I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
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19-05-2016, 11:27 AM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
For the record. I am a strong supporter of second amendment rights and I would be the first to tell you that if I for one second thought the kid was a threat to myself or my family...I would have shot him dead. However, this was not the case at all. I just remember the look of fear he had on his face. I think he was involved in some kind of gang initiation or something. He just did not seem like he had a lot of experience in this sort of thing.....but then again, I have never walked in on a robbery before. Needless to say, he did not take anything. The only thing he ran away with was crap running down his leg. Literally. ... I had to clean it out of the carpet.

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19-05-2016, 11:38 AM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
(19-05-2016 10:24 AM)skyking Wrote:  You opened this up to armchair quarterbacks.

Yeah.. you got that right. There is a lot of things I should have done differently. Like grab the martial arts weapons that was litterally in the closet just outside the bedroom door! But like they say, hind sight is 20/20. The main reason I went for the gun was because he was looking under the bed in the exact spot where I keep my gun. I wanted to make sure he did not have it.

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19-05-2016, 11:43 AM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
We don't have guns in Ireland - except for farmers, criminals and disgruntled IRA members. I've had a couple of break-ins throughout the years. I confronted a burglar who was trying to break-in through the back door during the afternoon. I worked the nightshift so I was trying to get some kip. I jumped up and went after him with an iron bar, he ran for his life. I'd say he got a right shock seeing a guy in just his underpants coming towards him. I now keep an axe under the bed, just in case.

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19-05-2016, 12:06 PM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
Grab weapons?-come on Jason Smile Yak would have knocked him out, I am not confident of my personal skills to do that myself. Lets just say he would be convinced that laying still is the best choice.
You had him down.
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19-05-2016, 12:23 PM
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I don't think you should have killed him since you had the drop on him. However, I would not consider it excessive to introduce his balls to your shoe to ensure he wouldn't run away.

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19-05-2016, 12:23 PM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
He's lucky that he wasn't in Albert Fish's apartment.

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19-05-2016, 12:41 PM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
(19-05-2016 12:06 PM)skyking Wrote:  Grab weapons?-come on Jason Smile Yak would have knocked him out, I am not confident of my personal skills to do that myself. Lets just say he would be convinced that laying still is the best choice.
You had him down.

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I would have knocked him out because the fight started before the weapon was in reach, and so long as I had the upper hand in that fight I wouldn't have disengaged until the potential threat had been neutralized.

In a perfect world, I'd have had someone else take his flank from about 10 feet away with a gun pointed at his head while I took control of and searched him up close, ready to disengage and let them take the shot if he started resisting.

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19-05-2016, 12:49 PM
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Disappointed this wasn't a case where this just happened and your first reaction was to go on TTA and make a thread about it.

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19-05-2016, 01:24 PM
RE: I came home to find someone breaking into my home!
We've had a string of break-ins here lately...mostly kids breaking into cars and using the garage door openers to get into the house. I'm planning to buy a taser soon, and maybe even a katana.

I don't suppose he could have gotten in with a garage door opener? Or did it seem like the door was forced up? Either way double up on your security, the same house often gets burgled multiple times.

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19-05-2016, 01:35 PM
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(19-05-2016 10:02 AM)jabeady Wrote:  Castle Doctrine is not blanket permission to commit murder within your four walls. It merely means you have a right to defend yourself and are under no obligation to retreat. If you put a bullet into someone's back, you'd better be able to explain why the person's back required you to shoot.

Oh crap!

Only if you are a cop can you shoot them in the back! Not legally, but you'd get by with it for sure.
Big dog time! If you have a 100 lb dog in the house that barks when one first dicks with the garage door the kid will try the next house on his list and leave yours be. I remember coming home and finding Brutus (120 lbs of Shepard/Great Dane mix) acting all nervous his nails clicking against the hardwood floors more than normal. When we found out that 3 houses in our block were broken into that day we gave Brutus a raw steak, a big one. He had earned his bonus!!
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