Man uses AR15 to Defend Self, Girlfriend against Masked Home Invader

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U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- At about 4 p.m., on 31 March 2019, a suspected gang member broke into an apartment at Blackhawk Apartments in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Blackhawk apartments are a large, two-story apartment complex in a decent neighborhood. A couple was inside the apartment, in the bedroom.  From journalgazette.net:

The man grabbed his Tactical AR-15 pistol after hearing what he thought were multiple people entering his apartment and took a position on one knee, pointing his firearm toward his bedroom doorway, documents said.

The accused armed home invader, Edwin D. Calligan, 23, was wearing a mask and was armed with a semi-automatic, 9mm handgun.

Calligan broke down the front door. The boyfriend was inside the bedroom of the apartment with his girlfriend when they heard the door being broke. The man grabbed his AR-15 pistol and took up a defensive position covering the bedroom door. He thought, from the noise, there were multiple home invaders.

As Calligan appeared in the doorway, masked, dressed all in black, with a two-tone semi-automatic handgun in his hand, the resident fired. He is not sure if Calligan fired simultaneously or not.

The gunfight continued into the living room, where they exchanged more shots. The invader, Calligan, ducked into the kitchen for cover, while the resident with the AR15 pistol and Calligan continued to exchange fire.

The resident retreated to the bedroom and Calligan, wounded, ran out the front door, bleeding heavily.

When the police investigated they found numerous empty 9mm and .223 casings on the floor of the apartment. The home defender estimated he fired between 14 and 17 rounds out of a 40 round magazine in his AR15 type pistol.

The blood trail indicates Calligan was hit when he was in the kitchen. The police found a loaded 9mm magazine lying on the floor in the kitchen. Perhaps Calligan was attempting a reload when he has hit.

Calligan was transported to the hospital by people who appeared to be waiting in Calligan's black Equinox, outside the apartment. Calligan had a bullet wound in the upper front of his right thigh, with an exit wound in his right buttock. Calligan's black Equinox was left in the hospital parking lot.

The resident was able to identify Calligan from a photo array.

This defensive use of an AR15 style firearm illustrates the qualities of the platform for home defense. The firearms are light, handy, easy to control, and have sufficient magazine capacity to minimize the necessity of reloading. While there was only one assailant in the apartment, confederates were in a car outside. They drove Calligan to the hospital. In the dozens of shots fired, only one connected with a person. Calligan was the only person wounded in the gunfight, in an apartment complex, in a city.

The couple of dozen shots did not appear to result in over-penetration. No one else was injured.

It has not been reported what brand of .223 ammunition was used in the AR15 pistol or the type of bullets.

It is not uncommon for most bullets fired in combat to miss their intended targets. The strange concept that a defender only needs a limited number of cartridges, such as 5 or 7 or 10, to effectively defend themselves, is shown to be incorrect by this example.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Icorps1970
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Icorps1970

Needed a Carbine. Can’t see any practical us of an AR15 pistol. Reduced velocity and harder to shoot accurately under stress. Guy would have been dead in my Bedroom doorway. If he got that far.

tomcat
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tomcat

If I were the guy breaking in I think this incident would go a long way in helping me decide to change occupations. I have never heard anything good come out of knocking someone else’s door in. It is usually found the occupant has no sense of humor when this happens.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

That is a LOT of expended ammo. I trust that no neighbors were hurt/hit. The homeowner did do some things correctly. He got armed and waited for the bad guy to come to him. The home owner has the advantage of knowing where everything is in the home the bad guy probably doesn’t. In this case the H.O. also had an AR-15 pistol with a 40 round magazine in it. Forty rounds saves precious time on reloads. That was time the bad guy didn’t have. That said, if the bad guy had the chance to leave after being fired on.… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Good job Dean. Just to add the obvious; That door is not there to protect us from the bad guy, that door is there to protect the bad guy from us. Break open my door –strike 1, Then to be dressed in black and wearing a mask — strike 2 Add to this he was visibly armed – strike 3. It should be obvious that this guy was not out collecting for the Red Cross and he was extremely lucky he did not wind up taking the rood temp. challenge. Act like a home invader or a terrorist and that… Read more »

mlhtd51
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mlhtd51

Dean, Good Story. “Stats Show that Criminals Commit Less Crime After Being Shot.” Practice, Practice, Practice, The Most Expensive Round You Shoot Will Do No Good Unless It Hits It’s Target!

Treadin' Water
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Treadin' Water

“…Edwin D. Calligan, 23, was wearing a mask…”

“As Calligan appeared in the doorway, masked, dressed all in black, with a two-tone semi-automatic handgun in his hand, the resident fired.”

“The resident was able to identify Calligan from a photo array.”

Huh?

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@TW, Yep, I recognize him from the bullet holes that I put in him, officer.

Pastor Roy
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Pastor Roy

“It is not uncommon for most bullets fired in combat to miss their intended targets.“ Out of the estimated two dozen rounds exchanged (“home defender estimates he fired 14-17” … and why don’t they have an exact count? I know how many are in my mag at all times and afterwards can just count what’s left. So the only question should be how many the intruder fired and a simple count of shell casings should verify that.) But back to my point about most bullets missing their intended targets. Out of two dozen only one found its target … the… Read more »

American Patriot
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American Patriot

Yeah I know…….Sounds more like a typical police shooting when the perp gets tagged with a couple non lethal hits out of 3-4 mags.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

Agreed he had not learned to control his fully automatic machine gun ! Sarc for the media

BubbaLouie
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BubbaLouie

Perhaps more of the perps “friends” were in the apartment, but fled once rounds were exchanged?

Bill
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Bill

We can’t know all the circumstances of the apt persons training, but it doesn’t seem that the shots were aimed. We know that more errors occur with stress. But so many shots?Training helps overcome the stress factors.

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

SO!
Were the THUG’S accomplices charge or not? Was the THUG charged? What happened after the arrest?

Finnky
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Finnky

@Dean – Have always heard that when cops are involved in a shooting, they only connect with 10-15% of their shots. Took a class from local SWAT. Instructor teaches that as a rule of thumb, regardless of what you are shooting, it takes ten GOOD hits to stop a determined attacker. He further explained that by “good hit” he meant head or chest. Put those together and the average cop needs 60-100 shots to stop ONE determined attacker – if that attacker is average, which most are not. No need to explain that gun enthusiasts are generally better shots than… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

That sound you hear is me stifling a laugh at the statement by your “SWAT Instructor.” What a maroon.

Finnky
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Finnky

@RoyD – Do you argue that if forced to shoot, one should pause to reassess while attacker is still approaching, striking or shooting you? Have never heard of anyone training anything other than “shoot until undesired behavior stops”. Perhaps you disagree with planning on making 10 hits to stop someone. Quite possibly the first hit will kill them, but as death usually occurs due to blood loss they may keep moving long enough to kill you as well. Don’t know about you, but for me that is an undesired outcome. May I suggest you google “Sergeant Timothy Gramins” who shot… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

So, to rebut my comment about your SWAT Instructor’s silly comment you present an outlier incident rather than a normal occurrence. My course of action will be to shoot until the deadly force threat is no longer present. Disregarding misses, I sincerely doubt that will require more than a couple of “good hits.” As a side note I suspect that to shoot many more times than necessary to make sure the threat is stopped might land one in legal trouble. But hey, you do what you got to do. You might want to look up a person by the name… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

RoyD, if the threat isn’t neutralized, you can’t claim that more shots are not necessary. Your story is wholly different than what Finnky is stating:

“Ersland shot unarmed 16-year-old Antwun Parker in the head after Parker and another tried to rob his pharmacy, Reliable Discount Pharmacy. Video shows Ersland left the store to chase after the second suspect, then came back and shot Parker five more times with another gun.”

Too bad for you, you provided facts making it easy to research the story and debunk your claim.

RoyD
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RoyD

What part of, “My course of action will be to shoot until the deadly force threat is no longer present.”, did you not understand?
And you don’t have the benefit of the Ersland shooting being a local story and being exposed to all the facts multiple times. This incident created a firestorm here and, yes, there were retarded people who agreed that he acted in a legal manner with the perp on the floor. That doesn’t mean that they were correct. But, like I told Finnky, you go ahead and do what you got to do.

Pastor Roy
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Pastor Roy

I agree. I have no desire to kill another human being because I believe that “where there’s life, there’s hope.” And maybe after he goes to jail, he will repent, get saved and go to heaven. If I kill him, that chance no longer exists.

Also, my son carries the Shield, but I carry the S&W SD9 so I’ve got 17 rounds with no reloads. God forbid that I’ll ever need the extra mag I carry.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

A Florida sheriff a number of years ago…asked to explain why they fired more than 100 rounds ” that’s all the AMMO we had”

RoyD
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RoyD

That’s not the exact quote but it’s close enough. When I saw the Sheriff say that I actually cheered.

https://www.thoughtco.com/florida-cop-killer-shot-68-times-3969294

hippybiker
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hippybiker

Polk county Sheriff Grady Judd who I met. The reporter asked him why They shot the guy 128 times. Judd replied…” Because we ran out of ammo. HA!

Will
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Will

@hippybiker,128 times seems kinda excessive !