One of my instructors regaled us with a story of a call he ran recently that I thought bears repeating here. A middle aged couple are sitting in their nice middle-class home one evening when they hear a commotion from elsewhere in the house. As the husband got up to go check it out, a disheveled man in his 50's wearing only his boxer shorts ran into the living room yelling "call 911" The intruder was empty handed and did not appear particularly threatening but also did not say anything else. The middle aged couple was very frightened and the husband grabbed his wife and ran into a bedroom and locked themselves in and called 911. They explained the situation to dispatch and a full spread was dispatched (Police, Fire, EMS) At this point the instructor stopped and asked us what we would do in the situation of the couple? Or what we would do as the first responders? Keep your response in mind as you read the rest. Police arrived to find the intruder standing between the couch and the wall looking somewhat unsteady. He seemed confused and mumbling to himself. He refused to comply with police commands to lay on the floor. As he was unarmed and did not appear threatening they chose not to taser him and instead just manually forced him into compliance. At this point Fire and EMS was allowed in to check out both the home owners and the intruder. The husband stated he would have shot the intruder, but the dispatcher told him to stay locked in the bedroom and wait unless the intruder attempted to enter the locked bedroom. The intruder when examined was fould to be a diabetic whose blood sugar had dropped to dangerous level causing a profoundly lowered level of consciousness. Upon application of D-50, the man became much more alert and stated that he did not remember breaking into the house or why he had stripped down. His clothes were found in the woods near the invaded home. The intruder was taken to the local ER and released while the husband was informed that had he shot the intruder he would likely have been charged with murder. No charges were filed, and the intruder stated he would replace the window he broke to gain enterance to the house as well as any other expenses incurred as a result of his actions. Just some food for thought. Just because you "can" dosen't mean you should.