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Retired Houston Firefighter Shoots, Kills Home Invader Attacking His Family (VIDEO)
guns.com ^ | 1 October, 2012 | dabneybailey

Posted on 10/07/2012 8:35:52 AM PDT by marktwain

A pair of dangerous men hid in the bushes outside of a peaceful suburban home… it sounds like the beginning of a horror movie, but in Southeast Houston last week it was the setting of a lethal self-defense shooting.

The villains of this plot pistol-whipped Larry Covington, a 58-year-old retired firefighter, in his driveway and then forced their way into his home along with Covington, his sister and his 12-year-old niece. Covington said the men demanded money and that he believed the men intended to kill him and his family.

But there was a twist ending to this dark story. Covington recalled, “They made us lay down in the dining room. My niece laid on the end, my sister was in the middle and I was on the end. When we were laying there, he was ransacking the bookcase and the dining room, and I figured it was now or never. So when I got my chance, I had to take it.”

That’s right -- the protagonist in this tale is a gun owner. He managed to reach his weapon and opened fire on the two men. Covington told KHOU11, “I needed an opening, and I found that opening… I got to the gun. I had to use it.”

Covington fatally shot one of the suspects, prompting the second man to flee the scene. The robber and Covington traded bullets, but neither the firefighter nor his family were harmed in the exchange. The injured thief was later identified as 35-year-old Joseph Goudeau, who had recently been released from prison. The other suspect is still at large and it is unknown whether or not he was injured during the exchange of gunfire.

Covington said that he wasn’t able to sleep the night after the event, but that wasn’t because he held any regrets. “If I had any regrets, I wouldn’t be here talking to you,” Covington said.

We’ll agree with Covington on that one -- it’s safe to say that this is one story that had a happy ending.

A lot of self-defense news has extenuating circumstances or troublesome details that make the case unclear. This one pretty much as justified as it can possibly get. When a pair of gun-wielding men break into a house and threaten a family, that’s when the gloves come off and gun owners start pulling triggers.

We sympathize with Covington and his family – especially the 12-year-old girl who had to endure that terrifying event. What we definitely don’t regret, though, is that Covington is a permit-carrying gun owner. You made the right decision, Covington. Your family may very well owe you their lives.

What this story truly highlights is just how painful it is to take the life of another human being, even when it’s to defend yourself and your family. It's easy to spot Covington's emotional turmoil near the end of the video -- this clearly won't be something that he'll soon forget. Some gun owners pull the trigger and sleep like a baby the next night because they know that they did the right thing to protect their family. Others have trouble getting past the gravity of taking a life. It's amazing that self-defense shootings can provoke such polarized reactions, even if each gun owner agrees that killing the intruder was necessary.

What about our readers? If that terribly day ever comes and you're forced to use your gun in self-defense, will you rest easy knowing that you did what you had to do to protect your loved ones, or would shooting another person (even if they're trying to kill you) haunt you forever?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; home; tx
More information on the story that was posted earlier.
1 posted on 10/07/2012 8:35:59 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

It is getting to the point where you need to conceal carry at all times and have a firearm hidden in every room of your house.


2 posted on 10/07/2012 9:09:39 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: marktwain
The fireman showed amazing restraint.I would have disemboweled them.
3 posted on 10/07/2012 9:29:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Good shooting, Citizen. Civilization thanks you.


4 posted on 10/07/2012 9:30:42 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SVTCobra03
"It is getting to the point where you need to conceal carry at all times and have a firearm hidden in every room of your house."

It's been that way for some time now in many areas of this country.

5 posted on 10/07/2012 9:32:15 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: DJ Taylor
What about our readers? If that terribly day ever comes and you're forced to use your gun in self-defense, will you rest easy knowing that you did what you had to do to protect your loved ones, or would shooting another person (even if they're trying to kill you) haunt you forever?

Rule 1: When survival is at stake do what you have to do and don't moralize it too much afterwards - Robert Heinlein, Tunnel in the Sky

Rule 2: "When it's time to shoot, shoot don't talk" - Tuco from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".

Rule 3: "You don't do anyone any favors by being soft", Starbuck BG

6 posted on 10/07/2012 10:11:07 AM PDT by Taylor42
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To: Taylor42

While I would not hesitate to pull the trigger to protect my family I would likely have an emotional reaction afterward. As it should be. Only the sociopathic criminals can take a life with out blinking decent God fearing people can recognize something is necessary but still feel sad that the deed had to be done


7 posted on 10/07/2012 10:16:44 AM PDT by Mom MD (T he country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Taylor42

I would only regret and be sorry that someone placed my family in peril and me in the position of having to kill or maim the perps. I would be joyous if my family and my self were not harmed.


8 posted on 10/07/2012 10:16:44 AM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: SVTCobra03

After being robbed and shot in 1974, and still carrying the .32cal bullet near my spine, I’ve CCW’d ever since. Changed me from a moderate to a Conservative, real damned quick. I won’t be a victim, twice.


9 posted on 10/07/2012 10:19:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: hal ogen

“What we definitely don’t regret, though, is that Covington is a permit-carrying gun owner.”

Thankfully this citizen had the wisdom to excercise his right to apply in writing for an expensive discretionary temporary self defense permit well in advance any attack.


10 posted on 10/07/2012 10:28:15 AM PDT by TauntedTiger (Keep away from the fence!)
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To: duffee

I’m always thankful when the criminals are dead before they rape the women.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 10:33:32 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: donna

I recall a quote, something to the effect that “Liberals finding a woman raped and strangled to death with her panty hose morally superior to a woman holding a smoking gun standing over the corpse of a would be rapist” I don’t know where it’s from but I’ve seen it several times and I do believe it to be accurate.


12 posted on 10/07/2012 10:55:10 AM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: SVTCobra03

I am never more than 18” away from a weapon. If I’m awake, it’s on my person. If I’m asleep, it’s on the nightstand.


13 posted on 10/07/2012 11:05:32 AM PDT by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: duffee

I believe it.


14 posted on 10/07/2012 11:37:13 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Your spouse would be ticked at you for making a mess in the house, though. ;-)


15 posted on 10/07/2012 1:06:27 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: marktwain

These jackass media people are such idiots.

It can be the right thing to do and you’d do it again and it can ALSO still haunt/bother you that you had to do it.

They make it an either-or which means whoever wrote and edited those stories has never thought about it or been through it themselves. But they think they know what they are talking about, and don’t.


16 posted on 10/07/2012 2:03:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Mom MD

Yes everyone will have some kind of reaction if they are normal. It varies.

However I tell you it would not bother me that much at all if it’s a clear thief/murderer attacking me or my family. I’d feel good that that person would never harm anyone else where I live, in the town I live in, ever, ever again. That I’d actually done something good for the area I live in. Really would not care about the person’s backstory, or why they were the way they were. None of that crap.


17 posted on 10/07/2012 2:06:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: marktwain

Covington fatally shot one of the suspects, prompting the second man to flee the scene. ... The injured thief was later identified as 35-year-old Joseph Goudeau, who had recently been released from prison. The other suspect is still at large ...
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Poor reporting. Was the ‘suspect’ ‘fatally shot’ or was he just an ‘injured thief’?


18 posted on 10/07/2012 7:37:30 PM PDT by octex
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19 posted on 10/07/2012 7:42:29 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: octex
Poor reporting. Was the ‘suspect’ ‘fatally shot’ or was he just an ‘injured thief’?

Fatally shot is a subset of "injured thief". Could be better word usage, I am sure, but not mutually contradictory.

20 posted on 10/08/2012 3:57:31 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: duffee; All

“Liberals finding a woman raped and strangled to death with her panty hose morally superior to a woman holding a smoking gun standing over the corpse of a would be rapist”

I beleive L. Neil Smith, the liberterian science fiction author, first penned that sentence.


21 posted on 10/08/2012 4:00:23 PM PDT by marktwain
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