Home Invader No Match for Retired Couple Who Were Both Armed

March 3 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: news-leader.com Archive: WebCite.org

stock_beretta…the couple that captures bad guys together stays together? No? OK, anyway.

It seems that a would be home invader bit off a bit more than he could chew when he tried to break into the home of a retired couple in the Springfield, MO area. The husband is a retired cop and it seems that the wife is also no stranger to firearms.

According to The News Leader, the wife was actually the first one to open fire on the suspect after he did not comply with commands at gunpoint.

“I asked him to get out,” Beverly Steelman said.

But Vanconia didn’t leave, she said. Instead, he continued toward her.

“I didn’t know if he was armed,” she said. “I think it was just instinct.”

Bob Steelman said after his wife fired the shot, he yelled at Valencia to get on the ground and put his hands behind his head.

“He followed all of my commands at that point,” he said.

Vanconia remained on the ground while the couple called 911, the probable cause statement said.

Bob Steelman said police arrived in two or three minutes to take over.

This is the 37th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Missouri and the 1,081st defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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