The Armed Citizen® April 12, 2015

posted on April 11, 2015
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In the early morning hours, a woman called 9-1-1 to report that a man had broken into her home. She confronted the intruder with a firearm, causing him to flee before the police could arrive. Police are linking the event to other break-ins in the neighborhood, and the suspect is being sought. The resident was not injured. (Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover, NH, 9/10/14)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A 24-year-old Jonesboro, Ark. man with a long criminal record died Tuesday night after suffering a gunshot wound while attempting to rob another man. The assailant came to the victim’s apartment, pointed a handgun at his head and demanded cash. The resident complied with the man’s demands, but didn’t have enough money on him to satisfy the thief, which led to a physical altercation between the two. During a prolonged shuffle, the victim was able to retrieve his own handgun and fire a shot at the attacker, but the victim initially thought he had missed because the robber continued to struggle with him. When two of the resident’s neighbors arrived at the scene, the thug eventually stopped fighting. The authorities were called and the thief was taken to the local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The victim is not expected to face charges for the defensive use of his handgun. (Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, 2/5/15

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
June 1985

Like everyone in his family, six-year-old Jimmy Roland had been taught firearms safety. When a masked man recently held his mother at knife point outside their home near Bethel, Okla., Jimmy leveled an empty rifle and yelled, “Let my mommy loose!” The man demanded that Jimmy put down the rifle, but instead the youngster cocked it, giving his mother the chance to break away. The assailant fled, but a suspect and two accomplices soon were arrested and charged with attempted burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Speaking of Jimmy’s bravery, Sheriff Paul Abel said, “The amazing thing is, it was no big deal to him. I’m real proud of that kid.” (The World, Tulsa, OK)


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