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.
Father Shoots and Kills Home Intruder
LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) — A man was fatally shot after allegedly breaking into a Lancaster home on Sunday.
The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. in the 45100 block of Loma Vista Drive.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives say the man got into the home through one of the downstairs rear windows and walked into an upstairs bedroom.
That’s when the homeowner who feared for the safety of himself and his children grabbed a gun and fired a shot, hitting the suspect, according to authorities.
The family inside the home at the time was not injured.
It appears the same suspect may have tried to break into other homes in the neighborhood first. Doorbell video from one home shows the man on a front porch trying to enter.
On Tuesday, the county coroner’s office identified the man as 27-year-old Michael Lashomb, and confirmed his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
Residents of the neighborhood are feeling on edge about their own safety after the incident and say they believe their neighbor was justified in the shooting.
“I would do the same thing,” said one neighbor, Darrell Jones.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Don’t Kick Door With Armed Women Behind Them!
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man wanted by Shelby County deputies ended up in the hospital after being shot by a homeowner Sunday.
Police say William Barnes was shot after he kicked in the front door of a home on South Holmes Street. Four days later the shooting still has one neighbor traumatized.
“For someone to try and break into somebody’s house like that? That’s crazy,” neighbor Rita Ross said.
Ross says she was asleep when she woke to people talking outside of her neighbor’s house. She says the conversation didn’t last long.
“Five or 10 minutes later it was like, ‘Pow, pow, pow, pow.”
According to the affidavit, Barnes was shot several times while trying to force his way into the house. He told a woman who was in the home that he was looking for someone.
Sharon Moorehead saw Barnes on her home security camera walking along the side of her house with a phone in his hand. She says she called police twice and shot Barnes after he kicked in her front door.
Ross says she was too scared to see what happened to Barnes, but she saw plenty of police.
“I was afraid that I just looked out the window, peeked outside the window, and I didn’t know what to think of it. Because it was scary.”
Barnes fled and later turned up at Saint Francis Hospital. He was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary.
No one answered the door at Moorehead’s house. But Ross, who says she frequently speaks to her neighbors, is still scared.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now. I mean, it’s so disturbing that this happened.”
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