Generally, a sign that says ‘Gun-Free Zone’ turns a location into an appealing target for criminals. On the other hand, a sign like ‘Smith & Wesson Spoken Here’ — which might as well read ‘This is NOT a Gun-Free Zone’ — is thought to deter crime.
In this case, 24-year-old Christian Herbert decided to break into a rural Utah home in spite of at least two warning signs: the second sign, posted directly above the S&W sign with crossed revolvers above, features a smoking 1911 and reads ‘It Takes Courage to Be Free: That’s What It Means to Be American.’
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Once Herbert managed to force his way into the home, the homeowners shot him in short order. Then they called the police, who sent help as quickly as possible. According to a neighbor, “The sheriff deputy come up on a pickup… like he was shot out of a cannon.”
As described by Lt. Del Schlosser, the homeowners “are a little bit elderly, they do have some disabilities… They did fear for their lives and they did shoot at [the invader].” Whoever pulled the trigger (is it wishful thinking to imagine them both firing their home carry guns in unison?) made contact several times.
However, the story doesn’t end there. After being shot multiple times, Herbert stripped naked and walked outside the home, where he was met by four deputies standing at the ready with tasers. It required the combined effort of all four of them to subdue the man, before he could finally be taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. And a toxicology report.
As of the latest reports, Herbert is still alive. No one else was harmed during this incident.
Here is a brief newsreel from Fox 13: