Pacifist Homeowner Grabs Gun From Home Invader, Fatally Shoots Him

A 59-year-old homeowner used his cane to knock a gun out of the home invader's hand and shoot him with it in Placitas, New Mexico.

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A homeowner in New Mexico was forced to abandon his pacifist beliefs when he came face-to-face with an armed home invader early Wednesday morning.

According to the Albuquerque Journal News, the incident occurred between 6 and 6:30 a.m. at a residence located on N.M. 165 in Placitas.

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Richard Cravens, attorney for the unidentified 59-year-old homeowner, told KOAT-TV that the suspect gained entry to the home and pepper-sprayed his client’s dog after he woke up. The homeowner confronted the intruder and a physical struggle ensued.

“(The intruder) fired a shot that went just wide of my client’s hip,” Cravens said.

Fortunately, the resourceful homeowner was able to use his cane to knock the gun out of the suspect’s hand. That’s when he grabbed the gun and fatally shot the home invader. News reports did not indicate where the suspect was shot.

As KOAT-TV reports, police arrived and the homeowner was transported to an area hospital to be treated for a broken arm and cuts to his face.

“My client is completely traumatized,” Cravens said. “He’s a pacifist and was forced to deal with an extremely violent situation.”

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Police are still investigating the incident and have yet to indicate whether or not the homeowner will be charged.

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  • solocoyote

    Oops – Deputies obtained a search warrant for the home that was invaded and found a large amount of cash and more than 200 marijuana plants. All of it was seized. I guess we know what the invader was after…