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Old 01-11-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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Default What to do when entering your own house with an intruder inside..

Several weeks ago my wife and I got back from picking up my Yugo m70ab2 mod that a friend of mine was working on. I pulled up to my house and parked the car. My wife and I went inside and got our dogs to take them for a walk. we got back about 20 minutes later. My wife started to open the back door to go outside again when she heard a thud from upstairs. She had a strange, scared looked on her face and told me what she heard. There was no sign of a forced entry, but based on her look, I decided to investigate and headed up the stairs. The lights were off upstairs. I took no more than 3 steps when I heard a loud thud myself. Well, that did it. I looked at my wife and told her to get the dos (puppies) and get in the car. I locked the back door so whoever was up there couldn't just run out the back, but would have to leave through the front.

I got my Yugo m70 from the trunk and ran back in the house and yelled upstairs that I was calling the police. All of my ammo was upstairs in my closet! So I was basically going to have to bluff them if they came down and confronted me.

The called police with the rifle in one hand and waited in the car with my wife. We were parked directly in front of the house with the engine running, and the lights shinning into our house. I told my wife that we'd wait for the police to show up, but I wanted a good look at whoever would run out the front door. In retrospect, I don't know if that was smart or not.

The first LEO showed up withing 5 minutes. That was pretty quick. He was really nice, and I told him what my wife and I heard. He called for backup. Another officer showed up and they unholstered their pistols and broke out their flashlights. As they cleared the house I felt my heart beating pretty quickly and my wife and I were expecting to hear some gunshots. Well, after a couple of minutes they came back down and said that they did a pretty thorough check, but found nothing. I went back inside with them and we searched the place together.

They were really nice and told me that I did the right thing. "Better safe than sorry". They asked me about my rifle, because I left the case on the couch. I told the officer that all the ammo was upstairs. He said that the rifle would have been a nice club. We laughed and they left. What a great bunch of guys. I made sure to call them as I've been robbed twice in my life as an adult (once at gunpoint, and the other time at knife point), and once as a child. I came face to face with the dude who broke into our house and I was five. That's another story though.

It turns out that the noises that my wife and I heard were the result of a bag of toilet paper falling; once from a shelf above onto the dryer, and then a second time from the dryer onto the floor. What are the odds of this happening? We got a laugh out of it after the fact, but were pretty freaked at the time.

So, the question I have is what would you guys and gals do in this situation? You'd be entering your place with someone already there. It's a little different from defending yourself when you're already there. Would you try to clear your house alone or wait for the police?
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #2
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i keep a loaded 9mm on my person or in my car, a flashlight in my glove box. if it were my id announce my intent to call the cops and get them on the phone, inform them of my situation, and go hunting for the scum that dared enter my home while i waited for them to get here.

thats just me, and im not IN THE SITUATION RIGHT NOW, so in all truth that is just speculation of what i think id do.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:31 PM   #3
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I have an 870 or a 500 in the truck all the time. If it were me, I would call the cops as my wife made her way to the barn to grab the CAR-15 or Winchester model 12 and cover the other side of the house. We wait for the cops to do their jobs so we dont have to go through the legality of hunting someone down in your home and killing them. If they try to rush us to do harm, well, that is a different story. Then you are defending yourself and the use of deadly force is authorized.
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That's a tough one, especially since most of my guns are in my bedroom, with the ammo.......

I think i would've watched the house from a bit more distance, especially if my XD45 wasn't in the car.

edit* Upon further consideration, i'm not sure i would be comfortable calling the police to search my house.
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Well being my wife and I are the odd balls here (both cops) we would clear the house using the two man concept. However, I would make her take the lead as she is the local po-po and has more authority in this matter than I do (I'm a fed) and besides she is better at report writing than I am and I'm a better shot than she is.
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Think it is the right choice. Reasonable threat argument gets thinner if you go in after him if no loved ones in the casa. Glad it worked out for you.

ANybody says they never heebee jeebeeed off a noise that was nothing is full of it. Good training event for you though.
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I guess i would call the police tell them the situation and probly clear the house with the local pd. in route.
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So, the question I have is what would you guys and gals do in this situation? You'd be entering your place with someone already there. It's a little different from defending yourself when you're already there. Would you try to clear your house alone or wait for the police?
If it were me I would have sent my dobe upstairs. If I heard shots or the sounds of a big dog tearing into a guy then I would have known that there was someone up there that shouldn't have been there.

Then I would have acted as you did. If I didn't hear shots or my dobe tearing into someone I would have investigated further.
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In Virginia you'd better not enter and clear the house yourself, as you had the last opportunity to avoid the confrontation. Shoot someone in this circumstance and you will be charged and also liable to the victim....
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I think you did the right thing. I would recommend that you change brands of toilet paper, though, and go with the lighter stuff.
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