Homeowner Pulls Shotgun On Man Breaking Into Home

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Shotgun Would Have Dropped Him
Shotgun Would Have Dropped Him
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- FOX TV 29 reports 06-29-2017 in Okeechobee, Florida, a couple told the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office they returned to their home near 138th Street Tuesday evening to find their front door wide open.

The report says the husband went in to check things out, only to find a man inside his home.

He told 911, “I went in and grabbed my wife’s 12-gauge and put shells in it. I was as quiet as I could be. I told him to stop, or I’m going to shoot”.

He kept going and kept going, and then I shot at him twice. I’m almost positive that I didn’t hit him because that 12-gauge would’ve dropped him,” the resident said.

Deputies were called to the neighborhood and K9s searched the area. Unfortunately they were unable to find the suspect.

The couple spoke on the phone Wednesday afternoon and said the burglar left behind a mess when ransacking the home. The sheriff’s office says it’s unclear if the homeowner hit his target – so the burglar may still be on the loose.

“We did find the shotgun casings, but there was no indication such as blood that he had possibly been hit, so we don’t know,” sheriff’s office spokesperson Michele Bell said.

The homeowners described the suspect as a white or Hispanic man wearing a hooded sweatshirt.


If you come home and find your door open, call 911 and wait for law enforcement to respond, they have body armor, lots of back up and free lawyers.

That being said, searching for the criminal yourself is an option that is often used. It’s your choice, especially if you think you may have left the door open previously.

Unlike in the movies, a 12 gauge riot gun only shoots a pattern about one inch in diameter for each yard of muzzle distance to the target. It is very easy to completely miss your opponent at inside the house ranges unless you aim your shotgun. Try it the next time you go to the range for practice.

All that aside, whether the intruder was hurt or not, this is absolutely a good shoot. The warnings given and ignored add dramatically to defeating any legal second guessing.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.

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BET the bad guy had to throw away his underway and wash his butt somewhere.


Tactical shotgun class is MANDATORY unless you can demonstrate shotgun proficiency at the range.

$100 worth of classroom and range training will save your life as well as ammo.

Wild Bill

, Mandatory for whom, where, why? What are you writing about?


I was wondering the same thing Wild Bill.


Well, I suppose it was a “good shoot” in that the homeowner/victim did not fall foul of the law by his actions. Your advice to this guy is sound.. LEARN what YOUR weapon will and will not do. Just like the standard carpenter’s claw hammer (used in far more violent crimes than all categories of long guns combined) needs to be correctly applied to the nail to accoplish much, so does a different tool like the scattergun. Ya cain’t hit the nail on the head unless you do it a few times and hit every time. And hitting that nail… Read more »

joe martin

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.