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How I almost Killed someone the other night

netmannetman New MemberPosts: 15 New Member
Maybe I should not be posting this here and if the Adminstrators remove it then its perfectly Ok. I just feel I needed to share this as it might save someone else's life.


My wife and I live in the country. We stayed up a little later than usual the other night. No sooner had we turned out the lights, there was series of pounding and slams against the house and door. Forcible entry I figured. The hound dogs were howling but they were locked up and in no position to help.

I turned the light back off, grabbed my glasses, my Ruger Mark II and a Maglite. I saw the door was still holding so I made straight for it. I could hear noises outside around the side of the house. ...couldn't get the door to budge so they're looking for a low or open window.....

I told my wife to stay put and IF she heard gun shots, dial 911. She did not listen but rather followed me right out the door.
I heard voices and realized the culprit was coming right at me from around the corner. I picked up my maglite and my ruger and waited. I saw a full grown adult figure loom around the corner in a hurry. They had something black in their hand. I hit the light and put it on their face. I drew a bead on their chest.
"DON'T SHOOT!" , my wife screamed. "It's Michelle, from across the street.!"
My eyes refocused ( I wear serious bifocals) and I saw it was our young single neighbor with a flashlight in her hand.

"Ha Ha Ha ! I got you all back", she laughed. "That's for the joke you all played on me the other day! I really scared you all didn't I ?"
I cursed and turned away...shaking and slightly dizzy. As I stepped up on the porch I heard her holler," Oh my God!!! You have a gun! You were going to shoot me!"
We just went back in the house.
The following morning she came over early and was almost angry...." you pointed a gun at me! You were going to shoot me!

I just told her , " don't you ever come to my house that late unless you call first. Yes, I could have shot you and what a terrible thing for all us had I done that."

" You're an old grandpaw....what are you doing with a gun anyway"?
I replied, "its how I GOT TO BE an old grandpaw!"


Its been a few days. My chest stopped hurting and the dizzy spells have subsided. But the thought of almost shooting a neighbor or anyone ....playing a damn joke at midnight on that dark country road I live on......unbelievabale!
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    ... and she could have killed you by heart attack ... yours was a reaction to stupidity that SHE chose!

    I will however suggest you did one thing wrong ...Never leave a secured indoor position to go outside unless you absolutely have to. Call the police and hunker down in strategic place in your house and handle it if need be from cover.
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    And people wonder why I'm not a fan of pranks.


    I would suggest calling the cops and getting to cover, instead of going to see what was going on, but in the end you didn't shoot anybody that didn't need it, that's really the most important thing here.


    :beer:
  • shawn1172shawn1172 Senior Member Posts: 588 Senior Member
    Yup, what they said. 911 should definately be dialed if you really think there is a home invasion in the works. Going outside with a .22 and an unarmed wife is a bad idea.
  • mkk41mkk41 Banned Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    Tells me they DON'T have a gun!

    What do they do when some creatins come a-calling and break their doors down for real with rape and pillage on their mind?

    What are they gonna do?

    Who's closer , you and your gun , or the police?
  • rbsivleyrbsivley Senior Member Posts: 1,253 Senior Member
    That was close.
    Randy

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  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Glad everything worked out ok.
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • SlanteyedshootistSlanteyedshootist Senior Member Posts: 3,947 Senior Member
    Just reading that made me worked up. Glad nobody got shot or hurt. Maybe we can take up a collection to buy your neighbor a working brain.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,423 Senior Member
    I would have read her the riot act. That's complete and utter nonsense. She really would have gotten the point, as I don't own a .22 anything. They start at .357 and get larger.
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  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    ""Ha Ha Ha ! I got you all back", she laughed. "That's for the joke you all played on me the other day!"

    One wonders, sounds like you and your wife & neighbors have some issues that need discussing.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Hmmmm- - - -just exactly what was the joke that prompted that kind of response? I'm an "old grandpa" also, but all the neighbors know that some very accurate custom rifles come out of my workshop, and everyone in the family is a shooter. Nothing bigger than a possum raiding a hen's nest gets the .22 treatment- - - -if a home invasion is suspected, the weapon of choice would be a 12 gauge Mossberg pump.
    Jerry
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    ""Ha Ha Ha ! I got you all back", she laughed. "That's for the joke you all played on me the other day!"

    One wonders, sounds like you and your wife & neighbors have some issues that need discussing.

    ..no issues. The joke was us telling her our cat had a litter of kittens under her car and she couldn't go to town.
    A 15 second look around her car , a laugh and she was on her way. Nothing even close to a mock home invasion.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,364 Senior Member
    You could say she almost scared herself to death.................
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    Correct on the going outside. My thoughts were at the time to take the fight outside of my home. Probably should have just stayed in.
    It happens sooo quick.
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    The pistol I am quite confident of.....the wife just followed despite what I said....like after 38 years she would pick THAT night to listen!
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    I would have read her the riot act. That's complete and utter nonsense. She really would have gotten the point, as I don't own a .22 anything. They start at .357 and get larger.

    The 870 Pump gun is in town getting a new firing pin.
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    Just reading that made me worked up. Glad nobody got shot or hurt. Maybe we can take up a collection to buy your neighbor a working brain.

    She's been very polite since and tells us NOT to discuss it anymore as she knows it could have turned out ugly.
  • netmannetman New Member Posts: 15 New Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    You could say she almost scared herself to death.................

    Correct!
  • pardogpardog Member Posts: 423 Member
    I'm glad everything worked out. We don't know how we are going to react to situations like this until the opportunity arises (although training and preparation go a long way). This is a good learning experience to examine what you did right and what you should do different if a similar situation were to occur in the future. Sound like you are already doing that :up: Thanks for sharing.
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    netman wrote: »
    ..no issues. The joke was us telling her our cat had a litter of kittens under her car and she couldn't go to town.
    A 15 second look around her car , a laugh and she was on her way. Nothing even close to a mock home invasion.

    Yes, there are issues, still unresolved, sometimes what starts out as an innocent remark, a simple oversight on someones part, can be wrongly interpreted and result in tragedy, by discussing it rationally, lots of things can and do get cleared up.

    I personally have had some close ones, people barging in on Me unannounced, even entering My dwelling, My neglecting to properly lock My door an oversight on My part...
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    I would have read her the riot act. That's complete and utter nonsense. She really would have gotten the point, as I don't own a .22 anything. They start at .357 and get larger.

    Man, the 22 has its place. It isn't ideal for HD, but is still valuable. I have one in my bug out bag with a brick of ammo. Man, where else are you gonna get 500+ rounds to hunt with in a package no bigger than a few pair of socks?
    Unless life also hands you water and sugar, your lemonade is gonna suck!
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  • saxdsaxd Member Posts: 40 Member
    Well, I am going to play the devil's advocate.

    You mention no children in your house. Perhaps it is presumptuous of me, but you say you are older, so I assume they have moved out.
    If it were just you and your wife, why didn't you hunker down in your room with your gun and flashlight pointed at the bedroom door? Also, why call 911 after gunshots...why not before?
    I realize there are things in your home you want to protect, but the top priority should be protecting your wife and your own life.
    If there were no children in the house, I would have stayed put.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    netman wrote: »
    The pistol I am quite confident of.....the wife just followed despite what I said....like after 38 years she would pick THAT night to listen!

    I'm married to one of those, myself (for 38 years).

    When our kids were small, we lived in a rent house in a neighborhood that was going bad. One night, a guy drove up next door and started banging on my neighbor's door and yelling. I was watching out the side door, about 30' away, which was open and had a screen door. After a minute or so of the yelling and kicking at the door, he pulled out a pistol and started firing through it. I retreated quickly from my open door, got my .357 revolver, and squatted down behind the bar with the telephone, calling the police. While I was on the phone, the guy had apparently reloaded, and was again shooting the neighbor's door. I looked up to check my door, and to my surprise and alarm, my wife was standing at the screen door, holding the baby. She was not the least bit afraid, and thought the whole thing was kind of amusing.

    We had some serious words over that, and she did not get the message. I have no clue how she would act in a real home invasion...I'm quite sure I would have to hustle to get to my shotgun before she chased 'em off with a broom.
  • bruchibruchi Senior Member Posts: 2,581 Senior Member
    This situation perhaps called for an "oops", gun goes off POINTING in safe direction at the right moment...
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,749 Senior Member
    bruchi wrote: »
    This situation perhaps called for an "oops", gun goes off POINTING in safe direction at the right moment...

    That's got to be one of the most irresponsible posts I've read in a long time. That intentional "oops" could well land you in the pen for a long, long time.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • BufordBuford Senior Member Posts: 6,721 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    That's got to be one of the most irresponsible posts I've read in a long time. That intentional "oops" could well land you in the pen for a long, long time.

    Mike

    :agree:
    Just look at the flowers Lizzie, just look at the flowers.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,577 Senior Member
    Now that its been discussed ad nauseum... Is she hot?
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    JasonMPD wrote: »
    Now that its been discussed ad nauseum... Is she hot?

    :roll2:
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    If your chest was hurting, you need a cardiac cath and soon before you vapor lock!

    See a doc.

    Dan
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • temmitemmi Member Posts: 230 Member
    netman wrote: »
    I told my wife to stay put and IF she heard gun shots, dial 911. She did not listen but rather followed me right out the door.

    So here is my 2 cents.

    I would have called 911 at the first sign of trouble.

    I would have told my neighbor that I did.

    People are stupid and that is why many end up dead
  • Steve31645Steve31645 New Member Posts: 1 New Member
    shawn1172 wrote: »
    Yup, what they said. 911 should definately be dialed if you really think there is a home invasion in the works. Going outside with a .22 and an unarmed wife is a bad idea.

    I'm sure most knowledgable members here know what a "safe room" is. If you don't then shame on you for being an uninformed gun owner and get online and Google it.
    The first thing you do is get to your "safe room" and call 911, tell them - who (everyone in the room), what, where (location) and that you are armed. Wait till they arrive and Identify themselves. You then come out reminding them you have a weapon, but it is now unloaded. Come out with your weapon in a non threatening manner or just set it on the floor and be prepaired to do what the officers instruct you to do! This may involve being hand cuffed till your ID is proven.
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