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Homeowner: No time to think, only time to shoot
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11/12/7 | Don Jacobs

Posted on 11/12/2007 8:09:32 PM PST by SmithL

2 interlopers arrested after one wounded in neck in South Knoxville --

Horace Garland didn't have time to think when two men claiming to be police officers tried to force their way into his South Knoxville home.

He didn't have time to consider why cops would be screaming and yelling on his front porch about midnight Sunday. He didn't have time to be scared. The 63-year-old man only had time to react with the .38-caliber Police Special he kept at his bedside.

Garland, a Vietnam veteran, said he started shooting at "anything I could hit."

"I'm glad he did," said Garland's live-in girlfriend, Kay Cupp. "I believe those guys would have killed us in bed if they could have gotten in."

One of the men, Jeremy Johnson, did get in the house. Garland, who stands 5 feet-9 inches tall and weighs 122 pounds, shot the 21-year-old Johnson through the neck.

Garland and Cupp said they moved to the Chestnut Street house less than two months ago. Garland has relatives in the community, so the couple had no trouble settling into their new neighborhood.

The couple had been in bed about an hour Sunday night, but weren't yet asleep when they heard a commotion on their porch.

"A boy just came up on the porch, hollering and yelling he was KPD," Garland said. "I told 'em I had a pistol."

(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist
When the two interlopers couldn't force the locked door open, they smashed out the chest-high window on the door. Johnson then dove through the broken window "like he was diving into the water," Cupp said.

When Johnson stood up, Garland started firing. One round struck Johnson's neck, dropping him to the carpeted floor of the living room in the single-story home.

"I shot three or four times," Garland said. Although less than five feet separated the two men, only one round struck Johnson, who began screaming for help.

"I was standing back to keep an eye on the other guy and he had a gun," Garland said.

"He was sticking the gun through the window and shot at me. He had a potato stuck on the end of his as a silencer."

The round from the gun wielded by Johnson's step-brother, Timothy Lee Sellers, 26, missed Garland by less than two feet. The round entered the wall of Garland's bedroom at about waist high, pierced the open bedroom door and then struck the bed's wood end board.

With Johnson screaming for help, yelling he was unable to move, Sellers decided he'd had enough.

"He was yelling quit shooting, so I quit," Garland said. "It was over just like that. It happened so fast."

Garland allowed Sellers to clamber through the broken front door window to get to his screaming partner.

"I let him come in and get 'em," Garland said. "I wanted them out of here."

Without a word, Sellers grabbed Johnson and bundled the wounded man through the door window. Blood still marks the spot on the front porch where Johnson hit when he was shoved through the broken window. Then Sellers opened the front door and walked out.

Sellers drove Johnson to the University of Tennessee Medical Center were he was treated for the wound to his neck. A few minutes later, police found Sellers driving on Scottish Pike.

Knox County Sheriff's officers said Sellers and Johnson admitted their involvement and each faces charges of aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated burglary. Each man was being held in jail in lieu of $55,000 bond. Authorities said both men have criminal histories.

The retired Garland said he was puzzled why anyone would target his residence for a home-invasion burglary. He said sheriff's detectives told him the suspects may have thought the previous occupants still lived in the house.

Although Garland said he was concerned he might face a criminal charge, the Knox County Sheriff's Office noted Garland was acting in self defense and does not face any charges.



-- Horace Garland, right, and his girlfriend Kay Cupp confronted two robbers who tried to break into their South Knoxville home. Garland ended up shooting one of the robbers in the neck.
1 posted on 11/12/2007 8:09:35 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Thank you, for teaching 2 punks a hard cold lesson.

“Have gun, will travel.”

Paladins business card


2 posted on 11/12/2007 8:16:58 PM PST by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: SmithL

I was away earlier this evening for my Mother’s 90th birtday party. I come home and my neighbor tells me she chased a couple of 12 year-olds that were trying to break in to my house. She told them how fortunate they were that I was not home.

;-)


3 posted on 11/12/2007 8:20:43 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: SmithL

Hard to say if the two bad guys deserve a Darwin nomination, but the homeowner darn sure deserves community recognition.


4 posted on 11/12/2007 8:21:11 PM PST by fuzzthatwuz
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To: SmithL

Good Shootin’ ........


5 posted on 11/12/2007 8:21:20 PM PST by tioga (Winter is coming soon.)
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To: Patriot Hooligan

Only $55,000 bail? That’s ridiculous.


6 posted on 11/12/2007 8:23:40 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Patriot Hooligan

Some place i have one of his business cards, someplace.

Contact him at what hotel in San Fran ?


7 posted on 11/12/2007 8:28:23 PM PST by abseaman (If you will not fight to the death--stay home.)
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To: fuzzthatwuz
Nope, you gotta die to be nominated.

He had a potato stuck on the end of his as a silencer.

Potato registration NOW!!!!

8 posted on 11/12/2007 8:31:05 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: SmithL

snicker...the idiot threw his bleeding friend out through the broken window and then he walked out the door.


9 posted on 11/12/2007 8:34:51 PM PST by ironmaidenPR2717 (The battle is not between right and left, its between us and them. A. Sutton)
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To: SmithL

If this resident had a video of all this, he would be rich. Hilarious! The resident needs a bigger gun and some target practice.


10 posted on 11/12/2007 8:50:55 PM PST by matthew fuller (Crop-circles, killer rabbits and UFO'S are caused by GLOBAL WARMING!)
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To: SmithL

One nice shot saved their lives. Armed felons crashing through your window at night when they *know* that you are home means lights out if you miss them.


11 posted on 11/12/2007 8:55:40 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: abseaman

http://www.hgwt.com/hgwt2.htm


12 posted on 11/12/2007 9:00:29 PM PST by Froggie
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To: abseaman

I have one of his business cards someplace, too.

IIRC it’s:

Have Gun Will Travel
Wire Paladin
San Francisco


13 posted on 11/12/2007 9:02:58 PM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Southack
One nice shot saved their lives. Armed felons crashing through your window at night when they *know* that you are home means lights out if you miss them.

He might want to get "The Judge". Saw it in last months Rifleman - A 5-shot revolver able to shoot .410 shotshells and/or .45

http://www.gunsandammomag.com/blog/blog071807/

14 posted on 11/12/2007 9:26:19 PM PST by adm5 (Courtesy of the Fred, White & Blue.)
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To: ironmaidenPR2717

Hilarious - like “undoing” that diving entry.


15 posted on 11/12/2007 9:52:10 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Still laughing over the re-diving exit out of this veteran’s home...


16 posted on 11/12/2007 9:53:46 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: SmithL

They identified themselves as police officers. That ought to chill officers who do think they can just barge into someone’s house at night and expect the homeowner to remain unarmed.


17 posted on 11/12/2007 10:18:14 PM PST by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: SmithL; Dark Wing; Dog Gone
They wonder why no-knock raids are so dangerous.

"... when two men claiming to be police officers tried to force their way into his South Knoxville home."

18 posted on 11/12/2007 10:24:07 PM PST by Thud
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To: SmithL
"He was sticking the gun through the window and shot at me. He had a potato stuck on the end of his as a silencer."

Geez, that's a trick I hadn't seen mentioned in years. The last time I saw that, it was in an episode of Shaft. Well, that dude Shaft *was* a bad mother... :-)

I wonder if the BATFE will bring federal charges against Johnson for possessing an unregistered, untaxed silencer.

19 posted on 11/12/2007 10:33:50 PM PST by Charles Martel (The Tree of Liberty thirsts.)
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To: weegee

I did not see “impersonating a police officer” as one of the charges. Facts seem to warrant it.


20 posted on 11/12/2007 10:41:28 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: matthew fuller
...and if he had a video camera in his hand instead of a gun, he and the woman might now be dead.

I go with the gun. It worked for him.

Oh, you were joking!

21 posted on 11/12/2007 11:17:21 PM PST by IIntense
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To: IIntense

I meant like a mounted security cam, AND the gun. A bigger gun, if he can handle it.


22 posted on 11/12/2007 11:24:32 PM PST by matthew fuller (Crop-circles, killer rabbits and UFO'S are caused by GLOBAL WARMING!)
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To: adm5
The Judge Video - got to get me one of them!
23 posted on 11/13/2007 2:43:22 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SmithL

They were lucky they didn’t break into Lumpy’s house... LOL


24 posted on 11/13/2007 3:20:14 AM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: Magic Fingers

25 posted on 11/13/2007 3:28:46 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Charles Martel
Well, that dude Shaft *was* a bad mother...

Shut your mouth!

26 posted on 11/13/2007 3:30:12 AM PST by ReignOfError
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Trivia question: What's worse than two young people shacked up together? (Answer: two OLD people shacked up! Oy!)
27 posted on 11/13/2007 5:38:27 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: bajabaja
Blood still marks the spot on the front porch where Johnson hit when he was shoved through the broken window. Then Sellers opened the front door and walked out.

Still LMAO at the vision of this...

"He was sticking the gun through the window and shot at me.

Attempted murder, wanton endangerment, criminal misuse of firearm, felony possesion etc etc etc... and dont forget 'tampering with physical evidence' for the above 'disposal' of the shot accomplice...

28 posted on 11/13/2007 5:54:50 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (A few Rams must look after the sheep 'til the Good Shepherd returns...)
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To: adm5

That’s a very nice toy to have.


29 posted on 11/13/2007 6:24:36 AM PST by wastedyears (One Marine vs. 550 consultants. Sounds like good odds to me.)
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To: SmithL
He had a potato stuck on the end of his as a silencer."

Giggle!

30 posted on 11/13/2007 6:33:08 AM PST by ctdonath2 (The color blue tastes like the square root of 0?)
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To: SmithL

as it should be!


31 posted on 11/13/2007 7:02:09 AM PST by woollyone (tazers...the 21st century version of the rusty bed frame, car battery, & clamps)
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To: Patriot Hooligan

A true Tennessee Gentleman.


32 posted on 11/13/2007 8:13:49 AM PST by Old Mountain man (Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice!)
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To: tioga
Good Shootin’ ........

Not really.......1 out of 3 at 4-5 feet..ain't very good.

33 posted on 11/13/2007 8:17:39 AM PST by Osage Orange (If you draw a gun, be prepared to fire it. And if you shoot someone, shoot to kill.)
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To: bajabaja

How about attempted murder????


34 posted on 11/13/2007 8:19:17 AM PST by Osage Orange (If you draw a gun, be prepared to fire it. And if you shoot someone, shoot to kill.)
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To: SmithL

Good. No government can take this right away from us.
Hillary will try.


35 posted on 11/13/2007 8:22:36 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Osage Orange

LOL.........I wondered how long it would take for someone to catch that.


36 posted on 11/13/2007 8:23:04 AM PST by tioga (Winter is coming soon.)
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To: coloradan
He had a potato stuck on the end of his as a silencer.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
There was a thread over on a Glock forum of people doing this.

37 posted on 11/13/2007 8:36:05 AM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Garland and Cupp need to pick up a used 12 gauge. Then they need to do some close range practice.


38 posted on 11/13/2007 8:39:06 AM PST by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: SmithL

Excellent work!


39 posted on 11/13/2007 10:14:50 AM PST by monkeycard (There is no such thing as too much ammo.)
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To: Osage Orange

No, you are right, I am not a lawyer, but even I could spot a few charges that were not filed. It may become a new game on these threads: how many legitimate charges can be filed against the burglar/assailant/almost murderer that were not filed. The homeowner/self-defender was quoted as worrying about charges being filed against himself. Not in a just world.


40 posted on 11/13/2007 12:04:16 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: SmithL
Knox County Sheriff's officers said Sellers and Johnson admitted their involvement and each faces charges of aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated burglary. Each man was being held in jail in lieu of $55,000 bond. Authorities said both men have criminal histories

Why are they not facing charges of impersonating a police officer? They claimed they were the police, in an attempt to gain the upper hand and protect themselves.... so why too is that charge not offered? Kudos to this guy, and hopefully this time these two won't be put back out on the street.

41 posted on 11/13/2007 12:11:19 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: coloradan; fuzzthatwuz

Death is not necessary, but the Darwin Award candidate must remove himself from the gene pool in a particularly stupid and creative way. Dying is the most common but not the only way to do this.


42 posted on 11/13/2007 1:37:57 PM PST by magslinger (cranky right-winger)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Trivia question: What's worse than two young people shacked up together? (Answer: two OLD people shacked up! Oy!)

You will be old too one day....

I am sure they will get married if she gets pregnant. :)

43 posted on 11/13/2007 1:40:27 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes into it.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

If somebody doesn’t shoot me first. But age doesn’t really matter here, it’s still sin.


44 posted on 11/13/2007 2:49:52 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger ("Being normal is not necessarily a virtue. It rather denotes a lack of courage.")
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To: adm5

The Box of Truth says the Judge isn’t worth using as a defensive firearm unless you’re using it against snakes.

You’re better off just buying something else in .45 Colt.


45 posted on 11/13/2007 6:35:25 PM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Hunter '08)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Now I imagine we could have a lively argument about that if they both are not married to other people. If they are of course, then there is no argument.

But I was caught by the "worse then young people shacking up" part of your statement.

You just sounded so very young.

46 posted on 11/13/2007 7:23:00 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes into it.)
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