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Happened here in Pensacola.

http://www.pnj.com/article/20110131/NEWS01/101310307/Resident-shoots-2-teens-in-home-invasion

Two teenagers were shot Saturday night by a 72-year-old man they allegedly beat with a baseball bat during a home-invasion robbery in Ferry Pass.




About 8:45 p.m., three teenage males knocked on the door of a home in the 3300 block of Raines Street, Pensacola Police Department officials said.
When resident Jack Crawford, 72, answered the door, one of the teens hit him in the head with an aluminum bat and tried to force his way into the home.
"I opened it up, and he hit me right off. ... Wham! Split my head open," Crawford said.
"So I shot him and another guy," Crawford said, chuckling as he told the story to a News Journal reporter Sunday evening. "I could have shot the third one, but I would have had to shoot him in the back as he ran away."
The attackers fled the scene on foot, and Crawford's 70-year-old sister, who also lives at the home, called the police, he said.
Earl Benard, 15, Nathaniel Nichols, 17, and Curtis Crenshaw, 18, all of Pensacola, have been charged with home-invasion robbery and aggravated battery in connection with the case, police said.
Crenshaw and Nichols were arrested at a local hospital after being dropped off for treatment with gunshot wounds to their torsos. Benard later was arrested at a nearby rental home.
Nichols remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon, police said. Crenshaw was treated and released and was being held Sunday evening at Escambia County Jail on $300,000 bond.
State Attorney Bill Eddins said he plans to try all three suspects as adults.
Crawford said he grabbed his handgun as a precaution and was holding it at his side when he opened the door Saturday night.
"At 9 o'clock at night, I never take any chances," Crawford said.
The three teens had "hoods on and scarves around their faces," Crawford said, and they hit him with the bat before anyone had a chance to speak.
Crawford stumbled back a step from the blow but didn't fall, and he started shooting as the first attacker was coming through the door, he said.
"I didn't go down, and I think it shocked him," Crawford said.
Following the attack, Crawford was transported by ambulance to West Florida Hospital for treatment of injuries to his head. He said doctors stapled his scalp back together, and he was back at home and feeling fine Sunday evening.
"Yeah I'm fine. I've got a hard head," Crawford said.
Police did not release any information Sunday about possible connections between Crawford and the teens. Crawford said he's lived in the neighborhood about 12 years, and he suspects the attackers were acquaintances with a neighborhood boy who used to do odd jobs around his home.
Crawford said he wasn't too rattled by the attack, and he still felt comfortable staying in the home.
He said he's had a rough-and-tumble past that's left him with a cool head in similar situations.
"I'm not that big of a boy, but I had a reputation," Crawford said.
 

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Don't jack with Jack.
 

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Good write up - brave, resourceful homeowner there. Pity for the rest of us that he didn't shoot those scumbags dead, but at least he's made it and is in good spirits.
 

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That is one thing I don't practice at the range. How to get good hits after being smacked in the head with a baseball bat. I guess I am not a true operator. :)

The homeowner might try getting a way to check who is there before opening up the door. Three guys with hoods and scarfs especially in FL I might choose not to open the door.

Glad it worked out well enough for him. He did pretty good after he opened the door.
 

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Good for the old man!:thumbsup:
 

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Awesome!

And I'd assume if they were hitting someone over the head with a baseball bat that their intention was to kill, and that they don't care about other's lives.
Under FL law with the information provided he was so justified in use of deadly force it could not be more clear.

A swinging baseball bat swung at a person is a deadly weapon. Deadly Force Authorized.

Forced entry into a your home is covered under castle doctrine even without the bat. Deadly Force Authorized.

Be in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm and somewhere you are legally allowed to be even if they didn't hit him with the bat. Deadly Force Authorized.

He probably lost his gun for a bit while they dot the Is and cross the Ts but I would be amazed if he even has to go to the police station or hears a peep from the DA.
 

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I guess he`ll look next time and the bg will think twice before attempting a stunt like that again
 

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The more things like this happen, the more my family and friends understand why I always have a gun within arm's reach of me when at home and carry when not. They're also starting to understand why I don't open the door for people I don't know or am not expecting.

Jon's right, this guy needs a good peep hole and light so this doesn't happen again.
 

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Under FL law with the information provided he was so justified in use of deadly force it could not be more clear.

A swinging baseball bat swung at a person is a deadly weapon. Deadly Force Authorized.

Forced entry into a your home is covered under castle doctrine even without the bat. Deadly Force Authorized.

Be in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm and somewhere you are legally allowed to be even if they didn't hit him with the bat. Deadly Force Authorized.

He probably lost his gun for a bit while they dot the Is and cross the Ts but I would be amazed if he even has to go to the police station or hears a peep from the DA.
No sir, I've read it here plenty of times, people only think they are justified, and then they get HAMMERED. They have to hire an attorney, they get sued, the police rail-road and the DA persecutes.

uhmmm, sorry, I return you to your regularly scheduled thread.
 

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Good job ! Yep to bad they survived! They'll be out in 5 years to do it all over again unfortunately!!!:steamed:
 

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Pensacola is starting to have a lot more crimes like this happening. Or rather they are starting to make the news now.
On Friday night, a paramedic for the County was shot by an unknown suspect. The suspect tapped the medic on the shoulder while the medic was grabbing some paperwork out of his ambulance. When the medic turned around, the guy shot him and ran off.
The medic took a round the shoulder and was released from the hospital the next day. The police still have not caught the shooter.
 

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good to know I'm not the only one that answers the door to unexpected knocks while loaded with a side arm
Cheers!











Just kidding of course.
 
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