19-Year-Old Learns Gunfight Lesson from 74-Year-Old, the Hard Way

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19-Year-Old Learns Gunfight Lesson from 74-Year-Old, the Hard Way

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On Thursday morning, 30 July 2020, in Graves County Kentucky, at a rural residence in the early morning hours, well before sunrise, a young man attempted to force his way into the house. The armed invader was 19. The homeowner was 74. Here are the details from the Sheriff's Office. From Graves County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky:

A Graves County man was shot early this morning after reportedly kicking in a door on a residence and gaining entry.

The events began at approximately 3AM, when the homeowner of a residence called 911 to report that a man wearing a mask forced his way into his home while armed with a shotgun. The home is located on Ky Hwy 1710 just south of Ky Hwy 58 East. The homeowner met the suspect and the suspect reportedly fled from the area, after getting into a small-sized vehicle.

Deputies responded to the area and were able to obtain some evidence left behind by the suspect.

Then, again, at approximately 4:45 AM, the 74-year-old resident and the homeowner called 911 again, reporting that a man had kicked in his door again, armed with a shotgun. The caller advised that he had shot the intruder with a shotgun after he entered his home and that the intruder had fled on foot.

Minutes later as law enforcement was arriving in the area, Mayfield Police (who had responded to assist) had located 19-year-old James Page II just down the road from the residence with a severe shotgun wound to his arm in or near the roadway. Sheriff’s deputies also recovered a shotgun that had been in the suspects' possession.

Mayfield-Graves County EMS treated and transported James Page II who was later airlifted to an out of state hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation has led investigators to obtain arrest warrants for James Page II for 1st Degree Burglary and other related charges.

The homeowner is not facing any criminal charges.

The investigation is continuing.

Thank you,

Sheriff Jon Hayden

Forcing your way into a home in rural Kentucky in the early morning hours (before sunrise) shows a distinct lack of foresight. There may be other factors in play, but it appears the suspect, 19-Year-Old James Page III, was after some sort of illicit gain. He was charged with First Degree Burglary, among other things.

As stated in the message by Sheriff Hayden, this was not the first time the suspect had forced his way into the property. The first time was less than two hours earlier, at about 3:00 a.m. The suspect was reportedly armed with a shotgun, both times. The first time, the suspect was wearing a mask and had fled the home in a small vehicle.

From the comments at the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, it appears James Page was starting a significant criminal career. From the comments:

His assault case on me was just finished in February and he got off on 3 years parole. Didn't even make it a year like I told the courts he wouldn't

A shotgun blast to the arm is no small matter, even if it is “not life-threatening”. James Page III may face the future one-handed, but he is alive.

From the comments at the sheriff's site, it appears the homeowner is known in the area as a good shot. One person said the homeowner “never missed a squirrel”.

It is not uncommon for criminals to repeat crimes at the same location. Armed robbers commonly rob the same store. Burglars often hit the same home multiple times.

It is a bit unusual for a home invader to come back so quickly. Perhaps he was nearby and waited for the deputies to leave.

It was a serious error.

It is to be hoped the injury will persuade young James Page III that invading homes, and crime in general, are poor career choices.



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 retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Whodaty
Whodaty
1 month ago

Isn’t committing a crime with possession and display of a deadly weapon attempted homicide?

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago

It is a shame that the homeowner did not KILL Page! Good try though!

Circle8
Circle8
1 month ago

Sorry I meant POS I hit the wrong key.

Circle8
Circle8
1 month ago

Bloomberg will probably hire some scumbag democrat attorney to defend this POPS.

Arny
Arny
1 month ago

And why isn’t he being charged for attempted murder twice when breaking into someones home with a firearm ? Only seems sensibile. Now that’s a law that should be passed if you want a gun law.

tortugabob
tortugabob
1 month ago

Sorry to hear that this story didn’t have a happy ending. Too bad there wasn’t a off-duty Brazilian policeman around.

nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago
Reply to  tortugabob

tortugabob . . . 🙂

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
1 month ago

The 19 year old is lucky he was only going to the hospital for his wounds and not to the local funeral home.

mottlee
mottlee
1 month ago

Needed to shoot more toward center of mass……

Bob
Bob
1 month ago

I don’t understand the impulse conveyed by some here to say “I’m glad the home invader wasn’t killed”, If I am the homeowner my sole (and maybe final thought) is to kill whatever crazed animal has the audacity to threaten my family in the middle of the night. Furthermore, if he’s not killed, he will may seek vengeance later or try it again and kill somebody else and I don’t want to live that way.

Jonesy
Jonesy
1 month ago

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19-Year-Old James Page III, was after some sort of illicit gain
Really ? Could this possibly be correct?

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
1 month ago

Aim for center of mass low; shatter their pelvic girdle and they’re going nowhere.

Buster
Buster
1 month ago
Reply to  StreetSweeper

I say aim for center mass a little higher. That way they can get back outside your home before they die. Makes clean-up easier 😉

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  Buster

Good point!

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
1 month ago
Reply to  Buster

Like “StreetSweeper” would recomend that….

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

The kid was lucky that the home owner didn’t aim center mass. The home owner should get a medal for his actions. Somebody breaks into your home while armed deserves to get shot. I am glad the kid survived, maybe he can still make something of his life. Time will tell. He should start by telling the home owner thanks for not killing him.

Good job Mr home owner and good job Dean for bringing us the news that the propaganda outlets would not.

Arm up, carry on

Nam62
Nam62
1 month ago

You can’t cure STUPID!!!

mottlee
mottlee
1 month ago
Reply to  Nam62

Yes you can, Home owner ALMOST did it…

Rock
Rock
1 month ago
Reply to  mottlee

Almost spit my coffee out laughing, ZACKLEY !

gregs
gregs
1 month ago
Reply to  Nam62

i was taught, you’re going to pay for stupid.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago
Reply to  Nam62

At the very least, you can ensure that “stupid” doesn’t reproduce!

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
1 month ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

And that is the most important thing!

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago

Sounds like another’s “mostly peaceful” home invasion. One can only only hope the homeowner is not treated too harshly for his “evil racist attack” on the “peaceful home invader” who was simply attempting to “protest” for “reparations.”

Seriously – the gentleman should be applauded for putting the trash out.

DiePiggyDie
DiePiggyDie
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

What a bigot.

Jonesy
Jonesy
1 month ago
Reply to  DiePiggyDie

Speaking of Bigot and Trash…..

Bob
Bob
18 days ago
Reply to  DiePiggyDie

What’s a die Piggy Die? Might that be someone afraid of a person with Pride, Integrity and Guts?

Rock
Rock
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

THAT is how you take out the trash, even better if taken out in a black “Glad bag”… No more chance of the all too often RERUNS down the road.

Tionico
Tionico
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

In rural Kentucky I rather expect his neighbours and fellow townsfolk will be congratulating him on putting that dirtbag our of business for at least a season.