JOSEPH EISEL, 51, was asleep with his wife around 3 a.m. when he woke to a 27-year-old man he did not know standing over his bed. Startled and fearful for his life, Eisel reached for the 9 mm pistol he keeps bedside. The intruder fled the room and entered the Eisels’ garage. Eisel followed him into the garage, where the intruder fell to the floor. Eisel ordered the intruder to stay on the floor while his wife dialed 9-1-1.
Eisel held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived a short time later. The intruder allegedly entered the home through a broken basement window. Reportedly no one was hurt during the home invasion. “Everybody complains about guns,” Eisel said of the incident, “but I’m glad I have one.” (Butler Eagle, Cranberry Township, Penn., 10/1/13)
• Rudy Ontiveros Jr. was at home with his fiancee and four small children in the early hours of the morning when a highly intoxicated man tried to gain entry to their home. The man pounded on the door and attempted to pry it open. The 28-year-old suspect made his way inside the house around 2:30 a.m.
Ontiveros, fearing for his life and the lives of his family members, fired four times at the intruder, striking him in the hand, chest and head. The suspect’s wounds proved fatal. Police who investigated the incident agreed that Ontiveros was justified in the self-defense shooting. (Tri-City Herald, Pasco, Wash., 3/20/14)
• After an argument occurred at a house party, one man was asked to leave. The 27-year-old man returned a short time later with a rifle and began firing shots outside the home. According to witnesses, the man then pointed the rifle at several people attending the party. A 39-year-old partygoer took action to stop what could have resulted in tragedy; he pulled out his own firearm and shot the man brandishing the rifle. The assailant was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. (KPHO.com, Glendale, Ariz., 10/20/13)
• A homeowner was awakened by noises in and around his home shortly before 4 a.m. When he went to investigate, he found a man he did not know climbing through a window that had just been broken. The resident had armed himself with his handgun and ordered the intruder not to move.
Instead of complying, the intruder turned toward the resident, prompting him to fire. The intruder then jumped out the same window and fled. His body, however, was discovered only a short distance from the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene. (Ravalli Republic, Corvallis, Ore., 3/18/14)
• After an elderly Texas woman moved into a nursing home, her 18-year-old grandson began staying at her house. He was home alone early one morning when he was awakened by a noise coming from a back room of the home. He grabbed a shotgun from under the sofa he was sleeping on and went to investigate. He spotted what looked like the light from a flashlight coming from behind a curtain covering a glass door. As the teen moved forward, the back door was kicked in and he was confronted by two burglars. The teenager fired several shots.
One suspect fell to the ground with a fatal gunshot wound, while the other fled the scene. He was later found at a nearby hospital being treated for gunshot wounds. It was last reported that he was in critical condition. The teen staying at his grandmother’s home was not injured. (Houston Chronicle, Baytown, Texas, 8/29/13)
• At approximately 11:30 a.m., Trent Taylor came home to find two men carrying armloads of his property. His unexpected arrival caught the burglars off guard, which allowed time for Taylor to draw his firearm. One suspect fled, but was later found in an area nearby. Taylor was able to hold the second suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
Law enforcement was able to recover some of Taylor’s property, including electronics, various domestic and foreign currency, and multiple firearms. Charges are pending for both offenders. Taylor was unharmed during the burglary. (The Valdosta Daily Times, Valdosta, Ga., 3/31/14)
This column was reprinted with permission from The American Rifleman, magazine of the National Rifle Association.