Hello, I'm new to the forum. My friend JD referred me here and from reading up on some of the forum I'm looking forward to contiuing discussion... So last July I had the distinct pleasure of my wife running in from her morning smoke on the front porch to LOUDLY inform me that someone was IN her car. I gave her the phone and told her to call 911, and I grabbed my Taurus .38 SPL and walked outside to verify. Sure enough, some idiot is under a blanket in the front seat of the car. His hand appeared to be in a "special place" and moving quickly. You can imagine what I thought he was doing! Needless to say my anger level rose beyond anything I've ever experienced. I banged on the window and yelled for the guy to get out. He pulled the blanket off his face and literally brushed me off with his had. I gave him one more verbal warning to which I received no response. At that point I had it, and I wasn't interested in waiting for the cops. I drew my gun, pointed it at him and ordered him out of the vehicle. The moron complied initially but than took a step toward me. At that point I yelled "I am scared for my life!!" and took a step backward as we were only about 10 feet apart to begin with. Somehow between the obscenities, telling him I'd shoot if he didn't back off, and generally going shock and awe, he laid down on the sidewalk. At no point did my finger enter the trigger guard or did I cock the weapon. It took the sheriff 15 minutes to get to our house and they spared no time taking him into custody. At the point I saw the officer's cruiser round the corner onto my street I placed my weapon on the hood of my other rig, clapped my hands and showed him my palms and took a step away. I was surprised that they gave me zero problem, and even went as far as thanking me for my calm action as apparently a lot of these situations end in the sheriff having to arrest the guy holding the trespasser at gunpoint as they refuse to lower their weapon until the police have the bad guy handcuffed. Obviously the police don't want to get in the line of fire of somebody that is acting frantically. This story ended in me getting $1000 as a settlement to drop the charges as the KC prosecutor told me there was less than 50% chance of getting a conviction for vehicle prowl since there was not an apparent attempt to steal anything. The fact that he had 5 prior misdeamenor convictions didn't mean a thing, nor the suspicion that he was masturbating. AND, the fact that he was on PCP actually helped him as he really couldn't be held to a sane person's standard. So... What did I do right and what did I do wrong? The prosecutor told me I am in no jeapordy of having charges filed against me, though he did inform me that I shouldn't have drawn the weapon until such time I felt my life was in danger.