confronted the criminal and fired a warning shot into the ground to get him to halt. The tactic worked and Fleming was able to detain the burglar until police could arrive. The criminal has since been charged with burglary and possession of Vicodin and has admitted to burglarizing several other homes in town. Unfortunately, instead of being hailed as a hero, the Strafford County Attorney’s Office recommended that Fleming be charged with felony reckless conduct for the warning shot, carrying a possible sentence of 3 ½ to 7 years. In the days following the incident Fleming received nationwide support and after further review of the case the County Attorney’s Office dropped the charges, with County Attorney Tom Velardi noting that “a charge under these circumstances would be unjust.”

February 17, 2012

NBC, 02/15/12

Rick Melartin was at home in Bellaire, Texas when he heard a neighbor scream for help as she was being robbed at gunpoint. Melartin called 911, retrieved a .50-caliber handgun and rushed to the scene. Upon spotting Melartin, the criminal fled into the yard of another of Melartin’s neighbors, a 89-year-old woman. Fearing for the safety of his elderly neighbor, Melartin followed the criminal and ordered him to stop. It was only when Melartin fired a warning shot into the ground that the robber complied.

February 14, 2012

WKYT, Lexington, Ky. 02/09/12

Bobby Lee and his two-year-old daughter Zoey were asleep in their Laurel County, Ky. home, when a trio of criminals broke into the house. One of the intruders made it into Lee’s bedroom, at which point Lee retrieved a gun, fired it, striking one of the burglars, and chased all three criminals from the home. The home invaders made it to their getaway SUV, but when it broke down Lee ordered all of them out of the vehicle and held them until police could arrive. Lee bought his firearm after a previous burglary and practiced with it several times in order to be prepared for just such a scenario. When interviewed by local media, Lee noted, “I’m happy I protected my family. That is something you can take pride in.”

February 9, 2012

KPHO, Phoenix, Ariz. 02/06/12

Laycee Lowe, a pregnant 17-year-old, was at home alone in Glendale, Ariz. when she noticed a prowler outside the home. After climbing a fence and peering into windows, the criminal attempted to get into the home through a do door. Lowe responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and firing it into the dog door, which caused the intruder to flee.  Following the incident, Julio Lowe, Laycee’s father, praised his daughter’s actions, stating, “She’s just real brave and slick. She handled it real well.” Julio also noted that there had been a suspicious incident at his home involving a prowler a few days earlier, prompting him to teach his daughter how to properly use a firearm.

February 7, 2012

The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Calif. 02/02/12

The owner of Tacos El Mazatlan food truck in Oakland, Calif. was cleaning up the area around the truck when a pair of armed criminals approached and demanded money. At first the owner tried to flee, but one of the criminals fired at him, striking him in the back and leg. The owner then took cover, drew a gun and returned fire, wounding one criminal and causing both to retreat to a nearby getaway car. The pair, along with their getaway driver, was captured a short time later when the wounded robber sought medical attention.  The owner of the truck began arming himself after a previous robbery attempt and keeps body armor in the truck as an added precaution.

February 6, 2012

NBC2, Los Angeles, Calif. 02/02/12

87-year-old Jack Goodwin was listening to a Lakers game on the radio in his home in Los Angeles, Calif. when he heard a suspicious noise. Goodwin retrieved a 9mm handgun he keeps by the bed, went to investigate and found a pair burglars attempting to break in. After the criminals smashed a window, Goodwin fired, striking one and causing both to flee. The wounded burglar did not get far; police found him in Goodwin’s backyard. The intruders picked the wrong house, as Goodwin is a World War II veteran who served on Okinawa.  When interviewed by local media, Goodwin’s daughter Vernita described him as a “true soldier,” but hoped he would move out of the city. Goodwin has other ideas, stating, “I’m going to stay as long as I want to… When I leave it won’t be because they ran me away.”

January 31, 2012

WALA, Mobile, Ala. 01/31/12

Just as Eddie Richardson was parking in front of his home in Mobile, Ala. at around 4 a.m., a pair of armed criminals approached him and ordered him to “give it up.” Richardson responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, who returned fire.  One robber was struck during the exchange before both fled on foot. Richardson was not harmed during the incident. When interviewed by local media, Richardson stated that he was just a working man, and “They was trying to rob me, and I didn’t go for that.” (WALA, Mobile, Ala. 01/31/12)

January 30, 2012

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas 01/27/12

After picking up her 16-year-old son from school a woman returned to her home in Fort Worth, Texas to find that a burglar had broken in. The woman retrieved a gun, confronted the criminal, and shot him once in the leg. The burglar fled the home, but was captured by police a few blocks away. When contacted by the local media for comment the woman simply noted that she was protecting her home. An investigation revealed that the intruder had at least one outstanding warrant. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas 01/27/12)

January 13, 2012

Central Florida News, Orlando, Fla. 01/12/12, WKMG, Orlando, Fla. 01/12/12

82-year-old Charles Robbins was asleep at home in Daytona Beach Florida, when a burglar wearing a mask and carrying a hammer and screw driver attempted to break in through the front...

December 15, 2011

The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, N.H. December 13, 2011

A woman was at home in bed in her apartment in Merrimack, N.H., when she was awakened by the sound of an intruder kicking her door in. The resident retrieved a firearm and met the criminal...

December 8, 2011

WKYT, Lexington, Ky. 12/05/11

A pair of armed robbers entered B&N Towing in Lexington, Ky at around 2 p.m. As one feigned interest in selling the owner an alternator, the other circled around the owner, then produced...

December 6, 2011

WTNH, New Haven, Conn. 11/30/11, The New Haven Independent, New Haven, Conn. 11/30/1

A pair of armed criminals entered Babe’s Market convenience store in New Haven, Conn. and demanded money from the owner and a customer. The 22-year-old store owner, Karar Jawad, explained...

November 29, 2011

WOFL, Orlando, Fla. 11/25/11, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla. 11/26/11

After a midnight Black Friday shopping trip, the Neal family was followed by a pair of criminals to their home in Apopka, Fla. The robbers stormed the house, threatened the family and...

November 22, 2011

The Star News, Wilmington, N.C. 11/18/11

An armed robber entered the Wrightville Country Store in Wilmington, N.C. and demanded money from clerk Mark Headstrong. Headstrong retrieved a gun and ordered the criminal to drop...

November 18, 2011

KATU, Portland, Ore. 11/16/11, KPTV, Portland, Ore. 11/16/11

A masked robber armed with a rifle entered Mt. Scott Pub in Portland, Ore., demanded money from the bartender and threatened customers. As the bartender retreated to a back room, the...

November 15, 2011

The Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio 11/12/11

Shirley Bennett was returning to her SUV in the parking lot of a bank in Akron, Ohio, when a man attacked her, pushing her into the vehicle. As the attacker was on top of her, Bennett,...

November 9, 2011

The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, W.V. 11/07/11

A landlord in Charleston, W.V. was checking on one of his apartments, when a man acting erratically approached him from behind and appeared to reach for a gun. The landlord, a Right-to-Carry...

November 7, 2011

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. 11/04/11 WHBQ, Memphis, Tenn. 11/04/11

A Papa John’s pizza delivery man was lured to a vacant lot in Memphis, Tenn. where an armed criminal attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The delivery man, a Right-to-Carry permit holder,...

November 3, 2011

The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, W.V. 11/02/11

A 62-year-old homeowner returned to his house in St. Albans, W.V. to find one of the doors propped open. After retrieving a .38-caliber revolver, the homeowner began a search of the...

November 1, 2011

The Eagle Tribune, North Andover, Mass. 10/29/11, 05/17/11

Two armed robbers entered Javier’s Market convenience store in Lawrence, Mass. and demanded money from cashier Edward Guzman. In response, Guzman, a carry permit holder, retrieved a...

October 28, 2011

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. October 27, 2011

A homeowner in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga. was awakened by the sound of an intruder forcing his way in through a side door. After an initial investigation revealed the...

October 19, 2011

WBND, South Bend, Ind. 10/17/11

Goshen, Ind. resident, Michael Morse was going to take stock of the items taken from his garage during a recent burglary, when he noticed that the criminals had returned. After hearing...

October 12, 2011

WTOL, Toledo, Ohio, October 10, 2011

Dog breeder April Williams of Toledo, Ohio arrived home to find a window screen from her home had been removed. Suspecting intruders were after her litter of pit bulls, Williams, a...

October 10, 2011

The Missoulian, Missoula, Mont. 10/06/11

A man entered Lolo Drug pharmacy in Missoula County, Mont. and demanded oxycodone from the pharmacist. The pharmacist and owner, an 80-year-old Army veteran, responded by retrieving...

October 5, 2011

The Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, N.D. 10/01/11

An 82-year-old couple was asleep in their home in Jamestown, N.D., when the wife heard a noise and went to investigate. Having not found anything suspicious, the wife went into the...

September 30, 2011

The Buffalo News, Buffalo, N.Y. 09/30/11, WKBW, Buffalo, N.Y. 09/29/11

A pair of armed criminals attempted to rob 71-year-old Donald Miller outside his house in Buffalo, N.Y. After one of the robbers threatened him with a gun, Miller, who is an ex-police...

September 29, 2011

The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Ill. 09/28/11

A homeowner in Chicago Heights, Ill. was in his bathroom when he heard the sound of breaking glass coming from his kitchen. After retrieving a gun, the homeowner went to investigate...

September 26, 2011

WTHR, Hampton Roads, Va. 09/22/11

An 83-year-old homeowner and amputee in Hampton, Va. was awakened at around 4 a.m. to the sound of a burglar breaking into his house. The homeowner retrieved a gun, confronted the intruder...

September 21, 2011

KOKI-TV, Tulsa, Okla. 09/20/11

After being scared off by a resident as he attempted to burglarize a home in Tulsa, Okla., a criminal moved one street over and tried his luck again. As he attempted to break into the...

September 16, 2011

WJXT, Jacksonville, Fla. 09/14/11

Two burglars in Jacksonville, Fla. picked the wrong house to rob when they attempted to break into the Murray Hill neighborhood home of a former marine and current gun range employee....