AL Homeowner Uses .22 Rifle to Fight Off Two Intruders

October 25 2014
by GSL Staff
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While .22LR is certainly not the ideal caliber for self defense, we’ve certainly documented quite a few stories of it getting the job done here at Guns Save Lives.

It looks like it did it again this week in Birmingham, Alabama. According to,

The resident, Arthur Williams, said one of the two burglars ran off clutching his chest after he fired at them with a .22 rifle. A second burglar fled in a white SUV, Williams said. The incident happened about 8:30 a.m. in the 200 block of 61st Street South.

Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said a man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at Trinity Medical Center. He is being transferred to UAB Hospital to undergo surgery.

A second suspect was taken into custody a short time later.Officers stopped the suspect nearby after hearing a look-out bulletin for a white SUV with a shattered rear window.

Witnesses say the two men entered the home, gunshots were fired and then the two men fled the home.

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 32nd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state Alabama and the 1,328th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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