As reported, a car burglar was reportedly shot in self defense when he was caught in the act and then became aggressive towards his would-be victim.
Police say that during the middle of the night a Putnam County, Tennessee resident found a burglar in his car. The resident is said to have ordered the burglar out and tried to detain him at gunpoint until the police could arrive and arrest him. Rather than complying, the burglar is said to have become aggressive towards the resident, causing the resident to fire in self defense. The burglar was reportedly hit multiple times, at which point he fled. Police later arrested a suspect, who was reportedly identified as 33 year old Kenneth Wayne Jones. Jones was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, then transferred to another hospital. The burglary victim was unharmed.
A recurring theme I’ve heard is the mistaken idea that if a person is law abiding and doesn’t get involved with criminals, then they won’t really have to worry about being attacked by criminals. While some crime is certainly criminal-on-criminal as they try to steal each other’s drugs and drug profits, there is plenty of crime randomly directed at law abiding citizens – often by criminals who prefer to steal valuable property than work hard to earn it. As this case shows, crime can happen to anyone – even if they are a law abiding member of their community. For that reason, I believe it is prudent for everyone to be capable of defending themselves.