A San Antonio homeowner gave a would-be burglar the chance to leave, police say. Instead, the criminal ran at one of the men pointing a gun at him, a mistake that cost him his life.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the unidentified homeowner awoke around 3 a.m. Sunday to a man trying to pry off the appropriately named burglar bars on the homeowner’s windows.
Check out the video from KENS-TV in San Antonio.
The homeowner said because he didn’t know who the man was, he grabbed his .357 Magnum and went outside.
The homeowner yelled, “Who are you?” which awoke the couple next door. The neighborâ€”who has also not been namedâ€”too grabbed his pistol and went outside. At that point, police say, both men pointed their guns at the man and ordered him to stop; in fact, authorities say the neighbor made several warnings for the man to stop moving so he could call police.
However, the neighbor told police, the man jumped the fence and charged the neighbor, prompting both the neighbor and the homeowner to fire at the would-be burglar. The man, who at this time has not been identified, died at the scene; police said they weren’t sure exactly how many times he had been shot, but the neighbor’s magazineâ€”which holds between 10 and 15 roundsâ€”was empty.
It’s not clear at this point whether either the homeowner or the neighbor will face charges. While we can’t speculate, self-defense shootings in Texas like this have rarely, if ever, brought criminal charges.
In this case, both men did what they had to do to defend themselves, their property and their families from a would-be burglar who may have had more malicious intentions.
What do you think? How would you have reacted in a similar situation?
That same day, an elderly gentleman on Grand River Avenue in Detroit was held up by another robber who had picked a bad target; the older gentleman, also a CPL holder, drew his pistol and shot the criminal. Both incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry.
"From the information that we've been given, we think it sounds fortunate that the landlord was armed in this case," said Lt. Britt Snyder of the Chaves County (N.M.) Sheriff's Department. "He certainly would have been no match for a man that's 40 years younger than him."
Biden didn't stop there, saying in another interview if you want to keep someone away from your home, "Just fire a shotgun through the door."
Plenty of folks may want to ban the AR platform, but this story proves these rifles have a place in today's society.
And oh yeah, Martin was completely naked throughout the entire ordealâ€”even when the police arrived on the scene. â€śImagine five police cars and seven officers rolling up to a scene with a naked man holding a weapon pointing at someone, and holding him down on the ground,â€ť Martin said. â€śThe police got a kick out of that.â€ť
"One issue that always boggles my mind is the idea that guns are a defensive weapon. That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon," James said. "A gun is an offensive weapon, used to intimidate, and used to show power. Police officers do not carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers, they carry a gun to be able to do their job in a safe and effective manner and face any opposition that we may come upon. If it was a defensive measure, why did we lose 55 officers last year to gun violence?"