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Tim Patterson was cooking at The Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen as he did every day when he heard a scream coming from the parking lot of a nearby Goodwill store. He rushed toward the cries for help and didn’t hesitate to draw his Kimber 1911 .45 when he saw that a man had grabbed hold of a woman and had a knife to her throat. “Drop it or I’ll shoot you!” Patterson warned. The assailant immediately released the woman, dropped the knife, raised his arms and fled. The victim, a Goodwill employee who was carrying a bank deposit in her purse at the time of the attempted robbery, was not injured. (Coeur d’Alene Press, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 11/30/11)

Police were called around 9:30 a.m. and notified by a woman that someone was breaking into her home. The homeowner was awakened by a noise and immediately retrieved her handgun. The noise she heard was the sound of a man kicking in the door of her apartment. She met the intruder at her bedroom door, pointed the gun at him and demanded he leave. The trespasser fled without hesitation. (The Telegraph, Nashua, NH, 12/13/11)

A would-be burglar was arrested after a homeowner called 911 while detaining the criminal at gunpoint. The intruder, 22-year-old Jacob Pino, entered the home wearing several layers of clothing, gloves, a black nylon mask and shoes covered with plastic bags to avoid leaving identifiable prints. A backpack containing a 22-cal. handgun and a money clip belonging to the homeowner was also recovered at the scene. (The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, CO, 12/14/11)

When an intoxicated 45-year-old Paul R. Newman returned home where he rents a room from a woman with an 11-year-old son, he suspected his room had been tampered with and confronted his landlord. He kicked in her bedroom door and began choking her. The commotion woke the victim’s son, Kobe, who attempted to defend his mother with a board, to no avail. Newman chased the boy outside, but Kobe managed to take refuge inside with his mother and lock the door. Newman tried to climb through an open window and began threatening both the boy and his mother before he managed to grab the woman’s arm. Kobe then used his BB gun to shoot Newman in the face several times. Kobe and his mother ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911. After being taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries, Newman was arrested for felony assault and two counts of harassment. (KOMO News, Bellingham, WA, 11/22/11)

Early one morning, a resident awoke to the sound of someone shuffling around inside his home. He grabbed his gun and proceeded to search the premises and discovered a man hiding in his basement. The resident fired two rounds from his firearm striking the suspect both times. The injured suspect reached his vehicle and fled the scene. The suspect was later hospitalized; in his wounded state he had struck several parked cars and then crashed the vehicle about a block away. (Associated Press, FL, 12/21/11)

It was 5 p.m. when a mother returned home with her baby to find the front door slightly ajar and a man wearing a black ski mask in the hallway. The 35-year-old woman quickly shut herself in the bedroom, retrieved her 9 mm handgun and proceeded to shout at the man to leave her house immediately. When she opened the door, the man spotted the gun, dropped a piggy bank and a kitchen knife he was carrying, and bolted out the back door. The woman went to the door and fired a single shot at the man as he ran through the bushes behind the house. She saw a second intruder running through the bushes. As she phoned police, the woman found her stereo system partially dismantled, the speakers ripped from the wall and her wireless Internet router on the floor. After the incident, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said, “I’m thankful that someone in her life taught her how to use a firearm and I’m thankful they did because she and her child could’ve been victims. There were two men, one armed with a knife. It could’ve gotten really ugly for her.” (WYFF, Greenville, SC, 12/09/11)

After a series of burglaries were reported in the area, a resident returned home from walking his dog to find his door unlocked. He smelled cigarette smoke and his dog immediately began to bark. An intruder in the house fled when the resident pulled out the handgun he carried and fired two warning shots into the ground. Police were called, and through a detailed description, were able to catch the 52-year-old suspect within 15 minutes. (WJACTV, Altoona, PA, 1/05/12)

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