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Brian Tran, a Vietnamese-American man, was enjoying the Fourth of July weekend at a food stand around 1 p.m. when he was approached by a long-haired man wearing camouflage. The man began harassing Tran by making racial remarks and insulting Tran’s Vietnamese heritage. He then pulled out a knife and attempted to stab Tran. Lifting his shirt, Tran displayed the pistol he had holstered in his waistband, a firearm he legally carries for protection. The man left upon seeing the firearm and Tran called 911. The assailant was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and a hate-crime enhancement due to his remarks to Tran. (Orlando Sentinel, Osceola, FL, 7/10/13)

Two teens began knocking on the back door of a house where a 43-year-old woman was home alone. The woman grabbed her .38 revolver when the teens began to kick in the door. They reportedly entered her kitchen and charged toward her. The resident fired a single shot and one intruder fell to the floor before they both fled through the back door. Later a juvenile showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. Both teens were arrested and charged with burglary. (Dayton Daily News, Dayton, OH, 6/26/13)

A 23-year-old woman was parked at a gas station when she received sexual advances from a man she did not know. The woman  asked him repeatedly to leave her alone. Surveillance video from the gas station shows the man approaching and the pair arguing. The woman then pulled a rifle from the trunk of the car. Video shows the assailant flashing a knife and trying to hit the woman before she fired. The suspect’s wounds proved fatal. (USA Today, Houston, TX, 7/22/13)

Injuries sustained to Anthony Wilson’s face, torso, arms and legs were severe, but he was last reported to be in good condition after he was attacked by two dogs in his neighborhood. The dogs escaped from a yard early one afternoon and attacked 77-year-old Wilson. He tried to seek refuge under a pickup truck with little success. The dogs snapped at his legs and continued to bite and claw him, trying to drag him from the protection of the vehicle. A neighbor heard Wilson’s cries for help and responded quickly when he saw the dogs attacking. The neighbor retrieved a firearm and attempted to scare the dogs away. But when the dogs then turned their attention to the neighbor, he fired, killing both animals. (The Times-Tribune, Dunmore, PA, 7/3/13)

Jerry Brown, 63, was outside his cabin when he spotted a large black bear. The bear first headed away from Brown, but then turned toward him and attacked. As Brown tried to escape, his brother, Randy, retrieved a firearm and shot at the bear, causing it to run off. Brown suffered extensive injuries to his face, including the loss of his left eye. It was reported that Brown was in serious, but stable, condition and recovering from his injuries. (Grand Forks Herald, Shell Lake, WI, 6/20/13)

The sound of breaking glass in the early hours of the morning woke the resident of a rural home and alerted him to a burglary in progress. The resident armed himself with a pistol and confronted the intruder, who was brandishing a hatchet. After a physical confrontation, the resident fired his pistol. The resident immediately called the police, who arrived to find the suspect in the home, deceased from a single gunshot wound to the chest. (South Bend Tribune, Hudson Lake, IN, 7/9/13)

Residents were at home watching a movie around 11:20 p.m. when several men forced their way into the home through the front door. One of the residents opened fire on the intruders causing them to flee. One suspect was killed at the scene and another was later found with fatal gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a nearby animal hospital. Police reported that it appeared the suspect’s body was dumped there as the others fled from the home-invasion-gone-bad. None of the residents were harmed during the ordeal. (The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 6/20/13)

Hall Well & Plumbing Inc. was closed when two suspects broke into the business around 3:15 a.m. The business owner, who lives just down the street from where the robbery was taking place, heard the alarm sounding and quickly responded. When he arrived, he spotted the suspects pushing rolls of copper wire valued at almost $5,000. The owner confronted the thieves, which resulted in a scuffle, during which the owner fatally shot one of the suspects. The second suspect fled the scene, but was later arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and possession of stolen property. (MyFOX8, Reidsville, NC, 7/8/13)

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