LUBBOCK, TEXAS — Good guy dad catches an intruder breaking into his home while him, his wife, and his six children were trying to sleep. One of his kids heard the break-in and got him up. He proceeded out to the kitchen with his firearm and saw an unknown man pouring lighter fluid on his kitchen floor.
If that’s not Mop N’ Glow and he doesn’t intend to make the floors spic n’ span, then there’s going to be BIG problems.
According to Lubbock police in their statement to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the father attempted to allow the intruder to leave peaceably. The would-be arsonist did not take him up on the offer.
“At that point, the father says the suspect told the family to get out of the house as he poured lighter fluid on the floor and attempted to light it on fire,” the statement reads. “The father says he told the suspect to stop or he would shoot, but the suspect became more agitated and began approaching him until he could no longer back up. The suspect was then shot in the stomach.”
The police arrived on scene at 2:15 a.m. and found the suspect on the ground with a bullet wound to his stomach. He was taken to a nearby medical center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He will be charged with breaking into the residence and attempting arson, amongst other charges.
Good guy dad doesn’t take chances on whether or not he has to lose his home and potentially have any of his children harmed over some deranged fool wanting to set his house on fire.
We’ll give this dude (the suspect) the benefit of the doubt and say he was obviously not feeling well mentally but truth be told, that amounts to less than beans. He had no qualms about setting a house on fire with six kids inside. He’s not about to win ‘civic engagement of the year’ award any time in the foreseeable future.
We don’t know what it is about Lubbock, Texas, in particular, that seems to spur on so many ridiculous home invasions, but we would like to note that the armed citizens of Lubbock seem to do just fine handling it.
In September, a couple worked together to stop a violent robbery in their own driveway. That same month, an armed homeowner had to deal with a violent man on his doorstep brandishing a knife. He defended himself. And last year around this time, a burglar broke into a home and got intercepted by the homeowner’s neighbor. That neighbor held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived.
Stop being so badass, folks of Lubbock. Or, actually, don’t stop. In a country increasingly wary of violent break-ins, robberies, and assaults, it seems Lubbock isn’t immune — but they handle themselves quite well.
In this particular case, a family man stopped a would-be arsonist from setting his home on fire — and even gave the guy the opportunity to quit while he was ahead. If I ever break down anywhere, I hope I break down in Lubbock. Seems like folks are rather reasonable up until the point you endanger them.