If good fences make good neighbors, then good shotguns make for excellent neighbors. A concerned citizen with a shotgun defended his elderly neighbors from a home intruder early Wednesday night in Spokane, Washington.
According to the Spokane Police Department news release, police received a call that a man was attempting to kick down the door of a home around 10 p.m. The intruder, 23-year-old Kenneth D. Hammon, managed to break down the door and that’s when things went from bad to worse. Hammon began assaulting the elderly couple that lived there until one of the elderly male was able to force him out of the house. The fight continued on the front lawn, with the man and Hammon duking it out.
Fortunately, the commotion drew the attention of a neighbor, who quickly grabbed his shotgun and rushed to the elderly man’s aid. Hammon wisely backed down once he had a shotgun pointed at him and the neighbor kept him at gunpoint until the police showed up. Police promptly arrested and charged him with First Burglary Degree Burglary and two counts of Second Degree Assault.
Police also suspect that the intruder was looking for drugs or drug money. The man was apparently drunk, on drugs, or both. The homeowners are both lucky that they weren’t injured. They also added that it was an unusual case because the couple and Hammon had never had any contact with him prior to that night (statistically a suspect is acquainted with the victim).
The police do not intend to press any charges against the neighbor. In fact, they told local media that they probably wouldn’t have pressed charges even if he had pulled the trigger, claiming that shooting the intruder would have been justified.
One of the commenters in the news story claimed to be the neighbor with the shotgun. The police have not released the name of the neighbor, so we have to take this statement with a grain of salt. He wrote, “Like I told the news crew, the last thing I ever want to do is take a life when there is a way out. I was simply doing my civic duty to protect those in need, by any means necessary. I still decline the hero credit. I pray someone would do the same for my family.”
It’s always heart-warming to hear a story of everyday people looking out for one another. A lot of gun owners wouldn’t think twice about grabbing a gun to defend their home or their family, but what about defending your neighbors? If you knew that there was a crime going on just next door, would you call police and focus on keeping your own family safe, or would you jump to the rescue?