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Jason Bagley was home with his two young daughters when he heard someone inside his home. In an effort to protect his children, Bagley grabbed his Glock 19 and confronted the two intruders, who had already begun to ransack the home. Bagley fired four rounds causing the intruders to flee through the back door. They managed to get away with a cell phone and two MacBooks. “You can’t replace my kids,” Bagley said. “All I was thinking about was my kids’ protection.” (WSB-TV, South Fulton County, GA, 3/8/14)

Tom White had seen an underweight cougar twice the day before; he had to chase the cougar away from the family’s calves. Then, when his 14-year-old son was outside feeding their dogs the next day, the cougar showed up again and appeared to be stalking the boy. The cougar followed the boy to the basement door of the home, where he hurriedly took refuge inside as White’s 11-year-old daughter shot and killed the cat to protect her brother. This was one of several cougars that had been killed in the area this winter for attacking domestic animals. (The Wenatchee World, Twisp, WA, 2/25/14)

Around 3:30 p.m., a woman who was home alone heard noises that prompted her to investigate. She saw a man attempting to gain entry to her home through a window. The resident warned the man to stop. When he continued through the window, however, the woman ran to the next room to retrieve her handgun. She fired once, striking the intruder in the chest. He fled the scene, but collapsed in the street nearby. The gunshot wound proved fatal. (The Detroit News, Detroit, MI, 3/1/14)

Skot Giles’ fiancée heard a disturbance in the living room of their home. When she went to investigate, she was surprised to find an armed intruder wearing a hooded sweatshirt and face paint. Giles found himself at gunpoint after responding to his fiancée’s scream. The intruder demanded Giles’ wallet and to open a safe in their bedroom. When Giles’ fiancée realized that their children had awakened due to the disturbance, she took action in an effort to protect them. She grabbed a walking stick and swung it at the intruder giving Giles enough time to grab his own firearm. Giles fired, causing the intruder to flee. Although the suspect left a trail of blood, he is reportedly still at large. Giles said, “I wanted to save my family. That’s what’s precious to me.” (WTHR.com, Bloomington, IN, 2/22/14)

When a dog broke from its leash and attacked one of two young girls walking nearby with their father, the man drew his firearm and shot the dog. The woman walking the dog in front of a local grocery store had tried to call to it when it broke loose, but the aggressive dog ran over to the girls and bit one of them several times until it was shot. Everyone involved in the incident agreed that the girls’ father was justified in shooting the dog to protect his children. (The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, CO, 2/3/14)

Joseph Sherman, owner of Westwind Automotive, was working late one evening after closing the shop when he heard someone turning the handle of the garage door. At first, he ignored it. But then he noticed the deadbolt being jostled. He glanced out the window and saw the shadow of someone trying to break in through the door. Sherman grabbed his shotgun and opened the door, startling the teen on the other side. The would-be burglar carried a knife. Sherman ordered him to drop the knife then held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The teen was charged with attempted third-degree burglary and possession of burglars’ tools. (Daily Sentinel, Rome, NY, 12/4/13)

A 23-year-old man was the victim of a home invasion that involved three armed suspects—two women and a man—who forced their way into his home and demanded cash. In an effort to defend himself, the homeowner drew his own gun and fired multiple rounds. The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, while both women fled. One of the female suspects was located after seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound. It was last reported that the suspect remained hospitalized and in critical condition, while the third suspect remains at large. The resident of the burglarized home was unharmed. (Contra Costa Times, Cherryland, CA, 2/14/14)

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