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abel Fletcher, 64, was sleeping when her dog woke her with a forewarning bark. She
scrambled in the dark for the 9 mm handgun that she keeps in the nightstand next to
her bed. As Fletcher retrieved her firearm, a woman she did not know came into her
bedroom. The woman advanced threateningly, so Fletcher fired. The woman continued to act
erratically and throw things at Fletcher, including an ironing board. Fletcher described the incident, "She was wild. I didn't want to shoot her, but I didn't want to get hurt. I told her to stop, but
she kept coming at me." Fletcher fired a second time, but the woman lunged at her once again.
Fletcher fired a third and final time, causing the intruder to flee through a window. The intruder
was later arrested and is facing charges including aggravated burglary, drug abuse, possession of
drug abuse instruments and criminal trespass. (The Enquirer, Middletown, OH, 9/5/13)

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masked man entered the Holiday
Grocery Convenience Store around
9 p.m. brandishing a handgun
covered by a bag. He pointed the gun at
the woman behind the counter and said,
"Give me all your money or you're going
to die." The terrified store clerk opened the
cash register as she was told. The burglar
climbed over the counter to grab the cash,
but was interrupted when the store owner
came from the back room with his own
firearm. The suspect was shot once in the
chest. He ran out the front door leaving
a trail of cash as he went. Officers arrived
shortly thereafter. The burglar was found
a short distance away and was taken to a
local hospital where he was treated for his
gunshot wound. Sgt. Rob Troxler lauded
the store owner's actions saying, "The clerk
was protecting his business and defending his store employee." (News4Jax.com,
Jacksonville, FL, 9/22/13)

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obert Jones, 77, heard the glass
shatter when a man threw a
chair through a picture window
in Jones' home just before 2 a.m. Jones
retrieved a firearm he kept in his home
and confronted the man. Jones warned
the intruder that he had a gun and that
he would shoot, but the suspect reportedly continued toward him. Jones then
fired a single shot into the intruder's torso.
Jones called 911 and police arrived shortly
thereafter. The suspect was taken to a
nearby hospital where he was treated for
a gunshot wound and it was determined
that he was under the influence of
narcotics at the time of the break-in. He
now faces multiple charges including a

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felony charge of burglary. (Missoulian,
Missoula, MT, 9/24/13)

B

yron Park, 54, a Domino's Pizza
employee, was making a delivery
to a hotel just before midnight.
As he returned to his vehicle, he was
confronted by a 34-year-old man wielding a knife and demanding money. Park
responded by pulling out his concealed
handgun and firing once. The robber
sustained a fatal wound to the torso.
Maj. Tod Goodyear said of the incident,
"[Park] was protecting his life. The guy
had a deadly weapon and was going to
kill him if he didn't give his money up."
(Florida Today, Melbourne, FL, 8/25/13)

W

hen a woman, her son and her
son's girlfriend made arrangements to meet with the prospective buyer of their Apple smart phone,
they never expected it to transpire the way
it did. After making arrangements online,
they arrived at the QuikTrip convenience
store where the meet-up was to take place.
The woman waited in the car for the buyer
to show up while her son and his girlfriend
entered the store. Three men showed up,
one of whom jumped into the woman's
vehicle with a gun. He demanded money

and the phone. The woman's son then
exited the store and saw the robbery
taking place. When he saw that one of
the robbers had a gun, he pulled out his
own handgun and fired causing them to
flee. All three men were later caught by
police. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Jonesboro, GA, 7/2/13)

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fter moving into a nursing home,
an elderly woman's 18-year-old
grandson began staying at her
house. He was home alone early one
morning when he was awakened by a
noise coming from a back room of the
home. He grabbed a shotgun from under
the sofa he was sleeping on and went to
investigate. He spotted what looked like
the light from a flashlight coming from
behind a curtain covering a glass door. As
the teen moved forward, the back door
was kicked in and he was confronted by
two burglars. The teenager fired several
shots. One suspect fell to the ground with
a fatal gunshot wound, while the other fled
the scene. He was later found at a nearby
hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.
It was last reported that he was in critical
condition. The teen staying at his grandmother's home was not injured. (Houston
Chronicle, Baytown, TX, 8/29/13)

If you have a firsthand "Armed Citizen" experience,
call NRA-ILA PR/Communications at (703) 267-1193.
Studies indicate that firearms are used more than 2 million 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 where crime constitutes an immediate, imminent threat
to life, limb, or, in some cases, property. Anyone is free to quote or reproduce these accounts.
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