As reported, 29 year old Ronald Penn and an accomplice broke into a house on the 2200 block of SW 57. The home owner had just returned home for lunch, and fearing for his safety from the criminals, drew the concealed pistol that he was lawfully carrying. The home owner fatally shot Penn, and his accomplice fled. The home owner and his wife were unharmed, and police are searching for the accomplice.
Home invasions are a serious threat to the safety of those in the home, as criminals often murder, kidnap, or otherwise harm their innocent victims. Had this man not had a gun, it is almost certain that he would not have been able to call the police and have them respond quickly enough to save him. It is also important to note that few unarmed people can successfully fight off a pair of criminals by themselves, especially when those criminals are young males who are near the peak of their physical ability.
Fortunately, this home owner was prepared, and therefore able to defend himself. By saving himself, he was also able to save his loved ones the emotional harm they could have suffered had he been killed or otherwise harmed. This man’s heroic actions in defending himself have also taken at least one criminal off the streets, likely saving many other people from the terror and potentially lethal threat that is a home invasion.