News stories of civilian self-defense seldom receive adequate media coverage. After all, armed good guys stopping violent felons does not make headlines like the lives of innocents being taken. Bias and agendas play their part, but the media does not cover an event that did not happen, such as a case where a good guy stopped a violent event before it resulted in the loss of innocent life. However, these are exactly the type of stories we need to highlight to educate non gun owners before they head to the voting booth.
Why Does Anyone Need an AK-47?
Texas – On January 19, 2019, at about one a.m. in the morning, a gunfight occurred on Sherman Street in Houston, Texas. It was in the Magnolia Park neighborhood.
Authorities are investigating after dozens of shots were fired in east Houston.
According to a detective, the incident began as a home invasion at the 7000 block of Sherman.
Authorities say the homeowner defended himself when the suspects entered the home. Following the shooting, the suspects fled from the scene.
Two armed home invaders broke in. One of the home invaders was reported as shot in the leg and running from the house. He survived. One home invader died in the front yard. Another person, believed to be one of the home invaders, was found dead in a car two blocks from the scene. A fourth suspect ended up in the hospital and died there. The fifth suspect was wounded, fled the scene, and was being treated in the hospital.
The home-owner gave an interview to Stefania Okolie, reporting from abc13.com.
The defender was 20 years old. According to him, two men in ski masks broke in, demanding money. At first, he thought it was a joke. This sort of denial is common among crime victims. The other three home invaders had not entered the house. The defender said he used a pretext of getting money from under the couch. Instead of money, he pulled out a loaded AK-47 clone.
He shot at the two home invaders. They fired back as they fled. He wounded both of them. One died in the front yard, the other, wounded in the leg, fled, and is in the hospital.
The defender pursued the invaders into the front yard. The pile of brass in the front yard has been described as being from several different guns.
Three of the aggressors were killed. Two were wounded. The defender was not injured.
The defender continued the gunfight with three occupants of the car that delivered the two home invaders. The group fled the scene in the car.
The car crashed a couple of blocks away. One suspect was found in the car, dead. One wounded suspect was found at Capitol and 71st Street, he was the suspect that died at the hospital. The third suspect from the car was wounded, fled the scene, and was being treated in the hospital.
According to Sefania Okolie, the police told the homeowner he had done the right thing.
There were no charges filed against the defender. He was not wounded. There were no reports of contraband being discovered at the shooting scene.
70-Year-Old Thwarts Robber
West Virginia – A 70-year-old woman prevented a robbery by shooting the suspect as he was attempting to break into the home, per a local media report.
WVNS reports the robbery happened in Hillsboro early Monday morning. The news agency said the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department said 34-year-old Jesse Blake attempted to break two windows to get into the woman’s home.
Deputies with the Pocahontas County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an attempted robbery that happened during the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. They were called to a home on Seneca Trail near Hillsboro, WV at around 3:10 a.m.
When investigators arrived they found Jesse Blake, 34 of Marlinton, WV lying in the yard. He had been shot. Blake allegedly tried breaking two windows to get into the house. Deputies said that is when the 70-year-old woman who lived in the home shot him with a .22 magnum rifle.
Blake was taken to a hospital in Roanoke for treatment. The case is still under investigation. Chief Deputy David Walton said charges were expected to be filed against Mr. Blake.
According to Chief Deputy Walton, this is the second incident like this in the county. The other incident involved an attempted break-in where the suspect was scared off by the homeowner.
Prosecutor: Woman Who Shot, Killed Robber was ‘Clearly Justified’
CINCINNATI — No charges will be filed against a West Price Hill store owner who shot and killed an alleged robber, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Thursday, adding that she was “clearly justified.”
The woman, who WLWT is not identifying, said “I fought for my life.” She said she is still rattled by the incident and is locking the doors between customers.
The incident took place on Jan. 23, when Cincinnati police were called to the Glenway Pony Keg on Glenway Avenue for reports that someone had tried to rob the store. Deters said that the store owner shot and killed a gunman who pointed a gun in her face during a robbery. Deters said’
As long as I’ve been prosecutor, I’ve said this repeatedly: If you go into a store with a gun and rob it, you forfeit the right not be shot.
The prosecutor showed video of the incident, in which the gunman entered the store, went behind the counter and demanded money from the store owner. He threatened to kill her multiple times, Deters said.
The armed robber said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ He said it constantly: ‘I’m going to kill you.’
The gunman, later identified as 48-year-old James Douglas, had a loaded gun, Deters said, but he had failed to chamber the first round. Douglas was shot twice, in the chest and the back, Deters said.
The police located two firearms at the scene. They found a loaded 9mm Springfield Arms which Douglas brought to the scene and a Ruger .380 semi-automatic owned by the store owner. Deters said the store owner had a concealed carry license.
“This man was in a horrible spiral. He had kids,” Deters said. “I feel badly for the children of this man who has been shot, but he brought it upon himself.”
Neighbors said Douglas was in business for himself in masonry and had four children but one of them died in an accident at age 13 in 2010.
Deters clarified that he will not seek charges against the store owner.
I’m sure it’s traumatic for her, but she did what she had to do…
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