[Video] Couple Uses “Recreational” Shotgun to Fight Off Intruder
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|Incident at a Glance|
|Gun(s) Used:||Long Gun, Shotgun||Location:||Home|
|# of Suspects:||1||Shots Fired:||None|
An Alabama man was glad to have a shotgun in his home when an intruder attacked his wife last week.
The shotgun was said to have been kept for recreational purposes such as skeet shooting, but it apparently worked just fine in a defensive role as well.
According to local media, when the woman went to take her dog outside early in the morning, a man followed her back inside. She called for her husband to help. The husband entered the room and began fighting with the suspect.
The wife grabbed the shotgun and handed it to her husband once he had physically subdued the suspect on the ground.
He held the suspect at gunpoint for nine minutes until police arrived.
According to Fox 6:
“Standing there with the gun, I said, ‘If you move, I’m going to think you’re going to attack me again and I will shoot you. I have the safety off,'” Caleb said. “I showed him the rack in the slide and I told him, ‘That is how it’s going to be and we’re going to wait.'”
And they did, for nine minutes. Police arrived and arrested 36-year-old Michael Jones. He’s charged with first degree burglary and being held on a $60,000 bond.
He and his wife had some compassionate words for [Michael Jones, the suspect].
“I’m sorry that whatever in your life brought you to this point where you should hurt or rob people,” Caleb said. “Hope you find it in your heart to stop hurting other people to get your own way in life and best of luck when you get out.”
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.