Indiana Man Uses .45 to Defend His Mother From Hammer Wielding Intruder

July 31 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
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Here is the press release from the local sheriff’s office.

Kosciusko County Officers apprehended a burglary suspect Wednesday morning, just north of Leesburg, within 12 minutes of the crime. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were advised of a burglary in progress Wednesday morning at approximately 10:18 a.m., along with a suspect that was fleeing the residence 6008 North, Old State Road 15, Leesburg. As officers from several area departments began to converge onto the area, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Smith located a vehicle matching the 9-1-1 description, traveling northbound from Leesburg on Old State Road 15.

Deputy Smith initiated a traffic stop with the green colored Mercury Sable and took the suspect, Mack Samuel Stokes, 43, Warsaw, into custody without incident.

K.C.S.D. deputies and detectives determined during the initial investigation that the owner of the residence had originally been startled by a sound located in the rear of her house. The female homeowner confronted Stokes inside the residence and discovered he had broken out a window to gain entry. She immediately retrieved her son, who also subsequently confronted Stokes as he was walking back to the house from his vehicle, wielding a claw hammer. The victim’s son had obtained his personal .45 caliber handgun at which point Stokes returned to his vehicle and began to flee the property. Stokes purportedly attempted to run-over the male victim in the driveway, at which point he then discharged his firearm into the Mercury Sable.

Stokes was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony burglary of a dwelling. It was later determined that Stokes did not have permission from the actual owner to be in possession the vehicle used in the commission of the burglary. He is currently being held on a $6,000 bond and my face additional charges according to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was assisted in the investigation by the Milford Police Department and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. 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.

This is the 39th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Indiana and the 1,242nd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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