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Virginia mother and her 7-year-old son were out collecting trash for the
boy's Cub Scout project when two pit bulls started menacing them along
the road. To protect her son, the woman told the child to go home.
Although the boy screamed as the dogs charged, his yelling did not scare off the
animals. They lunged at the woman, dragged her into a ditch and tore at her body,
causing severe injury. The woman's landlord, a concealed-carry permit holder, happened by and saw the attack. In a letter to "The Armed Citizen," he said he fired
his gun, sending one of the canines scurrying off, then shot again at the one that
stayed behind and was still attacking the woman. A friend of the woman arrived
and administered first aid until the medics arrived. The woman was flown to a
Richmond hospital with severe injuries, while her son suffered only a small scratch.
Mecklenburg County officials have since initiated legal proceedings to have the
dogs euthanized. (The Mecklenburg Sun, Clarksville, Va., 2/1/17)

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ust after 11 a.m. one day, a bad guy in
Colerain Township, Ohio, walked out with
more than he bargained for after an armed
robbery. Witnesses said a man wearing dark
clothing and a black hat entered the lobby
and demanded their money. Bank workers
complied, but a concealed-carry permit
holder took a stand. The alleged criminal and
the customer exchanged fire. The suspect left
the scene wounded, with no other injuries
or casualties reported. (Cincinnati Enquirer,
Cincinnati, Ohio, 5/23/17)

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ould-be robbers disguised themselves as members of a construction
crew to gain the element of surprise during
an incident in Walnut Creek, Calif. One
of the alleged robbers entered a watch
shop dressed in workman's clothes with
a clipboard in hand. He approached the
counter and asked the owner to sign a form
in order to shut off the power. As the owner
was looking at the order, he was taken by
surprise as the robber sprayed the proprietor and a nearby customer with pepper
spray. An accomplice took a baseball bat to
one of the display cases while his partner
attempted to steal the items housed inside
the display. The owner, meanwhile, collected
himself and pulled out his firearm, causing the two suspects to scamper out and
hightail it in a getaway car. (East Bay Times,
Walnut Creek, Calif., 4/26/17)

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uring a road trip, a Texas man and his
wife received an unpleasant late-night
visit to their hotel room in the town of Hot
Springs, Ark. The couple heard someone
banging on their door in the overnight
hours. Not knowing who it could be, the
man armed himself with his firearm before
he answered the door. One assailant struck
the man in the face as soon as he opened
the door, causing the Texan to fall backward

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AUGUST 2017

into the room. Three men and a woman then
forced their way into the room. The armed
citizen responded by firing at the man who
hit him and at a second assailant, hitting
each and scaring off the others. The four
were later apprehended. The suspects told
the police that they were retaliating against
the couple for a suspected burglary of their
rooms a few days prior. (Arkansas Democrat,
Hot Springs, Ark., 5/11/17)

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neighbor was summoned to save the
lives of two infants after a cry for help.
While the man was sitting at home, a 12-yearold girl who was staying next door came by
and told him there was trouble. Grabbing his
firearm, the man went to the home, where he
discovered that his neighbor was holding his
set of twin 3-month-old babies under water in
a bathtub while threatening their mother with
a knife. The armed citizen pulled his revolver
and fired two shots at the father, hitting him
twice in the back, killing him. The children
were taken to the hospital and were released
in stable condition. The neighbor told news
reporters that he felt he did the right thing.
(kxii.com, Ada, Okla., 6/2/17)

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hen a Pennsylvania man heard his
front door being kicked in early
one June morning, followed by his wife's
screams, he grabbed his handgun and
went to investigate. Downstairs, he saw
a stranger, armed with a piece of wood.
As the intruder lunged toward the armed
homeowner with the wood raised in a
threatening manner, the resident fired and
the intruder collapsed. The homeowner's
wife then called 911. The suspect was taken
to the hospital, where he was being treated
for non-life-threatening injuries. He faces
charges of burglary, simple assault and
criminal mischief. (pennlive.com, Harrisburg,
Pa., 6/4/17)

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