It’s a nightmare scenario. Four men, armed with handguns, kick in your door just before midnight. Their intentions aren’t good, and one of your loved ones is in the home with you.
That’s where 24-year-old Austin Orwig found himself last week at his mobile home in the Country Living Estates community in Bowling Green, Kentucky. But he wasn’t about to let the intruders have their way without a fight, so he grabbed his handgun and opened fire.
“There was an exchange of gunfire,” Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said, according to local media.
Security camera video posted on Facebook by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office shows one man kick in the door, sending pieces of the frame flying. Wearing a red hoodie and holding a handgun, the man immediately walks into the home and toward the hallway leading to the bedrooms.
Three additional men follow behind, two of whom are clearly carrying handguns as well.
They appear to be looking for something specific. All four suspects follow the first man’s lead into the hallway, not stopping to examine the electronics near the front door.
Orwig begins firing the moment the first man enters the hallway. Shots can be heard, a muzzle blast appears, and all four men scramble past each other out the door and down the porch steps.
One shot, either from Orwig or the intruders, appears to hit the wall on the left-hand side of the frame as dust from the wall billows up towards the ceiling.
Moments after the men leave, at least two people can be heard screaming from one of the inner bedrooms.
One of them was likely Orwig, who sustained a gunshot wound to the hand. He was taken to a local hospital, transferred to a Louisville hospital, and later released.
Since none of the intruders appear to fire during their retreat, it’s possible they fired into the mobile home from outside. Orwig also may have shot himself, but authorities have not indicated one way or the other.
As for the suspects, “there is no evidence to tell that any suspect was shot,” Hightower said.
This most recent defensive gun use illustrates many of the ideas Blannelberry covers in his article, “Here’s How Many Rounds You Actually Need In Your Carry Gun.”
Orwig’s attackers are clearly the “weak-kneed” runners Blannelberry mentions, and the 24-year-old likely didn’t need more than three or four rounds to send them packing.
But there are four of them. If even two had hunkered down to return fire, Orwig would have needed more than three or four rounds. And given his apparent hit rate, even a full-sized handgun capacity likely wouldn’t have been enough to save his life.
All four suspects are still at large.