Gut-Shot Home Invader Keeps Attacking, Then Quits After Being Shot In The Hand

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Guns aren’t death rays, even with solid center-mass hits. A Houston homeowner is alive and safe after defending his home against a crazed robber Saturday night, because he kept shooting until the threat was neutralized . . .

From KHOU-Houston:

According to the Houston Police Department, the suspect smashed in the front window of the home, located in the 3300 block of Dennis near Sampson, with a piece of concrete. The incident happened just before 11 p.m.

Investigators said the homeowner heard the noise and grabbed his gun. He then saw the suspect at his front door.

The homeowner shot one time through the window, hitting the suspect in the stomach, police said. The suspect tried to get up and come after the homeowner, who then shot him a second time. The suspect was hit in the hand with the second shot.

The Energizer Bunny Burglar shrugged off a bullet in the gut, but threw in the towel when he got shot in the hand? I’ll leave it to the Armed Intelligentsia to speculate as to which form of pharmaceutical mind-alteration he was enjoying at the time.

This story illustrates several important things. First off, keep firing until the threat is neutralized. Shoot until they go down and stay down. Sometimes you won’t land a solid hit, and sometimes an attacker will keep attacking even after getting their heart shot out. As long as they’re taking coordinated offensive action against you, you need to keep shooting. This homeowner figured it out, and he survived the night unharmed.

The second lesson here is a legal one. In many parts of the country, shooting an attacker through a window would land you in the hoosegow on felony assault charges, but Texas law strongly favors homeowners in cases like this.

Stay safe.


  1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Well congrats on survival, hope I’m never in that situation. Not sure I would have liked my address posted worldwide there is a gun in this house, but at least most criminal types would think twice before kicking in this door.

    1. In Texas ( and even in Houston), it’s pretty well assumed that there are guns in every house.

      1. avatar MothaLova says:

        More proof of the stupidity of the common criminal. If criminals behaved rationally, they would avoid Texas altogether (except the defenseless zones, of course, otherwise known as “gun-free” zones). And since criminals can’t be expected to listen to reason, a more compelling form of address must be employed.

      2. avatar JOE says:


  2. avatar bmworld says:

    lots of bones in the hand probably hurt more than the shot to the gut… least at first

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Bill and bmworld. You’re so right. Land a hammer on a thumb, dislocate a finger, cut a finger, slam a car door on a hand. Done them all and then some.

      I had a ruptured appendix, didn’t bring as much instant pain as slamming that damn car door on my hand.

      1. avatar DBM says:

        The hands have more nerves per square inch than anywhere else on the body.

        1. avatar David PA/NJ says:

          You sure about that? I’d be surprised

        2. avatar Michael says:

          I believe genitalia has more nerve endings.

        3. avatar BillC says:

          Michael, then just dick-shot home invaders then, 🙂

        4. avatar DBM says:

          It will damned well make sure they don’t breed more little perps:-)

        5. avatar Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

  3. avatar Bill says:

    Hands have many, many nerve endings so perhaps the pain was more obvious than the slower moving visceral pain of a gut shot?

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Yep. And there are not that many pain receptors/nerves in your gut.

      My guess is he didn’t realize he was hit, because it didn’t hurt, until the hand shot, which probably hurt like hell.

  4. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    Always aim for the head first. 🙂

    1. avatar paultmccain says:

      I know you meant this to be funny, but that is actually horrible advice in case anyone reading this doesn’t realize it.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Unless it’s zombies.

      2. avatar tdiinva says:

        I wouldn’t trust myself with a head shot on a moving target. Now my wife would probably drill him between the eyes if he were coming straight at her.

        1. avatar BillC says:

          I can do headshots all day long at very long ranges with a pistol, during the day, slow firing, at the range, with no danger. Can I do that at night, while in danger, with my night blindness? Probably not. At that point any hit is a good hit and pair that up with many hits as possible. Got my G19, with two G17 mags, a surefire flashlight, and a cell at arms reach.

      3. avatar Lucas D. says:

        “Seven rounds is all you need” is also horrible advice, but that didn’t stop you, now did it?

    2. avatar LK says:

      Aim for the testicles…duh. 🙂

      1. avatar The average American says:

        *appendix aiming

    3. avatar Guy says:

      … if your intent is to kill the attacker. Shooting to stop the attack (center of mass), rather than to kill (head), is a better ethical and legal strategy. If the attacker dies as a consequence of your stopping their attack, it’s unfortunate, but you’d rather be able to say you meant to defend yourself than to kill a person if they attacked you.

  5. avatar Marcus says:

    Hopefully it was his whack off hand. That’ll learn ya.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      Well that might make something more interesting for him…

      1. avatar rawmade says:

        Might give him a new method all things considered

    2. avatar S.CROCK says:

      where he is going, there will be plenty of people willing to lend him a hand… or a… well you get the picture.

  6. avatar ropingdown says:

    Maybe you think he was gut-shot, but it turned out he lacked guts.

  7. avatar T says:

    This shows the reason why you need more than 10 rounds!

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      Sounds to me like two was enough.

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        When are you picking up your DoubleTap?

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          I am so good I only need an 18th Century dueling pistol.

      2. avatar Drew says:

        Incidentally. There are cases where two duty pistols loaded with a dozen or more shots each were not enough. It’s also dangerous IMO to think such cases were due simply to drugged up pharma-zombies when simple emotional state can cause people to act all superhuman briefly.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Which is why your primary house gun should be a shotgun or rifle. I prefer shotgun myself.

        2. avatar DBM says:

          Or in the case of a lot of cops they can’t hit what they are shooting at. Especially if they are NYC Cops. Times Square 3 shots 2 bystanders gunned down, Empire State Building – 15 shots fired 12 bystanders gunned down perp hit 3 times.

        3. avatar tdiinva says:

          When you want to make the case for higher capacity don’t use a DGU where the defender appears to be 2 for 2. I can see a supporter of magazine limits using this case to show that 10 rounds are good enough for self defense.

          “Incidentally. There are cases where two duty pistols loaded with a dozen or more shots each were not enough.”

          That sounds like a LEO who will generally face a more demanding situation than a private citizen. We only have to stop the bad guy which inlcudes making him run away. The police have to run the guy down.

        4. avatar Jus Bill says:

          OH, I really don’t know. How prevalent is PCP intoxication these days?

        5. avatar tdiinva says:

          I haven’t ecountered one on a DGU of the day as of yet.

    2. avatar Nour says:

      Heck yeah ba-ybee keep them coming!

  8. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    An attacker often times requires extra attention to neutralize due to any number of factors. Knowing this I am grateful for living in a Pro-2A state. No mag restrictions here.

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    The hand shot stopped him, yes, because he was scratching his nuts at the time.

    1. avatar RKflorida says:

      Or, picking his nose.

      1. avatar MothaLova says:

        Best explanations yet.

  10. avatar DerryM says:

    Good for Texas! In California, I believe, the suspect has to be INSIDE the residential part of the house. Garage does not always count. Once the perpetrator enters the living part of the house, the homeowner may presume lethal threat and defend with deadly force, if he/she so chooses. Still, never a situation I would like to deal with.
    I don’t know about this Texas perps wounds, but would guess the gut shot takes longer to feel an effect. I read an article by Massad Ayoob many years back recounting suspects taking multiple, heavy hits to the torso when under the influence of PCP because the drug anesthetizes the perp as well as overstimulating the brain. They would not collapse until they had essentially bled out or suffered major spinal damage that literally disconnected the arms and legs from the nervous system. Really disturbing. I expect some of the drugs currently in use, like “Bath Salts”, could have a similar effect…Noting we don’t have any information that this perp was under the influence of drugs.

    1. avatar Michael says:

      It’s not like opening a window to shoot at a perceived threat. The invader breached the window which determines eminent threat. Not sure about stupid laws but I will take my chances with a jury in this case.

      1. avatar DerryM says:

        Yeah, it is still a sort of “crapshoot”.

    2. avatar Drew says:

      Then you have you faithful DA prosecuting you for ” premeditated” homicide becAuse you gunned up and waited.

      1. avatar DerryM says:

        True. Probably safer from a rabid DA in Texas than California. Kind of galling to think you can be prosecuted for defending yourself in your residence with a gun, but a fact of life and acceptable risk….

  11. avatar DBM says:

    Have to ask, what caliber he was using?

    1. avatar Michael says:

      Doesn’t really matter…it worked. If it turns out to be a 22, people will say “if he shot him with a 45 then the gut shot would have been enough”. If it was a 45, people will say “a 9mm would not have stopped the invasion”.

  12. avatar Gun_Chris says:

    I just saw this the other day but it goes a long way towards explaining why the hand shot was a stopper,

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Homunculus! That is a seriously awesome word. I can count on two fingers (now) the number of times I’ve encountered it outside the confines of a good old-fashioned pencil/paper/dice fantasy RPG.

      1. avatar Azman says:

        I think this is the first time I’ve seen it outside of D&D.

  13. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Huh, I didn’t know assholes came with an “OFF” switch.

  14. avatar Fanfare ends says:

    “I’ll leave it to the Armed Intelligentsia to speculate as to which form of pharmaceutical mind-alteration he was enjoying at the time”.

    Hand to mouth.

  15. avatar jimmyjames says:

    Double tap…and then double tap again just to be sure.

  16. avatar Ardent says:

    When it comes to disabling the body that is under full stress anything that isn’t leading to electrical failure (a CNS hit or something that severs a necessary nerve), a mechanical failure (detached muscle, broken bones or destroyed joints) or a hydraulic failure (loss of blood pressure) you’re basically hoping for a psychological stop. Some people will just quit because you shot them, others because they have ‘seen the light’ and decide consciously to deescalate, but some become the much vaunted ‘bullet sponge’ and soak up even fatal damage while continuing the fight. The answer remains the same, keep inflicting as much damage as possible as quickly and as often as possible until one of these factors decides the contest.

    What has always been more interesting to me is taking the other side; stress inoculating via consideration, visualization and rationalization in order to BE the ‘bullet sponge’ in the event of a life or death fight. One need not be ‘tough’ in the traditional sense, high, nor ‘psycho’ to pull this off. If you train for it, and you’ve spent your whole life with the internal thought that you’ll continue even when mortally wounded it’s much more likely that you actually will do so when the chips are down. The only thing I can say to the BGs who have soaked up so much damage during in the field experiments is thanks. Thanks for teaching me that it’s possible to be perforated, spindled, folded and mutilated and still in the fight.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      It also speaks of motivation. I have to stay in the fight cause if the bad guy gets pass me he’s made it to my wife, daughter and grand daughters. I cannot allow myself to be shut down by fear or pain.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Bottom line. Correct!

  17. avatar BDub says:

    Property lines rarely end at the windowsill.

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      In most states it does when it comes to use of deadly force.

      1. avatar MothaLova says:

        In my Soviet state, my family and I are obliged to retreat if at all possible, handing over our home to any intruder bold enough to gain entrance.

  18. avatar shawn says:

    Should of popped him in the head. Now we have to pay his medical bill and jail time. Shoot to kill saves tax payers money.

    1. avatar MothaLova says:

      Not to mention his legal defense costs.

      It is tempting to offer commissions to citizens for taking out felons in the process of committing a violent crime. Although that would be too risky as a policy, we might at least offer such citizens medals at public ceremonies.

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