COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A man shot and was forced to fight an intruder in his own home when his wife discovered him and ran upstairs, The Gazette reports.
The intruder died, and the fight was a far nearer thing than it needed to be because the armed man waited to engage the threat until the intruder attacked him.
The fight lasted all the way until law enforcement arrived, although he eventually died from his wounds.
According to The Gazette:
The incident happened Saturday evening in the 2700 block of Flintridge Circle, on the city’s northeast side, where police were called to a burglary after 8 p.m.
“It appears as though the homeowner was protecting his residence and family members when this incident occurred at the house,” police Lt. Howard Black told the television station.
KKTV reported that a woman in the house spotted the intruder and fled upstairs to call 911. A man in the house confronted the intruder and told KKTV he was attacked before he fired his pistol. The couple spoke with the station, which didn’t report their names.
KKTV said the intruder continued to fight after police arrived and was subdued with a stun gun. Police at first said the wounded man suffered serious injures. He died Sunday morning, police said.
Investigators swarmed the house after the incident. It was an odd scene in a well-heeled neighborhood dotted with Halloween decorations.
I don’t think I need to tell you this, folks.
If you’re in your home, and it’s the night, and an intruder is in your home, don’t call them out, even if you’re armed. Don’t fire a warning shot. Either engage and neutralize the threat, or retreat.
The safety of you and those around you is what you wager when you wait. Don’t take the gamble.
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