Break and Enter At Own Risk

Posted on January 14, 2012 by

I detect a trend. First we heard the story of the 18-year-old widow who killed a home intruder:

Sarah McKinley was in her mobile home with her 3-month-old son on New Year’s Eve in Blanchard, Okla., when Justin Martin, 24, broke in with a large hunting knife, NBC station KFOR reported.

When she asked if she was allowed to shoot the intruder if he broke through the door, a 911 operator told her, “Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself … I can’t tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby.”

Oklahoma law allows the use of deadly force against intruders, and prosecutors said McKinley clearly acted in self-defense. According to court documents, Martin was holding a knife when he died.
Yesterday another intruder met his demise at the hands of his potential victim:

An 82-year-old homeowner whose wife recently died shot and killed a would-be intruder Thursday morning in Daytona Beach, according to police.The fatal shooting occurred about 6:15 a.m. on Woodland Avenue.

According to Daytona Beach police, the homeowner was awakened by the sound of someone trying to break into his home, so he grabbed a gun and shot once through the door, striking the man in the abdomen.  The homeowner then called authorities saying he shot someone who was trying to get into his house, police said.

The burglary suspect, who police said was wearing a mask and gloves and had a flashlight and screwdriver, was able to get off the porch but collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene.

While I do not rejoice at the notion of a soul meeting its end while committing a heinous act against a fellow human being, I do hope that stories like this one will cause similar degenerates to think twice before being brazen enough to break into an occupied residence.