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Gun Owner Defense Stories

While no one ever wants to have to draw their weapon and even more so kill another person average citizens defend themselves, and others, on a daily basis. We do not post these stories to glorify them, far from it. Taking another humans life is a horrible thing that no one wants to experience. But since these type of stories are often overlooked by main stream media and anti-gun groups constantly tell us guns don't save lives we feel the need to keep the public aware that average gun owners are saving lives each and every day.

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PA Neighbor Saves Woman Held Hostage For 20 Hours - May 15, 2015

Police say Henry Yancey held his ex-girlfriend hostage for more than 20 hours. He allegedly physically assaulted her throughout the night, threatened to kill her and stabbed her in the leg.

Friday morning she tried to make her escape, but Yancy, who was naked at the time, caught her and continued to assault her near the 1000 block of Lexington Avenue.

That's when another neighbor, Henry Oppenheim, saw what was going on and sprung into action.

"So I quickly ran into my room grabbed my gun and went out to defend her," said Oppenheim “I said let her go. And then he finally did it."

Oppenheim has a concealed carry permit and says he brings his gun almost everywhere he goes.

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/neighbors-help-rescue-woman/10752/f9G2uaGOj0qCgHe0eXxsLA


Oklahoma Wife Stops Home Invasion With Gun - May 13, 2015

A woman was waiting at home alone for her husband to arrive. The home invader attempted to break in. That's when the woman grabbed her gun and shot him.

The suspect was injured and unconscious when police arrived on scene.

Police said the initial investigation suggests the shooting was legal under Oklahoma statutes.

http://www.ktul.com/story/29051222/suspect-shot-in-home-invasion-attempt


Armed Citizen Rescues Rookie Police Officer - May 7, 2015

New information is coming out regarding the rookie Oklahoma City police officer who was beaten by a suspect with his own baton following a burglary on the northwest side of the metro.

An armed witness may have been the only thing that kept that officer from a more serious beating, or worse.

It happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of W. Park Pl. Rookie Officer Adam Eller and field training officer Sgt. Michael Lambert were responding to the burglary call.

The two suspects in the burglary, Tremaine and Jermaine Williams, are twin brothers. Police say Tremaine was already gone when they arrived, but Jermaine was there and when he saw the officers he took off on foot.

According to a report, that's when a witness nearby charged up with his weapon drawn and told Jermaine he would shoot him if he did not stop hitting Eller. That heroic witness has not been identified.

http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=29008359&catId=112032


Armed Firefigther Stops Potential Massacre - May 6, 2015

Firefighters said Chad Barker pulled up to the crowded fire station parking lot full of children and firefighters, got out of his car, and began firing in the air and at his vehicle. They say he also pointed the firearm at individual firefighters for lengthy periods of time.

"I came out of the office, saw the man with the gun, told everybody to leave out the back quickly that there was a man in the parking lot with a gun, and I was not kidding," said Gary Knoll, a firefighter for New Holland.

Knoll said he and another firefighter who have concealed weapons permits pulled their guns on the gunman.

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/28998992/firefighter-cwps-likely-stopped-a-massacre-of-children-firefighters


Illinois CCW Holder Stops Robbery - May 4, 2015

A Streamwood 18 year old accused of trying to rob a man by saying he had a gun was arrested after the man pulled a gun on him.

Prosecutors say the intended victim has a valid concealed carry permit.

He is accused of entering a backyard on the 1400 block of Laurel Oaks Drive Sunday with his face covered by a shirt and claiming he had a weapon.

He didn't but the homeowner did.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20150504/news/150509496/


Utah CCW Holder Stops Carjacking - May 2, 2015

A 27-year-old man was fatally wounded in the parking lot of an Orem Utah grocery store Saturday morning when he was shot by a man attempting to stop him from carjacking a woman's SUV.

Capt. Ned Jackson of the Orem Police Department said the man who shot the would be carjacker had a weapon and a concealed weapons permit. He had stopped at the store to purchase food en route to a planned target shooting outing.

According to the citizen's statement, the suspect started to walk to the back of the car and lunged at him trying to grab the gun. The citizen shoots one round, shoots the suspect in the chest. The shooting occurred about 11:20 a.m.

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=34485401&nid=968


Mugging Victim Opens Fire On Muggers - April 22, 2015

Two men are on the loose and a third suspect is in the hospital after an alleged robbery victim fought back.

A woman was approached by three men as she returned home from work in the 3300 block of W. 34th Street around 1 a.m. Friday. The men tried to rob her, but the woman fought back.

"I just heard them saying 'Shut up, be quiet, don't say anything' and the one here had a weapon," said the victim, Crystal.

She confronted the men with her own personal protection from the front seat of her SUV.

One of Crystal's bullets struck one of her three attackers.

http://www.wthr.com/story/28769522/one-robbery-suspect-in-custody-impd-seeks-two-others



Texas Grandmother Stops Robber With Her Gun - April 21, 2015

A Fort Worth grandmother thwarted her would be robber Monday when she pulled a pistol from her purse and scared her assailant away.

Jewell Turner, 74 was waiting in her minivan outside of her doctor's office, near the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and 6th Avenue in the city's Near South Side, when a man tapped on the glass of her driver's side window.

The man said, "I don't want to hurt you, but I want your money. And I will hurt you if I have to".

The widow first thought to pull out the pocket knife she always keeps with her for personal protection. Instead, Turner remembered that earlier that very day she felt the need to bring her small pistol along with her.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Gun-Toting-Grandma-Stops-Would-Be-Assailant-300874131.html


Chicago Taxi Driver Stops Mass Shooting With Handgun - April 20, 2015

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd.

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-uber-driver-shoots-gunman-met-0420-20150419-story.html


Chicago Uber Driver Stops Mass Shooting - April 20, 2015

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State's Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-uber-driver-shoots-gunman-met-0420-20150419-story.html


Armed Wisconsin Man Ends Neigborhood Crime Wave - April 8, 2015

A crime rampage in Madison by two men, one of whom allegedly held a gun to the head of a 90-year-old woman during a home invasion, ended when an armed homeowner confronted the duo in his garage, police said Wednesday.

One of the men fled and was quickly captured by police, while the other was disarmed and held at gunpoint by the homeowner until officers arrived, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/armed-homeowner-ends-madison-crime-wave-b99477976z1-299132931.html


Texas Man Stops Armed Home Invasion With Handgun - April 7, 2015

A man grabbed his gun and opened fire on suspects during a shootout early Tuesday morning when they kicked in the door at his home in northeast Harris County. The attempted home invasion happened about 4:10 a.m. in the 14100 block of Merry Meadow near Woodbend.

Officers said the family was asleep when two men kicked in the front door and started shooting. A resident on the couch woke up, grabbed his handgun and fired back firing about 10 shots toward the intruders.

The suspects backed away, climbed into a getaway car driven by a third suspect. The resident ran after them and the shootout continued as the suspects sped off.

http://www.chron.com/houston/article/Home-invasion-sparks-shootout-6183341.php


Nebraska Business Owner With Gun Stops Brutal Stabbing - April 7, 2015

According to the Buffalo County Sheriff's Office, a call came in around 1 p.m. reporting the stabbing, which was first witnessed by a local store owner.

Lucuas Gerdes, the owner of Odessa Furniture, was on his way back from lunch when he drove upon an altercation between two men taking place in front of his store location on Odessa Road.

He immediately ran into his store to grab duct tape and a firearm to assist Quintana against the suspect.

http://www.nbcneb.com/home/headlines/Suspect-Identified-In-Odessa-Stabbing-298823141.html



Georgia Concealed Carry Holder Stops Carjacking - April 5, 2015

A Georgia man with a concealed-carry license is being hailed as a hero after preventing an attempted carjacking and possibly saving a woman's life at the Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna, Georgia, on Friday afternoon.

When a teenager tried to steal a woman's car, she jumped on the hood to try and stop him from driving away. Witnesses say that prompted the alleged thief to speed up.

A gun-toting bystander saw the chaos unfolding and drew his weapon, shooting the thief in the shoulder.

The armed bystander, a Smyrna city employee, held the alleged carjacker at gunpoint until police arrived.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/04/05/gun-toting-good-samaritan-thwarts-carjacking-georgia-car-wash


Citizen Holds Knife Weilding Suspect At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive - March 23, 2015

A civilian risked his own life to save a man from being attacked by a suspect with a knife in Salt Lake City.

"I was just in my car on North Temple, I saw a guy pull a knife on another guy, a fight ensued, the guy with the knife was swinging it several times at the unarmed person," said Nick, the civilian, who declined to give his last name.

Nick, a retired police officer, decided to step in, and pull his gun on the suspect. "I told him to lay down on the ground and he stayed there," said Nick.

http://fox13now.com/2015/03/23/citizen-holds-man-at-gunpoint-after-seeing-him-swing-knife-in-fight/


Philadelphia Concealed Carrier Stops Barbershop Shooting Saving 8-10 Lives - March 22, 2015

A legal gun carrier likely saved several lives, including those of children, after another man pulled a gun and began shooting at a Philadelphia barber on Sunday, police said.

Warren Edwards was involved in an argument at Falah Barbershop at around 3 p.m. When a barber at the told Edwards to 'chill out,' he pulled a gun and began shooting.

A customer who had just walked into the barbershop pulled out his own gun and shot Edwards several times, hitting him in the chest. Edwards died on the way to the hospital.

http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/22/concealed-carrier-saved-a-lot-of-people-after-gunman-opened-fire-in-philly-barbershop-video/


Joplin MO Houseguest With Gun Stops Home Invasion, Kills One - March 17, 2015

The suspect killed in a home invasion Monday in Joplin was shot in self-defense by a guest staying at the address, police said.

Michael P. Dean, 32, of rural Joplin, was shot and killed in the early morning break-in at 1616 W. Fourth St. Authorities say Dean and three other men entered the home of Austin Kitchingham illegally and Dean was shot by a guest whose name has yet to be released.

"It was an invited guest who acted in self-defense," police said. "We still can't relinquish that person's name. But they are considered a victim (in the home invasion)."

http://www.joplinglobe.com/news/police-say-shooter-acted-in-self-defense-in-joplin-home/article_7217e020-ccea-11e4-b719-a73b5e882864.html


Wife Of Newport News Police Officer Shoots Burglar - March 12, 2015

A Newport News mother shot a man who was trying to break into her home late Wednesday night.

Officers said they received a call about a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Grace Drive around 10:36 p.m. When officers were traveling to the residence, they were notified there had been a shooting at the home.

The woman who fired the shot said it all played out while she was on the phone with 911 dispatchers.

"I mean, he was coming at me, and I think he was yelling, but you know, it's one of those things were it was so fast, I don't know, but all I knew is he was coming at me and I knew if he got past me, my daughter was in the back room," said the woman.

http://wavy.com/2015/03/12/woman-shoots-man-trying-to-break-into-her-newport-news-home/


West Virginia Pharmacist Shoots Armed Robber - February 18, 2015

Kanawha County deputies said a robbery suspect shot by a Pinch pharmacist has died from his injuries.

The robbery occurred about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Good Pharmacy on North Pinch Road, according to a news release. Deputies said a masked male suspect entered the pharmacy and pointed a firearm at the staff. The pharmacist on duty pulled his own firearm that he was carrying concealed and fired the weapon at the suspect. The suspect was struck and fell onto the pharmacy floor. Staff at the pharmacy then began to perform lifesaving measures on the suspect.

http://www.wchstv.com/news/features/eyewitness-news/stories/Pinch-Pharmacist-Shoots-Suspect-During-Robbery-86281.shtml#.VOYtrixK9Tf


82 Year Old Woman Defends Herself From Three Robbers With Gun - February 18, 2015

Annabelle Williams, who just turned 82 yesterday, says she was in bed sleeping when she heard glass shattering in another bedroom. Startled, she thought a tree branch had broken the window but she then heard voices. That's when she grabbed her gun.

"I feared for my life, but I wasn't ready to die," she recalled. "I started praying and I asked the Lord to guide my hands" Williams says as she heard the footsteps of the intruders getting closer to her bedroom, she reached into her nightstand and and shot in the direction of their shadows. She struck two of the three intruders, one made it out but was later picked up by police. The other two lay dead in her living room.

http://news.aazah.com/content/82-year-old-woman-kills-2-teens-who-broke-her-home#.VO-WiCxK9Tf


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