Denver, Colorado Homeowner Shoots a Burglar in Self Defense

As reported, an early morning home invasion robbery attempt reportedly ended with one suspect dead and his accomplices on the run, after a homeowner fired in self defense:

Police say that three robbers set out to burglarize a home on the 3100 block of Gaylord Street in Denver, Colorado at 2:20 AM. Fearing for his safety upon the burglars’ forced entry to his house, the homeowner reportedly grabbed his self defense gun and fired, striking one of the suspects and sending the other two fleeing.  One suspect, identified as 17 year old Marcus Duran, was found dead at the scene from gunshot wounds, according to police. Police are seeking the other two suspects, and the homeowner was unharmed.

As I’ve noted before, criminals often work in groups, using superior numbers to overwhelm their victims.  When that happens, even the strongest unarmed victims can be overpowered by the numerically superior criminals.

When a crime victim is armed for self defense, things can be quite different. Every day, firearms allow a single crime victim to successfully defend themselves against multiple attackers.  Here, this homeowner used his handgun to fend off 2 attackers.  Similarly, this man used his handgun to defend himself against 3 violent men who broke into his apartment.  This business owner used his shotgun to stop 4 armed robbers who where pistol whipping an employee and threatening the lives of everyone present.  This mother used her handgun to defend herself and her young children from a pair of home invading prison escapees.  This woman used her gun to fend off 4 home invaders.  This man used his gun to save himself and his wife from 4 armed robbers.  This 91 year old man used his gun to save himself and his wheelchair bound wife from a pair of armed criminals who broke in to their home.  I could go on with more examples, but the point should be clear: Armed self defense works, and is often a crime victim’s best chance at avoiding harm.