Jill Stucker, 64, was at home watching television around 9:20 p.m. when a 26-year-old man broke in through a window. When Stucker heard the glass shatter, she armed herself with a handgun and proceeded to exit through the back door. As she fled her own home, the intruder followed. When Stucker realized she was being chased, she turned and fired a single shot striking him in the chest. The intruder fled, but later collapsed on nearby doorstep. he was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition. (Lake City Reporter, Lake City, FL, 10/23/12)
The Armed Citizen Extra
Rochester police are investigating a burglary in which a city man used a semi-automatic rifle to chase two burglars from his home. According to police, two male suspects entered the home just after midnight Tuesday. Unbeknownst to the suspects, two male roommates, ages 21 and 22, were inside the house at the time of the break-in. One of the roommates heard a noise, saw the suspects inside the house and notified his roommate of the break-in. Moments later, one of the alleged burglars noticed the roommate and pointed a weapon, which was later determined to be a BB gun, at him. One of the roommates retrieved his legally owned AR-15, and once confronted, the suspects ran out of the house. The roommates then called 911. Police are still investigating the incident.
June 1971: After foiling two robbery attempts in one month with his .38 revolver, Richard Petersen, a Brooklyn, N.Y., pharmacist, was unable to stop a third when he was caught unarmed. Police had impounded his revolver for laboratory tests because Petersen, who nicked a bandit in the first holdup, killed the lone gunman who confronted him in the second attempt. The third holdup succeeded when a gunman locked the unarmed pharmacist in a restroom and escaped with drugs. Released by a customer, Petersen said: "If only I'd had my gun." (The New York Times, New York, N.Y.)