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69-Year-Old Shoots Home Intruder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police said the victim of a home invasion turned the tides on his intruder.

Rather than running, the homeowner shot the burglar.

John Lewis is sick and tired of being the victim. He said burglars have broken into his home four times this year.

Lewis said it was about time the suspect got the raw end of the deal.

"You got to be able to protect yourself," he said.

To a thief, Lewis may look like an easy target. On Sunday, the 69-year-old Air Force veteran shot a hole through that reputation.

"I mean I'm not going to sit here and let somebody rob me over and over and over again," he said.

Around 10:30 p.m., he heard a crash.

"So he started kicking on the door. He made more noise than anybody I've ever dreamed of trying to break into a house," he said.

What he saw was a man holding a flashlight and a pickax.

Lewis was packing a 357 pistol.

"And the pistol went off. I had it cocked. It had a hair trigger and I touched it and it went off," he said.

The bullet hit suspect Jerry Watson in the leg.

Police said Watson, who has a lengthy criminal history, limped to the home next door and lost consciousness.

"What's there to think about? I mean he was going to hurt me or I was going to hurt him. One of the two," he said.

And rather than getting angry, neighbors are celebrating the story.

"I think it's wonderful. Yeah rah for Mr. Lewis. Yeah Rah! You got my vote. Maybe they'll stay away now," said Sarah Pannell.

As the suspect recovers at a local hospital, John wonders if the intruder learned his lesson.

"I don't know. Maybe he did with me. I hope so. Like I said if he didn't I'll teach him again," he said.

No matter the outcome, this pistol packing homeowner has no regrets.

This is the second time Lewis has shot an intruder. He said the first incident was 11 or 12 years ago.

During that break-in he came home and found a man inside his house. Lewis shot the intruder.

That suspect also lived and was later arrested.

Police said Watson has 26 criminal convictions ranging from burglary to drug offenses.

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=9409212
Oh well one more dirtbag down.
 

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He needs to work on his aim. If the guy had a gun, Lewis might be dead. I for one am taking no chances in the same situation.
me either, bit if you shoot someone in the back your life savings could be drained. I suppose you could reverse the shot from the front with a 12 ga after retrieving the slug.
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I've never been thru killing an intruder but maybe the way Lewis did it was smart and his life didn't get interrupted as much as killing.
 

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Wether be the leg, chest, arms or head at least this bastard got shot. It is a shame though, in my eyes, after 26 convictions he is not dead....
 

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you ever notice that ALL of these stories involve a completely incompetant gun owner? i cocked the gun and it just went off??!! what a jackass this guy could kill a girlscout or something at his door.

im glad he nailed the burgular. but he got lucky. and hell yes that trash deserves to be dead. 26 convictions shows how broken the legal system is.

in new york that old mans life would be ruined- cocking your gun is premeditated murder here. and since the bad guy survived he would sue your butt off and win!
 

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in new york that old mans life would be ruined- cocking your gun is premeditated murder here. and since the bad guy survived he would sue your butt off and win!
The only difference here in NY is he should have killed the burglar so that the criminal could not testify. I know many officers who will tell you if you are going to pull the trigger you better just kill them.
 

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The only difference here in NY is he should have killed the burglar so that the criminal could not testify. I know many officers who will tell you if you are going to pull the trigger you better just kill them.
absolutley right! and shoot in double action only, if a balistics test showed you cocked the gun, a slimy lawyer might try to go for premeditated homocide.
 

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you ever notice that ALL of these stories involve a completely incompetant gun owner? i cocked the gun and it just went off??!! what a jackass this guy could kill a girlscout or something at his door.

im glad he nailed the burgular. but he got lucky. and hell yes that trash deserves to be dead. 26 convictions shows how broken the legal system is.

in new york that old mans life would be ruined- cocking your gun is premeditated murder here. and since the bad guy survived he would sue your butt off and win!

I wouldn't be so critical of the guy. He sounds like a tough old survivor to me. Don't take this the wrong way but, how many times have you shot someone that was trying to beat down your door with a pickaxe? The adrenalin is pumping, you're probably sweating, shaking, scared.... and this fella had the sack to take care of business.
 

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I wouldn't be so critical of the guy. He sounds like a tough old survivor to me. Don't take this the wrong way but, how many times have you shot someone that was trying to beat down your door with a pickaxe? The adrenalin is pumping, you're probably sweating, shaking, scared.... and this fella had the sack to take care of business.
no your right he sounds like an ok old coot i like anybody who is a survivor not a victum. it just seems like these stories that get reported on are always so flawed. this story could ALMOST be used against gun owners, cuz this old guy made a lot of mistakes, including (as i read it) accidentaly firing his gun. he said "i cocked it and it just went off, it has a hair trigger"


i read all the stories in say first freedom (NRA mag) and some are like this, and some are fantastic examples of a person who is competant with their firearm and their laws.
 

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That is why many states need to bring in the Castle Doctrine that means in most states that have it:

  • Castle Doctrine: If someone breaks into your occupied home or temporary habitation, or your occupied car, you have an initial presumption that you may act in self defense. The prosecutors may overcome this presumption if illegal activity was happening or other extenuating circumstances, such as a husband and wife domestic violence situation.
  • Civil Immunity: Crime victims will be immune from civil actions from their attackers and their families for actions that cause a criminal to be harmed or killed.
PROBLEM SOLVED: Previously, it was up to YOU, AT YOUR EXPENSE AND UNDER THREAT OF IMPRISONMENT, (and sometimes while actually imprisoned) to prove you were acting in self-defense. Now, when the Act becomes law, and as long as there are not any extenuating circumstances, the case ENDS and the healing begins. No hauling off to jail. No worries about criminal trial and the whims of a jury. No civil suit from the bad guy’s family.
 

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When does society say enough is enough? After 26 CONVICTIONS what do you do with somebody like that?
I say kill them after less than half of that, it's plainly apparent that he cannot function is society and is a danger to us all. Good that Lewis didn't get hurt, but too bad he didn't go ahead and make the world a better place and save the taxpayers $50k a year by killing that SOB.
 
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