Mom Defends Children, Shoots Attacker in Her Home

Mom Defends Children, Shoots Attacker in Her Home, iStock-488768992
Mom Defends Children, Shoots Attacker in Her Home, iStock-488768992

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– At about 9 pm, a woman at home with her children defended herself with a firearm. The event occurred in Hidalgo County, Texas, on October 25th, 2022. As noted in the news release by the Hidalgo County Sheriff, the mother did everything reasonable to prevent the necessity of the use of deadly force.

When the suspect was breaking into her home, she retreated to a bedroom with her children with her defensive firearm. She attempted to deter the intruder by notifying him she had summoned the police and she was armed.

From Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at approximately 9:13 pm, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Deputy Constables responded to a Burglary of Habitation in progress on the 5500 block of Nardo Street, north of Rogers Road on 10th Street, in rural Edinburg, Texas.
 
Deputies made contact with the homeowner who advised that a male subject, identified as Carlos Garcia, 36 years of age, had broken into the house through the garage and was trying to get into the bedroom where she and her children had locked themselves. The homeowner warned Garcia that the police had been called and she had a gun. When Garcia refused to leave and continued to try to get into the bedroom, the homeowner shot once through the door. Garcia fled the house.
 
Deputies searched the area and with the assistance of DPS air support, Carlos Garcia was found approximately 100 yards away in an open field with a gunshot wound to his left arm. Garcia was medically cleared and booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center for Burglary of Habitation with Intent.

Further reports have stated the woman did not know Carlos Garcia.

This is a classic tactic in the use justified of deadly force, which has been taught for decades. My recollection is it was first popularized by Massad Ayoob in his timeless book, In the Gravest Extreme.

The point of the tactic is to force the intruder to come to you, where you are barricaded in a defensive position and where the intruder has to expose themselves to your fire in order to reach you. As they attempt to do this, their time is limited because, at your chosen redoubt, you have the communication capability to contact reinforcements in the form of police.  The defensive position channels them into a deadly funnel.

Cellular telephones have made the selection of the redoubt easier. A room with only one readily accessible entrance, preferably with a solid, lockable door stout enough, can provide some time for you to call 911 and make ready.

Any intruder who keeps attempting to break through your defenses has shown they should be viewed as a deadly threat, not only by you in that moment but by a prosecutor or jury later on.

A woman with children in this situation has even more reason to use deadly force to protect herself and the innocents in her care. Once the intruder breaches the interior defensive perimeter, she and her charges are in a highly vulnerable situation, which nearly all adults will readily understand.

There will be a few who refuse to see the obvious. From the comments on the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office site:

Sergio Pardo Jr. Eric this is what’s wrong with America, she had already called the police, no need to use military style weapons to harm another human being.

Mr. Pardo ignores how long it will take the police to arrive. The average response time can vary from minutes to hours.  The Edinburg location is semi-rural with large lots, within 15 miles of the Mexican border as the crow flies, 19.3 miles or half an hour by road.

Much can happen while the victim waits for official reinforcements to arrive. The close proximity of the border means a miscreant has a good opportunity to flee and cross the border before being apprehended.

I have been unable to discern what type of firearm was used. Nearly any firearm will penetrate a door and cause serious injury or death.


About 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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Wild Bill

Go Texas’ moms!!

musicman44mag

LMAO. Paul Pelosi beat up with a hammer. Don’t know if the attacker got it from the pile of tools outside the door or if Paul had it himself. The attacker took it away and beat him with it. Hey Nancy, can you see the value of having a gun at home for protection yet? LOL stupid democrats

Ope

The man with the hammer was looking for Nancy. I don’t know why he thought she was in Frisco. The liberals will blame this on Trump and all who support him. Kinda peculiar it happened just days before mid-terms. I’m sure the socialist trash have some more events scheduled before Tuesday.

musicman44mag

Oh, you bet. I am waiting for them to say he was an ultra maga Trump supporter. They already said that he has been seen at demonstrations but not which ones. He is 42 years old. I think that makes him a millennial. Most of them are libs. Maybe he’s pissed at nancy for not fixing the climate yet after working on it for umpteenmillion years.

swmft

trump supporter would have a gun, so this is one of the people looking for free drugs

3manfan
loveaduck

He was a total loon, living with other loons.

OlTrailDog

Pelosi demands assault hammer ban. Protect the chilwrens NOW.

Wild Bill

Yes, if even one … Pelosi … were saved.

swmft

dont forget those horrible power drills

Deplorable Bill

Yup, she did all she could do to get rid of the guy in peace. Tactically, forcing the bad guy to come to you, in a place that you know well and he likely doesn’t is righteous. The guy trying to go through a locked door to attack her and/or her children was the last straw. She could no longer wait on the cops, there was no time left. She had to shoot or just give up and hope for the best. I wonder what the actual response time was for the cops to actually enter the house? Obviously, it… Read more »

swmft

let us hope she upgrades doors and windows, so no repeat.

hoss

Mr. Pardo is a culo de caballo. This fool proves that you can’t fix stupid!

Ope

Oldvet, this person looks like it didn’t shave that morning.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ope
swmft

there are some cuban women?? that have more facial hair than me

swmft

the ones I have seen when in miami or havanaare cuban, but I bet there are others and it is a scary site to be in a bodega at 5am and the woman serving needs to shave

swmft

you know they would likely be at each others throats in short order, they all want to be in control not follow

swmft

what do you think send paper that gives very deep cuts they want to outlaw everything else ,so we give them a new weapon

swmft

or touch screen with thin glass cover so they bleed out

swmft

alcohol wipes

swmft

everything with a comifornia cancer warning

swmft

dont forget it needs to be non gmo and animal safe complaint

swmft

have a good one

Knute Knute
Knute Knute

Be careful about just taking images at face value. A lot of the time they are provided to create a mental impression in you that is false. It’s just one of the many ways that are available to manipulate your perceptions in whatever direction the provider desires.

Coelacanth

Mr. Pardo is not rooted in reality. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

An-Old -One

The photo is not of the victim in the story ( stock photo ).

Knute Knute

use imagery to manipulate our perceptions

Knute Knute

nope, those weren’t the key words either. I’ll get the censorbots figured out eventually. Except by then they’ll have changrd. I’m forever playing catch-up. 🙂

linkman

Bravo to the mom for properly defending herself and her family. This is the exact course of action that many anti-gun groups and politicians want to deny us the ability to do.

gregs

hey, now that elon lifted lifetime bans on the twit, i am going to post this as my first post since being permanently banned a couple years ago.
let’s see how long this time will last.
let’s go troll hunting.

Last edited 3 months ago by gregs
Knute Knute

Hmmm. Must be certain combinations of words that does it. The censors are getting more sophisticated as time rolls on. All the more reason to be wary.

Knute Knute

“manipulate our perceptions” ?

Knute Knute

It must be either “Ammoland”, or “manipulate”, that motivates the censors.

Knute Knute

Strange. It appears that the word “ukraine” is not the one that kicks the sensorbots into gear.

Knute Knute

Think of the ‘official footage’ provided of the ‘russian jets’ being ‘shot down’ over Ukraine, all over the news, just a couple months ago. Remember that they turned out to be just footage from a video game? This is just a minor version of that same thing.

Knute Knute

Think of the ‘official footage’ provided of the ‘russian jets’ being ‘shot down’ over Ukraine, all over the news, just a couple months ago. Remember that they turned out to be just footage from a video game? This is just a minor version of that same thing.
Not that Ammoland is actively trying to manipulate you, as the ‘news’ channels were.

Knute Knute

Not that Ammoland is actively trying to manipulate you, as the ‘news’ channels were. They just needed a headline photo, and with one of the actual woman not available(they don’t even know the kind of firearm she had), they just used a stock photo. But it’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves that people are forever using imagery to manipulate our perceptions. Have you noticed that a lot of the stuff that you buy has photos that don’t match what’s in the box? The marketing wanks know that the image is more powerful than the words. So they put the… Read more »

Knute Knute

Be careful about just taking images at face value. A lot of the time they are provided to create a mental impression in you that is false. It’s just one of the many ways that are available to manipulate your perceptions in whatever direction the provider desires. Think of the ‘official footage’ provided of the ‘russian jets’ being ‘shot down’ over Ukraine, all over the news, just a couple months ago. Remember that they turned out to be just footage from a video game? This is just a minor version of that same thing. Not that Ammoland is actively trying… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Knute Knute
Knute Knute

“no need to use military style weapons “ The very fact that this entity chooses to use the Tavistock Institute’s approved propaganda phrase; “military style weapons”, with no knowledge of even what weapon was used, should tell a thinking mind that this was either written by a robot, or by a paid troll, in a feeble attempt to discredit whatever they were either paid, or programed, to attack. Don’t be fooled by such obvious deceptions. Like this example, they have now sunk below the level of a first grader claiming that: “the dog ate my homework”. Yes, I do know… Read more »