Indiana Homeowner Shoots Through Door at Burglars Pretending to be Christmas Carolers

The incident occurred in a residential neighborhood just north of Fort Wayne. (Photo: Google Maps)

If there was ever a time to reenact the famous scene from Home Alone 2 and yell “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”, this would be it.

Details are still forthcoming, but several news outlets in Fort Wayne, Indiana, are reporting an incident in which a homeowner shot through his front door at burglars pretending to be Christmas carolers.  

Homeowners told police that a single man came to their front door last Thursday singing Christmas carols, according to WANE. He knocked, but the female homeowner didn’t open the door because she “thought it was strange.”

The man walked back down to the street, where he met another person who had just pulled up in a car. The two strangers came back to the door, tried to turn the doorknob, and proceeded to kick the door.

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The male homeowner had by this time retrieved a firearm, and he began shooting when the men began kicking.

He told police that he didn’t know whether he hit either of the would-be intruders, but at least one was seen fleeing on foot towards another subdivision, a neighbor told a local NBC affiliate. The other may have driven off in a teal-colored car.

Police haven’t made any arrests in the case and are still looking for both the intruders. Local radio station WIBC reported that police found a man at a local hospital shortly after the incident who had sustained a gunshot wound, but that report has not been corroborated.

There is no indication of whether police are considering charges against the homeowner. Best practice (not to mention one of the four basic gun safety rules) advises against firing a weapon blindly through a door, but reports haven’t described the state of the door when the homeowner opened fire.

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Neighbors were understandably shaken after the incident.

“Kinda scary considering there was a gunshot about 200 yards, if that, from where I’m standing,” Lance Turner told NBC. “I didn’t think that something like that would happen in this neighborhood. I mean, seriously, we’ve only lived here about a year, never really felt any problems with the neighborhood. It was always welcoming, neighbors were fine.”

Turner recently installed a video doorbell, which he had ordered prior to the shooting.

“If something like that were to happen at my house, I’d probably would be not sleeping too well at night,” Turner says.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ben Veach December 13, 2019, 8:32 pm

    Hard to say exactly what I would have done but if it happens to me & all goes right I’d let em break in & they’d be trapped & staring at the muzzle of my gun~Wait here boy while I dial 911

  • Boz December 13, 2019, 3:31 pm

    But……he did EXACTLY what Joe Biden said he should do!

  • Godfrey Daniel December 13, 2019, 12:52 pm

    I doubt this will end well for the homeowner but I hope I’m wrong.

  • BCS December 13, 2019, 12:35 pm

    And this Christmas season give the gift of lead.

  • Mia December 13, 2019, 12:31 pm

    Did the home owner use a double barreled shotgun? If so, I see he’s taking Joe Biden’s advise of just shooting through the door!

  • Lou Szabo December 13, 2019, 11:27 am

    I would consider this crime prevention. In this case they prevented a more serious crime. Once they start kicking at the door, the villains have made their intentions clear #Bigbadwolf

  • TimTSH December 13, 2019, 9:15 am

    Firing through the door in a residential neighborhood, now what could possibly go wrong in that situation? If my neighbor did that I’d be having a little chat with them about gun safety. How about calling police and yelling through the door that you are armed and on the phone with 911? I think that would have been enough to “stop the threat” and save the homeowner from an expensive home repair and potential legal fees.

  • Chris D December 13, 2019, 9:07 am

    Why are the neighbors more concerned with the gunshot, than the men driving around kicking in doors. Shouldn’t their response have been, “Thank God that elderly couple had the means to defend themselves. Who knows what those men would’ve done to the homeowners?”

    • Steve in Detroit December 15, 2019, 8:17 am

      I agree. These other posters have no idea or description of homeowners in question. If they were neighbors of mine I would not be worried about them shooting through door, just glad they are safe and survived. After doing 25+ years in the City of Detroit I have seen how many of these “home invasions” turn to a murder case. These posters will not know until they are in those folks shoes.

  • SuperG December 12, 2019, 10:39 am

    And we hear from a sheeple again, “I didn’t think that something like that would happen in this neighborhood.” Hoodrats always target the better neighborhoods, and look for the weakest to attack. My guess is that the couple in the house were older citizens. As for if he should have fired through the door or not, I can’t answer, but the result was the criminals fled.

    • Hugo December 13, 2019, 8:56 am

      Bah humbug !

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