[Video] Gun Owner Shows Poise During Assault and Holds His Fire Due to Downrange Children
|Incident at a Glance|
|Gun(s) Used:||9mm, Handgun||Location:||Home|
|# of Suspects:||1||Shots Fired:||None|
The four rules of firearm safety should always be on your mind, even during a defensive use of your firearm. Of course, during an actual life and death situation this might be hard so it’s important to think about these things ahead of time, especially in your home.
In this case, an Idaho gun owner is earning praise from police and his local community for *not* opening fire on a woman who opened fire on him with a BB gun.
The woman, identified as Dominica Maddux, grabbed a BB gun and shot one man in the face as an escalation to a prior argument. Then she made an almost fatal mistake. According to ABC Local 8 News,
Tim Hanekamp, who was hit in the leg, said it began when he was inside his home and his wife told him there was someone outside the house a gun.
“I got my gun … put it in my back pocket,” he said. “I walked outside. As soon as I walked outside, I got shot in the leg. So I pulled (out) my gun, pointed it at her and she took off running.”
Hanekamp’s gun was not a BB gun — it was a 9 mm.
He said he didn’t fire because of the many children in the neighborhood.
“I didn’t want to have a projectile hit somebody,” said Hanekamp, 51. He said the police thanked him for not shooting.
Maddux is being held on two felony counts of aggravated battery following the incident.
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.