Intruder Breaks into Home, Attacks Residents: Homeowner Grabs Gun, Ends Threat
Second Amendment patriot opens fire, hits criminal twice, defends family
When a deranged criminal burst into a family's home on Monday, the homeowner's planning and quick thinking saw him end the threat immediately.
The thug reportedly broke into the Baxter Springs, Kansas home after 8 pm Monday and assaulted the residents, KZRG-AM reported.
The family - a man, woman, and two children - were all at home during the attack, they told police.
The residents fled for safety in one of the bedrooms but found themselves cornered.
Thankfully, the man of the house was a Second Amendment patriot who had prepared for such an incident.
When the crook thought he had his victims trapped, he started to advance on them, but it didn't end well for him.
Unbeknown to the intruder, the homeowner had grabbed his gun.
As the thug advanced on the patriot's family, he drew his weapon and opened fire.
Two bullets later, the threat was over.
The shots hit their target twice — once in the thigh and once in the calf - and allowed the homeowner to take control of the situation.
Officers from the Baxter Springs Police Department were dispatched to the residence in the 2300 block of Cleveland Avenue regarding a report of a person breaking in — and they were told one adult male had been shot, the station said.
Deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Quapaw Marshal’s Service also responded, KZRG said.
Authorities spotted a man leaving the area and saw that he was shot twice in the leg, the station said.
He was identified as Shawn James Tallant Jr. of Baxter Springs, and officers detained him and called an ambulance for him, KZRG reported.
The residents of the home came outside voluntarily, without incident, and gave their accounts to detectives, the station said
In response to statements from the residents and evidence collected at the scene, Tallant was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and criminal damage to property, KZRG said.
Tallant was taken to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night in good condition, the station said.
Once released from the hospital, Tallant will face extradition to Cherokee County in regard to the charges against him, KZRG said.
Officers also seized a 9mm handgun from the scene, the station added.
No others had been charged as of Tuesday, KZRG reported.
Baxter Springs — population just under 4,000 — is nestled in the southeast corner of Kansas, a little over a mile north of Oklahoma and a handful of miles west of Missouri.