Intruder Kicks House Door Down but Homeowner Knows 2A Rights and Ends Break-In
California Second Amendment patriot defends property in middle of the night burglary
An intruder's plan to invade a house in the middle of the night didn't go to plan when he kicked the back door down only to discover the homeowner knew his Second Amendment rights and was all-too-willing to exercise them.
The homeowner was awakened just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Santa Clara, California, police said.
A man was sneaking around in his backyard while pounding on doors and windows, KTVU-TV reported.
The suspect reportedly broke a window and then "forcibly kicked open a rear door," according to the station.
However, the homeowner is a Second Amendment patriot and had prepared for home invasions.
When the suspect kicked open the back door of the residence, the 51-year-old homeowner was waiting on the other side and put an end to the intrusion by shooting the intruder "multiple" times with his gun, police told KTVU.
Police said the suspect, 26-year-old Spencer Olson of Los Gatos, was taken to a hospital and then arrested on burglary charges.
Police told KTVU the homeowner has been cooperative.
During a separate incident reported by Neon Nettle earlier this month, police said a husband and wife in their 60s were having breakfast when they heard a knock at the door of their home in Fairfield — about an hour and 20 minutes north of Santa Clara — followed by an attempt to kick down the door after they didn't respond to the knock.
The husband, fearing for his life and his wife's safety, grabbed his legally owned gun to defend them, police said.
The intruder then broke down the door completely and entered the residence, police said — after which the husband fired at the intruder, who fled from the home.
KTVU-TV reported that police located the intruder, who had collapsed across the street.
Police said they detained him and found him in possession of "a loaded semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine."
Officers began lifesaving measures until emergency services arrived, but the individual was pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m., police said.
Authorities said the intruder was a 27-year-old male from nearby Suisun City who was on parole for a violent crime in Alameda County.
KTVU reported that the crime for which he was on parole was a home invasion.
"Whatever the motive was, it does not look like it was peaceful or legal," Fairfield Police Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen told the station.
"We know the suspect was armed with a handgun, semi-automatic with magazines.
"As far as I know, there was no known relationship between the homeowner[s], who are the victims here, and the suspect."