A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was forced to use deadly force early Tuesday morning when 2 intruders shot through the door and broke into his apartment.
The resident was home with his girlfriend at the time, and we have since found that the intruder who survived the incident has been wanted by police for connection to a rape case. The fact that the 19-year-old was armed changed the entire outcome of this incident.
According to triblive.com,
Police found Christopher A. Thomas, 27, of Marshall-Shadeland lying face down about 2:20 a.m. on the front steps of the Merritt Avenue apartment building with an abdominal bullet wound, said Pittsburgh Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler. A handgun was lying nearby.
Thomas was in critical condition at UPMC Mercy, Uptown.
He is charged with aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, conspiracy and carrying a firearm without a license — all felonies, court records show.
Police found the body of David Calhoun, 31, of Carrick inside the apartment.
The apartment resident, whom authorities did not identify, told police that one of the men shot into the door of his first-floor apartment, and they pushed inside, Toler said. They shoved a 19-year-old man, who lives there with his 17-year-old girlfriend, into a bedroom and asked for “his stuff,” she said.
The tenant pulled out a shotgun and fired three times, hitting both men, Toler said.
The surviving intruder is being charged with illegally carrying a firearm among other charges.
This incident has to make you wonder how the resident could have possibly unlocked his shotgun in time to use it to defend his life and that of his girlfriend. Yes, I’m being sarcastic. Stories like this prove that when you need a gun the most there are only seconds or split seconds to be able to use it. I don’t even want to imagine what would have been the result had the shotgun owner had his gun all locked up safe and secure.
It should be noted that because of the resident’s age he is not allowed under current law to buy a handgun from an FFL dealer. While the shotgun proved effective in this case, it stands to reason that the 19-year-old should be able to protect himself what whatever firearm he seems necessary.
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