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2nd Amend. gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Louisiana Self-Defense watch

Homeowner shoots all four armed men who broke into his house — two of them fatally. Surviving suspects face murder charges for accomplices’ deaths.

It appears to be yet another case of crime suspects getting charged with murder when their accomplices are fatally shot by the crime victim.

What are the details?

A Louisiana homeowner had just about all he could handle last Tuesday morning when four men carrying guns invaded his residence in Lacombe, WVUE-TV reported. Lacombe is about an hour’s drive north of — and directly across Lake Pontchartrain from — New Orleans.

Thing is, the homeowner also had a gun — and used it far more successfully than the quartet of intruders. The homeowner, in fact, shot all four suspects, killing two of them during the ensuing shootout.

The St. Tammany Coroner’s office identified the dead suspects as 25-year-old Renard Causey Jr. and 21-year-old Justin Hill, WVUE added.

But now the two suspects who survived the shooting — Renard Causey Sr. and Jason Leblanc — both face charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and home invasion, the station reported in a follow-up story.

Both men will be booked after they are released from a hospital, WVUE reported.

The homeowner’s 4-year-old daughter apparently was struck by a bullet in the crossfire, the station said, adding that family members said she received an operation and is expected to be OK.

The homeowner also is expected to be OK, and WVUE added that deputies say the homeowner won’t face charges at this time. A relative told WVUE the homeowner may have been pistol-whipped before he fired at the intruders.

St. Tammany Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident, the station said.

Anything else?

WVUE said the community on Palmer Drive is close — the kind of place where everyone either is related or has known each other for years — and many are stunned by what happened.

“It was late morning and we heard patrol cars, one after another and detective cars and then there would be ambulances,” Shannon Bordelon told the station. “There were several dozen emergency vehicles involved.”

Neighbors aded to WVUE that they waited 24 hours to learn about the shooting, but sheriff’s officials said they didn’t want to put out information sooner that might impede the investigation.


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2nd Amend. concealed carry Detroit gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense watch

Two gun-toting Detroit homeowners open fire on intruders in separate incidents. One of the suspects is armed — and ends up dead.

Once again we have another example of criminals not getting the picture that everyday folks in growing numbers are armed and ready for them.

And this time the tale concerns a pair of Detroit homeowners with concealed pistol licenses who successfully used their guns to protect themselves after intruders invaded their residences.

What are the details?

The first incident happened around 7 p.m Monday when police said a suspect armed with a long gun entered a home on Fenton, just west of Telegraph between McNichols and 7 Mile, WJBK-TV reported.

The suspect then confronted the homeowner, pointing his gun at him, police told the station.

But the homeowner was able to arm himself, too, and shot the 22-year-old intruder several times with a handgun, WJBK said, adding that the suspect died at the scene.

Officers recovered both guns, the station said, adding that the CPL-holding homeowner was detained for questioning.

The circumstances are still being investigated, WJBK reported.

The second incident took place Wednesday night at a home in the 16600 block of Fairmount Drive when police said the 39-year-old homeowner heard a strange noise above her, WDIV-TV reported.

When she went to investigate the noise, police told the station she discovered a 19-year-old male in her attic — and officials believe the suspect was hiding there as part of an attempt to burglarize the home.

After a brief standoff, the intruder reportedly made a sudden move — and that’s when the CPL-holding homeowner fired a shot at the suspect, WDIV reported.

Police arrived at the scene, and the suspect was taken to a hospital, the station said. He was in stable condition, WDIV reported — but police said once he’s well enough he’ll be taken into custody.

The homeowner is cooperating with police and their investigation, the station noted.


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2nd Amend. home invasion Intelwars Oklahoma Self-Defense

Two men enter home, pull gun on homeowner. But he pries away weapon, fires, and hits both suspects — killing one of them.

Two men entered a home in Elk City, Oklahoma, sometime before 6 a.m. Saturday and went into a bedroom when one of the men pulled out a gun, pointed it at the homeowner’s face, and demanded money, according to a document police provided to TheBlaze.

What happened next?

The homeowner told police he was afraid he would be killed, so he grabbed the handgun and pointed it away from his face. A struggle for the gun ensued, after which the homeowner told police the two men pinned him on the bed, the document states.

The homeowner told police that after he gained control of the gun, he fired it several times until the man who pointed it at him fell to the floor. The document also states that, according to the homeowner, the other man who was with the gun-wielding assailant ran out of the house.

That man — Isaiah Johnson, 25 — was shot in the chest during the struggle, the document from police states.

But he had quite a story for cops at the hospital later, telling them he heard shots while walking near the house on the 600 block of North Watkins, realized he was hit, and went to the hospital for treatment, the document states.

Soon, however, Johnson came clean.

Upon further questioning, he confessed that he knew the other suspect — Samuel Castro Jr., 39 — had a handgun before they entered the house and was intending to rob the victim, the document states. Johnson added to police after he heard the gunshots and felt pain in his chest, he fled the home and walked to the hospital. He also said he originally told cops he was hit while walking near the residence so that he might avoid being arrested, the document states.

Johnson was still in jail Tuesday afternoon, police told TheBlaze.

Isaiah JohnsonImage source: Elk City, Oklahoma, Police

Police found Castro’s body surrounded by a large pool of blood in the bedroom where the struggle with the homeowner took place, the document says, adding that officers also observed a Walther .380 handgun on a small table in the bedroom.

A medical examiner investigator found several gunshot wounds on Samuel’s body, the document adds.

Police on Tuesday would release no other information to TheBlaze.

Quite the wake-up call

Neighbors woke up Saturday to an abnormally large police presence.

“I saw five or six police cars; they had all alleys blocked off,” Tristian Wooten told KWTV-DT. “Cones had the area shut off.”

“They blocked off all in front of the tennis courts there that are to the south and then all the way at the north end of the block,” neighbor Terry Jordan added to KWTV. “So you couldn’t even really tell what house everything happened at.”

“Something like this happens, it does hit pretty close to home,” Wooten added to the station. “It does kind of make you wanna … step up your guard a little bit more.”

Jordan acknowledged to KWTV that “home invasion is kind of a whole different level” and “it’s something you think about” since “as a homeowner” you want to keep your family safe.

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2nd Amend. Arkansas gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense

Homeowner discovers intruder hiding in his closet. Intruder gets combative — so homeowner fights back with his gun.

There are a few things wrong with this picture.

For starters, you have an alleged burglar hiding in an Arkansas homeowner’s closet, having gained entry to the residence after possibly bunking in the backyard camper without permission.

Image source: KHBS-TV video screenshot

And then after the homeowner discovers the intruder hiding his closet, the intruder actually becomes combative with the homeowner and ignores — or completely forgets — one commonsense rule: Don’t assume even for a second that those you target as crime “victims” aren’t armed at least as well, if not better, than you are.

What happened?

Had the intruder heeded that simple rule when his jig was up around 10 a.m. Thursday and instead begged the homeowner for mercy, he may have escaped pain.

But instead he got a big dose of it.

“He opened the door of the closet, and he actually saw this person looking at him in the closet,” Van Buren Police Sgt. Jonathan Wear told KHBS-TV of the homeowner’s actions. “He confronted the man that was in his home. That man became combative, and then at that point he ended up having to fire shots at him.”

Sgt. Jonathan WearImage source: KHBS-TV video screenshot

Wear told the station the suspected burglar was shot in the leg.

And when police arrived at the residence on Blueberry Hill Street, the homeowner was holding the intruder at gunpoint and told cops he didn’t know him, KHBS said.

The homeowner thought that perhaps the intruder was staying in his backyard camper, the station noted.

What happened next?

Police told KHBS the suspect, who is from Gentry, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries — and when he’s released, police said he’ll be arrested and most likely will face burglary charges.

“He actually had the homeowner’s wallet and a pair of his shorts,” Wear added to the station, “and so we think he was actually in the house trying to steal things from the homeowner.”

Law enforcement officials also will try to determine if the suspect has ties to any other burglaries in the area, KHBS reported.

What will happen to the homeowner?

KHBS said the case will be turned over the the local prosecutor for review, but so far the homeowner isn’t facing any charges.


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2nd Amend. California gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense

Homeowner endures middle-of-night burglary — then it happens again a week later. But this time homeowner puts gun to use.

One Fresno, California, homeowner has been having quite the frustrating time, to say the least.

First off, KMPH-TV reported that the homeowner encountered a burglar who was attempting a break-in around 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday.

And as it turns it, the homeowner had already endured a similar situation a week prior, as a burglar managed get inside the home around 5:30 a.m. and then ran off after being discovered, the station said.

So, what was the difference between the two incidents? During the second burglary, the homeowner put his gun to use.

What are the details?

Last Wednesday in the middle of the night, a doorbell video camera alerted the homeowner that somebody was trying to break a window on the front door, KMPH reported.

The homeowner was armed with a handgun and said the suspect went around to the side of the residence and jumped a fence to get in the backyard, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office told the station.

The homeowner tried to run the suspect off while another person in the home called for help, KMPH reported.

At that point the homeowner fired several shots, hitting the suspect multiple times, the station said.

The wounded suspect ran from the home on East Clinton Avenue near Chestnut Avenue, but deputies found him down the street, KMPH noted.

An ambulance met deputies and took the suspect — a 17-year-old — to the hospital where he was treated and released before being booked into a juvenile detention facility, the station said, adding that he faces a felony charge of attempted home burglary.

Detectives are interviewing the homeowner and other witnesses in an attempt to piece together what happened, KMPH said.

What happened next?

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, but the station said the investigation is ongoing.

Detectives will submit the case to the district attorney’s office for review, KMPH said.

It’s unclear if shot suspect is the same individual who got inside the residence a week prior, the station said.

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2nd Amend. Burglar gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Oklahoma Self-Defense

Armed homeowner comes face to face with alleged burglar — and things don’t end well for the uninvited individual

An Oklahoma City homeowner was checking on his property Wednesday night when he encountered an alleged burglar and shot the individual, police told KOTV-TV.

Police told the station the alleged burglar later died at a hospital.

What are the details?

Several neighbors told KOCO-TV the homeowner has been battling break-ins of late.

“You have to understand, if you’re going to break into someone’s home, you’re going to risk dying,” neighbor Camille Jones added to KOCO.

Neighbors also told KOCO they’ve been dealing with recent break-ins as well.

“How do we protect ourselves, and how do we protect our neighbors?” Jones asked KOCO.

James Jacobs, another neighbor, told KOTV the homeowner — whom he’s known for more than 30 years — doesn’t live at the home and uses it for storage. But he was there just hours before the shooting in order to fix a fence, the station said.

Jacobs added to KOTV he was helping the homeowner with the job: “It has been broken into a couple times, and we were talking about how we could make the place look better and more secure.”

The homeowner left and came back to the property around 8 p.m., which was when he caught the alleged burglar, KOTV reported.

Jones told KOCO it was “just a matter of time” before someone got hurt because of the break-ins.

What happened after the shooting?

Police stayed at the property through the night as the investigation carried over into the following day, KOTV said, adding that homicide detectives interviewed the homeowner and released him pending further investigation.

While Jacobs called the circumstances “terrible,” he noted to KOTV that his friend has “all rights to be there anytime he wants to. If somebody breaks [in] over there, he has a right to defend himself.”

“That guy could have been after me!” Jacobs added to KOCO, noting he would’ve done the same thing to a burglar, and that “you have to stand your ground.”

The case has been handed to the district attorney who will determine if the property owner will face any charges, KOCO said, adding that police haven’t said if the alleged burglar was armed.

Police didn’t release the names of the homeowner or the alleged burglar, KOTV reported.

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‘I’ll cut your head off, dude, if you even move’: Homeowner flips the script on intruder who could have choked him to death

Travis McKee told KHQ-TV he opened the door of his home Friday night in Spokane, Washington, to find a stranger — 36-year-old Randall Davis — asking for a cigarette.

And just moments later, McKee said he was in a battle for his life.

“He got on top of me and just pounded me for 10 minutes,” he noted to KHQ. “The side of my face … he had me in some kind of hold where my chin was pressed against my neck, and I couldn’t get any air.”

Turns out Davis is a convicted felon with a history of assault, the station said. But all McKee likely was considering at the time was how to stay alive, as Spokane police said he began to lose consciousness amid the intruder’s grip, KHQ said.

What happened next?

Enter McKee’s faithful dog, Mutt, who gave his owner a spark of mental clarity — so to speak.

“When my dog came up and bit my leg, it woke me up,” McKee told the station. “I remembered I had that knife in my pocket. I got my knees under me and started to try to kind of worm my way out of [the intruder’s grip]. It was just a last ditch effort. I was going to die.”

Davis still had McKee pinned to the floor, but McKee managed to slash at his attacker’s arm, stomach, and neck until he let go, KHQ said.

It gets better

Believe it or not, the beaten-down victim who may have died in his assailant’s grip resolved to prevent Davis from dying, the station said.

“I held a knife up to him. I told him, ‘I’ll cut your throat. I’ll cut your head off, dude, if you even move. You know, period. I’m going to tourniquet you, and you’d better not move,'” McKee recalled to KHQ telling the attacker.

And the bleeding assailant — the tables turned on him — wisely listened.

“He let me do it,” McKee told the station, “and I [put a tourniquet on] him and came back and found my phone and called 911.”

Police who arrived on the scene gave Davis first aid until medics arrived, KHQ said, adding that McKee and Davis both were taken to local hospitals.

Blood was all over the house, too, the station said:

Once Davis is released from the hospital, the station said he’ll be booked into jail on charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

When a KHQ reporter asked McKee why he couldn’t let his attacker die, he had a relatively simple answer: “‘Cause I’m just not into hurting people, you know?”

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2nd Amend. gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Louisiana Self-Defense

Armed men break into home, demand cash, pistol whip male who won’t comply. Then female resident grabs her gun and turns the tables.

A trio of men wearing hoodies and armed with guns forced their way into a home in Monroe, Louisiana, around 10 p.m. Oct. 11 and demanded money, the Monroe News-Star said, citing a police report.

What happened next?

A male in the residence refused to comply with their demands and yelled several times for the female resident, who had fallen asleep, the paper said. The male was struck in the head several times with a gun, the News-Star said.

When the woman woke up, she said she knew something was wrong and grabbed her gun from underneath the mattress, the paper said.

She saw the male resident fighting with with two unknown armed men, the News-Star said, adding that one was wearing a light gray hoodie and the other was wearing a dark hoodie and light blue jeans — and that the latter assailant pointed a gun at her.

With that, the woman fired multiple rounds and heard one man say, “Aw, she shot me,” the paper said.

The woman said a third man was standing at the front doorway and appeared to be in shock, the News-Star reported, adding that all three ran off, got into a silver Nissan Altima, and drove away.

The jig is up

Then around 10:25 p.m., St. Francis Medical Center told Monroe police a shooting victim had arrived, the paper said.

Emergency room staff informed officers that 19-year-old Jeffrey W. Williams Jr. told them he was hanging out with friends when someone drove by shooting at them, the News-Star noted.

But police noticed that Williams’ clothes matched the description from the home invasion, the paper said. And once officers began interviewing him, Williams told them he and another man entered the home and demanded money at gunpoint, the News-Star reported.

He said when the woman came into the living room, she fired two or three shots at them, the paper said — and he noticed he was shot in the abdomen as he fled the residence.

The man who forced his way into the home with Williams reportedly drove him to the hospital and dropped him off at the emergency room, the News-Star said.

Williams said he doesn’t know the third man’s name, only that he lives in West Monroe, the paper said.

Williams was arrested Friday and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of aggravated burglary, the News-Star said, adding that his bond was set at $100,000.

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2nd Amend. guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense South Carolina watch

Homeowner shoots intruder, warns ‘bums and thieves who come on my property to steal, if I have to defend myself … I’ll do it’

After a homeowner shot a suspected burglar trying to break into his South Carolina residence Tuesday morning, the homeowner delivered a stern warning to anyone else who might try it, WYFF-TV reported.

“Bums and thieves who come on my property to steal, if I have to defend myself, if I have to disable your vehicle, if I have to disable you, I’ll do it,” the homeowner told the station. “Stay off my property.” The homeowner declined to go on camera and wished to remain anonymous, the station added.

What happened?

The shooting was reported about 9:30 a.m. after three people tried to break into a home north of the city of Anderson on Walker Circle near Liberty Highway, Anderson County deputies told WYFF.

“There were three people [the homeowner] … caught and he believed were breaking in,” JT Foster of the sheriff’s office added to the station. “One of the suspects made a move toward him, and he felt threatened, so he fired at least one time, striking one of the suspects.”

Deputies, forensic investigators, and detectives responded to the scene, WHNS-TV reported, adding that the homeowner wasn’t injured.

What happened to the suspects?

The shot suspect was taken to a hospital, but his condition was unknown, the WYFF said.

The other two suspects ran from the scene, WYFF added, after which deputies brought in a K-9 officer and ATVs to track them down.

“It’s absolutely one of the most difficult tasks around,” Foster told the station, referring to how hard it is to conduct searches in heavily wooded areas. “Not only are you worried about not being attacked by someone you may find in the woods, but you gotta watch your step for poisonous plants and snakes.”

Deputies told WYFF they captured and detained the second suspect — a woman — shortly after the incident.

A third suspect was captured Tuesday evening, the station said.

The suspects were identified as Shawn D. Breter, Danielle N. Shockley, and Danny L. Smith, WHNS reported, adding that they all were charged with third-degree burglary.


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2nd Amendment California guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense watch

Man shoots intruders, one of them fatally, after they shatter home’s window in middle of night

As gun sales spike amid a growing wave of violence in America’s streets over the past several months, one would assume that thoughtful, reflective criminals would be aware that the odds of targeting gun owners likely increase by the day.

And it would seem that a pair of southern California crooks simply hadn’t been reading the writing on the wall.

What went down?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said two suspects were trying to get into a home in Pico Rivera — about 20 minutes southeast of Los Angeles — around 1:20 a.m. Friday, KTTV-TV reported.

The resident woke up to the sound of shattering glass and saw one man inside the home, the station said, and the resident reportedly grabbed his handgun and shot the suspect.

Lt. Brad Hall told KCBS-TV that the resident shot the suspect in the chest.

The resident then went to the back patio, where he encountered the second suspect, KCBS reported, adding that the resident thought he saw the suspect make a move toward his waist.

Afraid the second suspect was grabbing for a gun, the resident fired again, striking the suspect, who died at the scene, Hall told KCBS.

Deputies who responded to the incident in the 8400 block of Serapis Avenue, east of Rosemead Boulevard, found the suspect lying dead in the home’s back yard, KTTV reported.

Image source: KTTV-TV video screenshot

The deceased suspect’s name was not released, KCBS said, adding that it’s unclear whether he was armed.

The first suspect fled the home, after which a woman getaway driver transported him to a hospital, where he was undergoing surgery, the station said. His condition is unknown, KCBS reported. KTTV said sheriff’s deputies arrested him at the the hospital.

Hall said sheriff’s deputies took the woman getaway driver into custody, KCBS reported. Other people were in a different part of the home when the shooting occurred, but Hall told the station they weren’t hurt.

What happened to the resident?

The resident wasn’t arrested, but KTTV said he was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning. It’s unclear whether he will face any charges, KCBS reported.

KTTV said the incident is being investigated as a burglary or home invasion robbery.

The two suspects may be linked to a gang, Hall told KCBS. There was no word on whether the home was specifically targeted or if the break-in was random, the station added.

“We always see people coming in, coming out, on bicycles, a lot of people were just outside most of the times,” neighbor Raul Perez told KCBS.

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Children Fighting back gunman home invasion Intelwars mother Self-Defense Texas

Mother fights armed intruder who pointed gun at her children, takes gun away from him. Before fleeing, crook asks for gun back.

One hapless gunman’s bad day kept getting worse after he came face to face Saturday evening with a Texas mother whose will to protect her kids was too much for him.

What are the details?

A male knocked on the door of a residence in the Bowers Mobile Home Park in Hudson around 6 p.m. and asked a woman if someone was home who didn’t live there, police said.

Cops said the male knocked again, asking for a cigarette and whether her husband was home, after which he forced his way into the home and pointed a gun at children who were inside.

With that, the woman began fighting with the male to get him away from her children, police said — and lo and behold, she was able to force the gun away from him.

Presumably realizing his odds of getting whatever he was after had been drastically reduced, the intruder quickly headed for the door, police said.

But just before he departed, police said he stopped and asked the woman who bested him an important question: Would she please give him his gun back?

Police didn’t reveal the woman’s answer, but one can only guess given the crook’s level of success to that point. Cops said the intruder then fled into the wooded area around the park.

Neither the woman nor the children were injured, police reported.

Despite a search of the area, police said the intruder wasn’t located. He’s described as white, in his 20s, with dirty scraggly blonde hair, skinny, and between 5 feet and 5 feet, 6 inches tall, authorities noted. He also was wearing a bright orange shirt and checkered shorts that went just below his knees, police added. Those who may have seen a person matching such a description are asked to contact Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or the Hudson Police Department at (936) 875-2358, KTRE-TV reported.

How did folks react to the incident?

As you might imagine, commenters on the Hudson Police Department’s Facebook page were resolute in their disdain for the crook:

  • “I would have shot him with his pistol,” one woman responded.
  • “‘Oh wait, can I have my gun back?’ Uhh no!!!!” another woman quipped.
  • “I hope they find who did that [and] lock him up,” yet another woman declared.
  • “Dirty blond scraggly hair, bright orange shirt, checkered shorts? Is it possible he’s a time traveler from 1992?” another commenter asked.
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2nd Amendment Alabama gun rights guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense

Another sheriff gives kudos to homeowners for exercising their Second Amendment rights, defending their home against intruders

Yet another sheriff had high praise for homeowners who exercised their Second Amendment rights and successfully defended themselves against intruders.

What are the details?

Homeowners in Garden City, Alabama, were awakened early Monday morning by four suspects breaking into their residence, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office said.

But the quartet were promptly met by the homeowners who had armed themselves for the occasion, the sheriff’s office added. Suddenly, the uninvited guests decided they couldn’t stay a second longer and took off, authorities said.

One of the homeowners followed the foursome, and the sheriff’s office said there was an exchange of gunfire — with one of the suspects getting shot and later being transported to a regional hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Hanceville Police Department managed to detain three of the suspects — including the shot intruder. The fourth suspect fled in a vehicle but was shortly after located and arrested, authorities said.

Kudos from the sheriff

The sheriff’s office indicated there’s no further danger to the community — and gave kudos to the homeowners for arming themselves.

“This is a great example of citizens utilizing their Second Amendment rights and protecting themselves and their family,” Sheriff Matt Gentry said. “I have often stated that law enforcement can be minutes away when you only have seconds to defend yourself and your family. That’s why we at the sheriff’s office are proponents of not only having a weapon for self defense but also being proficient in how to use it.”

Anything else?

It’s a sentiment that’s common among sheriffs — and it was just echoed by the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida, who sang the praises of a homeowner who protected his family against a gunman who’d broken into their Land O’ Lakes home Aug. 8.

“He was defending himself and his family,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said of the homeowner, who ended up fatally shooting the intruder. “Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment rights to protect himself and his family … I can’t imagine the fear that they were going through, but I’m very happy [about] the fact that he was able to defend himself …”

Nocco added that “when their lives were on the line, when that door was being kicked in, they utilized their Second Amendment rights, and they’re safe because of it.”

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2nd Amendment guns home invasion Intelwars Kansas Self-Defense

Convicted felon allegedly breaks into home, attacks residents. But homeowner has a gun — and intruder takes a bullet to the face.

Police said a convicted felon allegedly broke into a home in Great Bend, Kansas, on Saturday evening and then proceeded to physically assault the residents, the Great Bend Tribune reported.

But the incident would be short lived, as the homeowner had a gun — and shot the intruder in the face, KAKE-TV reported.

What are the details?

After a preliminary investigation, officers believe 27-year-old Zachary Horyna entered the residence in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street, and then began to physically attack the residents after they confronted him, the station said.

It was at this point that the homeowner shot Horyna, KAKE said.

Officers had been dispatched to the scene for a burglary in progress, and after arriving they located and identified the suspect as Horyna with a gunshot wound to the face, the station said.

The homeowners were treated for their injuries on the scene, KAKE said, adding that Horyna was restrained and treated for his injures by emergency medical services and taken to a Great Bend hospital before he was flown to a Wichita hospital. The paper said Horyna was in stable condition Monday morning.

Police said the pending charge against him is aggravated burglary.

The Tribune, citing the Kansas Department of Corrections website, reported that Zachary Cole Horyna had been discharged from the KDOC when his sentence for previous convictions expired July 26.

His past convictions, no longer active, include drug possession and possession of paraphernalia with five or more plants, committed Nov. 28, 2014, in Saline County, the paper said. He also was convicted of drug possession in Sedgwick County in 2017 and criminal possession of a weapon in Sedgwick County in 2018, the Tribune reported.

What did folks have to say about the incident?

Commenters on the Great Bend police department’s Facebook page were not too sympathetic toward Horyna and decidedly behind the homeowner’s actions:

“He’s lucky he only took a shot to the face….I’d probably have blown his head clean off,” one commenter said.

“I love this family; they are wonderful people; my heart goes out to the both of them to have to experience such a violent act in their own home, so I’m proud of you. I would’ve done exactly the same thing to protect my family!!” another commenter wrote. “Prayers for your recovery.”

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2nd Amendment Florida guns home invasion Intelwars Self-Defense watch

Gunman kicks down door, charges at homeowner — who’s also armed. It doesn’t end well for gunman.

A Florida gunman kicked down a door at a Land O’ Lakes home Saturday afternoon — apparently angry at a family for supporting and protecting his estranged wife amid divorce proceedings — but the gunman was met by the homeowner, who also was armed, WTSP-TV reported.

What happened next?

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the gunman — 55-year-old Ronald Fleet — exchanged fire with the homeowner and then exited the home, the station said.

But Fleet then “starts charging” back into the house, Nocco told WTSP, after which the homeowner fatally shot him.

Deputies responded around 12:30 p.m. to the home in the Sunset Lakes subdivision, where Fleet was pronounced dead, the station said.

“He was defending himself and his family,” Nocco said of the homeowner. “Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment rights to protect himself and his family from the fear of Ronald who was carrying a gun, kicking in a door, trying to harm them. I can’t imagine the fear that they were going through, but I’m very happy [about] the fact that he was able to defend himself …”

The sheriff added that Fleet was carrying a .380 caliber handgun and that the state attorney’s office will review the case.

Nocco also said Fleet’s estranged wife was trying to get out of a “horrific marriage.” Records show Fleet had prior arrests for domestic battery and driving under the influence, WTSP reported.

‘I do not want to think what would have happened’

Nocco in his video statement underscored how crucial it was that the homeowner was armed and able to protect himself and his family.

“It was because of his rights, his ability to defend himself and his family, that [his] family is OK and safe,” the sheriff said. “Because I do not want to think what would have happened if they were unarmed, [Fleet] got in the house with that gun, and what he would have done to that family.”

Nocco added that “when their lives were on the line, when that door was being kicked in, they utilized their Second Amendment rights, and they’re safe because of it.”

No one else was hurt in the shooting, WTSP said.

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Crooks apparently still not getting the message: Homeowners shoot three in pair of suspected burglaries

A pair of homeowners separated by nearly the entire width of the United States but bound by their embrace of the Constitution — specifically the Second Amendment — recently fended off suspected burglars in separate incidents.

In short, neither homeowner shied away from pulling the triggers of their guns.

What are the details?

New York State Police said two men are recovering in jail after an Enfield homeowner shot them during a reported home invasion late last month,
WBNF-AM reported.

The resident told troopers that the two men broke into his home on Rumsey Hill Road just before 7:30 a.m. July 25, and the homeowner shot them after they refused to leave the property, the station said.

Investigators said they found 50-year-old Mark Ward of Covert, WBNF reported, adding that 38-year-old Jaimie Coleman drove 32-year-old Frisco Meeks of Ithaca to Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

Ward and Meeks were both treated for gunshot wounds, the station said, and were charged with felony burglary when they were released from the hospital. WBNF said Coleman of Trumansburg was arrested the same day and charged with felony burglary.

Ward and Meeks were sent to the Tompkins County Jail without bail while Coleman had bail set at $15,000, the station said, adding that the homeowner was not injured in the incident.

And for our second act

An Oregon homeowner shot a woman who was involved in a burglary at his northeast Portland home early Monday, police
told the Oregonian.

Portland police said the man shot the woman at the residence south of Interstate 84, the paper said, adding that the woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. The incident took place just before 7 a.m. in the 1300 block of Northeast 81st Avenue, according to
KOIN-TV.

Police added that the homeowner, who they described as “elderly,” is cooperating with investigators, the Oregonian said.

Neither the man nor the woman has been publicly identified, the paper added, noting that detectives were gathering more information about the incident later on Monday morning.

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Crooks try forcing their way into home to steal money for heroin. But who knew homeowner would have a gun?

North Carolina sheriff’s deputies said a homeowner shot and wounded a home intruder Saturday night — which led to the arrests of four people, including one for drug trafficking, WLOS-TV reported.

What are the details?

The homeowner told Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies that a woman knocked on his door — and that when he answered a man tried to force his way inside his home, the station reported.

But this homeowner decided to exercise his Second Amendment rights and was armed and ready, shooting the male intruder in the arm, after which three suspects escaped in a car, WLOS reported.

Their flight from the scene apparently didn’t last too long, as the trio — Natasha Kerberg, Carmelita Pike, and Kenneth Lawrence — were later arrested, the station said.

They admitted to law enforcement that they were trying to rob the homeowner for money to buy heroin, WLOS reported.

The information they divulged also led to the drug trafficking arrest of Dean Myers, the station said.

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Three armed men attempt home invasion on a gun collector, but the homeowner is ready

According to police, three armed men attempted a home invasion on a self-described gun enthusiast, and only one of the three made it out alive.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco related what the police believed happened in a video statement on Friday. The incident occurred at a home in Wesley Chapel, Florida, that morning.

Nocco said that a homeowner was playing video games by himself when he heard someone break the glass towards the back of his house.

The homeowner grabbed a firearm and accosted three intruders in a narrow hallway of his home. He told police that the first intruder was wearing a black mask and dark clothing, and pointing a gun in his direction.

According to Nocco, the homeowner then shot the first intruder, who fell to the ground. He then saw a second intruder wearing a mask, also with a gun. The homeowner shot the second suspect, who also fell to the ground.

One of the suspects did manage to get a round fired off, but did not hit the homeowner.

The homeowner then saw a third intruder, fired at him, and saw him fall on top of the other bodies. According to the homeowner, his gun jammed, allowing the third intruder to run away while the homeowner went to get another gun.

The third suspect was captured by a neighbor of the homeowner, who called him and said that he was holding the suspect at gunpoint.

The third suspect was identified by police as Jeremiah Tramel. Nocco said that Tramel will be charged two counts of second degree homicide of his accomplices, and also with home invasion robbery.

“He is accountable for the deaths because it was during the commission of a felony that he was involved in that those two people died,” Nocco explained.

Here’s a local news report about the incident:


Pasco homeowner kills two during home invasion, third suspect held at gunpoint for deputies

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The homeowner said that he might have been targeted because he posted photographs of his gun collection on social media.

“This victim exercised their Second Amendment right. The Second Amendment allows you to protect yourself by carrying and bearing arms. In his home he protected himself,” Nocco added.

He also said that the two dead suspects had extensive “extremely violent” criminal histories.

Here’s the video of the media briefing about the incident:


Homeowner shoots and kills 2 armed intruders, wounds third

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Sloppy! Crooks botch getaway after homeowner fires at them — and bloodhound team nabs one shot suspect in swamp

An alleged residential heist by a trio of men apparently became a comedy of errors in rapid fashion Thursday morning in Ridge Spring, South Carolina.

What are the details?

A homeowner told Aiken County Sheriff’s deputies he was walking his dog around 8:30 a.m. when he saw at least two men and two vehicles on his property, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

The man told deputies he approached the suspects, yelled, and fired shots at them, the paper said.

With that, the suspects high-tailed it their vehicles and drove away through the woods, the Chronicle reported.

But alas, their getaway fell a bit short when one vehicle got stuck and the other stalled on Cobblestone Road, the paper said, adding that the suspects reportedly opted for Plan B and ran off on foot.

Enter the Bloodhound Team

But never fear, the Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team and additional deputies responded to the area to search for the suspects, the Chronicle said.

And wouldn’t you know that the bloodhound team later found and detained James Franklin Fink Jr. in a swamp adjacent to Whispering Pines Road, the paper said.

James Franklin Fink Jr.Image source: Aiken County Sheriff’s Office

Fink was found with a gunshot wound to his left hand, taken to a hospital for treatment, and then booked into the Aiken County Detention Center, the Chronicle said. Jail records show the 46-year-old suspect was still in jail Friday. He’s expected to be charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, the paper added.

In addition, Alister Keith Wingard, 32, and Brandon Lee Hall, 23, were identified as additional suspects and also are expected to be charged with burglary and grand larceny, the Chronicle said.

Alister Keith Wingard (left) and Brandon Lee HallImage source: Aiken County Sheriff’s Office (composite)

Anyone with information on Hall and Wingard is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811, the paper added.

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Intruder in child’s room charges at homeowner. But homeowner has shotgun — and intruder doesn’t make it out alive.

An Arizona homeowner discovered an intruder inside his Scottsdale home just before 11 p.m. Wednesday and fatally shot the suspect, the Daily Independent reported.

What are the details?

Around 9 p.m., a homeowner told police he confronted and ran off a male who was trying to break into his home, the paper said — and then at 10:50 p.m. a different homeowner told police an intruder had been shot.

Responding officers found Cameron Yoe, 18, who matched the description from the earlier trespass incident, the Daily Independent reported. The two homes are about a half mile apart.

While working in an outbuilding on the property, the family dog alerted the 41-year-old homeowner of a disturbance in his residence, where his wife and three children also live, the paper said, citing a release from police.

The homeowner armed himself with a shotgun and began checking the house, police said, according to Daily Independent.

Then the homeowner entered the room of one of his children where Yoe — holding a large piece of wood in a threatening manner — charged at the homeowner, the paper said, citing police.

In order to protect himself and his family, the homeowner fired at and killed Yoe, police told the Daily Independent.

Police said there apparently are no other suspects, none of the home’s residents were injured, and there is no danger to the surrounding community, the paper noted — although it added that the investigation is ongoing.

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Intruders break through back door of home before dawn — and then say good morning to homeowner’s shotgun

An Oklahoma homeowner told the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office he was awakened by a window breaking at his residence in the Pumpkin Hollow area before dawn last Friday — and so he made sure his shotgun was at the ready.

Soon two males he didn’t know were breaking through his back door, authorities said — and with that the homeowner called 911, confronted the pair, and fired his shotgun at them.

Leaving so soon?

Perhaps they experienced a sudden hankerin’ for breakfast, because at that moment they immediately fled the scene, authorities said.

Sheriff Jason Chennault and a deputy responded to the incident around 5:15 a.m. and found the suspects’ vehicle parked in the house’s yard, the sheriff’s office said. Turns out it was loaded with items stolen from the property’s outbuildings.

The sheriff and deputy then noticed a trail of footprints in the wet grass headed away from the house — and with that another deputy and his K-9 partner Lucas were called to the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

Lucas always gets his man

Lucas tracked the suspects’ trail to a dirt road where it appeared they met another vehicle, authorities said. But soon — with the help of a deputy marshal — they found a male who matched the homeowner’s description of one of the suspects.

James Levesque, 22, admitted to his part in the burglary — and the vehicle parked at the crime scene was registered to Levesque, the sheriff’s office said.

Then the hunt began for Levesque’s alleged accomplice — and they found 21-year-old Chase Baker at a residence in the Briggs area and arrested him, authorities said.

What happened to the suspects?

Levesque and Baker were booked into jail for first-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property, both felonies, and neither was injured by the shotgun blast, the sheriff’s office said.

The recovered stolen property will be returned to the burglary victim, authorities said.

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Crook steals car, drives off, ditches it, then tries breaking into nearby residence. But gun-toting homeowner ends his escapade.

Ryan Johnson Davis’ calendar apparently displayed a full schedule Thursday night.

What happened?

Phoenix, Arizona, police said the 32-year-old allegedly stole a vehicle near 51st and Van Buren Streets around 10 p.m., KPNX-TV reported, adding that Davis dished out a minor injury to the owner who fought with the suspect to prevent his car from being stolen.

Davis then allegedly drove a few miles away to the area of 53rd Street and Indian School Road, where he ditched the car and tried to break into a home, KPHO-TV reported.

But the homeowner had a gun — and wasn’t having any of it. KPNX said the homeowner shot Davis.

What happened to the suspect?

Soon after the suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital with an injury that wasn’t life threatening, KPNX reported.

When Davis was released from the hospital, the station said he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail for robbery, theft of means of transportation, residential burglary, and trespassing.

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Crooks bust into apartment in broad daylight but quickly turn tail and run — one jumping a second-floor balcony — when resident opens fire

A surveillance video showed a trio of men busting into a Florida apartment just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

But seconds later they were high-tailing back through the door, one of them so freaked out he hopped over a second-floor balcony to make his escape.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

What changed their minds so quickly?

Well, the break-in victim at the Park Place Apartments in Neptune Beach had a gun — and used it, WJXT-TV reported.

What are the details?

The station said the suspects were in the apartment for about eight seconds before the resident opened fire with five gunshots.

Here’s raw video:

Neptune Beach police confirmed one was shot in the chest and is at a hospital while the other two suspects are still on the run, WJXT said, adding that the shot man hasn’t been identified.

Surveillance images from a nearby parking lot show the suspects leaving in two getaway cars, a red Kia and a silver Pontiac, the station said.

Ken Jefferson — WJXT’s crime and safety expert and a former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective — told the station it was a “very scary situation” but “this homeowner realizes he has the right to protect himself, and he pulls out his gun, and he begins to fire. He’s well within justification to do that.”

WJXT said the apartment resident who fired the shots isn’t facing any charges.


Video: Neptune Beach resident shoots at 3 armed robbers, police say

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Armed intruders force their way into home — but homeowner punches one out and shoots the other to death. Surviving suspect charged with murder.

A doorbell video showed two men forcing their way into an Arlington Heights, Illinois, home at gunpoint Saturday,
WGN-TV reported.

But like many other stupid criminals, they didn’t count on the homeowner being up for several rounds of fisticuffs — or practicing the Second Amendment.

What happened?

Prosecutors said Bradley J. Finnan, 39, and Larry D. Brodacz, 58 — both armed with guns and after boxes containing $200,000 in cash that Brodacz claimed he saw in the home 20 years ago — were captured on a Ring doorbell security camera as they approached the home just before 2 p.m., the Daily Herald reported.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

Brodacz noticed the Ring camera and told Finnan to not look at it, prosecutors told the paper, adding that Brodacz rang the doorbell and forced his way inside after a male homeowner — expecting landscapers — answered. Finnan carried a bag containing zip ties and a blowtorch and followed inside, the Daily Herald said.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

Yelling and commotion followed, the paper said, and then the homeowner was seen on video chasing Finnan from the house and punching him repeatedly.


Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

As he fled, Finnan’s identity was revealed when his mask slipped, prosecutors told the Daily Herald.

Things get more terrifying

Meanwhile, as the homeowner’s wife saw the intruders inside her house, she screamed and ran to an upstairs bedroom with the couple’s children and closed the door, the paper said. And while her husband fought Finnan outside, Brodacz broke the bedroom door, pushed the children onto the bed, and pointed his gun at the woman who pleaded with him not to shoot, prosecutors told the Daily Herald.

Once the homeowner was done beating on Finnan, he returned inside and was retrieving a handgun from the home’s master bedroom when he was struck in the back of the head, the paper said.

During a struggle, the homeowner fired a shot at Brodacz but missed, and then the pair bit each other, prosecutors told the Daily Herald. Then Brodacz took a knife from his waistband and approached the homeowner — and fearing for his life and the lives of his family members, he fatally shot Brodacz in the stomach, prosecutors added to the paper.

More from the Daily Herald:

Arlington Heights police arrived and entered the home as the male homeowner, bleeding from a head wound and carrying his gun, walked down from the second story and told them he had shot the offender, prosecutors say.

Police recovered two bullet cartridges, Brodacz’s knife and his .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with seven rounds, authorities said. They also recovered the bag Finnan carried and other items.

At about 1 a.m. Sunday, Buffalo Grove police received a missing-person report about a man whose description matched that of Brodacz. After interviewing one of his family members, police identified him from his driver’s license.

Video surveillance from a Crystal Lake Metra station showed Finnan driving Brodacz’s car to the station and removing bags from the trunk at about 9:23 p.m. Saturday. Early Sunday, police located him at his mother’s Rockford home.

The family did not know either man, police told the paper.

Finnan charged with murder

The Daily Herald said Finnan is charged with murder under a statute that allows a defendant to be so charged if the accused takes part in felony offenses that lead to another’s death — even if the defendant wasn’t directly involved in the killing.

He’s also charged with home invasion and is being held without bail, the paper said. Finnan could face a life sentence if convicted, the paper said, adding that April 21 is his next scheduled court appearance.

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Homeowner grabs gun after confronting intruder who broke into his residence. Then crook charges at him — and it’s a painful mistake.

A Missouri homeowner saw a man standing inside his St. Charles County residence by the back sliding door after breaking in Thursday morning, KMOV-TV reported.

Naturally the homeowner screamed at the man, asking who he is and why he was inside his home, police told the station.

With that, the homeowner grabbed his gun from his couch — and then the intruder charged at him, police added to KMOV, citing a probable cause statement.

The pair struggled for the gun, the station said — but the homeowner apparently got the upper hand, shooting the intruder once in the leg.

What happened next?

The intruder ran from the home, KMOV said, but didn’t get very far.

Police later located him on the side of a nearby home, after which he was transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the station said.

James Conley is charged with first-degree burglary and third-degree assault, KMOV reported, citing charging documents.

Image source: St. Charles County (Missouri) Police Department

Conley was still in custody of the St. Charles County Police Department, the station added.

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