A man in his early 30s entered Armen’s House of Music in Bethel Park, Pa., one afternoon, looked around and left. He returned just a few minutes later with a wooden club and began attacking the owner’s wife, Sylvia Armen, who was working in the store at the time. The owner, Alfred Armen, heard the commotion and ran to his wife’s aid. He tried to defend his wife and fought with the suspect before shooting him fatally. Mr. and Mrs. Armen were later taken to a hospital with head injuries and are expected to recover. According to police, there was no motive behind the attack. (WTAE.com, Bethel Park, Pa., 4/27/13)
• A Montana homeowner arrived at his home to find a suspicious car parked outside. He entered the home, encountered an intruder and shot him in the chest, according to the deputy. The intruder managed to flee the home out a window and into his car, only to crash his Ford into a fence. He was found dead in the car a short time later by emergency responders. (The Montana Standard, Helena, Mont., 5/24/13)
• Tattoo artist Sean Rodriguez was working one afternoon when he was alerted to an assault taking place outside Black Cobra Tattoo. Six men could be seen assaulting an individual in the parking lot. “I couldn’t just sit back and watch an innocent person being hurt,” said Rodriguez. He grabbed the firearm he is licensed to carry and approached the group of men. Upon seeing the gun, the suspects fled. Rodriguez never fired a shot, nor did he point the gun in their direction. “That was just an incident of a responsible gun owner doing what they’re supposed to do,” Rodriguez explained. The victim was treated for minor injuries and nothing was stolen. It was last reported that all six suspects are still at large. (The Daily Times, Salisbury, Md., 3/21/13)
• A hatchet-wielding intruder broke into an Indiana man’s home on Monday morning. The homeowner was asleep when Jason Rabe, 23, shattered a window and entered the rear of the home. According to the LaPort County Sheriff’s Dept., Rabe rode a moped to the house with the intent to break in. When the homeowner awoke to the breaking glass, he grabbed his pistol and began to canvass his home, stumbling upon Rave who was carrying a hatchet. Words were exchanged and a fight broke out, during which the homeowner fatally wounded Rabe. The homeowner suffered some cuts and bruises, but declined medical treatment. (WNDU.com, South Bend, Ind., 7/8/13)
• Two teenage boys were spotted by a neighbor as they loaded items from the cabin next door into a vehicle parked outside. The youths wore what appeared to be blood-splattered clothing. The neighbor retrieved a firearm and confronted the interlopers. They were held at gunpoint until police arrived. The teens had run away from a juvenile rehabilitation camp just two days before. They had brutally murdered the elderly couple staying at the cabin before the armed citizen was able to stop them, police say. (The Kansas City Star, Springfield, Mo., 4/24/13)From The Armed Citizen Archives:
• January 1977: A would-be robber was the one who was shocked when he fired an electronic stun gun at Sidney Kerensky of Philadelphia. Only one of the two darts fired from the device connected, and an enraged Kerensky pulled out his conventional pistol and fired three times in the air, sending the man fleeing. The stun gun delivers a shock of 50,000 volts, but only if both darts strike the intended victim. (The Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, Penn.) • October 1980: Seventy-year-old Baxter Blagg was preparing to retire when a man climbed through the bedroom window of his home and aimed a revolver at his head. When his wife rushed through the room, distracting the intruder, Blagg was able to snatch his .38 from beneath a pillow. He fired and fatally wounded his assailant, who turned out to be an escaped convict. (The Tribune, Tulsa, Okla.)
Reprinted with permission from The American Rifleman, the magazine of the National Rifle Association.