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When he opened
® the door to the closet
where the girl was
hiding, she pointed
the shotgun at him
Lapeer County (Michigan) sheriff's detectives are calling an
and he ran to a
11-year-old who scared off a home invader by pointing a shotgun at him getaway car, where
a "very brave girl." Authorities say the girl was alone in a North Branch
his partner-in-crime
Township home the afternoon when the break-in occurred. While the
had been waiting.

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stranger was circling the house to case it, the girl grabbed a shotgun
and hid in a bathroom closet. The suspect eventually broke into the
home. When he opened the door to the closet where the girl was hiding,
she pointed the shotgun at him and he ran to a getaway car where his
partner-in-crime had been waiting. The police, acting on descriptions
from the girl, later caught and charged two Detroit residents-a
53-year-old man and his 31-year-old female accomplice-in connection
with the crime. (The Flint Journal, Flint, Mich., 2/3/15)
A "doggie door" is not an
invitation to enter someone else's
home. A Jefferson County (Colorado)
homeowner was awakened by a dog
that was barking in the middle of the
night. When he investigated, he saw an
intruder crawling into his house through
a doggie door. The resident yelled at
the man, later identified as being from
Nebraska, and retreated to an upstairs
room. Investigators say the intruder
followed and the homeowner shot the
Nebraskan in the leg and head during a
struggle. The intruder later died. "Based
on the totality of the circumstances, and
the victim's right to defend himself in
his home," the homeowner will not be
charged, said Jacki Kelley of the Jefferson
County Sheriff 's Office. (The Sentinel,
Golden, Colo., 12/15/14)
Criminals who broke into the wrong
house by mistake got more than they
bargained for. Shortly after midnight
one day in February, two brothers
reportedly began ringing the doorbell,
kicking the door and threatening to
"light up" a Springfield, Mass., home. In
response to the ruckus, a male resident
hid his daughter, who is 3, under a bed
and grabbed his registered handgun.
The brothers entered the home and

confronted the homeowner in his living
room, repeatedly addressing him by the
wrong name. The intruders refused to
leave and advanced on the man, who
shot one of the suspects in the chest
and arm. The pair fled on foot, but were
caught by responding officers and have
since been charged. "It appears that
the brothers were at the wrong house
and picked the wrong homeowner to
threaten," John M. Delaney, a Springfield
police sergeant, said. The unidentified
homeowner will not be charged because
he acted to protect himself and his
child, authorities said. (The Republican,
Springfield, Mass., 2/8/15)
Escaped convicts apparently don't
like to heed good advice. Roy Bieluch
was on the run in Wallace, Idaho,
after he had escaped from a Shoshone
County lockup. He ended up on Brian
Becker's property. When Becker heard
a noise in his yard, he grabbed his gun
and went to investigate. Becker saw
Bieluch and told him to stop and keep
his hands where he could see them.
Bieluch refused, then moved toward
Becker, who shot him. Bieluch is back
in custody after being treated for a
gunshot wound to the leg. (krem.com,
Spokane, Wash., 2/20/15)

Score one for a home defender. The
Los Angeles County district attorney's
office announced earlier this year that
Thomas Greer, an 80-year-old from Long
Beach, Calif., who killed a 28-year-old
woman during a July 22, 2014,
break-in, will not be charged. Greer
returned from work that day to find a
man and a woman in his home trying
to crack open his safe. The strangers
said they were police officers, but
later, they roughed him up, breaking
his collarbone. While the interlopers
returned their attention to the safe,
Greer retrieved his small-caliber
handgun from his bedroom. He
returned to find the thieves had taken
$5,000 from the safe. Greer shot three
times, striking the woman in the chest
and right knee. The male suspect,
age 26, fled but was later apprehended
and pleaded not guilty during a
December hearing to charges that
include murder (because someone
was killed during the commission of a
felony), burglary and robbery. (Fresno
Bee, Fresno, Calif., 1/27/15)
A West Virginia pharmacist
with a concealed-carry permit saved
several staff members from an armed
robber. A gunman entered the Pinch,
W.Va., business and threatened the
workers. The unidentified pharmacist
responded by drawing his concealed
handgun and shooting the intruder
multiple times. Pharmacy staff members
administered first aid to the injured
gunman, who later died at a Charleston
hospital. (wchs.com, Charleston,
W.Va., 2/18/15)

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