Kan. homeowner finds burglar in garage, shoots him
MULVANE, Kan. —A burglary suspect is in a Wichita hospital after being shot in the middle of the night by a rural Sumner County homeowner.
Investigators said the homeowner awoke to noises around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a man in his garage apparently trying to steal his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Dude's lucky he's a light sleeper. I don't know that I'd be woken up by someone all the way out in the garage. And what happens when the homeowner confronts the person trespassing? He gets attacked. Imagine what might have happened had he not had a firearm?
I'm pretty firmly in the "don't go looking for them" camp when it comes to people who shouldn't be inside my house. However, I am also a homeowner, and I understand that there are, on any given day, about 150 BILLION things that can happen in and around a house that might require investigation. A noise at 3:30 in the morning could be a burglar out in the garage - or it could be the shelf that I put up 12 years ago finally giving up the ghost.
Had the homeowner been unarmed, he would have found himself in a hand-to-hand struggle with an unknown assailant. The mindset of someone that would charge an armed homeowner isn't something I'd want to try to decipher - in my mind, that's a losing proposition all around, but I guess in his mind it was worth the risk. In any case, I'm a big fan of the goblin going to the hospital, not the homeowner.
As much as I like adding to the Dead Goblin Count, I'd much rather see stories like these - for the homeowner. While we don't mourn the loss of goblins, the emotional and legal toll that even the most righteous of shoots exerts on the homeowner is substantial, and if the goblin is merely wounded, most does not apply. Now, granted, in this case the homeowner might get screwed - he had the gall to injure that poor misguided youth.
You mess with a man's motorcycle, though, you should expect anything that comes at you...
That is all.