The Armed Citizen® March 9, 2023

posted on March 10, 2023
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A suburb in Vancouver, Wash., which was usually considered safe, turned into a crime scene on the night of Dec. 15, 2022, when a man broke into a second-story window and got into a confrontation with the homeowner. The homeowner, however, was able to defend himself, shooting the intruder, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. During an investigation, police spoke with a neighbor who said the same man allegedly tried to unsuccessfully gain access to her home prior to this incident. He had tried repeatedly to break in through her door, but when she opened it, he claimed he thought his mother lived there, and then tried again to enter. She was able to close and lock the door, however, and the man apparently then turned his attention to the neighboring residence. No charges have been filed against the homeowner who defended himself against the intruder. (, New York, N.Y., 12/15/22)

The day after Christmas 2022, a tow-truck driver in Detroit, Mich., was targeted by an armed robber. At around 9:30 in the morning, the armed suspect approached the driver, attempting to rob him. The driver had his own firearm, however, and he shot the assailant, resulting in his death. Reports were unable to indicate whether this armed citizen’s company supported his self-defense, but the owner of another tow-truck company indicated that this incident highlights the problem of many in the industry not allowing their drivers to be armed due to concerns with insurance. (, Detroit, Mich., 12/26/22)


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