The situation in a suburban Washington State home on March 30th could have been scene from The Shining: a terrified couple barricaded in their bedroom while a psychopath taunts them from the other side of their bedroom door, shouting “Where you at? I’m gonna kill you!” and “I’m gonna come mess you up!” And then the psychopath kicks down the bedroom door…
And dies in a hail of gunfire from the homeowner’s pistol.
The police dispatcher told the deputies that she just received another 911 call from a nearby house in the 400 block of SE Orchard Dr. A couple had been sleeping when they woke up to the sound of glass breaking. The suspect had broken the rear sliding glass door, entered the house, and then started “trashing the house.”The couple, a 46-year-old man and his girlfriend, hid in a bedroom as they talked to the 911 operator.
The couple told police that they could hear the suspect ransack the house. The suspect was yelling, “Where are you? I’m going to kill you!”
The man living at the home retrieved a handgun from his nightstand and yelled numerous times, “I have a pistol. Get out of my house!”
The couple in the bedroom continued to hear the suspect ransack the house and yell that he was coming after them.
[King County Sheriff's Sergeant Cindy] West said within a short time the suspect kicked the door down and at that point the homeowner fired several shots, killing the suspect.
Washington State does not formally follow the Castle Doctrine, but the Stand Your Ground law is encoded in Washington’s criminal statutes. No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowners, whom police describe as the victims in this situation.
Regardless of whether he [the invader] was armed or not the homeowner did the right thing,” said West. “This guy showed so much restraint. He could have shot him earlier, based on the situation at hand but he didn’t. He waited and waited and waited and gave this guy the opportunity to leave before he finally said I have no other choice.
West said the homeowner and his girlfriend are very shaken up and don’t want to go back to the house.
It’s horrifying to see an innocent couple terrorized by a psychopath invading their home and threatening to kill them, but it’s gratifying to see public opinion and law enforcement rally around the homeowner. Even the most morally and legally justified homicide is incredibly traumatic, and our thoughts go out to this unnamed couple. They’ve already packed many of their belongings and left their own home, now the place of such terrifying memories.
This awful scene also shines a colder, more rational light on the fabricated-by-liberals ‘controversy’ now swirling around gun control, the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws. Home invaders like this dead psychopath would have a field day in London or Washington, DC where they know their victims will be disarmed and helpless. They thrive when foolish laws strip us of our means and right of self-defense.
But in the Northwest, where several burglars have been shot and/or killed by homeowners in recent months (with no charges filed against them), they’re increasingly likely to die on the job. And there’s no such thing as Worker’s Comp for home-invasion psychopaths.
Dave Workman’s outstanding Seattle Gun Rights Examiner looked at this encouraging trend back in February and called it spot-on: 1.) Home invaders are getting shot and killed, 2.) Said homeowners are (quite properly) not being charged with any crimes, and 3.) The public seems to be perfectly happy with both of these outcomes.
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