Friday, October 20, 2006

Intruder shot by homeowner

From Keep and Bear Arms and the LA Daily News, we find this little gem of an article:

CANYON COUNTRY - A woman shot a gang member Wednesday who had broken into her Canyon Country home while his mother waited outside in the getaway car, sheriff's deputies said.

The 29-year-old suspect, whose wounds were not life-threatening, snapped the lock on the homeowner's screen door and barged in as the woman retreated to the backyard, gun in hand, according to a sheriff's report.
A 29 year old gang banger takes Mom out on a job, just another day at the office. Except today he picked the wrong house to rob, and the wrong woman to intimidate.

When suspect Mike Lugo of Palmdale approached the woman about 10:45 a.m. through her back door, yelling at her as he advanced, the woman shot him with a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver. Frightened, she hit him twice in the abdomen and once in the leg, missing a fourth shot, Bryski said.
Three out of four ain't bad. Actually it is much better than quite a few police shootings.

What did the sheriff have to say about this?

"To be honest it's fairly rare, but occasionally it does pay off to own a gun," sheriff's Lt. Tom Bryski said.
"...occasionally it does pay off"? Well sheriff, that "occasionally" is the reason we have the Second Amendment. That "occasionally" is why our Founding Fathers gave us the right to keep and bear arms. That "occasionally" is the reason so many people do accept the responsibility of carrying a firearm on their person. Remember that, sheriff, if you are ever in the position of approving concealed weapon licences in California.

This is the best part of the article:

Lugo managed to run from the Canvas Street street house and got into the Dodge Intrepid, with his mother, Cynthia Brandon, behind the wheel, Bryski said.

Brandon, 51, drove off, but the Palmdale resident didn't know where a local hospital was, Bryski said. So she flagged down a sheriff's deputy speeding by on Soledad Canyon Road and Deep Creek Drive. The deputy was responding to the victim's 911 call.
The bad guy's Mom flagged down the sheriff as he was answering the 911 call. Looks like the homeowner had it under control. It was good of the bad guy to make it easy for the sheriff's department to make an arrest.

The article points out that there is evidence that this was not the first house on the criminals list for the day. The article fails to point out that it would not have been the last if the homeowner had not taken action.

The neighbors always have something to say to a reporter:

Eryc Fults, 39, who lives a few houses away from the victim, heard shots, but thought they were wood pallets being dropped up the street. He learned later that the woman had shot a suspected burglar.

"Good for her," he said. "Well, not good that she shot him, but if somebody's breaking into your house ..."
You had it right the first time Eryc, good for her!


John Eyler said...

It's always noice to read a story with a happy ending. I'm gonna drink a toast to this gal tomorrow night!

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Yep, good for her. Pity she didn't kill the bastard.

JR said...

Yep, going to have to introduce her to the wonderful world of .45's.

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