If your neighbor runs to your house claiming that three men have broken into her home, and there are no other people left in that home, it’s generally a much smarter idea to stay in your home with your neighbor as law enforcement responds. 

Walking outside against an unknown number of criminals, without knowing if they are armed, or precisely where they are, is a just about the worse decision you can make… other than going outside wearing a red Star Trek shirt and carrying an empty gun.

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Oh, he was carrying a heater without one in the pipe? Jeez, son.

About 9:45 p.m., Muskogee police responded to a call of burglary with shots fired at the 100 block of Geneva Street. Kyle Flood, 30, told police his neighbor Dana Lewis, 46, knocked on his door and told Flood three men were burglarizing her home. She told Flood she escaped the home and needed help, police said.

Flood told police he went inside his home and retrieved a semi-automatic pistol and stepped back outside, where he saw the three men outside Lewis’ home. Flood told the men to leave. When the three men instead approached Flood, he told police he cocked his firearm and again told them to leave.

Flood told police one of the men came toward him in an aggressive manner, and because he feared for his safety, Flood fired one shot at the man’s chest.

All three suspects fled southbound from the home, police said. The man shot was found a short time later in an alley near the home and was brought to Eastar Hospital with one gunshot wound in his chest. About 5 a.m. the suspect died in hospital care, police said.

Initial investigation shows Flood acted in self-defense, police said. Evidence will be submitted to the district attorney’s office for final review.

Ensign Ricky Kyle Flood is very lucky that he’s not the one sporting a nifty new toe tag after making just about every tactical mistake possible.

He’ll also be very fortunate if the prosecutors office doesn’t decide to make an example out of him for leaving his home and “instigating the confrontation,” which is what prosecutors would claim—and have claimed in similar circumstances—in many areas were anti-gun prosecutors would view leaving his home with a gun and yelling at the suspects as vigilantism. The family of the dead suspect, who hasn’t been identified, could also potentially bring a costly lawsuit against Flood.

As a general rule of thumb, folks, it’s not a good idea to risk your life for mere property. Stay inside and protect your terrified neighbor.

It’s the smart thing to do, the right thing to do, and in many instances, the only legally defensible thing to do.