Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Former Recidivist Edition

It’s no secret that California’s having some fiscal difficulties. And because they’ve been short on funds (and long on NIMBY sentiment) their existing jails are overcrowded due to the lack of new storage facilities to match the demand. So When a Dana Point homeowner found Ross Thomas Wells Mortensen (not pictured above) creeping around in his home, he probably ended up saving himself and his fellow Golden State taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in maintenance and upkeep. . .

When he heard a suspicious noise, the unidentified resident didn’t initially find anything amiss. From

A short time later, the man heard noises again and armed himself with a handgun before confronting Mortensen inside the house, Amormino said.

Authorities believe Mortensen had broken in through a window to burglarize the home.

The resident fired his handgun at least twice, striking Mortensen, Amormino said.

Mortensen fled through a window of the home, officials said, but was found dead in the back yard.

According to court records, Mortensen appeared in court earlier that day facing misdemeanor counts of petty theft and possession of burglary tools from an Oct. 18 case. On Monday, before he was shot and killed, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Having his ticket punched in Dana Point has rendered Mortensen’s petty theft case moot. The same goes for the felony controlled substance charges he was due to face in February. In the mean time, California taxpayers can rest a little easier tonight knowing their homes and their wallets are just a little bit safer.


  1. avatar Jeff says:

    Oh god, a defensive gun use in CA? Cue the storm. Was the gun stored a a CA DOJ safe? Was it an “assault pistol” with evil features? Does he own any “clips” that can hold more than 10 rounds? If so, does he have a clear line of documentation proving that he owned the clip before the ban? Was the gun he used on list? If not, was it purchased from a police officer (Re: consideration for a bribe)?

    1. avatar AK says:

      Its things like that make me glad I live in America and not in California.

      1. avatar Tom says:

        The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia.

    2. avatar Tim says:

      I understand the sentiment, since I live here – but it just isn’t THAT bad.

      Owning a gun can be a challenge, but protecting yourself is pretty universal – just don’t chase after someone after you stopped the threat and make damn sure you are on sound legal footing.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        I agree. California is only mostly lost…

        So they need gun owners like us to help keep from dropping entirely into the abyss!

      2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

        Sure, Tim, just like this guy huh? Inside the house, license to kill, even in California.

    3. avatar Jwhite says:

      The real question is, did it have a shoulder thing that goes up?

  2. avatar ready, fire,aim says:

    good for the home owner…..too bad for the bad guy….

  3. avatar Yeah, that guy... says:

    +1 for the good guys

    1. avatar Splashman says:

      And -1 for the bad guys. 🙂

    2. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

      Wrong, that’s bad for everybody. Killing someone is bad. What the hell is wrong with you guys? If the guy is the worst of the worst and killing him was absolutley necessary, it’s still bad because killing another human being is bad.

      In this case, however, it doesn’t even sound like there was lethal threat. The hapless criminal probably would have split out the window without being shot.

  4. avatar bontai Joe says:

    You know, if I screw up on my job, I can get reprimanded or even fired, but these criminals don’t seem to realize that if they screw up on their job, they can get dead. Doesn’t seem like the risk is worth the reward as far as career choices go. Apparently thinking this kind of stuff through isn’t a skill many bad guys have.

    1. avatar ready, fire,aim says:

      many of them arn’t thinking correctly due to the fact that they are probably on drugs and just looking to get their next fix remember there is a difference between a mugger and a robber

    2. avatar Jwhite says:

      Sometimes the easiest money has the highest risks

      1. avatar NCG says:

        The easiest money has no risk. You just have to be born to it.

  5. avatar GS650G says:

    Nice to see he didn’t resort to conflict avoidance and resolution conversation.

    1. avatar Ropingdown says:

      Shouldn’t he have cooled off first, then tried to find common ground with them?

  6. avatar JP in Tennessee says:

    The removal of Mr. Mortensen from the gene pool is a win for society. And yes, “an armed society is a polite society.” Sorry, I couldn’t resist quoting RAH.

  7. avatar The 4th says:

    There is hope. A California “Concealed Carry Act” Initiative (#11-0056) has been approved for circulation in California as an initiated state statute. To earn a spot on the state’s 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative must collect 504,760 signatures by May 14, 2012.
    Anyone living in California can print out the petition and get folks to sign on. Make a statement folks. One step at a time.

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    Why do they always find the dead robbers in the yard? I guess the head shot has become a lost art.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      Not everybody is as awesome as you, Ralph.

    2. avatar Ropingdown says:

      Ralph, are you pushing the Deagle again? Anyway, it’s better that they should stagger out to the yard and bleed out there, if you have nice carpets. I think that’s the new art, like bringing down an office building in just the right spot. Don’t know where one practices it, though. Seems like it must be …hit or miss. A heart shot stops the bleeding faster, should your rugs stain easily.

      1. avatar MadDawg J says:

        Agreed, better to water the lawn with blood, than stain the floors with it. Bad enough you have to replace the window they broke.

  9. avatar NCG says:

    Another clean shoot. I’m not down with shooting someone in the back as he runs for with the TV, but if a guy comes in the house, fair enough.

    Never forget this shameful episode:

    1. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

      I remember it well for how shameful it was that the grand jury didn’t charge him. But, that’s Texas for ya.

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