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.
The shooting happened at about 11:30 p.m. in the 13300 block of Force. Police initially reported the incident as an attempted car burglary turned deadly, but the investigation is still underway at this time.
Police now believe a group of people firing paintball guns at the family's home was the catalyst for the shooting.
Sgt. Joshua Horn with the Houston Police Department told media (paraphrased for clarity) ‘They (the residents) were alerted to some sort of disturbance and believed that their house was being shot at.
The homeowner, the father, came outside and approached a suspect with a gun who was standing there. The father believed that the individual was a threat and fearing for his own safety, fired a round at him.
The homeowner also fired a couple rounds at the suspect's vehicle in the street. Several cartridge casings were found outside the home along with splatter from a paintball gun.
Police later received information that an individual who may have been involved in the targeting of this house ended up in a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.
Investigators believe there were more than a dozen people outside the home when the incident occurred. As of this report it is unknown if any of them were armed with real guns or only with paintball guns.
So, the resident is supposed to differentiate paintball guns from real firearms in the midst of incoming fire? I wonder if the paint spatter was red?
In most jurisdictions going outside to confront the attackers would be a serious error. Advice would be to call 911 and let the police respond with their tools and tactics to stop the threat
If the attackers force their way in before help arrives, do what is necessary to protect yourself.
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.