"A Kenner, La., man walked up to the bar at the Cajun Pub in New Orleans, pulled a gun on the bartender and demanded money. The bartender responded by shooting the suspect in the chest. The bartender later told authorities he had been suspicious of the man from the moment he entered as it was a warm morning and the man was wearing a jacket. The bartender immediately moved to the end of the bar where a .38-cal. revolver was stored and kept his eye on him. The suspect, Troy Wright, died at the scene. He had recently been released from prison after serving 13 years for rape and robbery. " The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., 8/15/01
"Around 7 p.m., a man in Chalmette, La. noticed a criminal burglarizing his truck while a second criminal waited in a nearby getaway vehicle. The truck owner retrieved a handgun and confronted the perpetrators, at which point the getaway driver drew a pistol, prompting the truck owner to fire at him. Upon seeing the gunfire, the criminal who had been burglarizing the truck ran towards the getaway car, but as he approached it he fell and the vehicle ran over his arm. The wounded burglar eventually made it into the car and fled with the getaway driver. Police have not charged the truck owner. "
(The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La. 04/22/11)
" A Sophia, N.C., business owner, his wife and two adult children surrounded and captured two men who had broken into Farlow Oil Co. Tony Farlow, whose home is right next to the business his family has owned for 75 years, heard the alarm sound at about 11 p.m. one night. He grabbed a shotgun and ran toward the store, his wife, Nina, following closely behind with a .45-cal. pistol. Farlow ordered a man standing near the store's front door-shattered glass all around-to stop and kneel down. His wife encountered the other bandit still in the store. Once he saw Farlow with a shotgun trained on his partner, the second man became cooperative. "I told him get on the ground and don't move," Nina said. Deputies charged the men with breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen property."
South Bend Tribune, South Bend, IN, 2/06/02
"A visit from a family acquaintance suddenly turned ominous when Tony "Casper" Murry told Sue Gay to bring him all the guns in the house. Gay's late husband had been a firearms collector, "and Murry knew of the collection," said St. Joseph County, Indiana, Prosecutor Chris Toth. Murry had been inside Gay's home before, but this visit was different. "I knew he was drunk," said Gay, who then requested that Murry leave. "He got irritated ... ," Gay said of Murry, who then grabbed her 11-year-old adopted son and held a box cutter to his throat and said: "This isn't anything personal." Murry then rushed Gay and held the razor to her throat. He told Gay, "Take me to where the guns are," and pushed her into the front room. Gay pushed back long enough to call out to her son to dial 9-1-1. Just then the boy appeared holding a .45-caliber handgun, feet spread, aiming at his mother's attacker. The boy fired once, hitting Murry in the chest. "One shot and he got him," Gay said, adding, "He's my little hero!""
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, 4/10/02
"Charlotte Venters and her boyfriend, Brent Billings, were at home at a Muncie, Ind., mobile home park when a neighbor kicked in their door and held a steak knife to Billings' throat, threatening to kill him. Venters came out of another room armed with a gun and warned the intruder not to harm her boyfriend, said Delaware County prosecutor Richard Reed. When the suspect pointed his knife at Venters and made threatening remarks, she shot and killed the intruder. Prosecutors later said their attacker had been arrested at least 17 times in the past 11 years on various charges."
Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY, 11/26/02
"A Naples, N.Y., man shot and killed an intruder who broke into his house in the middle of the night and threatened him. Michael Wojtowich was awakened by his 11-year-old son, who told him someone was in their house. Wojtowich loaded his 12-ga. shotgun and started down the steps to find out what was going on. He was confronted by Brian Dibble, who had previously dated Wojtowich's girlfriend. Chief Deputy Don DeSmith of the Ontario County Sheriff's department reported, "We're not sure exactly what was said, but apparently Mr. Dibble threatened Mr. Wojtowich with bodily harm." After being threatened, Wojtowich shot Dibble once in the chest. The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene. Prior to the incident, Dibble was said to have broken into his old girlfriend's home next door."
An event in Manchester last month caused the usual suspects to man their battle stations, but it also raised some important points for rational people to consider. When Peter Vaillancourt saw a man breaking into the Manchester Professional Fire Fighters Association hall across the street from his home, he grabbed his shotgun and flip flopped across the street. He advised the man to "sit down and wait for the police to come." The man complied, and the incident ended with him in custody.
Read About It: The Nashua Telegraph (Hudson, N.H.)