ERIE, PA — Two thugs decided to try and ambush an armed homeowner in the middle of the night, and they were not at all ready for what was coming their way.
There is some question as to whether or not the suspects were armed, but there’s little doubt that the homeowner was afraid for his life.
As Your Erie reports:
An Erie homeowner allegedly shoots at a suspect attempting to burglarize his east Erie residence early this morning. According to the police report, a homeowner in the 1100 block of East 25th Street heard a noise in his backyard around 1:45am and went outside armed with a shotgun.
The homeowner, first, seeing only one suspect in his backyard. That suspect reportedly directed a second hidden suspect in the garage to shoot; that’s when the homeowner fired one shot.
Deputy Chief Mike Nolan of the EPD says, “we don’t have any indication that they were armed but what the homeowner stated, he was in fear of death or bodily injury. According to what he said, it doesn’t seem unreasonable but we are still investigating”.
The two suspects fled the scene allegedly unharmed. Police do not expect to file charges against the homeowner.
Every once in a while we’ll talk about shotguns as a home defense tool — since we talk about concealed carry often we don’t discuss them as often as sometimes I would like — they are fantastic defensive tools, especially for home defense, which I’m sure I don’t need to tell you.
The shotgun is — aside from a fantastic home-defense tool — what I like to think of as an “arm your buddy” firearm.
I don’t mean it’s a gun that you throw into the hands of someone who’s never seen a gun range, obviously. What a shotgun is fantastic for is being handed to someone with a reasonable familiarity with firearms, someone with good judgment and a working knowledge of the golden rules of firearm safety, and now you’ve just multiplied your home defense force by two.
Should you be able to afford it, in addition to whatever home defense platform you choose to employ, consider keeping a cheap, basic shotgun for added home defensive value.
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