Armed Woman in PA Detains Two Thieves at Gunpoint For Police, Police Praise Her

January 16 2015
by GSL Staff
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Fearless, armed women are certainly making a statement so far in 2015. Case in point, when an armed Pennsylvania woman found two men breaking into a car in her driveway she quickly took action.

According to local media reports:

Ephrata police already had been alerted by a 911 caller that two men were entering cars along Misty and Creek lanes at 2:30 a.m. Monday, according to criminal complaints. But the woman took action when she saw the man trying to break into a car in her driveway at Meadow View and Overlook drives.

“She was an alert, lawfully armed citizen,’’ Ephrata police Lt. Chris McKim said. He declined to identify the woman.

Police arrested Robert Joseph LaFleur, 22, of Denver after the woman turned him over.

It wasn’t easy: LaFleur resisted, and an officer had to use a Taser on him before taking him into custody, according to Ephrata police Sgt. Matthew Randolph.

A second suspect was arrested nearby. The pair is suspected in numerous thefts in the area.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 42nd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Washington and the 1,385th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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