The Armed Citizen® August 13, 2013

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posted on August 13, 2013
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Sandra Mize, 63, was asleep when she heard someone break in through the back door of her home. She grabbed the .22-cal. handgun she keeps by her bed and ran into her dark living room. Mize could see the silhouette of a man in her kitchen and warned him that she was armed. The man approached her despite her warnings. Mize fired once. The intruder advanced to the living room where he collapsed on the sofa. Mize kept her gun aimed at the intruder and asked him if he had been hit, but received no response. Soon after, police arrived and the intruder made his getaway attempt. He leapt from the sofa and tried to flee through the back door, but was met by a police dog. Officers arrested the 35-year-old perpetrator, who was uninjured. He has reportedly been jailed on two counts of burglary. (The Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA, 4/4/13)

Two would-be robbers were shot Friday night after they burst into a home with a fake gun and, authorities said, met a person inside who had a real one. The two men were in serious condition at the hospital Friday night, suffering multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Five people were home at the time of the attempted robbery, none of which were injured. A visitor in the home shot the intruders with a .40-cal. handgun. The suspects stumbled outside, collapsing on the sidewalk. (The Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay, FL, 7/20/13)

From The Armed Citizen Archives

April 1974: Out rabbit hunting and aware of an alert for three escaped prisoners, retired policeman George Koban, 46, of Ebensburg, Pa., spotted three suspects and ordered them to halt. They did, and proved to be the escapees. "They saw the shotgun and finally stopped when I asked them to," Koban said. "I never threatened to shoot." (The Indiana Evening Gazzette, Indiana, Pa.)

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