MARYSVILLE, WA — We have the distinct pleasure of reporting one of the best scenarios possible when it comes to self, home, and family defense — an intruder came to the house who had been training in self defense for years.
The man so totally dominated the intruder that there’s hardly a story.
As KCPQ reports:
The homeowner, Joe Hemrich, said it took the decade of training with his pistol to teach him not to pull the trigger on the man.
“I swing the door open and say, hey! He turned and that’s when I said, put your hands in the air,” Hemrich said. Just after midnight Sunday, Hemrich was staring straight into the eyes of a man with whom police said had four warrants out for his arrest. Hemrich said he didn’t know that at the time — all he knew in that moment was this man was holding a baton and was four feet away from his child’s bedroom.
“Up until two weeks ago, we had 70-degree nights, so those windows are open at night,” he said. The father of three held his stance in the doorway, holding the pistol he owned and trained with for 12 years. “This the first time in my life it has ever come out of a holster, when I wasn’t at a range,” he said. ” I train so I know exactly where it is, exactly how to pull it out, whether my finger is going on the trigger.”
Hemrich said it’s that extensive training and comfort with his weapon that allowed him to focus on the man in front of him, not on his gun, “which is why no one got shot last night,” he said. Hemrich said he’s heard the horror stories of what can happen in situations where homeowners confront criminals.
I’m not sure I would not have pulled the trigger on the home intruder myself, but Hemrich clearly had a handle on the situation, so I’m not about to judge.
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