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April 19, 2015

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Elderly man tells police burglars in his house, opens fire

One man found dead in backyard, second taken into custody

A 72-year-old man who called police to say his house was being burglarized grabbed a handgun and fired when the intruders tried to enter his bedroom, Metro Police said. One man was found dead in the backyard and another was taken into custody, police said.

About 7:50 a.m., Metro Police received a call from the man indicating burglars had entered his home at the 2300 block of Westwind Road in northwest Las Vegas. Police said the man retreated to his bedroom and retrieved a handgun.

When the men attempted to enter, the homeowner fired at least one shot, causing the suspects to flee, police said.

As he was trying to escape, one suspect slammed his vehicle into an arriving squad car and was taken into custody, police said.

During the confusion, police said, a second man escaped on foot. When police searched the backyard, they found a third man, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Police said a handgun also was found in the backyard.

The investigation is ongoing, and no charges are expected to be brought against the homeowner, police said.

Police said the man had been the victim of a previous burglary within about the past month.

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  1. Citizens in Chicago, DC and NYC for example are prevented from protecting themselves in the same circumstances and manner. Thankfully for this gentleman here and thousands per year all over the country, most places are not anti-self defense. Only the elite and well connected might be able to arm themselves with handguns in those locations.

  2. "Citizens in Chicago, DC and NYC for example are prevented from protecting themselves in the same circumstances and manner."

    BeSafest -- not really. Read the U.S. Supreme's recent decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

    "...the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. (slip opinion at 64) (2008)

  3. The best crime deterrent is shooting criminals on sight.

    I wonder how long this guy was sitting on the phone with 911 before the cops arrived.

  4. That the public be armed is the best deterrent to criminal activity. The suppression is quite genuine and modern hand guns and rifles are the best for suppression of crime and criminals.

    But Democrats and liberals like criminals and want safer work environments for them. And this state elected three really big democrats. Democrats need high crime to push their "safety agenda" Which is not safe for the general population.

  5. Good shooting pops I as a Democrat applaud your ability to defend yourself, Now they need to charge the other two for murder of their criminal partner!

    Just to be clear it's a small group of democrats that want to ban guns so please don't fall for the Fallacy of Composition comming from those who don't know.

  6. "...modern hand guns and rifles are the best for suppression of crime and criminals."

    longun -- a shotgun is better in close quarters, like the home.

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." -- H.L. Mencken

  7. 9mm beats 911 every time.

    This current craziness regarding "gun control" should really be called by what it is: Victim Disarmament.

    My hat is off to this elderly gentleman for defending himself in his home.

  8. Yeahhhh, you go victim , too bad he didn't he didn't emptty the clip and hit all 3 of them. Pay attention here anti gun people.

  9. "9mm beats 911 every time."

    lowjiber -- more like "12 gauge beats..." Doesn't sound as good, until the home invader hears it being jacked. I figure that's going to tell me how serious he is about considering the error of his intentions.

    "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -- George Orwell's "Animal Farm" (1945)

  10. I have a new "HERO!" Way to go, grandpa! Folks such as KillerB miss the point. One need not arm him(her)self to be safer when guns are readily available. The threat of not knowing who is or is not armed is quite a detterant in and of itself. Take Miami, for instance. When cab drivers were banned from carrying guns, robberies & assaults were out of control. Once authorities woke up and changed the rule, both immediately plummeted. Was it because every cabbie went out and bought a gun? Of course not. It was the uncertainty the would be assailant was subjected to. Criminals, like bullies, are cowards at heart and seek out the easiest and most vulnerable targets. That was no longer a "slam dunk" with cab drivers. The punks might pick an armed cabbie and that scared the crap out of them. They went for "greener" pastures; easier pickings. Take a lesson from Miami. More guns (in the right hands) do mean less crime!

  11. "To all the victims of home invasions; If you shoot them and they are still moving they remain a threat! If the threat remains, shoot them again!"

    Bob_R -- really? When's the last time you confronted a home invader? I did. You don't think, you react. It's entirely a primal thing, especially if you're what's standing between him/her/them/it and your family. Taking a life in reality is a serious, serious thing.

    "Folks such as KillerB miss the point. One need not arm him(her)self to be safer when guns are readily available."

    lvfacts -- how exactly did I miss "the point"? Get some coffee in you and try again.

    "After the coffee things ain't so bad." -- Henry Herbert Knibbs, cowboy poet, d. 1945

  12. Let us hope the DA doesn't "consider" charges on the homeowner. Also hope the homeowner is doing well. It must be traumatic to face three or more invaders, even with a gun. This mature man has probably saved dozens of our neighbors from home invasion. Thank you.

  13. logic 1:33 a.m. I have experience with home invasion. Years ago. I was young and innocent. Front door suddenly broken down and flying in is a big young guy. It was night time and I didn't know how many guys were following him in. I didn't have a gun. I had to talk him down. I ENDORSE gun ownership and use when needed. And again, we cannot expect homeowners to "know" the law and use more "discretion" than Metro officers who make "mistakes" in the heat of the moment. If you enter uninvited, you are a TARGET.

  14. Chunky says:

    An unfortunate incident but Chunky would rather be reading this story about a dead intruder instead of a 72 year old man killed in a home invasion!

    Would it really matter whether this gentleman (the homeowner) had an AR / AK or increased capacity magazine? Absolutely not because he used what he needed at the moment but could have very well needed more rounds since he was facing multiple adversaries.

    We The People need to take back our country from the criminals AND the politicians! There's not that much difference at all between the two!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  15. Update y'all @

    Coroner ID on the dead burglar is 27-year-old Anthony Guerra.

    This elderly gentleman came so close to being the victim here.

    "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended on to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

  16. heartprivacy: The deterrent effect of armed citizens is lack of dissemination of the info: in part, because many of the Perps can't read. Many are the illegal invaders and many others are the K-12 drop outs who weren't working with fantastic reasoning skills to begin with. A billboard depiction of a senior homeowner with handgun smoking and an injured and masked intruder would help get the message across. I keep encouraging K-12 teachers to explain to every class (in whatever way she can): IF you (the students) are not the top-performer in school, do ya think maybe some of the others can figure things out that you can't? Do ya think some of the others might figure out what you try to hide or get away with? You do something bad enough or irritate someone smart, you're gonna get found out and caught SO decide first if whatever you want to try is worth getting caught for.