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The Armed Citizen®
Charles Carlson, 75, awoke around
2 a.m. when he heard noises coming
from the kitchen of his farmhouse. He
got up to investigate. When Carlson
entered the kitchen, an intruder held
a revolver to his head. Carlson's quick
thinking may have saved his life. He
pretended to be blind and hard of
hearing, which made the intruder lower
his weapon. At that moment, Carlson
swiftly grabbed his own 9 mm handgun
and told the intruder to get on the
floor. He complied, but then stood up
and advanced toward Carlson. Carlson
ordered him to stop. When the man
continued toward him, Carlson fired.
After sustaining a gunshot wound to
the leg, the intruder reached for the gun
in his pocket, prompting Carlson to
fire a second time. The second gunshot
proved fatal for the 23-year-old intruder.
A second intruder heard the gunshots
and fled. (Star Tribune, Sandstone,
Minn., 11/17/13)
A couple woke to the sound of
a man screaming in their backyard
around 3:15 a.m. The husband yelled
at the man and told him to get off his
property, while his wife called 9-1-1.
The man threatened the couple before
shattering a glass door and entering
the home where the couple's baby
slept. The husband retrieved a firearm
and fired, killing the intruder. It was
reported that the 22-year-old man had
been hallucinating and ranting about
zombies at a party just hours before.
(Los Angeles Times, Yorba Linda,
Calif., 11/26/13)
Krick's Korner, a local convenience
store, was open around 2 p.m. when
two men wearing masks entered.

They held the store clerk at gunpoint
and demanded money, cigarettes and
lottery tickets. Meanwhile, a man
exiting a nearby apartment building
saw the robbery taking place. He
quickly drew his concealed firearm
and ordered the robbers to stop as
they made their way outside. They
turned their guns on the concerned
citizen, prompting him to fire his gun.
Both robbers sustained fatal gunshot
wounds to the chest. No other injuries
were reported. (Reading Eagle,
Reading, Pa., 11/5/13)
Tariq Bell and his 13-year-old
daughter had just left a music store
when they were approached by a
40-year-old stranger. The man had
just robbed someone at a nearby hotel
and was being pursued by police. The
fugitive grabbed Bell from behind,
jumped into the driver's seat of his
vehicle and demanded the keys. With
his daughter already in the backseat
of the vehicle, Bell acted quickly. He
drew his firearm and ordered the man
to get out of his vehicle. When the
fugitive saw Bell's gun, he fled. It was
reported that he then tried to carjack
another victim who sped away. He
was, however, successful in carjacking
a third victim and led police on a
high speed chase. He was ultimately
apprehended and faces charges
including armed robbery, carjacking,
kidnapping and aggravated assault
on a police officer. Neither Bell nor
his daughter was injured during the
incident. (wsb Radio, Snellville, Ga.,
11/13/13)
When Alan Abele, 68, crept outside
to investigate the thumping sounds

"The next thing I
knew he's coming
at me with his
jaws open ..."
at his back door around 4 a.m., he
found an unexpected trespasser. After
quickly grabbing a flashlight and his
.357 magnum pistol, Abele opened the
door to his back porch and was met
with an angry 200-lb., 6-ft. alligator.
The animal sprang toward Abele.
He said, "I was crouched down and
looking around when he hit me hard
enough to knock me into a planter.
The next thing I knew he's coming
at me with his jaws open. ..." Abele
pulled the trigger just in time as the
alligator was just inches away. Abele
said he regrets having to kill the
alligator, but was glad he had his gun
with him. Abele suffered only a minor
bruise during the attack. (Tampa Bay
Times, Dunnellon, Fla., 10/24/13)
Police found 32-year-old Nathan
Ford in the street outside of his own
home. He suffered multiple gunshot
wounds after defending himself from
an armed intruder. The intruder's
wounds proved fatal. His body was
found inside the home. It was last
reported that Ford is expected to
recover from his injuries. (MyFox 8,
Greensboro, n.c., 11/20/13)
A man driving with his vehicle's
windows down was stopped at a
red light when he was approached
by another man he did not know.
The stranger pulled out a handgun,
pointed it at the driver and demanded
that he get out of the vehicle. Instead,
the driver refused and pulled out his
own registered firearm. After being
confronted with the gun, the would-be
robber fled the scene on foot. (The
Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach,
Fla., 11/14/13)

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