Shop Owner Shoots 1 Burglary Suspect and Slaps Another in the Face

December 4 2014
by GSL Staff
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The owner of an auto-mechanics shop in Birmingham, Alabama opened fire on a pair of late night intruders earlier this week.

Two men scaled a fence surrounding the lot, most likely looking for items to steal.

The owner of the property was spending the night inside of the shop due to ongoing burglaries and thefts at the property.

The owner opened fire on the pair of intruders, striking one. The owner then slapped the second suspect in the face and told him to get off of his property according to

Both suspects fled the scene. The suspect who was shot showed up at an area hospital suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound.

None of the identities of the involved parties have been released yet and police have not made any arrests in the case. One suspect remains at large.

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.

This is the 36th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Alabama and the 1,357th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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