Defensive Gun Use of the Day: The One They Missed Edition

An interesting case, in that the wary home owner called the cops, who cleared the house. Only they didn’t. When the “homeless person” emerged from a closet, 76-year-old Leon Winder perforated him with lead. I’m sure there are those who would say that Winder didn’t have to shoot 37-year-old John Buck Fields. But they weren’t there. If they were there—these people who would disarm Americans for their own good—I wonder what would have happened. Thankfully – yes thankfully – we’ll never know.


  1. avatar CK in CA says:

    When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.

    And when they get there, they might look for perps in obvious places. Or maybe not.

    Another reason that the people need to be armed.

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      just over 20 min in the case of one of my friends who called the cops. luckily it was just people pulling a prank, but the point is cops took 20 min to a house when it should have only taken 2 min.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Hey! The perp might actually be dangerous! They like to give him some time to get away, so then, filing a shooting report won’t cut into quality doughnut time….

  2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Wow. That’s rather pathetic that the police went through the motions of clearing the home but failed to actually clear the home. How common is this?

    Yet another example of why home carry is an excellent idea.

    1. avatar CoolBreeze72 says:

      “Home carry…”. Exactly what I thought. wonder what LEO does when you inform him that you are armed. Oh BTW officer, ignore all those guns in my closet… just forget you ever saw them. Yeah. Right!

  3. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    Your tax dollars, hard at work.

  4. avatar Bob says:

    NEVER, EVER (yes, I’m shouting) invite the police into your house.

  5. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    Hell not only are police minutes away when seconds count, but apparently now they don’t do their job when they get there either.

  6. avatar great unknown says:

    Airborne. Training stays with you, even at 76. Wonder what gun he was using.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    I guess that Fields never should have come out of the closet.

  8. avatar Accur81 says:

    How many people on TTAG have said that they will never clear their own home because that is the job of the police? I have found a universal thing in this world: when your a$$ is on the line, you will do the best job possible. When it isn’t, you won’t. I am disgusted that the police didn’t do their job, but glad that the homeowner was able to protect himself. We have another clear example why the police (and government) should never be the only people who are armed.

    1. avatar Mr. Grumpus says:


    2. avatar vioshi says:

      I would say it never hurts to do a five-finger discount double-check. As in, after the cops clear the house ask them to hang out while you double check for someone whose looking for a 5 finger discount.

  9. avatar PeterK says:

    Well we don’t know why the cops didn’t find him, but that does poke holes in the “don’t clear your home theory a bit.”

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      They were busy looking for a dog to shoot.

  10. avatar Pat says:

    Sleepy mug shot.

  11. avatar Josh says:

    Who doesn’t look in the f$%*ing closet when you’re clearing a room!?

  12. avatar cdotson says:

    What if the people who would disarm Americans were there hiding in the closet too?

    If only. Good reasons for proper-capacity magazines.

  13. avatar Alex says:

    Not sure I’d want to gamble my family’s safety on the thoroughness of government employees.

  14. avatar LeftShooter says:

    “Look at who missed closet day in clearing school!”

  15. avatar Alex says:

    Here’s an example of a woman being attacked in her own home after the police left:

    1. avatar IdahoPete says:

      11 arrests and 5 convictions for the perp, who somehow was still out on the street. I really like a happy ending – the lowlife won’t be doing any future rapes.

  16. avatar IdahoPete says:

    Way to go, Mr. Winder – proof you don’t mess with the 101st “Screamin’ Eagles”, even at 76 years old.

    1. avatar UnapologeticallyAmerican says:


  17. avatar Mediocrates says:

    The old guy should have just laid down and took it. Oh wait, that’s women. My bad.

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