The Blaze: 2nd Amendment

Homeowner shoots intruder—and police give ominous warning to crooks about break-in victims with guns

After a homeowner in Independence, Missouri, shot an intruder Thursday afternoon, police issued an ominous warning to those who are committing similar crimes.

“Some of these people are going around breaking into homes, they need to know that there could be an armed homeowner who’s going to defend themselves if they get into a situation like this,” Independence Police Public Information Officer John Syme told KCTV-TV.

John Syme, Independence police public information officer (Image source: KCTV-TV video screenshot)

Syme added to WDAF-TV that “people trying to break into homes … need to really be cautious because they don’t know if homeowners are going to be armed.”

Image source: KCTV-TV video screenshot

The intruder in this case was shot just after noon inside the home, was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover, KCTV reported. The homeowner called police after the shooting, the station added.

No one in the home was arrested or charged, WDAF said, but the investigation is ongoing.

Neighbors told WDAF that there have been several break-ins recently.

Carjacker’s victim turns out to be concealed carry permit holder — and it’s a painful miscalculation

A couple of crooks picked out a silver Infinity to carjack Sunday in New Orleans — but how could they have known that one of the men in the targeted car is a concealed carry permit holder?

What went down?
  • A man that WVUE-TV identified only as Benny told the station he and a friend pulled up to Benny’s home when gunmen wearing ski masks ambushed them.
Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot
  • “They probably figured this time of morning, we are going to just stake somebody out,” Benny told the station.
  • Benny told WVUE as he exited the car — his friend had been driving it — “some guy came from nowhere and said, ‘Hey man, I want that car.’”
Benny talked  about his ordeal with carjackers. (Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot)
  • Benny’s friend handed over the keys and ran toward a nearby police station while the gunmen sped off in the vehicle, the station said.
  • Then a second gunman came at Benny from the bushes, WVUE reported.
  • “He came just like that, and he said, ‘Don’t you move,’” Benny recounted to the station.
Did Benny obey the carjacker’s command?
  • Heck, no. Benny told WVUE that he has a concealed carry permit — and didn’t hesitate to make use of it, pulling out his own gun.
  • “I just pulled my coat out,” he recalled to the station, “and I just started boom, boom, boom.”
  • Benny told WVUE he fired four shots but missed his attacker.
Did Benny have more tricks up his sleeve?
  • Indeed he did, telling the station he hit the gun out of the second carjacker’s hand.
Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot
  • “Some kind of way we both tripped, and we fell on the ground like this here,” Benny recalled to WVUE. “I had my right hand here. I did like this, boom! He stood up, ‘Oh Lord, Jesus,’ and he broke out and ran.”
  • Benny told the station he shot his attacker in the stomach.
  • “So I ran inside, and I went and got some more bullets,” Benny noted to WVUE, adding that the carjacker’s gun was still on the ground.
  • And when Benny came back outside, he told the station that police arrived on the scene.
What happened to the suspects?
  • About 30 minutes after the incident, 17-year-old Andrew Spikes showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach, WVUE reported. Spikes was arrested and booked on two counts of armed robbery, the station added.
Andrew Spikes (Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot)
  • Another suspect, Jonah Marco, drove Spikes to the hospital, police told the station, adding that Marco also drove Spikes and the other gunman to carrying out the carjacking. Marco is booked with accessory after the fact, WVUE reported.
Jonah Marco (Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot)
  • The gunman, who carjacked the vehicle, is still at large, the station added.
How did Benny sum up the ordeal?
  • “He had the ups on me,” Benny told WVUE. “I could have said, ‘OK, man.’ I could have just dropped my gun. It don’t make no sense. A lot of people say, ‘Well, he had the ups on me, and I dropped my gun.’ I didn’t want to go like that, so, ya know, I’m like a Viking. I’m hard to go down. I came up hard.”
Image source: WVUE-TV video screenshot

Here’s the video report:

Home intruder fatally shot by 84-year-old was a relative. Here’s why he’s ‘glad’ he pulled trigger.

When 84-year-old Don Lutz confronted two men who broke into his home after midnight Friday and fatally shot one of them, the Army veteran had no idea the dead intruder was his niece’s husband.

But Lutz still told KDKA-TV he’s “glad” he pulled the trigger.


The man he shot — Dennis Mercadante, 49 — had a long criminal record marked by drug abuse, police told the station.

Dennis Mercadante (Image source: KDKA-TV video screenshot)

“I knew he was no damn good before that,” Lutz told KDKA. “I’m glad I did it for my niece ’cause I felt that she was in danger all the time. I think if he ever had a fight with her, he would’ve killed her.”

What happened during the break-in?

Lutz — who told WXPI-TV he sleeps with his gun under his pillow — was awakened about 1:30 a.m. by the intruders breaking through the front door of his home in Ellport, Pennsylvania.

Image source: WPXI-TV video screenshot

And the man, who spent 16 months on the front lines in the Korean War, didn’t hesitate using his .380 Taurus.

“I shot him, and in the darkness you couldn’t even see the hand in front of your face,” Lutz told KDKA. “And I didn’t have my glasses on or anything.”

Police are still searching for the other suspect who took off running, the station added.

Image source: KDKA-TV video screenshot

No one was able to identify Mercadante at the crime scene, KDKA reported, adding that police took fingerprints and pictures of his tattoos.

“We had an officer drive the prints to the lab to try to ID him, and while he was on his way to the lab, we identified him through facial recognition,” Ellwood City police Lt. David Kingston told KDKA.

Lutz told KDKA he didn’t realize the intruder he killed was his niece’s husband until Saturday morning when police called him to the station and showed him a picture.

What was Lutz’s reaction after learning the dead man’s identity?

“It was quite a shock,” Lutz added to KDKA.

Police met with Mercadante’s wife and family, and Kingston told KDKA “they’re understanding of what happened.”

Image source: KDKA-TV video screenshot

Lutz told the station that he knows why Mercadante and his accomplice broke into his home.

“I know one thing for sure: they came here to kill me,” Lutz told KDKA. “They came here to get a gun off of me, and they came here to kill me — and I know that now, and I didn’t have an alternative to do what I did.”

He also credited his faith as the reason he survived the ordeal.

“God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ,” Lutz told WXPI. “And God is with me tonight. Believe me he’s there, honey — don’t ever doubt that he’s there.”

Man, 84, describes fighting home intruders — and killing one: ‘I’ve never been afraid in my life’

Don Lutz, 84, told WPXI-TV he sleeps with a gun under his pillow.

Good thing.

Because Lutz was asleep in bed when a pair of intruders broke through the front door of his Ellport, Pennsylvania, home about 1:30 a.m. Friday, police told the station.

Image source: WPXI-TV video screenshot

And Lutz wasted no time using his .380 Taurus. He only fired once — but his aim was lethal.

“I run right into this guy in the dark, and he grabbed me, and I shot him, and the bullet hit him in the chest and went clean through him,” Lutz told WPXI.

He told the station that the intruders then jumped him, he “scuffled on the floor” with them and the intruder he shot “rolled over dead on the kitchen floor” while the second intruder “jumped up and went out the door.”

Image source: WPXI-TV video screenshot

Police told WPXI they’re searching for the second intruder who may have been hit by the same bullet, as investigators couldn’t find it.

“The other one, maybe the bullet hit him, too,” Lutz added to the station. “I don’t know. I hope so.”

Authorities told WPXI they believe Lutz may have been targeted, as police have been at his home in the past for other incidents.

Image source: WPXI-TV video screenshot

“We’re living in a real dangerous time in the United States,” he told the station in a separate video interview.

Lutz added to WPXI that he’s “a little sore” in the aftermath but he “can take it.”

“I’ve never been afraid in my life,” Lutz told the station — not even while serving 16 months on the front lines in the Korean War for the Army, he said.

In the end, Lutz told WPXI he has no regrets about the actions he took to defend himself and his home — and credits his faith as the reason he survived the ordeal.

“God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ,” he told the station. “And God is with me tonight. Believe me he’s there, honey — don’t ever doubt that he’s there.”

Dad sees robber point gun at his children. Dad has a license to carry. Dad does what he has to do.

A family was eating dinner at a Texas fast-food restaurant Wednesday night when an armed man entered the Popeye’s in San Antonio and demanded money from the dad, KABB-TV reported.

Image source: KABB-TV video screenshot

The father said he wasn’t giving the man anything, Police Sgt. Roy Miller told the Express-News.

The robber, in his 20s, turned to the employees to try to rob them, and police told KSAT-TV the employees all ran out the back of the restaurant.

The dad asked the gunman if his family could leave, and when the robber agreed, the mom and two of their children exited the restaurant — but two of the family’s other children were still in the restroom, KABB-TV reported.

When the robber saw the two children walk out of the restroom, he pointed his gun at them, KABB reported.

But it turns out Dad had his own gun — and he pulled it out and shot the robber dead, KABB said.

“The citizen is a licensed carrier and did use his handgun to take down the robber,” Police Capt. Michael Starnes told the Express-News.

The robber’s body could be seen between the dining area and counter as investigators examined the scene, the paper reported. Police haven’t released the robber’s name, and no one else was injured, KSAT said.

Starnes added to the Express-News that the father isn’t facing any charges: “He really saved the day and protected a lot of people today.”

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)

Photo shows construction workers carrying guns on the job — and they’ve just learned their fate

Three construction workers seen in a photo carrying guns at a Milwaukee job site have been fired from their company, WITI-TV reported, citing a source.

City policy prohibits workers from bringing weapons to their jobs, the station said — and that includes subcontractors bringing guns to work.

The photo shows workers from American Sewer Services, a subcontractor, carrying guns at a job site at 19th and Meinecke, WITI said.

Image source: WITI-TV video screenshot

“The disrespectful way that the person is just waving the gun around, that level of irresponsibility — that’s what concerns me more than any message,” state Sen. Lena Taylor (D) told the station. She added in an earlier story on the issue that, “If you’re going to carry, you need to be trained.”

Image source: WITI-TV video screenshot

The commissioner of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works met with American Sewer Services’ owner Tuesday, a DPW spokesperson told WITI. And the subcontractor informed all its workers that guns aren’t allowed on Milwaukee job sites, the station added.

Are there any opponents of the decision?

Nik Clark, chairman of Wisconsin Carry, told WITI the zip code where the photo was taken — 53206 — is “infamous … for the crime rate.”

Image source: WITI-TV video screenshot

Clark added to the station that the construction workers carrying guns “were doing their job. They were exercising their right to carry while they were doing so, and so I think a lot of the reaction I’ve seen has been disappointing.”

(H/T: Bearing Arms)

Crooks attack pizza delivery man, fire shots at him. But victim also has a gun — and a deadly aim.

What went down?

A 41-year-old pizza delivery driver from Imo’s told St. Louis police he was making food delivery when two men tried to rob him Thursday night, KTVI-TV reported.

One of the suspects hit the driver in the head with a gun, the station said. When the victim ran back to his vehicle, KTVI said the same suspect began shooting at him, but the driver had his own gun and returned fire.

One of the suspects — 17-year-old Lavon Courtney Jr. — was fatally shot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, adding that the second suspect apparently fled on foot.

The victim — who sustained a cut on his head and wasn’t hit by any bullets — returned to work where he called police, KTVI said.

He also turned his gun over to police so they can further investigate the incident, the station reported, adding that police believe his actions were justified.

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)