Fairness Gone Wild

This has to be one of the most absurd stories I’ve seen. Now we’re supposed to be fair to home invaders? Please!

from the Blaze:

Grandfather of Oklahoma teen killed by homeowner in burglary says AR-15 made for ‘unfair’ fight

Three Oklahoma teenagers were killed last week when they broke into a house and were met by a homeowner with an AR-15. Now the grandfather of one of the teenagers is speaking out about his grandson’s death.

According to KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner’s AR-15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars. read more

Good for the Gun Owner

Dramatic 911 calls of the moments before and after a mother shot a home intruder while trying to protect  her nine-year-old  twins have been released.

Rather than call police when the man broke into her house, Melinda Herman took the twins – and her husband’s handgun – to the attic and called her husband, who then called police on her behalf.

During the phone call, Donnie Herman can be heard trying to reassure his wife, before telling the dispatcher she was shooting intruder Paul Slater.

He can then be heard screaming at his wife to  ‘shoot him…shoot him again’.

Recordings obtained by The Atlanta  Journal-Constitution of two calls to 911, detailed the terrifying moments of the burglary – one from an anxious, but calm husband and the other from stunned neighbors.

Donnie tells his wife Melinda: ‘Just remember everything that I showed you, everything that I taught you,  alright?  If he opens that door, you shoot him, you understand?’

Though the husband’s conversation with his wife is not audible on the recording, he can clearly be heard giving instructions to his wife and asking her questions before relaying the information to the 911 operator.

After only a few moments on the phone, gunshots can be heard and Donnie tells the operator: ‘She’s shooting him! She’s shooting him!’ before screaming at his wife, ‘Shoot  him again! Shoot him’.

With her husband’s .38 caliber handgun,  Melinda shot Slater five times, though did not kill him. Donnie told the operator he could hear him was pleading for his life.

More than he bargained for: The unidentified woman reportedly fired all six rounds of the handgun, missing only onceMore than he bargained for: Melinda Herman can he heard  firing all six rounds of the handgun, missing only once
Husband: Donnie Herman says he is proud of his wife, and he's glad his family is safeHusband: Donnie Herman says he is proud of his wife, and  he’s glad his family is safe

Despite his injuries, Slater managed to run from the house and get into his SUV and drive away.

This was when a neighbor called 911 to report gunshots. Soon after this, Melinda and her two children arrived at a neighbor’s home, visibly shaken.

‘They’re going to walk over to my house,’ a  man tells 911. ‘I’m their neighbor. They’re okay. They’re just shooken up.’

As Donnie is still on the phone to the 911 dispatcher, she tells him that his neighbor is on the other line.

Police and EMS can be heard arriving at the scene.

Deputies found Slater bleeding in his car in another neighbor’s driveway. He remains hospitalized with  puncture injuries to  his lungs, liver and stomach.

Donnie finally receives the news he has been waiting for, more than ten minutes after he first called 911. The operator says: ‘The kids are at your neighbor’s house.  Your wife is okay.’

Donnie Herman appeared on Good Morning America after the home invasion and called his wife a ‘hero’ and said she would do what ‘any responsible gun owner would do’.

Home invasion: The woman was home with her 9-year-old twins in their Loganville home, when the suspect began ringing the doorbellHome invasion: Melinda was at home with her nine-year-old twins in their Loganville home, when the suspect began ringing the  doorbell before breaking in
Not exactly a clean getaway: Slater managed to return to his vehicle, but his injuries left him unable to drive, and it wasn't long before he crashed into a wooded areaNot exactly a clean getaway: Slater managed to return to  his vehicle, but his injuries left him unable to drive, and it wasn’t long  before he crashed into a wooded area

It later emerged that Paul Slater broke into  the house – thinking no one was home – with a crowbar and went from room-to-room until he came upon the family in the attic.

Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman told  WSBTV after the burglary:  ‘The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver.’

Sheriff Chapman told the Atlanta  Journal-Constitution: ‘The guy’s face down, crying. The woman told him to stay down or she’d shoot again.’

WSBTV reported that Slater has a long criminal history and was released from prison in August.

The woman’s husband, Donnie Herman, is just  glad his wife and kids are safe.

Mr Herman told WSBTV: ‘My wife is a hero. She protected the kids. She did what she was supposed to do as a responsible,  prepared gun owner.’

Now, juxtapose this situation with what some consider common sense gun control safety measures. Imagine the wife, in the heat of the moment, couldn’t get to the gun due to a law forcing her husband to lock it away. If she were able to reach the weapon, she found it unloaded and the ammunition, due to another regulation, had to be stored away from the weapon. Furthering the scenario, she was able to obtain the weapon and ammunition but the pistol had a trigger lock affixed that even for the experienced can take several minutes to open without the added stress of an intruder bearing down on her. The result of the above altercation would have quite different thanks to feel-good gun safety rules. They should be reclassified as Intruder safety regulations.

Attribution: Daily Mail

Sign of Criminal Behavior

Brits Look Out For Signs of Criminals

Burglars are scrawling secret symbols on the street to help other criminals know which homes to target.

The symbols may indicate that a home is  wealthy, has already been burgled or may have nothing worth  stealing.

Chillingly, they may also indicate if there  is a vulnerable female in the home, or if the occupant is nervous, afraid or  easily duped.

Crime code The symbols are used by burglars to help other thieves in their criminal endeavours. As well as saying where there are rich pickings, the code also warns if a property is well-guarded or has nothing  valuable

The meaning behind a number of the symbols has been deduced by officers.

A simple ‘X’ means the home is a good target, while the same symbol outlined with a circle means there is nothing worth stealing in the property.

A capital D with a dash drawn in it indicates that burgling the house is too risky, while five circles in the shape of a star shows that a property is wealthy.

Vigilant: Police say homeowners should report the symbols if they find them as they can be used by intelligence officersOfficers say homeowners should report the  symbols if they find them as they can be used in police intelligence

Other marks reveal if a house is alarmed or has already been burgled.

Police in Torbay, Devon, UK  posted the symbols on Twitter in a bid to warn homeowners that they may be a target for  thieves.

DC Steve Fleetwood warns  the ‘ancient’ symbols are being drawn outside homes by criminal gangs.

He said: ‘The Exeter Neighborhood Team saw them at the end of a few drives, on a few curbs and on gate posts and we want to warn people about them.

‘It is very new to us and we are just asking  people to be aware.’

DC Fleetwood says the code could be a valuable tool in the fight against crime.

He added: ‘Knowledge is power. If we’re aware  of it happening we can see if there have been any burglaries in the area and we can analyze the data to gather intelligence.’

He urged homeowners to report any unusual  markings on low-rise walls, pavements or curbs by dialing 101 or their local police station.

THE HOBO CODE: HOW  DOWN-AND-OUTS OF GREAT DEPRESSION HELPED EACH OTHER WITH MYSTERIOUS  SYMBOLS

During the Great Depression in America itinerants who travelled state-to-state on the railroad looking for work and living rough – called ‘hobos’ – would use symbols to direct, help and warn  their brethren.

Symbols from the ‘Hobo code’ would be  scrawled with chalk or coal on houses, posts, gates, bridges, railroad yards and  other places.

As well as helpful advice like  ‘housewife  feeds for chores’ and ‘can sleep in barn’, there are warnings such as ‘man with a gun’ and ‘dishonest man’.

Hobos needed all the help they could get as they faced a hard and dangerous life as they rode the railways.

In addition to the problems of being looked down on, poor, far from home and frequently sleeping rough, they also had to face the railroads’ security staff, nicknamed ‘bulls’, who were often quick to use violence against trespassers.

Secret: Some of the symbols used by hobos to help their fellow travellers in America.

Attribution: Sam Webb, Daily Mail

Grandpa Rambo

A 92-year-old war veteran who shot dead an intruder at his home says he has only one regret – that he didn’t shoot the alleged burglar’s accomplices.

Earl Jones from Boone County, Kentucky, killed Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell after the intruder broke into his home at 2am on Monday with two accomplices.

He told the Enquirer: ‘These people aren’t worth any more to me than a groundhog. They have our country in havoc. We got so many damned crooked people walking around today.’

 
Second World War veteran Earl Jones at the door the intruders entered to gain access to his basement
Second World War veteran Earl Jones at the door the intruders entered to gain access to his basement
 
Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell who was shot dead by Earl Jones after breaking into the pensioner's farmLloyd (Adam) Maxwell who was shot dead by Earl Jones after breaking into Jones’s home

Jones said that on the night of the shooting, he heard a bang coming from the basement and walked eight paces to get his loaded .22 caliber rifle from behind the bedroom door.

He then returned to his armchair in the living room where he had been watching the TV and lay in wait for the intruders to enter.

When Maxwell kicked the basement door open 15 minutes later Mr Jones fired off a shot at his chest and killed him.

Maxwell’s accomplices Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20,then fled, dragging the dead man with them.

It was the third time Jones, who has worked on the same farm since 1955, has been broken into this year.

Earl Jones said he was only sorry that two others who took part in the raid escaped unharmed.

‘I was hoping another one would come up – I aimed right for his heart,’ he said.

Jones also showed little emotion over killing 24-year-old Lloyd Maxwell who was gunned down during the home invasion.

‘Was I scared? Was I mad? Hell, no.

 
Ryan Dalton
Donnie Inabnit
 

Escaped unhurt: Ryan Dalton, 22, (upper), and Donnie Inabnit (lower), 20, fled with their accomplices’ body

 
The chair in the living room which Earl Jones sat to watch his basement door while waiting for the intruders to enter
The chair in the living room which Earl Jones sat to watch his basement door while waiting for the intruders to enter

 
The basement door that was kicked in from the outside to give the intruders access to the house
The basement door that was kicked in from the outside to give the intruders access to the house

“It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself.”

Jones, who served in army during WW2, was alone at his 500 acre ranch in Verona, Kentucky, when he heard noises outside.

Police do not expect to charge Jones with a crime as Kentucky as the state has a “stand your ground law” that allows householders to use deadly force if they are in fear of their lives.

Jones is adamant that he was within his right to shoot the intruder at the home he has lived in since 1955.

The break-in was the third he has experienced in this year.

‘I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police this morning.” according to the Enquirer newspaper.

Police said Dalton, 22, and Inabnit, 20, were arrested later.

The pair called police to report their friend had been shot. They later admitted to taking part in the raid on Jones’s home.

Dalton and Inabnit, both from Dry Ridge, have been charged with second degree burglary and tampering with evidence, but Mr Jones may yet escape conviction thanks to Kentucky’s ‘castle doctrine’ which is enshrined in law.

Nationally the killing of criminals by individuals trying to defend their property has increased in recent years, from 196 in 2005 to 278 in 2010, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. 

Kenton County Police found Maxwell’s body and the two uninjured men in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala who later admitted to being at Jones’ home.

In April, thieves stole 90 of Mr Jones’ cows from a field behind his property and in August burglars took a television, a several thousand dollars and a personal check from his house.

Attribution: Mail Online