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)- KOCO TV-5 (ABC) reported back in 2012 a young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year's Eve, less than a week after the baby's father died of cancer.
The young mother said a week earlier a 24-year-old male subject dropped by on the day of her husband's funeral, claiming that he was a neighbor who wanted to say hello. The 18-year-old mother did not let him into her home.
On New Year's Eve he returned with a second man and this time was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife.
As one of the men was going from door to door outside her home trying to gain entry. The woman called 911 and grabbed her 12-gauge shotgun.
She told ABC News Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO that she quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put a bottle in the baby's mouth and called 911.
The young mother asked the 911 dispatcher “I've got two guns in my hand, is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?”
The 911 dispatcher confirmed with the mom that the doors to her home were locked as she asked again if it was okay to shoot the intruder if he were to come through her door.
“I can't tell you that you can do that but you do what you have to do to protect your baby,” the dispatcher told her. The woman was on the phone with 911 for a total of 21 minutes.
When the first male kicked in the door and came after her with the knife, the teen mom shot and killed the 24-year-old. Police are calling the shooting justified.
“You're allowed to shoot an unauthorized person that is in your home. The law provides you the remedy, and sanctions the use of deadly force,” Detective Dan Huff of the Blanchard Police said.
The second home invader turned himself in to police shortly thereafter.
“I wouldn't have done it, but it was my son,” the woman told media. “It's not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn't going to be my son. There's nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”
Fine job, a perfect use of a self-defense firearm. One can only imagine the horrible outcome had this young mother not been armed.
It is not unusual for victims to ask the 911 operator for permission to shoot. We have to encourage self-defense gun owners to get some training and practice, practice, practice.
And while we are here, don’t give interviews to any media ever!
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.