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Lapeer County (Michigan) sheriff’s detectives are calling an 11-year-old who scared off a home invader by pointing a shotgun at him a “very brave girl.” Authorities say the girl was alone in a North Branch Township home the afternoon when the break-in occurred. While the stranger was circling the house to case it, the girl grabbed a shotgun and hid in a bathroom closet. The suspect eventually broke into the home. When he opened the door to the closet where the girl was hiding, she pointed the shotgun at him and he ran to a getaway car where his partner-in-crime had been waiting. The police, acting on descriptions from the girl, later caught and charged two Detroit residents—a 53-year-old man and his 31-year-old female accomplice—in connection with the crime. [The Flint Journal, Flint, Mich., 2/3/15]

A “doggie door” is not an invitation to enter someone else’s home. A Jefferson County (Colorado)  homeowner was awakened by a dog that was barking in the middle of the night. When he investigated, he saw an intruder crawling into his house through a doggie door. The resident yelled at the man, later identified as being from Nebraska, and retreated to an upstairs room. Investigators say the intruder followed and the homeowner shot the Nebraskan in the leg and head during a struggle. The intruder later died. “Based on the totality of the circumstances, and the victim’s right to defend himself in his home,” the homeowner will not be charged, said Jacki Kelley of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. [The Sentinel, Golden, Colo., 12/15/2014]

Criminals who broke into the wrong house by mistake got more than they bargained for. Shortly after midnight, one day in February, two brothers reportedly began ringing the doorbell, kicking the door and threatening to “light up” a Springfield, Mass., home. In response to the ruckus, a male resident hid his daughter, who is 3, under a bed and grabbed his registered handgun. The brothers entered the home and confronted the homeowner in his living room, repeatedly addressing him by the wrong name. The intruders refused to leave and advanced on the man, who shot one of the suspects in the chest and arm. The pair fled on foot, but were caught by responding officers and have since been charged. “It appears that the brothers were at the wrong house and picked the wrong homeowner to threaten,” John M. Delaney, a Springfield police sergeant, said. The unidentified homeowner will not be charged because he acted to protect himself and his child, authorities said. [The Republican, Springfield, Mass., 2/8/2015]

Escaped convicts apparently don’t like to heed good advice. Roy Bieluch was on the run in Wallace, Idaho, after he had escaped from a Shoshone County lockup. He ended up on Brian Becker’s property. When Becker heard a noise in his yard, he grabbed his gun and went to investigate. Becker saw Bieluch and told him to stop and keep his hands where he could see them. Bieluch refused, then moved toward Becker, who shot him. Bieluch is back in custody after being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. [KREM.com, Spokane, Wash., 2/20/2015]

Score one for a home defender. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced earlier this year that Thomas Greer, an 80-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., who killed a 28-year-old woman during a July 22, 2014, break-in, will not be charged. Greer returned from work that day to find a man and a woman in his home, trying to crack open his safe. The strangers said they were police officers, but later, they roughed him up, breaking his collarbone. While the interlopers returned their attention to the safe, Greer retrieved his small-caliber handgun from his bedroom. He returned to find the thieves had taken $5,000 from the safe. Greer shot three times, striking the woman in the chest and right knee. The male suspect, age 26, fled but was later apprehended and pleaded not guilty during a December hearing to charges that include murder (because someone was killed during the commission of a felony), burglary and robbery. [Fresno Bee, Fresno, Calif., 1/27/2015]

A West Virginia pharmacist with a concealed-carry permit saved several staff members from an armed robber. A gunman entered the Pinch, W.Va., business and threatened the workers. The unidentified pharmacist responded by drawing his concealed handgun and shooting the intruder multiple times. Pharmacy staff members administered first aid to the injured gunman, who later died at a Charleston hospital. [WCHS.com, Charleston, W.Va., 2/18/2015]

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