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Hey, burglars, a North Carolina sheriff has the lowdown for you: If you’re breaking into someone’s home because you have a drug habit, break into the home of a drug dealer—it’s safer than picking a home at random. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid offered that advice after a homeowner used a 12-ga. shotgun to kill one of two people who had kicked down his door and entered his home in late February. The dead man had a criminal record of misdemeanor and felony charges. The second suspect fled after the shooting; if apprehended, he could face murder charges because a death occurred during the commission of a crime. North Carolina has a “stand your ground” law, and charges against the homeowner are not expected. [Hickory Daily Record, Hickory, N.C., 2/25/2015]

A man who feared for his mother’s safety had fortuitous timing. About a week after her son gave her a gun, the widow used it to defend herself against someone who broke into her home near Columbus, Ohio. The 28-year-old intruder had first attempted to rob the house across the street, but the people in that residence forced him to leave through a second-story window. Not heeding that as a sign of bad things to come, the suspect next broke through a window of the widow’s home. The woman had been sleeping on the couch with her gun at hand, Sgt. Dave Sicilia said, and she fired multiple shots. The intruder later died at the hospital. Ohio has a Castle Doctrine law, and no charges against the widow were reported. [The Daily Caller and WBNS Channel 10, Columbus, Ohio, 2/20/2015]

Witnesses say a man with a handgun thwarted a carjacking in Clay County. The suspect, 31, tried to enter and steal three occupied vehicles in a commercial area near Terre Haute, Ind. In the first case, the driver locked her passenger door before the man could open it. A second would-be victim had children in her minivan so the suspect closed the door and moved to a third vehicle. After the suspect slipped his hand through a window, the Right-to-Carry permit holder inside that vehicle produced a handgun, telling the suspect to stop or he would shoot. The carjacker fled to a hotel where he was arrested six minutes later. The county sheriff’s department said the suspect told authorities he was high on methamphetamine and had been desperate for a ride to Indianapolis. [Tribune Star, Terre Haute, Ind., 2/10/2015]

Two armed robbers might have thought they had the advantage against four people who were out having fun, but one of the would-be victims played the role of equalizer. Police say two gunmen in a parking garage ambushed the quartet after they left a Milford, Conn., tavern at 1:30 a.m. The robbers demanded that the targeted victims hand over their valuables and one assailant shot one of the four tavern patrons in the neck. Another member of the group returned fire with his licensed firearm, wounding one of the culprits, a 23-year-old man. An alleged accomplice fled the scene but turned himself in about a week later. Both suspects have been charged. [The Milford Mirror, Milford, Conn., 3/5/2015]

Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say a resident won’t be charged in the fatal shooting of an intruder. A Northeast Albuquerque resident was awakened one morning by a strange noise. The New Mexico man grabbed his gun and went to investigate. He found a stranger in his kitchen who threatened to kill him and came at him with what appeared to be a knife. The resident shot the 28-year-old suspect, killing him. “You do have a right to defend yourself in your home,” police spokesman Tanner Tixier said, in explaining that no charges would be filed against the resident. [Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, N.M., 2/27/2015]

In the span of less than a week, two merchants in Newark, N.J., shot armed robbers and neither of the businesspeople will face criminal charges. In one case, two armed men entered a variety store, ordered customers to get down on the ground and threatened to shoot the owner if she did not give them money. One of the intruders fired one shot. The unidentified business owner responded by retrieving the handgun she keeps in the store. She shot a 23-year-old suspect in the leg. He dropped a pistol on the sidewalk outside before his 50-year-old accomplice drove him to the hospital. The two men have since been charged. Just days earlier, a grocery store owner had shot and killed an armed robber. [NJ.com, Newark, N.J., 1/16/2015]

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