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.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, around 12:28 A.M., deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 35000 block of Harvest Moon Street in Lucerne Valley following the report of a shooting.
Inside the home, deputies located the suspect, later identified as a local 32-year-old, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
The female resident told deputies that she was asleep in her home when her dog started barking, waking her up. Apparently the intended victim decided to search for the intruder herself.
The victim entered a bedroom where she saw an intruder hiding. She told deputies that she became frightened and yelled at the man, telling him he didn't belong inside her home.
The resident then returned to the living room and armed herself with a gun.
Authorities said the intruder approached the victim, and, fearing for her safety, she fired once at the suspect. Deputies and emergency medical personnel attempted life-saving measures; however, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
In the course of the investigation, detectives determined that the intruder had forced entry into the home prior to the victim locating him in the bedroom.
The investigation is ongoing and the case will be given to the District Attorney's Office for review. The victim has not been arrested. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Eric Stoll at 909-387-3589
If you must search your home yourself, at least take your firearm with you.
A better idea is to call 911, keep them on the phone, and either flee or hide. Getting away is usually best but if others are there that may be harmed, hide with them.
Always try to let the professionals arrive to search for intruders if time allows. They have lots of help and free lawyers.
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.