Two armed self-defense stories this week illustrate why it pays to be prepared at all hours of the day. In both cases, the would-be burglars attempted a home invasion in broad daylight—until they met the armed, unhappy homeowners.
The first story comes from Mississippi, where police are still investigating an alleged home invasion that occurred in Pascagoula shortly before noon on Tuesday. The homeowner told police that he shot an armed suspect who had broken into his home and was attempting to burglarize it.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, and the homeowner has not been charged with any crime.
Investigators have not released the names of the suspect or the victim, but WXXV 25 reports that a county coroner from a different county is working this case “due to a conflict of interest.”
As one commenter put it under the Fox News coverage, “Sometimes your work follows you home!”
The second incident played out a scenario many homeowners have envisioned when returning from errands or church.
A woman in Wilmington, North Carolina, came home around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon to find her front door ajar and someone walking around her house from room to room, according to local station WWAY 3.
The woman called 911, retrieved her handgun, and confronted the intruder, who police later identified as 37-year-old Michael Jarvis.
A harrowing 911 call indicates that Jarvis had been hiding behind the woman’s bed when she found him.
“I just found a guy hiding behind my bed. I came home from lunch,” the woman said.
Dispatch: “What’s the address of the emergency?”
911 Caller: “I just shot somebody in my house. I just shot him about four or five times.”
Dispatch: “About how old is he?”
911 Caller: “I don’t know. How old are you? 30? 30.”
Dispatch: “Is there serious bleeding?”
911 Caller: “No you can’t have water! What?”
Dispatch: “Is he completely alert? “Yeah.”
Jarvis remains in critical condition as of Thursday, January 9. Police say the homeowner will not be charged.
Approximately 13.5 million property victimizations occurred in 2018, according to the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. The bureau defines “property victimizations” as burglaries, residential trespassing, motor-vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The rate of property victimization fell from 118.1 victimizations per 1,000 households in 2014 to 108.2 in 2018. The percentages of U.S. households that experienced property victimization also fell from 7.99 percent in 2014 to 7.27 percent in 2018.