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Armed Homeowner Drives Away Intruder, Police Say

By KRISTA KLAUS

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A Tampa man faces felony armed burglary charges after a home invasion in Lake Wales this morning.

Police said two children, ages 3 and 3 months, were inside the home at 1261 Grove Ave. about 10:30 a.m. when a burglar pried open a rear sliding glass door with a crowbar. The startled homeowner fired off seven rounds from a .380 handgun.

"It's a disturbing scene especially with children inside. I know the homeowner is shaken up right now," said Lake Wales Assistant Police Chief Christopher Velasquez.

The bullets hit the suspect, 45-year-old Michael Collins, in the head and arm, police said. Collins had parked his van in the home's driveway and tried to drive away but crashed a couple hundred feet away in an orange grove, they added.

Officers apprehended Collins, who was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Hospital for treatment for his injuries. He is expected to recover.

Collins is charged with first-degree felony armed burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Detectives said the homeowner did not know Collins prior to the home invasion.

Neighbor Luis Hernandez praised the homeowner for taking swift action to protect his family.

"We're glad because he's not going to come back here," Hernandez said.

Armed Homeowner Drives Away Intruder, Police Say
 

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A couple of very funny and sarcastic comments after the article I thought you guys might like.


Another example of gun violence. Why didn't the homeowner try talking to the victim first ? Crooks have rights too.

Yeah, what happened to diplomacy? Our new president says we should sit down and discuss things rationally with the enemy and then GIVE them a big bailout check with no questions asked. How dare this homeowner shoot first without asking what the intruder wanted?
 

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Hoora Home owner! Bonus points for the headshot! :D
 

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I bet you won't see this article on the national news.
 

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They FLEW him to the hospital? Aw hell no.

Double taps.:mad:
If you were a criminal, got shot busting into a home, Would you REALLY want to spend a huge part of your life in the clinker?

He's not getting an easy way out of punishment this way.
 

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So he gets a chopper ride, care to guess what that costs? I'm sure his excellent health insurance will cover it, and it won't get dumped on us.

And of course, it's guaranteed he'll do hard time, since there are no liberal judges.

The state should buy the woman a .45. She did an excellent job, just not enough gun.
 

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It said the neighbor" praised the homeowner for taking swift action to protect his family"
So, what was a dude doing with a .380 - Props for defending the house, but c'mon now, you need a man's weapon to do a man's job here. No way that guy lives if he busts into Benning's or Ineff's house with the same plan...

I'm just saying...
 

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So, what was a dude doing with a .380 - Props for defending the house, but c'mon now, you need a man's weapon to do a man's job here. No way that guy lives if he busts into Benning's or Ineff's house with the same plan...

I'm just saying...
Mine either, between the NEF pump in the bedroom loaded with 00 buck and my 1911 with them big nasty hollow points, I would have split his head wide open like a melon. No need for follow up shots.
 

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I paid $400 for a copter ride for me and mine when we were in Maui and booked it weeks in advance. This guy got a VIP copter ride for breaking into someone's home? All the same it might of been a .380 but it ended the threat and the bad guy had enough damage to need a airlift. So the homeowner did a good job keeping his family safe. Still if he up graded his firearm the copter wouln't of been required.

My wake up in the middle of the night WTF firearm is a S&W M&P 45 with a light/laser combo. Pretty certain if the bad comes to my house there will be no need for an airlift.
 

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I have down graded from my .45 to a 9mm, it is lighter and smaller, but there would still be no need for a chopper, shot placement is key, and if that isnt big enough, I do keep a 870 closeby loaded with a nice mix of slugs and the centurion that has the 1 round slug and six buckshot.
 

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I have down graded from my .45 to a 9mm, it is lighter and smaller, but there would still be no need for a chopper, shot placement is key, and if that isnt big enough, I do keep a 870 closeby loaded with a nice mix of slugs and the centurion that has the 1 round slug and six buckshot.
Oohh! Centurion...(drool...)
 

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I paid $400 for a copter ride for me and mine when we were in Maui and booked it weeks in advance. This guy got a VIP copter ride for breaking into someone's home? All the same it might of been a .380 but it ended the threat and the bad guy had enough damage to need a airlift. So the homeowner did a good job keeping his family safe. Still if he up graded his firearm the copter wouln't of been required.

My wake up in the middle of the night WTF firearm is a S&W M&P 45 with a light/laser combo. Pretty certain if the bad comes to my house there will be no need for an airlift.
A kid in Pensacola got a life flight to a hospital, where he later died. The bill for the chopper, just the chopper, $10,000.

This thug? Die in place, m**********r.
 

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That reminds me...

I guy I worked with once told me that his brother-in-law was killed in a car accident. He said he was pronounced dead at the scene. Turns out he was a organ donor, so they life-flighted his body from somewhere in Montana (the accident scene) to some hospital in Idaho.

The day of the funeral, the guys father received a bill for something like $800 for the life-flight.

I believe he got out of paying it, but could you imagine. Talk about adding insult to injury.
 

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Sounds like the home owner needs to spend some more time on the range. With proper shot placement the thug would have died on the floor. I myself would have waited to call for 5 or ten minutes then I would sue the mothereffer if he lived.
 

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I myself would have waited to call for 5 or ten minutes then I would sue the mothereffer if he lived.
After all, there's no point in trying to call the police if all you can hear is ringing in your ears.;)
 

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After all, there's no point in trying to call the police if all you can hear is ringing in your ears.;)
All jokes aside, this is a point I hadn't really considered in home defense. In all the possible scenarios I've contemplated, hearing loss never crossed my mind.

Could one communicate effectively, or worse, hear a second bad guy after the initial shots?

Seems like a valid argument for suppressors.:cool:
 

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Once I participate in a training and shoot thru the windshield from inside of a car with the windows rolled up... and even with the earplugs the noise of a Beretta 8040 was incredible I made 2 only shots...
 

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All jokes aside, this is a point I hadn't really considered in home defense. In all the possible scenarios I've contemplated, hearing loss never crossed my mind.

Could one communicate effectively, or worse, hear a second bad guy after the initial shots?
That's something I've worried about many times. I've taken a shot with a .38 snub before without earplugs (on accident) and while the ringing was bad, I believe I could still hear other noises without too much trouble. Keep in mind, that was only one shot, and it was outside.

One thing I do is keep a set of the rubber earplugs that are connected on a string, with my SD weapon. If it were a situation where I hear someone come in the house in the middle of the night, I might have time to stuff one in my right ear, and can then protect my left ear with my finger, only when I'm about to fire.

Realistically though, chances are that I wouldn't even bother with the ear plug even if I have the time. It's just one more thing to worry about when you're already in a stressful/panic situation.
 
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