An 85-year-old homeowner in Cathedral City, Calif., was forced to act in self-defense when an intruder broke in on May 16, 2021.
The incident began around 6:15 p.m. that Sunday afternoon when a man forced his way into residence. Once inside, the intruder came across the occupants and a confrontation began. At this point, the the residents called authorities to report the intruder.
At some point during the confrontation, the intruder began to make death threats against the residents, spurring the 85-year-old homeowner to grab a gun. The homeowner then shot the intruder once in the upper body. The intruder was critically wounded by the shot and was taken to a local medical center intensive-care unit. None of the residents of the home were injured during the incident. (patch.com, Palm Desert, Calif, 05/17/2021)
From the Armed Citizen® Archives November 1985
Hearing a crash, Valerie Donaldson grabbed a gun and opened her bedroom door to find four masked and armed men who had burst into her Seattle, Wash., apartment. One burglar fired, wounding her in the stomach, but Donaldson shot and killed one burglar and sent the others running for cover. (The Chronicle, Spokane, Wash.)