Homeowner Uses Sword and Antique Gun to Stop Home Invader

January 21 2015
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired:
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Source: kxan.com Archive: WebCite.org


File this under weird, but still technically a defensive gun use.

An Austin, Texas resident, Lawrence Faz, broke into an apartment with a knife and tried to rob the occupants. However, one of the roommates was having none of that.

He ran into his room and grabbed a sword along with an antique gun. He then used the rudimentary weapons to chase off Faz.

According to KXAN:

Grabbing the sword and gun, the roommate told police he confronted Faz in the living room and called 911 immediately after Faz ran off.

Just more than two hours later, police got a call at 5:10 a.m. about an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon just across the street at 12166 Metric Boulevard. Two people told police they were standing outside their apartment smoking a cigarette when Faz approached them and asked for a cigarette. He allegedly brandished a knife and demanded money, drugs and anything else they had with them.

Police say both were in fear for their lives because Faz was “waving the knife and held it to” one of their throats. At one point, Faz allegedly swung the knife at the person’s face, “causing a minor visible injury to his left cheek.”

Police arrested Faz at a nearby apartment after his brother convinced him to come inside.

This is the 182nd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Texas and the 1,386th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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