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The Armed CitizenĀ®
Two robbery suspects thought a
pawn shop run by a 74-year-old woman
would be an easy target, but Shirley
Cornett proved them wrong. Two men
walked into a Springdale, Ark., store in
early December, pulled out handguns
and started stealing property. As one of
the troublemakers jumped the counter
toward her husband, Cornett pulled out
a .38-cal. revolver and shot the man in
the arm. He fired back, and the bullet
ricocheted off a pile of books and hit
Cornett, but didn't break her skin. The
suspects fled to a hospital in Fort Smith,
about 65 miles away, where police found
the wounded man and later nabbed
his alleged partner in crime after a foot
chase from the parking lot. Charges are
pending against the men. Police reviewed
surveillance video and said Cornett acted
in self-defense. (5newsonline.com,
Fort Smith, Ark., 12/7/14)
A 14-year-old boy, Anthony
Hernandez, protected his grandparents
by shooting and killing a burglar who
was breaking into the family's Charlotte,
n.c., home by climbing through a
window. "My grandson told him to stop
and get out of here, and he didn't, so my
grandson shot him," Anne Marie Wyant
said during a 911 call. An accomplice
has been arrested and charged, and
police said the shooting was justified.
The Wyants made a commitment
to teach their grandchildren about
self-defense six years ago, after Anthony's
father was shot to death while working
at the auto shop he owned. "[Anthony
is] his grandmother's hero," Wyant
said. "If I was by myself, God knows
what they [the intruder and his cohort]
would have done to me." (The Charlotte
Observer, Charlotte, n.c., 12/18/14)

In Baton Rouge, La., a resident shot
and killed a man during the daylight
break-in of his home in early December.
The intruder was shot while he was
ransacking one of the bedrooms in a
house in the Broadmoor neighborhood,
a subdivision where residents don't
take to crime. "This is not really a
neighborhood to mess with," said Pete
Dawson, who lives in the area. (The
Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., 12/6/14)

left the home, received an electronic
alert from the couple's home security
system provider saying that the system
had been breached. She then called her
husband, who grabbed his gun and
went downstairs to investigate. The
homeowner found two intruders pawing
through his belongings and, fearing for
his life, fired several shots, hitting one
of the suspects. A few minutes later,
two people arrived at the Sutter Delta
Medical Center seeking treatment for a
man who had gunshot wounds. Police
arrested the man and his 19-year-old
female companion. No details regarding
what charges would be filed against the
suspects were available. (San Francisco
Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., 12/12/14)

Two Palmer, Alaska, burglary
suspects who shot one resident of the
home they were invading got what was

Bobby Shaw, a 77-year-old Tyler,
Texas, homeowner, shot and killed a
burglar who allegedly invaded Shaw's

The Wyants made a commitment to teach their
grandchildren about self-defense six years ago,
after Anthony's father was shot to death while
working at the auto shop he owned.
coming to them when the apartment
dweller, despite suffering from multiple
gunshot wounds, fired back and injured
both of the trespassers. Medics treated
the 26-year-old resident, and he was
initially listed in serious condition after
being taken to a hospital. Meanwhile,
two men suffering from gunshot wounds
sought medical help at a regional
emergency room. They were admitted
and listed in critical condition, and
police are investigating whether they are
linked to the burglary. (Alaska Dispatch
News, Anchorage, Alaska, 12/3/14)
Cell phones, a home security
system and a gun were used to allow
a California homeowner to thwart a
home invasion. A 53-year-old Antioch
resident, whose name was not released,
was working in his home office one
day in December. His wife, who had

home. Shaw, who was in his bedroom,
heard glass breaking late one December
night. He grabbed a shotgun and went
to investigate. Shaw spotted an intruder
wielding a large tool. When the man
charged, Shaw shot him. (Tyler Morning
Telegraph, Tyler, Texas, 12/10/2014)
An armed robbery suspect got a
surprise when the man he was robbing
pulled out a gun instead of his wallet.
The attempted theft occurred in Delray
Beach, Fla., in early December. The man
who was accosted pointed his gun at
the suspect and told him to get on the
ground. The suspect originally complied,
but he later ran away-leaving behind
his .38-cal. revolver-when the armed
citizen was distracted. Police have made
an arrest, and the man faces robbery and
aggravated assault charges. (Sun Sentinel,
Palm Beach, Fla., 12/15/14)

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times a year for personal protection, and that the presence of a firearm, without a shot being fired, prevents crime in many instances. Shooting usually can be justified only
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