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Burglar Sent Packing After Armed Homeowner Opens Fire

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR — When one homeowner’s life was threatened by the presence of an intruder in his kitchen, a knife fight ensued.

The suspect was shot once, but not with a bullet. The homeowner was able to catch the crook on film and fire off a shot at the criminal who, despite having a knife at the start of the scuffle, was unable to inflict anything more than superficial wounds on the homeowner.

As The Oregonian reports:

The burglary in the 9300 block of Southwest 171st Avenue in Cooper Mountain was reported around 12:35 p.m., the county sheriff’s office said.

The homeowner walked in on the stranger in the kitchen. The burglar grabbed a knife and a scuffle ensued, the sheriff’s office said. At some point, the homeowner took a picture of the intruder and fired at the man at another point.

The homeowner sustained minor injuries, the sheriff’s office.

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It’s not clear if the suspect was shot, the sheriff’s office said. He is described as appearing in his 20s, with a thin or medium build. Investigators believe he may have been driving away in an older model blue full-sized SUV.

Now, don’t get me wrong — it’s extremely impressive that a homeowner was able to both snap a picture and produce a handgun and fire off a shot before his or her attacker was able to land anything more significant than a flesh wound or two.

That being said, should you be placed in the same situation: dude. Take the shot before you snap the photograph.

I totally appreciate the sentiment, but before you worry about catching the bad guy later, eliminate the immediate threat. I would much prefer you be alive to report on a criminal’s behavior than have to get it from a phone.

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Falkenberg is a veteran writer and active voice in the gun community. He is passionate about not only ensuring that American citizens know their rights, but why they have those…

Falkenberg is a veteran writer and active voice in the gun community. He is passionate about not only ensuring that American citizens know their rights, but why they have those rights and what a gift it is to be in a country that acknowledges their God-given freedoms. His standard concealed carry rig is a Tristar T-100 in 9mm settled comfortably in a Quick Click and Carry Holster made by JM4 Tactical.

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