TAWAS CITY, MICHIGAN — Police discovered a homeowner going door to door with a gun, seeking help after a violent home invasion left one suspect dead and another seriously injured. Officers investigating the scene saw one slain suspect still had his mask on while the other managed to get a small distance before collapsing.
via Michigan Live
“The initial investigation revealed the subject who was going door to door was seeking help regarding a home invasion and robbery which had just occurred in his residence,” said Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser in the press release.
The police initially responded to 911 calls relating to the sound of rifle fire. Because the crime occurred around 8:20 p.m., it was likely dark out and homeowners were naturally suspicious of anyone going door-to-door with a gun in his hand.
Thankfully, police arrived and were able to assess the situation and see that the homeowner had indeed defended himself against two armed attackers. He did not know either of them. According to his testimony, the two masked robbers broke down his door and were brandishing hunting knives. He retrieved a rifle and shot both of them — one of them critically and the other was immediately killed.
There’s a good chance the 66-year-old man was absolutely in shock after having to defend his life from two violent strangers.
This is one of the hard realities of defensive gun use. It can be hard to push aside the traumatic effects of the incident itself and seek help from those nearby. People may either be hesitant to help or be in fear themselves.
The suspect that was critically injured is currently undergoing medical treatment for his injuries. No further word on his status but if he survives, he will be in custody until charges are brought against him by the District Attorney’s office. The slain robber had his name kept from the original news article pending notification to his next-of-kin.
In either case, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that this scenario would have ended extremely poorly for this homeowner if he had not been able to get hold of a firearm. These two suspects were not at all interested in just stealing a few things and leaving. That’s why it’s so important to stay armed, every single day, especially in the house. It’s impossible to anticipate when you will need a firearm, so keep one close no matter where you go.