Armed Citizens Defend Themselves & Those They Love

Auburn gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robbery suspect, police say Auburn gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robbery suspect, police say (KOMO News)
Auburn gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robbery suspect, police say (KOMO News)

U.S.A. -( You probably didn’t see these stories covered by the mainstream news media, but again last week, responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love. Self-defense instructor Robyn Sandoval joins the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast to look at four new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or did they have a plan?


First story- Do you have a firearm nearby at night?

You are jolted awake when you hear a crashing sound at 4 in the morning. You assume it is your niece who lives with you and you shout to ask if she is alright. She says it wasn’t her. You get up and see a stranger sitting at your kitchen table. You rush back to your bedroom and grab your gun. Your niece comes out of her room and you ask her who this is. She says she doesn’t know. The stranger gets up and moves toward you. You shoot him. He falls down and says that hurts. You stop shooting and call 911.

You put your gun away when the police arrive. EMS takes your attacker to the hospital. You give a statement to the police. You say you tried not to shoot but the attacker advanced on you before they arrived. You and the police look at your broken front door. Your attacker is charged with breaking and entering, and with public intoxication.

You are not charged.

Second Story- Are you armed at work?

You are a clerk at a convenience store. It is almost midnight when someone comes inside. The customer comes up to the counter and says to give him the money. He says he has a gun. You own a gun too. You are carrying concealed tonight. You shoot your attacker. He turns away and you stop shooting. You back away and find a safe place. You set your gun down and take out your phone. You call 911 and ask for help. You put your gun away when the police arrive.

You give the officers a brief statement. Emergency Medical Services declare your attacker dead at the scene. You show the police the videos from the store security cameras. 

The news reports don’t say if your attacker actually had a firearm and you do not give a statement to the news media. You are not charged with a crime.

Third story- Are you armed at home during the day?

Your daughter is frightened. She says her ex-boyfriend is coming over and demands to see her. She does not want to see him. The doors are already locked even though it is 11 in the morning. You hear a stranger at the front door. He shouts to open the door and let him in. Your daughter calls 911. You tell the stranger to go away and that you’re armed. He hits the door and then throws himself at the door. He slams his shoulder into the door over and over. Eventually the door jam breaks and the intruder enters. You shoot him until he stops and turns around. You stay inside. Police arrive and you put your gun away. Emergency medical services declare your attacker dead at the scene.

Police ask if your attacker came inside. You say he did. They show you a bullet hole in the door. You show the police the broken door frame and the doorbell security video. It looks like the attacker pulled the door closed as he fell back outside your home. You try to take care of our daughter who is very upset.

You are not charged.

Fourth story- Are you armed at work?

It is after midnight. You are about to close your small market and liquor store. You look up to see a car drive up and a man get out. You watch him on the video monitors. He pulls a ski mask over his face and he is wearing rubber gloves. He is also carrying an AR rifle in his arms. You reach under the counter and grab the shotgun you keep there. You drop down behind the counter and point the shotgun at the front door. Your attacker comes through the door and levels his rifle. You shoot him. He turns and runs outside. Another man in the getaway car gets out of the car to help your attacker. The second man has a handgun. You stay inside. Your attackers drive away and you call 911.

Police arrive a few minutes later. The police arrest your four attackers as they drive into the hospital parking lot. You show the police your security video. Your attacker is in stable but serious condition due to the shotgun wound to his upper arm.

You are 80 years old. You call a 24 hour repair company to put plywood over the damaged front door of your store. Your attackers face felony charges for attempted robbery, possession of stolen firearms, car theft, using guns during commission of a felony, victimizing a person over age 65 and elder abuse. They are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The extended discussion of each story is at the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast webpage.

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all those charges and only 500,000 should be 5 million so they dont get out and victimize people until they are caught again ,or shot dead…remember these are the wonderful people that the kameltoe made a bail fund for


yes, how soon we forget.


Just pray you don’t live in an equal force state like Kommiefornia where in situation 1 you would go to jail for not using equal force. They would say, well did the perp have a gun? No, then you should have grabbed a weapon equivalent to what they had. Bat for a bat, knife for a knife, gun for a gun.

If you are a woman, always tear your dress or shirt and say he tried to rape you. That was a cops advice.


so that is why everyone in comifornia dresses in drag


Good morning.
You might want to look at California Penal Code Section 198.5, which provides a (rebuttable) presumption that deadly force is justified against a person, not a family member, who has unlawfully forced their way into a person’s residence, and created in that person a reasonable fear of imminent danger to self or family. That’s a short version of CA’s “Castle Doctrine”. The older and more infirm you are, the greater the difficulty the state has in rebutting the presumption of reasonable fear for your safety.
Thanks, stay well.


Hi, thanks for the response. I am aware of what the law says but I am also aware of what the Sacramento city pigs do. Sheriff not so bad but they killed my cousin who was a cop for not making his wife who was a druggist steal and sell drugs to them for sale in the prisons and turning them in and they stabbed a good friend 35 times. Crime never solved, That was a cop that was trying to turn in fellow cops for taking and reselling drugs and guns from crime scenes. They lie, they are lazy,… Read more »

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Good morning again.
You take care as well. By the way, you won’t hurt my feelings being argumentative; it’s still a free country, for a little while longer anyway. I won’t address your other points because I am uniformed about them. I live in a rural CA county that has its share of issues, but nothing like you described. Didn’t the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office once issue CCW permits as if it was “shall issue”?
Thanks, stay well.


Born in sacto, left at 57 years old. Gangs, drugs, bullets flying over my house and into the house twice because of bad drug deals next door. Had a late night tire service and would handle transactions in the thousands. Their answer, if your afraid, don’t do business at night. That was the only business I had and the best hours to do it. Overtime and double ot on holidays.


you are 100% correct.why/how do the people allow this?


this is what was happening when I was in DEA out to not be another frank serpico shot twice still have shredded vest to remind me why and pieces of 9mm in my back


Great stories as usual. Love to hear that people successfully protect themselves and others. Just wish everyone was aware of these events. Some added personal commentary: Do you have a firearm nearby at night? Of course as should everyone.If you hear a crashing sound at 4 in the morning you need to have it in your possession not matter what you think it “might be” Are you armed at home during the day? Always. Why wouldn’t you be? Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean threats cease to exist. Also, the doors remain locked not matter what time of day… Read more »


What state was the 80 yr old in? Those sound like good laws!




comifornia…happened in la. , he waited till criminal pointed gun at him so he was within the law, anywhere else walking into the store with a full mask carrying gun at the ready would be enough


norco california!


Worked in Norco a few months, back in the 70s, they had horse trails instead of sidewalks. End of the Trail SASS championships held there for many years

Xaun Loc

Interesting that this article uses the news photo from Story Two — but never comments on the potential problems of popping off multiple “defensive” shots without having the skill to hit your target. I have to wonder where the round that the convenience store clerk put through the glass door finally ended.

A gun is not a magic talisman — if you are going to use a gun to defend yourself get enough training and practice to be able to hit where you are aiming — and, of course, actually aim rather than waving the gun around shooting randomly.


need more range time! all gun owners! and quality cameras!


Not everyone is Wyatt Earp. This was an 80 year old man trying to earn a living. He used a shotgun. Perhaps he was more aware of what was behind the door than you are.


Happy ending bedtime stories I tell my nephews.
Carry on and carry often.