MOUNTAIN HOME, AR – In a recent home invasion incident in Mountain Home, Arkansas, a homeowner successfully defended their property using a .22 caliber rifle. The 29-year-old suspect was shot in the shoulder during the break-in.
The altercation began when the suspect, reportedly highly intoxicated, attempted to gain access to a residence by knocking on the front door. After being denied entry, he proceeded to break the glass of the back sliding door, prompting an immediate response from the homeowners. During the ensuing scuffle, both homeowners suffered injuries from the broken glass.
According to local media, one of the homeowners used a .22 rifle, striking the suspect in the shoulder. This apparently stopped the threat, showcasing that even a smaller caliber firearm can be sufficient in a critical self-defense situation.
It is important to note that in self-defense scenarios, the primary objective is to stop the threat, not simply wound the threat. The use of a .22 rifle in this instance was enough to halt the intruder’s aggressive actions. It remains unclear whether the shot to the shoulder was a strategic decision or a consequence of the dynamic situation, possibly influenced by the intruder’s movements or the stress of the moment.
The suspect, post-incident, claimed to have little recollection of the events due to his intoxicated state. He faces charges including 3rd Degree Battery, 1st Degree Criminal Mischief, 2nd Degree Assault, and 3rd Degree Burglary, with his bond set at $50,000.
This incident highlights the effectiveness of firearms in home defense, irrespective of their caliber. While larger calibers that have better ballistics are usually preferred, this case illustrates that even a .22 rifle, often underestimated, can be a decisive tool in protecting one’s home and family from an intruder. The homeowner’s quick thinking and decisive action under pressure were key factors in successfully defending their home and safety.