[Video] Indianapolis Homeowner Talks Frankly About Shooting Home Invader

November 15 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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Source: fox59.com Archive: WebCite.org

A home invasion in Indianapolis, Indiana was stopped by an armed homeowner this week.

According to Fox59:

Police said the homeowner, who later identified himself as Howard Murphy, shot the suspect in the leg during a confrontation.

“He reached for something and was getting ready to strike me,” Murphy told FOX59 about the moments before he fired his gun. “I wasn’t intending to kill him or anything like that, but I had to get him up off me and I wanted him out of my house.”

“You don’t know when a person is gonna be there. You need to take that into consideration. Get a job. Do things the honest way and stop breaking into people’s houses. Because you don’t know who is waiting around the corner,” Murphy said.

Of course, most people who have trained with guns for self defense know that you don’t shoot to wound or kill, you shoot to stop the threat. I’m glad that the situation worked out for the homeowner, but it’s a much higher percentage move to aim center mass at any threat.

This is the 40th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Indiana and the 1345th 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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