Proof that an AR-15 can be the go-to for Home Defense
When two home armed home invaders crashed through the backdoor of Jonathan Haith's North Carolina home on a Monday morning, they apparently bit off more than they could chew when they found Haith waiting for them in a central hallway with his AR.
You ever heard that song, Stand by Me? Well, the famous Ben E. King, a soul and pop singer and early member of The Drifters, composed it. The point? You see, Mr. King is from a small town in Vance County, North Carolina, not too far from the Virginia line. That town is Henderson, (Pop. 15,000), near Interstate 85 and U.S. 1. It's a quiet place. One where people like to sleep in from time to time.
However, like all quiet places, it is not immune to crime.
(Photo credit: WRAL)
It all started with a light rapping knock on the back door of a quiet little blue house on Thomas Lane in Henderson. At 9:15 on a Monday morning, Jonathan Haith was just ready to stay in bed and ignored the knock.
But it kept on for 15 minutes.
Then, he heard a loud bang and felt as if someone was trying to break in to his laundry room area.
"I crouched down, grabbed the firearm, and was walking up the hallway," he recalled in an interview with WRAL-TV. "As soon as I poked my head around the corner I saw a tall male standing there with a gun."
The thug was apparently surprised to see the homeowner holding an AR-15 and peering around the corner of the hallway at him. The panicked criminal reportedly shot at Haith first with a 9mm pistol. Not wanting to become perforated so early on a Monday morning, Haith returned fire at close range from behind cover.
"He missed and I reckon I connected," Haith said.
In the resulting firefight inside the homeowner's residence, the pistol-armed suspect was shot, taking a .223 Remington round in the stomach, which exited the individual's shoulder and continued through the sheetrock walls of the home.
(Hole in sheetrock wall, photo credit: WRAL)
The now-critically injured suspect stumbled away from the fight, breaking off the engagement. He then collapsed outside of a nearby daycare and was picked up by a waiting accomplice.
The would-be home invaders only made away from Haith's place with a little bit of extra lead to show for it, unable to steal a thing.
(Johnson, photo credit: WRAL)
Soon one 23-year-old Gregory Johnson appeared at the local hospital, dropped off by a concerned friend. Johnson, suffering from gunshot wounds was treated and released to Vance County investigators with no bond while his wheelman is facing accessory charges in connection with the incident.
It seemed that even when surprised and outnumbered, this one homeowner had his AR to help stand by him when he was in trouble and it proved decisive.
As you can see from the incident, modern sporting rifles are very effective in home defense scenarios-- but you do have to consider over-penetration in any tactical situation.
Also, consider now how you would have to move tactically through your home if ever presented with a threat. The time to practice this is now, not then.
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