Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- WBAL TV 11 NBC reports 07-31-18 in Aurora, Colorado, a man who fatally shot an intruder in his suburban Denver home early Monday was killed by responding officers who saw him holding a weapon, investigators said.
The Aurora Sentinel reported police received multiple calls about a break-in at the home at about 1:30 a.m. and when officers arrived, they heard gunshots inside.
Aurora police, who described the scene in a statement as “very chaotic and violent,” said they encountered an armed man and fatally shot him. That man turned out to be the person who lived in the home. A second man, the suspected intruder, was found dead during a search.
A child also suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries at the hands of the intruder, but police did not release additional details, citing an ongoing investigation.
“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved,” police Chief Nick Metz said.
Investigators have not released the names of the resident or the suspected intruder, and the officer was placed on administrative leave.
Always put you gun away or out of reach when responding officers are arriving. If the situation demands that you hold it, keep it pointed down at the floor and then follow the officer’s commands.
In this incident, one would assume the Officers identified themselves but in the confusion the resident did not hear them.
My Fired Up guest, a retired agent/instructor from Homeland Security related an incident where entering officers deployed flash bang grenades. As they rushed into the building, a man inside pointed a firearm at the officers.
It is likely he was deafened and disoriented by the explosions and could not hear their commands. He may not have had any intention of shooting at the officers but we’ll never know. I expect this has happened more than once.
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 KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.
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.