The Armed Citizen

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January 12, 2018 –

Criminals might consider the elderly a vulnerable segment of society and easy victims to prey upon, but that wasn’t the case in Florida. When a would-be burglar tried breaking into the home of an 81-year-old, the homeowner turned the tables on him with a gun. The incident started when a stranger rang the doorbell of a New Smyrna Beach, Fla., home. The resident, not recognizing the visitor, declined to answer the door. A few minutes later, the citizen noticed the man on the porch was putting on white gloves. At that point, the senior citizen grabbed his personal protection handgun. When the outsider proceeded to break the glass of a first-floor window and reached in to unlock it, the older man fired several rounds, possibly grazing the suspect. Police were searching for the bad guy. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Daytona Beach, FL, 10/9/17)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
When three men broke into a home early one morning, the homeowner was having none of that. Although the intruders shot the resident in the leg, the homeowner was able to respond with his own gunfire. One of the ill-intentioned trespassers died at the scene while another was later found dead in a stolen vehicle. The third man was taken into custody. (, Greenleaf Township, MI, 11/20/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
January 1959
Grocer Bernard Frey of Buffalo, N.Y., thwarted his third holdup in five years by jerking out his own revolver when a bandit pointed a pistol and demanded money. The robber pleaded, “Don’t shoot,” dropped his gun, and fled the store. (Evening News, Buffalo, NY)

January 8, 2018 –

Police arrested a Texas man after responding to a call about shots being fired. The suspected burglar had been trying to break into a San Benito, Texas, residence but ran up against a prepared homeowner. The armed citizen responded by firing at the would-be thief, who then ran away. Someone had called 9-1-1 to report gunshots, and the police nabbed the perpetrator. The man who lived in the home was not charged. (San Benito News, San Benito, TX, 10/13/17)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
After breaking into a community church and stealing a sledgehammer from a truck, a burglar tried to force his way into a house, which would end up being his last stop. The homeowner heard noises at his front window, back door and also his front door. When the noises continued, he grabbed his shotgun and went to the front door to investigate. When the homeowner opened the front door, the burglar rushed at him with a framing hammer whereupon the homeowner shot him. The intruder ran a short distance, collapsed and died of his wounds. Police determined the shooting was justified. (, Midwest City, OK, 7/21/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
January 1980
A man broke into the Richmond, Va., home of Brodus Cheatham, crept into the bedroom and demanded cash. Even though Cheatham complied with the demand, the thief punched him in the face. At that, Cheatham grabbed a .38 cal. revolver from under the bed and fired, seriously wounding his attacker, who fled but was later arrested by police. (The News-Leader, Richmond, VA)

January 5, 2018 –

Quick thinking kept a North Carolina woman safe during an abduction. The woman tricked her attacker into taking her to her home, where her husband—who had access to a gun—was. The victim was working late one night when a man broke into the business establishment. The attacker, holding a sock with a pointed object in it, implied that he had a gun, manhandled the woman and forced her into her car. Keeping her wits about her, the woman told the miscreant that she had cash at her home and said if he drove her there he could have it. As the assailant held the woman in a chokehold and walked her into the house, her husband, who was inside, grabbed a gun and fired, scaring the aggressor off. The predator was later arrested and charged after he was found hiding in a nearby trailer. Authorities said the husband was within his rights to shoot. (, Norfolk, VA, 10/18/17)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
One afternoon, an armed robber entered a Circle K store with the intent to rob the place. Luckily, one of the store employees had a gun and decided not to let that happen. When the robber pointed his gun at her, she grabbed her pistol and shot him. He was taken to a hospital where, upon his release, was to be booked into jail and likely charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The store clerk is not facing any charges. (Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM, 9/19/17)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
January 1971
In holding up a Miami, Fla., restaurant, two armed robbers covered employee Patricia Hepburn, 19, so closely that her co-worker, Otis Shabazz, 40, could not use his pistol. Vaulting over the counter, Shabazz forced one robber to flee and held the other for police. (Herald, Miami, FL)

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