The Armed Citizen® August 28, 2015

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posted on August 28, 2015
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Hey, burglars, a North Carolina sheriff has the lowdown for you: If you’re breaking into someone’s home because you have a drug habit, break into the home of a drug dealer—it’s safer than picking a home at random. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid offered that advice after a homeowner used a 12-ga. shotgun to kill one of two people who had kicked down his door and entered his home in late February. The dead man had a criminal record of misdemeanor and felony charges. The second suspect fled after the shooting; if apprehended, he could face murder charges because a death occurred during the commission of a crime. North Carolina has a “stand your ground” law, and charges against the homeowner are not expected. (Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, NC, 2/25/15) 

Two good Samaritans from Rockford, Ill., attempted to intervene during a public domestic dispute and were rewarded for their good deed by being attacked by one of the actors. The pair was traveling in a pickup truck when they encountered a couple arguing in or near a sport utility vehicle. When they approached the arguing couple, the man in the dispute used his vehicle to strike one of the interceders. Seeing that the driver of the automobile was preparing to hit the victim again, in an effort to protect his friend the other man produced his legally concealed handgun and fired five shots in the direction of the driver. While he was not struck by any bullets, the fusillade did cause the driver of the vehicle to jump a curb and crash into a street sign. When police arrived the suspect was charged with aggravated battery with a vehicle and domestic battery. Neither good Samaritan was seriously injured during the incident. (Rockford Register Star, Rockford, IL, 6/20/15) From

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
December 1970
Noticing someone breaking into a neighbor’s apartment, Gary Messersmith, of Santa Ana, Calif., phoned police and went to the rear of the apartment with his shotgun. He arrived in time to intercept a man climbing out of the rear window with a typewriter. Messersmith covered him until police arrived. (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA)

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