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The Armed Citizen® June 19, 2015

The Armed Citizen® June 19, 2015

Cell phones, a home security system and a gun were used to allow a California homeowner to thwart a home invasion. A 53-year-old Antioch resident, whose name was not released, was working in his home office one day in December. His wife, who had left the home, received an electronic alert from the couple’s home security system provider saying that the system had been breached. She then called her husband, who grabbed his gun and went downstairs to investigate. The homeowner found two intruders pawing through his belongings and, fearing for his life, fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects. A few minutes later, two people arrived at the Sutter Delta Medical Center seeking treatment for a man who had gunshot wounds. Police arrested the man and his 19-year-old female companion. No details regarding what charges would be filed against the suspects were available. (San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA, 12/12/14)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A recent rash of pharmacy robberies ended late Wednesday morning when the criminals responsible for the crime spree decided to hit the wrong drug store. Two men, armed and masked, entered a Milwaukee, Wis., pharmacy at 10 a.m. while their accomplice sat outside in an idling car. Inside they encountered two plainclothes officers, one of whom was able to shoot and wound one of the culprits. No other injuries were reported during the incident. (Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA, 4/16/15)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
September 1958
Suspicious of the two men who entered his store and asked for cold drinks, Frank Pattitoni of Detroit, Mich., grabbed his rifle as he entered a large refrigerator. One bandit slammed the refrigerator door closed while the other struck an 85-year-old friend of Pattitoni’s who had tried to help. Pattitoni opened fire through a window in the big cooler, killing one of the two bandits as they were looting his cash register, and causing the other to flee the scene. Pattitoni would receive a Citizens Medal of Valor from the Detroit Police Department for his actions thwarting the crime that day. (Associated Press)

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