Late Thursday night, Whitney Lyne heard her doorbell ring unexpectedly as she was getting ready for bed. That was somewhat alarming, since she wasn’t expecting anyone. Then, the “visitor” got more aggressive with the door.
“This person starts ringing the doorbell more, banging on the door,” said Mrs. Lyne in an interview. “She was just banging on the door. You could tell the difference between a fist and a palm hitting it, ringing the doorbell.”
Mrs. Lyne then charged for the side door with a shotgun, as you can see in the first few seconds of the video below:
“As soon as that window burst, I’m running right at her and I am jamming that gun through the door at her,” Mrs. Lyne recalled.
Fortunately, the sight of the shotgun ended the altercation.
“She just nonchalantly just stopped and slowly put her hand up, just walked to her car,” said Mrs. Lyne. “The guy looked at her, put his hands in the air, backed up and just sped off and they were gone.”
Move along, nothing to see here, just another defensive gun use of the “it never happens” variety…
But in all seriousness, there’s nothing unusual about these home invaders’ behavior. Ringing the doorbell is a simple and typical tactic used to find out whether the homeowner is around. Burglars prefer an empty home. Along the same lines, most burglars are not interested in getting into a gunfight, so it’s not surprising that these two fled when threatened with lethal force. Defensive gun use is about saving lives, not taking them. We’re glad Mrs. Lyne is safe and sound.