Son Of Elderly Resident Shoots Burglary Suspect In Their Home

Son Of Elderly Resident Shoots Burglary Suspect In Their Home

Imagine waking up very early in the morning to the sound of someone rummaging around in your home. A little before 5:30 one morning, a suspect apparently used a stool to gain access to break a window and gain entry into an elderly woman’s home in Elk Plain, Wash.

The woman’s adult son picked up a handgun to go investigate and found the suspect near a safe in the home. The son reported that the suspect came at him and so he fired at him. Arriving police found the suspect dead in the home.

The suspect was not known to the residents.

It’s hard to imagine that someone could break a window in a home and manage to get inside and be poking around before anyone was awakened but that’s apparently what happened. This makes the case for having a dog or some type of alarm system to provide early warning of an intruder. Such things that make noise could also stop someone from entering the home at all.

Ideally, you’d want to be in a position to defend yourself before someone is able to enter your home but either way your firearm needs to be close at hand. This mom and son didn’t go to bed expecting this to happen that night but the son was prepared enough to keep his mom safe anyway.

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Mark Ehlen is a USCCA certified firearms instructor, a MN DNR Firearms Safety instructor, high school trap shooting coach and a writer. As one of his uncles ran Federal Cartridge Corp for many years and his father retired from there, firearms and ammo are second nature to him. His firearms instruction is aimed at helping new shooters have a positive experience as well as understanding the practical and legal side of concealed carry. Mark can be reached at Marksmanship Firearms Training.
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