[Video] Elderly Homeowner Uses Shotgun to Shoot Two Female Burglars

October 30 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: abc13.com Archive: WebCite.org

An elderly homeowner in Texas used a 20-gauge shotgun that he normally uses for deer hunting to shoot two suspected burglars earlier this week.

A pair of women allegedly broke into the home were they were met with the armed homeowner.

According to ABC13,

Deputies found two women– one 17 years old and the other in her mid-20’s — both shot in the torso. The older suspect was still in the house, while the teen ran into the street and collapsed.

Lt. Walter Stensland said it’s the first encounter he’s had with a case involving two female suspects, certainly suspects shot while allegedly committing a burglary.

At least one was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Both are expected to survive but they may have suffered lifelong injuries. The older suspect was out of surgery Wednesday night, but may be paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. The teen suspect, who remained in surgery Wednesday night, may lose an arm.

This is the 174th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas and the 1,334th 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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