The best time to fight back and prevail against a criminal assault: immediately. Before the bad guys have you cornered or restrained. If you can’t fight back against a violent attack immediately, escaping and fighting back may be the next best thing. Washington State was home to two home invasions recently. The first, in Tacoma, involved medical marijuana. The second, in Lakewood, involved fighting back after escape. From q13fox.com . . .
At some point during the robbery, the suspects stepped outside and the husband was able to free himself and untie his wife, police said. They shut the door and locked the suspects out before running into a back bedroom.
However, the suspects forced themselves back into the house, police said, and ran to the bedroom.
The husband, who had since armed himself with a handgun he kept in his room, fired two shots as the suspects barged through the door. Police said evidence from the scene suggests one of the suspects was hit by gunfire, and the suspects fled.
One of the three suspects had fired at the husband, 62 year old Harry Lodhollm. Mr. Lodhollm required about a dozen stitches for his head wound from the pistol whipping. The body of a 20-year-old black man was found a short time later, 20 miles away. Police determined that a fake 911 call was made to alert them to the location where the dead invader was dropped.
It’s a good thing that Harry did not have to unlock a safe or undo a trigger lock before he could fire his weapon. Decisive action was necessary. A firearm equalized multiple assailants, multiple weapons and age differentials. Too bad Harry didn’t have it with him when he answered the door.
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