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In Pearland, Texas, on the night of April 17, a couple had just gone to bed when they heard a loud noise coming from downstairs. The husband grabbed his pistol and investigated. He was startled to find that an unknown man had thrown a cinder block through a window and was hitting the walls with a hammer. When the suspect saw the homeowner, he charged at him, and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the wife came downstairs and stepped between her husband and the attacker. She was hit in the head twice with the hammer before her husband was able to shoot the suspect three times. The couple spent several days in the hospital recovering. The suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary. (khou.com, and foxnews.com, Pearland, Tx., 4/17/21)


Law enforcement was called out to a home during the early morning hours of March 21, after a homeowner fired shots at two intruders. The homeowner told the responding officers that he was inside when two men, one of them armed, forced their way in. When the man realized what was happening, he ran to his bedroom and armed himself with his rifle. He fired several shots at the intruders, causing them to flee. A local hospital soon notified police that a man had arrived with a gunshot wound in his thigh. This patient was verified to be one of the alleged intruders and was to face a charge of first-degree burglary when discharged. The second suspect was also identified and arrested on the same charge. No charges were expected to be filed against the homeowner. (wbtv.com, Monroe, NC, 3/21/21)


home-security camera caught dramatic footage of a rabid bobcat attacking a woman on the morning of April 9. A couple was leaving home when the wife was attacked from behind by the bobcat. It scratched and bit her several times. Her husband was able to grab the animal and throw it into the front yard, but was bitten three times in the process. During the incident, the man was able to warn a neighbor who was jogging by of the threat before she could be attacked. Knowing the animal was acting very strangely and could attack again, the man shot it. It was confirmed that the bobcat did have rabies, and both bite victims have undergone treatment. (wdbj7.com, Burgaw, NC, 4/9/21)


Around 9 a.m. on the morning of April 16, a woman in Lucerne Valley, Calif., was sitting in her home when a 27-year-old man armed with a hammer forced his way through a back door. The man was yelling and threatening to kill her. The resident was armed and feared for her life, so she shot the assailant, stopping the attack. The suspect left the home and was found lying on the side of the road with a gunshot wound. He was airlifted to a trauma center. (vvng.com, Lucerne Valley, Calif., 4/16/21)


A 42-year-old man was shot after allegedly breaking into an apartment in Lexington, Ky., around 3:30 a.m. on April 6. When police arrived, the victim told them that she was home when an unknown man broke into her apartment, threatening her. She fired at the intruder, causing him to run off. During the investigation, the police were notified of a man who had walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound. It was determined that this was the same man involved in the attempted burglary. Once released, he was charged with burglary and terroristic threatening. (wkyt.com, and concealednation.org, Lexington, Ky., 4/6/21)


A concealed-carry licensee was forced to defend himself in his own home from a presumed friend on the night of April 11. The homeowner reportedly had invited the friend over, not realizing the man was intoxicated. During the visit, an argument occurred and the visitor was asked to leave. Instead, he pulled a knife and charged the homeowner, who drew his gun and fired a single shot, striking the attacker. Both men called 911 to report the incident, and the wounded man was taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries. When the officers checked records, the knife-wielding man turned out to have outstanding warrants for his arrest in another jurisdiction and was turned over there. (theoaklandpress.com, Holly, Mich., 4/11/21)


A 69-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces stopped a home intruder with the help of his dog and his firearm on April 1 near Los Angeles, Calif. The dog alerted the homeowner of the intruder around 5 a.m. by jumping on his chest and growling. An intruder was standing in the bedroom doorway when the homeowner fully awoke. However, the trespasser just went into the bathroom, apparently believing the householders were still asleep. The veteran retrieved his firearm, pushed open the bathroom door, and said, “Do not move. I will blow you away.” The man claimed to be a friend of the homeowner’s son, but the veteran still held him at gunpoint until police arrived. (KCAL9, Los Angeles, Calif., 4/1/2021)

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