ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — A 76-year-old man defended his daughter and himself when her disgruntled ex-boyfriend, 40-year-old Lee Brandenburg, broke in through a front window and attempted to gain entry. Brandenburg suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his leg and was captured by police shortly thereafter.
Albuquerque Police Department confirmed for KRQE News 13 that the father will not be charged but Brandenburg will face aggravated assault charges related to his crime.
Initial reports from KRQE suggested that the father had charges pending but later confirmed that police do not intend to press charges because the man feared for his life and used deadly force to protect himself and his daughter.
We’ve reported on a lot of incidences where restraining orders don’t work.
A restraining order is the start of a legal proceeding whereby if someone comes to attack you, that’s one more charge they have to face when caught… When they’re caught.
As a first step towards keeping an unwanted person away — good.
As a final action — bad.
After someone you know gets a protective order or restraining order out against another person, that someone needs to go to the range and start getting some live fire time on paper. If he or she doesn’t have one already, steer them towards a concealed carry permit. It allows that person to carry the handgun with her no matter where she goes.
Police are a deterrent against criminals but even the threat of the law may not be enough to keep bad men at bay. When that fails, a personal protection handgun and a license to carry it concealed may just do the trick.
Don’t believe us? Read some more about how handguns stop bad guys when restraining orders fail.
If you have an active protective order out against someone, please do the following:
- Get an alarm system
- Use that alarm system
- Get a personal protection handgun that you feel comfortable using
- Train up on using that handgun
- Carry the handgun everywhere you go
These are just five simple steps to ensuring that if that certain someone wants to violate the conditions of his protective order, he’ll have more to worry about than just one more felony charge to worry about.