Homeowner Shoots Attempted Burglar Multiple Times

June 29 2015
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
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Source: news-leader.com Archive: WebCite.org


A Springfield, MO homeowner used deadly force to defend himself and his home when a man attempted to break in last week.

According to local media reports:

Lt. Robert Byrne said police were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 800 block of South Link Avenue at 9:21 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

Byrne said the wounded man was “a person of interest” who the resident had stated was breaking into their home, and that it appeared that the resident had been protecting himself.

The suspect’s current condition is not available, but he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds at an area hospital.

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 49th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Missouri and the 1,416th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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