Armed Homeowner Holds Burglars Until Police Arrive

If the average gun owner will ever need to draw a weapon in self-defense, facing a burglar is probably one of the most likely possibilities. It’s still rare, but it’s probably the case that’s most likely to occur.

That possibility became reality for one North Carolina man.

Oakly was barking.

That was unusual, because she seldom actually barks, especially at 7:20 a.m.

That’s why Oakly’s owner, Owen Turman, decided to get out of bed and head downstairs to quiet the dog. It was Sunday morning, after all.

What Turman didn’t expect was a strange man in his outdoor sunroom, trying to get into the house.

Turman, who lives on Culpepper Road off Wilkesboro Highway, quickly snatched his .22-caliber bolt-action rifle and went around back to confront the stranger. The Law of Self Defens... Andrew Branca Check Amazon for Pricing.

He asked the man what he was doing, told him to get away from the door and to lie on the ground. The stranger followed orders, but didn’t answer questions, like who he was or what he was doing. Turman, still in his underwear, called police.

And he waited.

The suspect didn’t wait patiently either, which is to be expected. Apparently, he started throwing needles at Turman’s vehicle.

Turman was also worried he’d have to fire his weapon and his little girl might see it.

It’s a terrible thought, the idea that your child might see you take another life. It’s not difficult to imagine how such an act might change the way a child looks at you. That’s terrifying.

Luckily, it was never more than a hypothetical.

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