As reported, a Blytheville, Arkansas homeowner used his gun to stop a burglar who attempted to ambush and shoot him.
Police say that a man known to the homeowner knocked on his door to ask for a cigarette, as part of a robbery scheme. When the homeowner opened the door, an accomplice who was wearing a bandanna and holding a pistol is said to have barged in to the home. The homeowner reported fired in self defense, striking the intruder and causing him to flee. Before fleeing, the intruder reported fired at the homeowner but missed. One suspect is in custody at a nearby hospital, and police are seeking a second suspect, according to news reports.
A common argument against armed self defense is the incorrect idea that a crime victim who is caught off guard will be unable to effectively act in self defense against a criminal who came ready to attack. As this self defense shooting shows, that is inaccurate. Here, a man who was not expecting to be attacked was able to prevail against an intruder who had a gun and an accomplice to distract the homeowner and lull him into a false sense of security. Despite that, the homeowner was unharmed and the intruder was shot.
Nor is this an isolated case of self defense success. Many crime victims are able to defend themselves against criminals who seemingly have the upper hand, as some recent examples show: This man defended himself against a revenge-seeking assailant despite having just woken up. This man managed to shoot 2 armed robbers in self defense, despite being choked by the robbers and held at gunpoint in his own home. This homeowner managed to get his gun from a drawer, despite the fact that a criminal held a knife to him. This elderly man managed to grab a self defense gun, despite being shocked with a stun gun and beaten by a 24 year old man. This man managed to draw his concealed carry handgun and shoot an armed robber in self defense, despite the fact that that robber was standing behind him and pointing a shotgun at his back. This jewelry store owner managed to grab his gun from under a desk, despite the fact that two robbers were in his store, one of whom had a gun pointed at him. This pawnshop managermanaged to shoot an armed in self defense, saving himself and his teenage employee, despite the fact that a gun was being held to that employee’s throat. I could go on with many more examples, but the point should be clear – armed self defense works.