Burglar “Lucky To Be In Jail” After Being Shot At First Thing in the Morning

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“This individual is lucky to be in jail,” the sheriff of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, commented dryly. “He could have been in the care of the county coroner’s office.”

That individual, a 37-year-old man named Michael Rowe, is now facing up to 15 years in the slammer for that burglary charge alone. The invasion was reported just before 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday (yesterday).

The homeowner had likely just woken up, only to find a stranger in his home. He was alerted to Rowe’s presence by a strange sound before he found the suspect. The homeowner then grabbed his gun and fired three times, although none of the rounds hit their target.

Rowe fled, but didn’t get very far as the homeowner called 9-1-1 immediately. He was caught within 500 yards of the home, that’s to a good physical description given by the homeowner.

Here’s a fun fact: 44% of South Carolinians own guns, which is well above the (reported) national average of 30% to 35%. Given the prevailing gun culture in the Palmetto State, breaking into homes there is an exquisitely bad idea. The sheriff is right that Rowe is lucky to be in jail.

comments

  1. avatar FedUp says:

    Mike Rowe’s most dangerous jobs?

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Well I guess he can kiss his TV career good-bye now.

    2. avatar VicRattlehead says:

      Sing with me! “It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it” lol!

  2. avatar Michael B says:

    Practice, practice, practice …. too bad he missed!

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      It does seem like a dreadful waste of ammo, but on the plus side, there’s no bloody mess of brain matter to clean off the wall.

      1. avatar VicRattlehead says:

        Nope, just a few small holes to patch up.
        Too bad the scumbag theif deserved those holes and not the house.

  3. avatar Sheep Dog says:

    Maybe he missed on purpose because the home owner had second thoughts about killing the burglar.
    In any case, either shoot the SOB or don’t shoot at all, don’t fire warning shots.
    (Anecdotal) most homes are close enough distance; kinda hard to miss 3 times, unless maybe its really dark, then again we shouldn’t be shooting at shadowes any way

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Home invaders tend to move quickly and in unpredictable ways when faced with ballistic resistance, as opposed to the static paper targets you’re accustomed to. Different ball game, altogether.

      1. avatar Sora says:

        You got to lead the shot and shoot where they will be when the sear breaks.
        Get Carry Guard, US Law Shield, USCCA, etc. They will send people to clean up the house and replace carpet.

    2. avatar New Continental Army says:

      I look forward to seeing your critique of both Brady and Luck after tomorrow nights game.

  4. avatar Marcus says:

    No, no, no, stupid criminals you’re suppose to rob homes in gun free CA in cities with the half million dollar 2 bed 1/2 bath shacks and mooch off of the welfare benefits in between “jobs.”

  5. avatar ROBERT Powell says:

    I take it that this a different MIKE ROWE,the real one is a multi-millionaor. the shooter either needs a shotgun or way more practice.. he should look into the TEXAS POPPER. a 410-45 long bbl derringer.

  6. avatar jakee308 says:

    He needs to buy a laser sight. For those late night difficult shots.

    When it positively must reach the target.

    1. avatar Michael B says:

      Yes, the only thing we bemoan here is that the homeowner missed — three times! I’ve not been in that situation, and can’t say if I would hit my target, either. I keep a Glock 17 within short reach at night. I’m not sure I would stop at 3, anyway.

      1. avatar Sora says:

        The more the merrier. Keep in house with extended mag.

      2. avatar KBonLI says:

        After not shooting my 38 special for quite some time I took it to the range (outdoor) and shot at various distances (mostly close). Sad to say I more than likely would have missed also since I had trouble with paper targets.

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