An elderly disabled man in Martinsburg, West Virginia, was waiting with a gun when two criminals kicked in his door. One of the home invaders attempted to grab out of his hand, maybe trying to emulate some of the martial arts “experts” you see on Youtube doing disarm techniques with blue guns.
It didn’t work so well.
A second intruder, who authorities described as a black male, fled before officers arrived.
Police said they were called at 11:25 p.m. for a report of a home invasion with a shooting.
An investigation showed the victim was at home when two men kicked in his door, according to the release.
Officers said the victim grabbed a gun to scare off the intruders, but one of the men grabbed the gun, causing it to fire.
The intruder who grabbed the gun was wounded in the chest and collapsed on the floor, police said.
No charges are expected against the senior citizen who was defending his home. The second home invader is presently on the run. It is unknown if this time if authorities know the identity of the surviving criminal.
What is worrisome about this incident is the contention that the victim was only intending to scare the criminals, and that the gun was set off reflexively in the struggle over the handgun. Folks, do not buy, much less ever pull, a firearm unless you have the resolve to use it against another person to save your life.