One of the advantages of open carry is that it’s a good excuse for social interaction. I was in a Dallas Walmart taking pictures of .22 ammuntion for sale, while another customer was waiting for the cabinet to be unlocked. I asked him to take my picture when my new photographer casually mentioned that he was there to buy .38 special ammunition because he had repelled a home invasion the previous night . . .
I asked if he had reported it to police. Donnie Anderson said that he lived at the Kelly Crossing apartments a few blocks away from the Walmart. He had made the acquaintance of a young woman and had invited her up to his apartment. He became suspicious when he noticed that the woman had neglected to lock the door to the apartment.
After a romantic encounter, the woman was furiously texting away, which made Donnie even more suspicious. She said that she had to get back to her car because she needed to check on her baby sitter. When she unlocked the door to the apartment, a confederate, armed with a handgun, tried to force his way inside. He said that he pushed the invader’s gun hand up as he rushed them out the door. He managed to get off three shots with his .38 special revolver during the altercation.
A former Marine, Donnie told me that in the Corps, he had been taught to react swiftly. He said all the details weren’t clear, as he had tunnel vision as the attack was happening. He mentioned two bullet holes in the ceiling. A third shot was fired, but he didn’t know where it landed.
Donnie is a big, muscular, man. The story sounded believable. An hour later, I called up and asked if I could come over to see the bullet holes. They were both there in the ceiling of the outside hallway leading to the stairwell, entering at an oblique angle, from the direction of his apartment door. Donnie also had a standard printed DPD form, with a case number and contact number.
I was unable to find any mention of this story in local news sources. It’s likely one of the hundreds of thousands of stories in which a gun is used to stop a crime, but no details ever make it into an official reporting system. After all, no one was reported as shot, no property was taken, and no one was arrested, at least not yet.
Donnie did not want his picture taken.
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