Homeowner Shoots Armed Suspect Who Attacked and Pistol Whipped Him

October 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
Suspect Killed: State:
Source: connectmidmissouri.com Archive: WebCite.org


Not a lot of info on this one as of right now, but it sounds like a good shoot from all info currently available.

According to one local media report,

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded at about 2:30 Saturday morning to a reported burglary in progress in the 5500 block of Rocky Fork Drive. Upon arrival, they determined that 39-year-old William Harper of Columbia had come to the residence looking for someone and was told to leave.

After refusing to leave, deputies say Harper pulled a handgun and struck the victim, at which time the victim grabbed his own gun and shot Harper in the arm.

The suspect fled the area of the shooting, but was located by responding officers a short time later. Harper was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Harper is now facing multiple charges including assault and illegally using a weapon.

This is the 45th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Missouri and the 1,313th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, 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.

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