The Armed Citizen® June 3, 2016

posted on June 3, 2016

An escaped convict who probably figured he had nothing to lose by committing a crime while he was on the run was wrong: He lost his life. The former inmate broke into a Vicksburg, Miss., home to hide out. With a knife in hand, he corralled a man and his family into the bathroom, where the criminal tied up the man and held the family hostage. Eventually, the bound man broke free and attacked the escapee. The bad guy overpowered the homeowner, though, and stabbed him in the shoulder. Shortly thereafter, the homeowner’s wife persuaded the intruder to let her leave the bathroom to take care of something. She returned with a gun and shot he escapee. She then freed her husband, who shot the suspect again, killing him. The escaped con, who had been jailed on suspicion of murder, had been on the lam for about a week since breaking out of the Warren County jail. (The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS, 3/10/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A 25-year-old burglar was shot while attempting to break into a suburban Austin, Texas, home. The suspect parked his vehicle in the driveway of the residence and then attempted to enter the home through the front door, but found it to be locked. The creep was then able to gain entry into the kitchen through the garage; however, he was immediately confronted by the house’s armed female resident. With a handgun pointed at the intruder, the homeowner ordered him to leave. When he refused, the woman shot him once in the abdomen. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to survive his wound. (Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX, 1/12/16)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
July 1980
Cy Cohen was working behind the counter of his Topeka, Kan., cutlery when a man who claimed to have a gun approached him and announced a robbery. As Cohen opened the cash register and put the money on the counter, he drew his own pistol. The would-be robber beat a hasty retreat from the business. (The Daily Capital, Topeka, KS)


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