72-Year-Old Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On December 10, 2022, at about 3 a.m., the Bedford 911 service received an urgent call. According to the Pennsylvania State Police at the Bedford station, Bedford 911 received a call reporting a home invasion and an assault in progress. The call was disconnected. After the call was reconnected, there was a report of shots fired.

When the State Police arrived, they determined one shot had been fired, and the intruder, Dakota Lance Hall, was struck and died at the scene. WTAJ reported this. From wtaj.com:

State Police out of Bedford said they received a call of a home invasion and assault along Shoups Branch Road in Liberty Township shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. While on the phone with the 72-year-old male homeowner, they said the 911 call disconnected. When the call reconnected, there were reports of shots fired.

When police arrived, they found the alleged intruder, Dakota Hall, 22, of Huntingdon, with a gunshot wound. Police said Hall died of his injuries at the scene.

The 72-year-old was taken to UPMC Bedford for injuries suffered in the assault.

Bedford is a rural community in Pennsylvania.  The population of Liberty Township is modest at 1,382 as of the 2020 census.  Shoup’s Branch Road is a short street in a development of what appears to be about 15 mobile homes in the satellite image. An athletic field is across the street.  On the other side of the athletic fields for baseball and football is a middle school and a high school.

The identity of the 72-year-old white male is unknown. Dakota Hall’s address is reported as in Huntingdon, PA. The homeowner is reported as being from  Saxon, PA, which is in Liberty Township. Huntingdon is about a half-hour drive northeast of Liberty Township.  In Hall’s obituary, he is listed as 26 years old. His parents were stated as being from Saxton, in Liberty Township. Hall is reported to have been booked on a charge of domestic assault on March 16, 2020.

The police have not reported if Hall was related to the 72-Year-old male who shot him or if there were any connections at all.

This story is one of many that goes underreported by the mainstream media because it shows a positive image of a law-abiding gun owner using that tool to defend their life and family. It is our responsibility at AmmoLand to report these stories to you the reader. While we will continue to report these stories, groups like the Crime Prevention Research Center, led by Dr. John Lott, are fastidious in studying the use of firearms for self-defense. Stay up to date with all news on self-defense by following CPRC and Ammoland.

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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Once again, with the exception of the homeowner being injured, here is a story with a solidly appropriate outcome. The perp got his just desserts. The state was saved the cost of prosecution and imprisonment. And the homeowner is still upright. It all turned out exactly as it should have. As an old guy with a gun, I truly appreciate the proper actions of other old guys with guns. Just one more happy ending.


“I resemble that remark!” I’ve had to draw a weapon 3 times in my life. I thank the Lord above I never had to shoot anybody or anything!


That’s three times more than in my life so far. And I sincerely hope I never will. But, if push comes to shove, I WILL squeeze.


you had a blessed life may it stay so, I have shot more than my share ,occupational hazard….I think growing up hunting made it easier to understand and cope with killing for purpose oddly still mad at all the people that made me shoot,coping mechanism I guess


Like the old saying goes…F*ck around, find out!”


Play stupid games win stupid prizes!


It does indeed go “unreported” in the mainstream media – and, more often than not, it goes unreported in local media. Not that it matters. So many neighbors and people I interact with in the local area – they are absolutely clueless about the news, the “goings on” in their community. It is so very sad.


Well as President Trump said. The Media, they Lie. They lie like a rug and don’t get up so they always LIE. The media is complacent yet people live with their heads stuck in their TV sets. Ever wonder why America has been dumbed down so much? Well there’s your Sign.


Choogie, there are times when I think their Heads are stuck somewhere else.


Agreed Jonsey!!!


I’m not sure I understand what you mean. Your friends and neighbors “…are absolutely clueless about the news, the “goings on” in their community.” Does that mean they listen to the propaganda broadcasts designed as news or do they not listen or read and so-called news reporting? IMHO, if they chose not to accept mainstream media, that’s good because I’m going to start providing them avenues towards the truth. If they are prone to listening to propaganda we have to determine whether or not they can be “saved” or are they true believing fellow travelers who deserves a 2% solution.… Read more »


I know most of my neighbours well enough to know who stands where on the “big issues”. I see by the yard signs the politifal bent of most of them. but as far as “local” goes, we all share enough about what “goes on” around here. When there was a series of breakins and minor thefts, we all knew. My next door friend had had his garage raided a couple times. I had stuff sprout legs. Other side neighbour too. Then neighbour’s garage had the lights on at three ayem, he got up and went to check things out (He… Read more »


Install cameras.


And…CHACHING…just like that the perp’s penchant for home invasion was permanently cured……..single dose of medicinal lead.

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Shoup’s Branch Road is a short street in a development of what appears to be about 15 mobile homes in the satellite image. An athletic field is across the street. On the other side of the athletic fields for baseball and football is a middle school and a high school.”

How much you want to bet they call this one a “school shooting” in the gun grabber statistics?


Yes siree, with a name like Dakota, Duane, or Ope it was bound to happen sooner than later. 🙂 tsk, tsk

Congratulations on the steady aim, grand pa.

Wild Bill

For a normally logical commenter, dwelling on a name seems uncharacteristically irrational. Maybe I am misunderstanding.


I absolutely agree. To put into context, recently we, the commenters that is, had an exchange, i.e. Duane, Ope, with others chiming in, in regards to their assertion that a self defense shooting was to be expected given the names of the perps. The names were assumed to be black American names. When I pointed out that judging someone based on their name and skin color and not their character (MLK referenced) was in essence racist and un-American I was thoroughly pilloried by a host of nitwits. I just couldn’t help reminding some of the hypocrisy, albeit most will not… Read more »

Desert Rat

Considering that 50% of all crime is committed by blacks and 80% of all interracial crime (assaults, rapes, murders) is black on white, making the assumption that the perp is black is not a stretch. If you watch any of the news reports about the looting and robbery of the stores in blue state cities, the majority of the criminals are black teenagers and young adults. Nobody wants to talk about the truth of who causes most of the crime in this country. This is the direct result of having the Democrats and black politicians run the major cities. Black… Read more »


Sorry, I just don’t believe in guilt based on a name, aka name profiling. Instead, I believe as an American citizen you are entitled to all the benefits and rights as a citizen unless you are convicted of a crime. In the America I cherish the name a parent gives a child isn’t a crime.

Wild Bill

With me and my lovely spouse things are well. I have been busy reseeding the hay meadows and thenI applied chicken litter over the seeds. Every dog and critter has deep hay bedding, and we put plastic over the windows on the north, northwest, and northeast sides. The temps have been dropping and the forecast calls for more.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good box of ammunition!!

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