As reported, a Phoenix, Arizona homeowner used his shotgun to stop a home invading robber.
Police say that a witness called to report a criminal breaking in to a coin operated car wash machine just after noon. The witness reportedly followed the escaping criminal’s car, and informed police that the criminal had parked in an elementary school’s lot, before fleeing on foot. Police are said to have arrived, set up a perimeter, and begun searching for the suspect, when they heard a gunshot. Police then reportedly received a call saying that a homeowner had shot an armed intruder, after that intruder broke in and tried to rob him at gunpoint. The intruder, reportedly identified as 26 year old Rudolph Gomez, is said to have died after being taken to a local hospital. Police reportedly say that Gomez was the same man who they had been searching for, and that the homeowner was unharmed.
Once again, we have an armed citizen who was able to successfully defend themselves against a violent criminal – as happens about 2.5 million times each year in the USA. Rather than being shot because he had nothing of sufficient value for the robber to steal, or just because the robber was in a sadistic mood, this man was able to avoid injury. In addition to saving himself, this homeowner likely saved others from an armed and violent person who was on the run from the police.