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A good Samaritan with a concealed carry permit intervened when he saw a dangerous altercation between a shoplifter and loss prevention officers taking place outside of a Home Depot. The 26-year-old suspect was confronted by the officers after leaving the store with a drill under his coat. When they attempted to apprehend him, he pulled out a syringe and used it as a weapon. One of the officers was stabbed multiple times in the hand with the contaminated needle. A customer carrying a licensed firearm witnessed the altercation and ordered the suspect to drop the needle and get on the ground. The suspect was later arrested and held on second-degree retail fraud and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The officer was treated at a local hospital for the puncture wounds he sustained. (Detroit Free Press, Roseville, MI, 3/27/14)

Kim Lanphere was walking near a light rail station, one of her regular stops, when a 23-year-old man nearby gave her an uneasy feeling. Her instincts were proven right when the man approached her and said, “Lady, I’ve got a gun, give me your bag!” Another woman carrying a licensed firearm was near the station at the time of the incident and witnessed the man threatening to shoot Lanphere. The witness didn’t hesitate to pull out her Glock and order the suspect to drop his weapon. The suspect then fled the scene, but was later arrested and now faces aggravated robbery charges. No shots were fired during the incident. (WFAA.com, Dallas, TX, 3/24/14)

Ronald Green, 66, was at home around 9 p.m. watching a basketball game on television when he heard someone trying to get in through the front door. He quickly went to retrieve his revolver. When he returned, a 19-year-old man he did not know had successfully kicked in the door and was standing in the entryway. The intruder attacked Green, punching him in the face. Green then fired his revolver twice striking the intruder in the chest and hip. His wounds proved fatal. Green sustained no serious injuries during the home invasion. (Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, NE, 3/25/14)

Cathy Fears had been staying with Jason Grannis and his 14-year-old son after separating from her husband. Her estranged husband arrived at the home uninvited and entered through an unlocked door. He violently grabbed Fears and carried her outside forcing her into his car. Cathy tried to fight back, but was unable to overpower him. The 14-year-old was home at the time of the incident and witnessed the abduction. Fearing for Cathy’s life, he reportedly grabbed a handgun that was kept inside the home and waited for Fears’ husband to return to the house for her belongings. He fired multiple shots, which allowed Cathy to escape and take refuge inside with the boy. When police arrived, they found Fears’ husband lying on the ground near his car where he had several loaded firearms. He died on the way to the hospital. Police determined that the teenager’s actions were justified. (Star-Tribune, Casper, WY, 3/19/14)

Dave Knittle was at home watching television when his 16-year-old grandson, who had been at home alone next door, came in and frantically explained that two men had just forced their way into the house. The men had allegedly barged into the wrong house looking for a man they claimed owed them money. They took Knittle’s grandson’s cell phone and kept him restrained while they searched the home. Knittle called the police before confronting the intruders with his 9 mm handgun. Knittle said, “I didn’t do anything any other grandfather wouldn’t have done.” After exchanging harsh words with the intruders, Knittle said they fled. One of them was later apprehended and charged with robbery, criminal trespass and theft. The second suspect is reportedly still at large. Knittle and his grandson were not harmed. (Times News, Lansford, PA, 3/11/14)

Kenny Guffey was on the telephone with his 84-year-old mother, Christine Guffey, when he heard another voice in the background. Christine had reportedly walked in on a stranger inside her home.  Guffey says he listened as his mother asked the stranger why he had a knife and asked that he not hurt her. Guffey, who was driving home from work, hurried to his mother’s home as he listened to her struggle with the intruder. The stranger threatened her with the knife and tried to pry the telephone away from her. Guffey arrived at the home in just a few minutes and drew his licensed firearm. The intruder struck Kenny with a shovel, but he was able to recover from the blow in time to hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. Guffey said, “Had I not been a licensed gun carrier, he probably would have killed her. He had a knife and a shovel and he wasn’t there for afternoon tea.” (Knoxville News Sentinel, Seymour, TN, 3/6/14)

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