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Detroit Lakes Online, Becker County, Minn. 06/21/09

Monday, June 22, 2009

An intoxicated man illegally entered Vernon Allen’s apartment in Moorehead, Minn. Allen warned the intruder that if he didn’t leave he would get his shotgun. The intruder, undeterred, raised his fist to strike Allen, who retreated to his bedroom and grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun. As Allen confronted the intruder with his shotgun, the criminal grabbed hold of the barrel in an attempt to take the gun from Allen. Allen, who later noted “I wasn’t gonna let him have it… it was either him or me,” fired at the intruder, striking him and causing him to flee to a nearby apartment where he remained until medical personnel arrived. After being transported to a local hospital the intruder died. An investigation revealed that the intruder had illegally entered two other apartments in the building before entering Allen’s. Allen not only exercises his right to protect himself and his property, but also protects that right as a member of the National Rifle Association.
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