One of the types of firearms courses I’d like to try out is the “team” course, where partners work together to solve problems. Often, husband and wife teams take these courses together. The end result is a household that criminals won’t survive if they decide to stage a home invasion just like this one.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the man, 21-year-old Marquise Trevel Yates, broke into a home on Seabrook Cove Road, off Arlington Expressway, about 6:30 a.m. and threatened the homeowner, 50-year-old Foster Coker, at gunpoint.

Police said there was a struggle between Yates (pictured below) and Coker, but Coker was able to get away.

“The homeowner was able to retrieve a firearm and the suspect of the robbery was deceased at the scene,” said Sgt. Michael Paul.

According to the police report, Coker retrieved his personal firearm and exchanged gunfire with Yates. Coker’s wife, Pam, also fired her personal handgun at Yates, who died at the scene.

The Coker’s weren’t just defending their own lives in the struggle, as the couple’s 7-year-old grandson was staying with them overnight. They kept him hidden in the master bedroom during the fight.

The couple’s daughter views her parents as heroes for fighting off Yates and protecting her son.

I’m inclined to agree with them.

Update: Yates had been released from prison in April. The family says they are too traumatized to return home, and are looking to move.