Armed Citizens

Posted: 05/17/2010 by Lynn Dartez in Land of The Free

While taking groceries to her car, a man approached an 82-year-old woman and said something horrible to her: “This is your day. You are too old to be alive anyway.” According to police, he then grabbed the woman’s cane and beat her. Despite the savage assault, the elderly woman managed to reach into her purse, draw her gun and fire a shot. The man fled and, upon hearing the shot, store employees quickly came to the woman’s aid. The self-proclaimed “stubborn, old broad” is badly bruised but will fully recover. “If I go naturally or to a sickness or something, fine,” she said. “I’m ready to go, but I’m not ready to let some idiot like that take me out.” (KVOA-TV, Tucson, AZ, 03/15/10)


Daniel Kaplan was parked in front of his business when two men sprinted toward his vehicle. One of them reached inside, punched Kaplan three times in the face and stuck a gun to Kaplan’s head. Then Kaplan’s instincts kicked in. Police say he grabbed the suspect’s gun with his left hand and kicked open the car door into his assailant. Kaplan then reached under the seat and grabbed his .45-cal. Glock pistol. “I got five shots off as quickly as I could,” he recalls. “I was fighting for my life.” At least one of the suspects was shot. Both fled the scene and are being sought by police. “I’m happy to be here,” said a relieved Kaplan. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, GA, 03/04/10)


A crazed, knife-wielding man attempted to stab people at random in a convenience store parking lot. Police said he’d already chased a delivery driver and others when he ran down a car leaving the lot. He lunged at the car’s driver with the knife, wounding him. That’s when the driver, whose two young stepdaughters were in the vehicle, produced a handgun and fired about six shots, killing the attacker. The driver will recover from his injuries.“You’ve got to protect yourself,” said witness Byron Cook.“He had his two kids in the car and they were terrified.” (WREG-TV, Memphis, TN, 03/05/10)


Maureen Cassidy awoke to a loud noise and got up to investigate. To her horror, a man with a knife had forced his way into her home. She hurried back to the bedroom and woke her husband, who got his Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun. The husband stood in the doorway and yelled to the intruder that he had a gun. Inexplicably undeterred, the intruder advanced toward the husband, who fired a shot. The wounded intruder fled the home. Police found him hiding in the bushes next door. A second person was also arrested in connection with the invasion. (The Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, FL, 03/13/10)


Police said that early one morning an armed suspect burst into a home office in an area described by one resident as “a quiet neighborhood.” Hearing the burglar, the resident quickly armed himself with a firearm. When the burglar approached, the resident feared for his life and shot the suspect, killing him. “I’m not for someone being shot,” said Nora Dietz, a concerned neighbor, “but you have to protect yourself.” (The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, MD, 03/29/10)


Raymond Michel and his wife, Dawn, returned home with their grandson when the 9-year-old noticed a suspicious light in a downstairs bedroom. Dawn investigated and found a few items in disarray. Then she found a garbage bag outside with money and jewelry in it, and a window screen was damaged. She ran to tell her husband that someone had been – or still was – in the house. Michel got his handgun and walked upstairs. Items were strewn about the floor and a bathroom door was shut that the Michels always keep open. Michel kicked the door open and it struck the intruder. The suspect began to aim a rifle at the homeowner, who quickly fired his handgun, shattering the door and narrowly missing the intruder. The suspect laid on the ground as everyone waited for police. (The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, CA, 03/04/10)


A man wasn’t home when an alarm indicated a possible break-in. He quickly called his neighbor, Gaylon Crawford, and asked him to check on the house. The neighbor noticed a door was forced open and the lights were on. Once inside he found two men wearing dark clothing. Police said the men claimed they were retrieving their tools, but Crawford didn’t buy it. He drew his handgun and told the men to put their hands up and wait for police. Instead, one of the men charged Crawford, who shot him. The suspects fled. The wounded man was arrested when he sought treatment for a gunshot wound at the hospital. His accomplice is still at large. (White Mountain Independent, Show Low, AZ, 03/09/10)


When he was awakened by his home security system, NRA Endowment member Steve Bason prepared for the worst – he got his Benelli M1 12-ga. shotgun, while his wife, Beth, an NRA Life member, grabbed her Glock 9 mm pistol.“At first we figured it was just another false alarm,” Bason told the editor of the “Armed Citizen.”“Then a light came on in our barn and I thought, ‘My goodness, this is real!’” Police say the couple cautiously approached the barn. They peered inside and found a man standing next to Bason’s truck with the door open. “There was some yelling and we probably said some words that aren’t fit for print,” Bason recalled. The suspect quickly found himself staring down the barrels of two different guns and waited patiently for police. (The Express, Lock Haven, PA, 02/02/10)


The incessant ringing of her doorbell woke a woman from her sleep. She looked through the front door peephole and saw someone in a hooded sweatshirt outside continuing to ring the bell. Police say the woman ran to the bedroom, got her handgun and dialed 9-1-1. As she returned to the front door, a second hooded suspect emerged, sprinted to the door and kicked it. His foot busted a hole in the door, knocking down the woman. She looked through the hole and saw the suspect preparing to run and kick the door again, so she stuck the barrel of her handgun out of the hole and fired two shots. The suspects fled the scene and are being sought by police. (KNXV-TV, Phoenix, AZ, 02/11/10)


Some twisted individual broke into a rural home, tied up a woman and her mother and sexually assaulted the younger woman, according to police. The older woman managed to send a cell phone text message to her neighbor. The neighbor’s boyfriend, Sonny Osborn, ran to the scene, saw what was occurring and ran to get his gun. He returned and shot the attacker three times. The suspect was treated at a hospital and taken to jail. Incredibly, the police and the attacker agree Osborn did the right thing. “[The suspect] even looked at Sonny and said, ‘I have no hard feelings man. You done what you were supposed to do’,” said Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bill Snead. “He said, ‘You just protected these people’.” (WTHR-13, Indianapolis, IN, 02/24/10)


Richard Evans didn’t feel safe in his own home the day after four teens broke into the house and stole guns and electronics. Unfortunately for all concerned, the teens returned. Police believe they were intent on stealing Evans’ four-wheel drive vehicle, for which they’d stolen the keys in the prior burglary. The teens wore masks and climbed Evans’ fence. He shouted at them to get off his property, but they did not comply. Fearing the teens were carrying guns, Evans grabbed his shotgun and opened fire. All four teens were wounded and taken to the hospital. Police plan to charge them with armed burglary and grand theft. (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 02/02/10)


Michael Hommes’ German shepherd was strangely upset in the middle of the night, running frantically to various windows in the home. Trusting his dog’s intuition, Hommes released it outside. The German shepherd likely saw the prowler in the yard. The next thing Hommes heard was his dog being shot. He ran back into the home and grabbed a pistol. By the time he returned to the front door, the prowler had already forced his way inside. Hommes shot at the armed intruder, causing him to flee the home. Hommes’ loyal dog was treated by a veterinarian for its injuries and will survive. An investigation is under way. (Star-Beacon, Ashtabula, OH, 02/16/10)


A group of armed men allegedly concocted an elaborate robbery ploy. The first step in their scheme was to break into an unoccupied home. Then they used a phone book to call electricians to the house so they could rob them. According to police, when the first electrician arrived, the robbers ambushed him. One of the robbers shot him in the leg and tied him up in another room. Shortly thereafter a second electrician arrived, who was also promptly shot in the leg. This electrician, however, turned out to be an armed citizen with a concealed-carry permit, and he was in no mood to become a victim. He drew a handgun and shot one of the robbers, likely saving his own life and that of his fellow electrician. The wounded robber was taken to the hospital. His accomplices fled and are still being sought. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA, 02/12/10)


NRA member Robert Cole and his wife, Pam, had just started to doze off one evening when they heard breaking glass and their motion detector alarm as it went off. Then Cole heard someone in the living room. “I woke my wife up and told her we had someone in the house, and she told me to grab the shotgun,” he remembered. Police said he peered out the bedroom door and saw a man in the living room holding a fire extinguisher. “I was worried he was going to hurt me or my wife so I [fired] one round of No. 6 shot,” Cole said. Police arrested the wounded suspect and an alleged accomplice nearby. This wasn’t Cole’s first act of armed citizenry. He was involved in an incident that appeared in this column in December 2004. (North Channel Sentinel, Pasadena, TX, 01/07/10)


A man allegedly burglarized a vending machine and fled from police in his vehicle. The suspect cracked his axle but continued to drive away. He stashed the car near an elementary school, which was placed on lockdown as police scoured the area. “As they were searching the area, they heard a pop,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. The sound they heard was the report of a nearby homeowner’s shotgun. The suspect entered the home and demanded money and car keys. In fear of his life, the homeowner fired his shotgun, killing the suspect. (The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, 01/27/10)


Police said that shortly after midnight three men broke into a home seeking money and drugs. There were no drugs in the home, but there was a .22-cal. rifle – and an 11-year-old boy trained in its use. The boy leapt to the defense of his mother and sister. One of the intruders shot the boy, slightly injuring him. The boy returned fire, seriously wounding a suspect and causing the men to flee the home. Police found all three intruders nearby. The wounded man was airlifted to a hospital and will be charged after his release. (San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 01/20/10)


Early one morning, a Ventura, Calif., man dialed 9-1-1 after spotting two alleged prowlers in his backyard. Unfortunately for the homeowner – but perhaps more unfortunately for the prowlers – the suspects forced open a locked door and entered the home before police arrived. The homeowner, armed with a handgun, fired upon the suspects. They fled the home. Police apprehended one of the suspects in the driveway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The other suspect, also believed to be wounded, was still being sought at press time. (Associated Press, 01/26/10)


When a neighbor knocked on Lawrence Sanderson’s door and informed him someone was trying to steal Sanderson’s privately owned fire truck, he phoned police, grabbed his handgun and went to the scene. Meanwhile, police said the intoxicated suspect started the truck, put it in reverse and slammed into the back of the garage, causing an estimated $300 in damage. The truck stalled and the suspect tried to restart it as Sanderson approached. Sanderson ordered the man at gunpoint to get out of the vehicle and lie on the ground. Police arrived and arrested the suspect shortly thereafter. “[Sanderson] holstered his gun as soon as our guys got there,” said Montrose, Colo., Police Cdr. Gene Lillard. (The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, CO, 01/26/10)


Michelle Cornelsen was working at her coffee shop when a teenager approached, drew a gun and demanded money. Cornelsen, a 31-year-old firearm enthusiast who’s been hunting since she was a young girl, was confident in her ability to defend herself. When another customer approached, the suspect hid his gun. Cornelsen took advantage of the opening, drawing a 9 mm Kel-Tec. She aimed it at the suspect and said, “You leave now!” He quickly complied. Cornelsen phoned police, and a deputy who’d coincidentally just bought coffee from her made a quick U-turn and arrested the suspect. (Coeur d’Alene Press, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 12/30/09)


Two or three men forced their way inside a home. The intruders were wearing ski masks and gloves, leaving little doubt as to their malicious intent. To protect his wife, cousin and 1-year-old daughter, the homeowner quickly retrieved his handgun and opened fire on the intruders, who returned fire. One intruder died after being shot multiple times. At least one accomplice fled the scene and is still being sought. The homeowner was slightly injured in the assault, but will recover. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, TX, 12/31/09)

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