As reported, an intruder who repeatedly broke in to a Lincoln, New Hampshire apartment, while apparently looking for a former resident of that apartment, was shot in self defense by the current tenant:
Police say that an intoxicated intruder entered an apartment at 29 Main Street at approximately 8:30pm, in an attempt to find a former resident of that apartment. The current residents reportedly ejected the drunken man from their home, only to have him return and threaten to harm towards one of the residents. The intruder again refused to leave and advanced on the resident, who grabbed his self defense gun and fired a warning shot, to no avail, according to news reports. Fearing for his safety, and corned in his bedroom, the resident reportedly fired again, striking the intruder in the leg and ending the attack. Police arrived and apprehended the suspect, who was treated at a local hospital, and who is reportedly expected to face charges of criminal threatening and criminal trespass. The apartment renters, who were unharmed, are not expected to face charges.
As this case shows, violent home invasions can be the result of intoxicated or confused individuals, who mistakenly target the wrong home. Regardless of the underlying motive, a home invasion is still a deadly threat to the residents. Here, the residents apparently did everything they could to avoid having to fire in self defense, to no avail. Fortunately, these apartment renters were armed, and as a result were able to survive this home invasion unscathed.