Die by the sword: Suspect killed in Firebaugh home invasion
A suspect in a home-invasion robbery in Firebaugh was killed by a sword-wielding resident early Saturday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said.
The dead man, Aaron Baeza, 34, of Firebaugh was one of two suspects in the home invasion about 2:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Dodderer Street. The other suspect, Christopher Rupe, 30, left the home and remains at large, the Sheriff's Office said.So, two goblins burst into this house. At least one of them has a gun. Yet one of them still winds up dead - from a sword, no less. Now, it's entirely possible this is more of the same stellar reporting that brings us "Glock Service Revolver" and "0.9mm", where a machete or a bowie-type knife gets turned into a sword, or perhaps these guys just managed to break into the home of a serious Highlander fan..
What it illustrates, rather graphically, is that the gun is not a magic talisman. Simply waving it in the general direction of your intended victim - or your attacker - may not be sufficient to dissuade them. In the case of the goblin, his unwillingness or hesitation in using the weapon gave his intended victim time to strike first, fatally in this case. It could easily have happened the other way - a goblin breaks in brandishing a weapon who is not immediately halted by the sight of a defensive firearm may strike first.
Never rely on the simple presence of a defensive weapon to stop an attacker - be prepared to use it to your best advantage...
That is all.