As reported, a home invasion victim used his handgun to save himself and his family from an armed intruder who had forced them all into a bathroom:
Police say at about 5:30am, a home invader, who was armed with a handgun, forced his way inside an apartment in the Wellsford Oaks complex in Tusla, OK. The robber is said to have pointed his gun at the residents before forcing them into a bathroom. One of the residents was able to grab his own gun and shoot the intruder through the bathroom door, according to police. The injured robber reportedly fled, leaving the homeowners without any serious injuries. A suspect, reportedly identified as Melvin Dan, was apprehended at a local hospital when he sought treatment for his gunshot wound, and was charged with armed robber and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to news reports.
Those who are unarmed, or who are armed with an inferior weapon, will often end up overpowered by the criminal, with dire consequences. Nor can a citizen rely upon the police for protection, as they are minutes away while it takes a criminal who is breaking in just seconds to harm their victim. It is also important to note that the police will sometimes fail to help even when asked repeatedly, and they are not legally liable for that failure. Adding to the problem, police are 5.5 times more likely than an armed citizen to shoot the wrong person, meaning that there is a certain degree of danger anytime there are armed police coming to the aid of a citizen.
Fortunately, this crime victim was prepared to defend himself and his family, and as a result they
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