Guns aren’t death rays, even with solid center-mass hits. A Houston homeowner is alive and safe after defending his home against a crazed robber Saturday night, because he kept shooting until the threat was neutralized . . .
According to the Houston Police Department, the suspect smashed in the front window of the home, located in the 3300 block of Dennis near Sampson, with a piece of concrete. The incident happened just before 11 p.m.
Investigators said the homeowner heard the noise and grabbed his gun. He then saw the suspect at his front door.
The homeowner shot one time through the window, hitting the suspect in the stomach, police said. The suspect tried to get up and come after the homeowner, who then shot him a second time. The suspect was hit in the hand with the second shot.
The Energizer Bunny Burglar shrugged off a bullet in the gut, but threw in the towel when he got shot in the hand? I’ll leave it to the Armed Intelligentsia to speculate as to which form of pharmaceutical mind-alteration he was enjoying at the time.
This story illustrates several important things. First off, keep firing until the threat is neutralized. Shoot until they go down and stay down. Sometimes you won’t land a solid hit, and sometimes an attacker will keep attacking even after getting their heart shot out. As long as they’re taking coordinated offensive action against you, you need to keep shooting. This homeowner figured it out, and he survived the night unharmed.
The second lesson here is a legal one. In many parts of the country, shooting an attacker through a window would land you in the hoosegow on felony assault charges, but Texas law strongly favors homeowners in cases like this.