Septuagenarian shoots in self-defense after stranger breaks into home

Septuagenarian shoots in self-defense after stranger breaks into home
(AP Photo/George Frey)

Every day across this country there are dozens of defensive gun uses, most of which never make the local paper much less the national news. But here are a few recent incidents involving armed citizens exercising their right to self-defense that we’ve been able to discover, starting with a recent break-in at a home in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The incident unfolded Wednesday evening around 6 p.m., when a 77-year old man named Craig heard the sound of his screen door opening. When he went to investigate, he discovered a stranger in his kitchen who had apparently gained access through a window.

Face to face with his intruder, he yelled and then pulled out his pistol.

“I got off one shot at him. I hope I scared him, but I missed him.”

The potential thief got the point and quickly left the same way he got in.

“He went out headfirst,” Craig said.

Thankfully, damage to Craig’s home is minimal. Just a broken window frame and a few dings, And the intruder didn’t get away with anything.

Craig says he has no regrets.

“Cause he was younger than me. No doubt stronger than me. I am 77 years old and it was in my house and I defended myself and I’d do it again,” he said.

Hopefully he’ll never be faced with that situation again, though the unknown suspect did manage to get away without being taken into custody.

Just a few hours after that Wednesday evening self-defense incident, a business owner in the town of Charleroi, Pennsylvania was forced to draw his own firearm after discovering an intruder on Thursday morning.

According to District Attorney Walsh, the owner of the Pet Boutique heard a noise just before 9:30 a.m., he then found the man inside his building and shot him.

A nearby business owner told Channel 11 News this may have not been the first time the store was broken into.

“The guy that shot him came walking down and told me, ‘Yep guy was breaking in while I was there.’ I guess they broke in before and they got away. But he was like, ‘I was in the room this time and I shot him. I couldn’t believe he shot him,’” said Lee Zielinski, the owner of Magic City Barbershop.

The owner of the Pet Boutique had no comment, and Charleroi police are investigating. Once their report is filed, the district attorney will decide if charges will be filed.

“Don’t break in, and you won’t get shot,” Zielinski said.


Good advice, though we’ll be keeping an eye on the Washington County D.A.’s office to see what they do with the case going forward.

Thursday evening, it was an employee of a Harris County, Texas smoke shop who was reportedly forced to act in self-defense after a man walked into the store and immediately attacked the clerk.

Preliminary investigation showed a smoke shop employee shot a man in the 5000 block of West FM 1960 after the man walked into the store and began attacking him, [Harris County Sheriff Ed] Gonzalez said. The employee fled the store and ran to the parking lot of a nearby emergency facility, where the man caught up to him and started attacking him with a wooden club.

The employee then allegedly pulled a gun and fired several times at the man, Gonzalez said. The man was taken to the hospital, initially in serious condition, but later died.

The employee broke his hand during the exchange, Gonzalez said. Investigators found video of the attack and several witnesses corroborated what the employee said, according to sheriff’s office investigators.

While this case too is being referred to the D.A. for review, if the initial reports are accurate this was clearly a justified shooting on the part of the clerk. I’m glad his only injury was a broken hand and not a broken skull, and while I’m sure he didn’t want to have to draw his gun and pull the trigger in self-defense, it sounds like he had no other choice but to do so if he wanted to survive.


Incidents like these are not uncommon, even if they rarely rise to the attention of the national news media. The lack of coverage is just another way the mainstream media’s anti-gun bias shows through, but here at Bearing Arms we’re committed to bringing you these stories each and every day; both here on the website and during every episode of Bearing Arms’ Cam & Company. If we don’t share these stories with you, you can’t share them with your own social network, and that just makes the job of the gun prohibitionists a little easier.

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