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TN:77-Year-Old Man Shoots Burglar
wreg.com ^ | 22 May, 2013 | Sabrina Hall

Posted on 05/26/2013 8:28:28 AM PDT by marktwain

(Memphis) An elderly man in South Memphis woke up to a burglar in his home.

Police say he didn’t cower in fear, he shot the man hitting the burglar twice!

The alleged criminal is OK but he might have learned a lesson!

Mr. John Lewis says he was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a noise out in his living room.

He peaked out his bedroom and found himself face-to-face with a burglar, “He told me about three times ‘close your door or I will shoot you. I got a gun.”

Lewis says he obeyed the burglar and went back in his bedroom, but when straight to where he hides his gun, “I came back out and I shot him.”

The 77-year-old fired three times, hitting Travis Weddle twice.

Police say when bullets grazed his chest and wounded his hand, Weddle ditched the 55-inch TV and got out of there,.

“He came out the door and hollered back ‘I left my keys in there’ His car was parked out here. A white Maxima.”

Grandpa wasn’t giving him the car keys so the injured burglar had to walk.

He got about a mile before calling police on himself saying he’d been shot!

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: armedcitizen; banglist; defense; guncontrol; home; peaked; secondamendment; tn
He attempts to steal a TV, gets shot, then asks for the keys to the car.
1 posted on 05/26/2013 8:28:28 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

“I left my keys in there”

“Come back and get ‘em”


2 posted on 05/26/2013 8:32:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: marktwain

close your door or I will shoot you.

*****

I bet now he wishes he had. LOL Good for Grandpa.


3 posted on 05/26/2013 8:32:28 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Mr. K

LOL!!!


4 posted on 05/26/2013 8:34:20 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: marktwain
"He peaked out [of] his bedroom and found himself face-to-face with a burglar[.]" (Emphasis added.)

Ah, the joys of modern publik skool eddycat'in plus the computer spell checker.

5 posted on 05/26/2013 8:40:45 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: marktwain

This could could qualify for a scene in some TV comedy.


6 posted on 05/26/2013 8:41:41 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: marktwain

Pretty sure when I hear a suspicious noise at, I’m armed BEFORE checking it out!!


7 posted on 05/26/2013 8:45:42 AM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: libstripper

<<Spelchekc izz yoor ferindd

Anyway, Grandpa needs some range time, pronto.


8 posted on 05/26/2013 8:46:28 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: libstripper

“plus the computer spell checker.”

Spell Czech is knot yore friend!


9 posted on 05/26/2013 8:49:33 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: marktwain
If this had happened in Memphis, NY,

the state Cuomonista troopers would have have arrested the 77-yr-old for illegal hiding of 3 rounds over the mag limit in the burglar,

shooting an illegal assault rifle within 500 feet of a school and a farm building, and

grand theft auto of his car keys and

failure to report an incident of gun violence. yup.

10 posted on 05/26/2013 8:50:30 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: marktwain
“went straight to where he hides his gun,”

I think we have moved past “hides his gun”. It takes time to get your gun if it is hidden. He should have taken the gun with him when he peeked out the door. If the robber had put him in another room, he couldn't get his gun.

Evidently, he lives by himself so there was no reason to hide the gun. My loaded 38 special is by my chair - it is not hidden. I don't answer my door after dark. If someone tried to break in after dark, my gun is right there in the open to kill the sucker.

If I am upstairs in bed, another loaded 38 is on the table by my bed out in the open. My house is hardened so it would take a robber a very long time to get in my house and I would hear the commotion, but if he did get in and come up to my bedroom, he has to get passed the locked door to my bedroom and he gets killed the minute he opens that door.

The point is, if you can't make one move and the gun is in your hand, you may lose the battle with the robber. No way am I hiding my guns.

11 posted on 05/26/2013 8:54:39 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: bunkerhill7

You forgot littering as the trash hit the street.


12 posted on 05/26/2013 8:56:19 AM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: libstripper
Police say he didn’t cower in fear, he shot the man hitting the burglar twice!

If some man is hitting, not once but multiple times, an unwanted burglar in my home, I'd be inclined to let him continue to hit the burglar. Then, when he tired, I'd be inclined to shoot the burglar till dead. Then, treat the helping, and no doubt tired, man to a beer in the local pub.

Anyway, despite the writing in the article, great news with a great ending.

13 posted on 05/26/2013 8:56:24 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Marcella

Near to my bed is my 20 gauge Ithica (not an auto burglar model unfortunately) with 3 buck, 40 cal Bersa with 135 gr JHPs, and my smith 66 with 110gr JHPs, all within arms length reach. My alarm sounded a few months ago, no problem just a malfuncting sensor, I was up in a second, got the 40 and gave my wife the 20 gauge and went sight seeing about the house. That is our plan and it worked fine. Our motto is no one leaves unless carried by six. BTW, we have no one else at home so not worried about loaded unlocked firearms out of the safe.


14 posted on 05/26/2013 9:04:44 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: marktwain

The resident should have followed this Burger King employee’s example.

Stockton Thieves Foiled When Employee Hides Getaway Car
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/05/25/stockton-thieves-foiled-when-employee-hides-getaway-car/


15 posted on 05/26/2013 9:07:14 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Mouton

Great motto. Make sure it’s Mozambique style or better!


16 posted on 05/26/2013 9:09:43 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: libstripper

They got the state topography wrong. The peeks are in East Tennessee, not Memphis.


17 posted on 05/26/2013 9:24:01 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: elcid1970
Anyway, Grandpa needs some range time, pronto.

And/or this:

and THESE.

I got one for the car and one for home - both with PDX10 ammo.

18 posted on 05/26/2013 9:33:59 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: marktwain

Good for Mr. Lewis-—a tough old bird!


19 posted on 05/26/2013 9:52:48 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Mouton

The 38 by my bed has bird shot as the first bullet which will be aimed so the eyes get it and that won’t take much aim, then it’s hollow points after that.

The 38 special downstairs has hollow points. Then, there is the 22 LR PINK rifle loaded with hollow points downstairs and it comes upstairs at night.


20 posted on 05/26/2013 9:59:02 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: marktwain
Travis Weddle, the shootee. Charges: AGGRAVATED BURGLARY, CRIM ATT-ROBBERY


21 posted on 05/26/2013 10:05:19 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: marktwain

What’s so shocking that someone over 60 can fire a gun? I can’t stand thee headlines that have to put an age to someone just because they have a few gray hairs.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 10:13:46 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: marktwain

Technical question: Does “elderly” mean that you should no longer fire calibers greater than .38?

Rule of thumb stuff. Same with shotguns. I figure if you’re over 80, you should probably only use 20 gauge, or you might hurt your shoulder.


23 posted on 05/26/2013 10:18:47 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: marktwain
Evidently grandpa didn't have a twelve-gauge.

Too bad.

24 posted on 05/26/2013 10:19:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (It is the deviants who are the bullies.)
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To: Mouton

“This could could qualify for a scene in some TV comedy.”

Just like an old “Sanford & Son!”


25 posted on 05/26/2013 10:29:13 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Marcella
“I think we have moved past “hides his gun””

Hey, cut the guy some slack, he’s 77 years old! I think he was really corrageous for what he did. That said, I used to know Memphis pretty well and this is a “normal” event there.

26 posted on 05/26/2013 10:32:37 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

“Hey, cut the guy some slack, he’s 77 years old! I think he was really corrageous for what he did.”

I am 80 and my gun is not hidden and he should have had it in his hand when he peeped out his bedroom door. Age has nothing to do with where you keep your gun.


27 posted on 05/26/2013 10:42:54 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Marcella

“I am 80 and my gun is not hidden”

Well, I’m closing in on 73 and mine isn’t either. I just looked at the guy on the TV clip and he seems to be a very old 77. My wife is 70 and just bought herself a new Sig 239 9mm, so we are “well protected” even though we live in a place that absolutely does not have this kind of crime. I am actually more worried about our cops acting out, than having someone try to break in to our home. Our dog is our burglar alarm. Good for you that at your age you are still concerned about your own personal safety.


28 posted on 05/26/2013 10:51:00 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: vette6387

That was the exact image I had, old Fred saying here I come Elizabeth.


29 posted on 05/26/2013 11:09:40 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: libstripper

The burglar seems to have “peaked” in his carrier as a thief.


30 posted on 05/26/2013 1:10:58 PM PDT by Phosgood (Send in the Clowns...but Wait, they're here!! >..<)
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To: elcid1970

Grandpa may have any number of medical conditions preventing a controlled shot . We don’t know.


31 posted on 05/26/2013 2:40:28 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

A black guy named Travis.

What is this world becoming?


32 posted on 05/26/2013 2:41:34 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: School of Rational Thought

Weirdly enough, there are several black Travis’s out there, (although the most popular Travis is a white, heavily tattooed punk rocker) along with several close variations:

Travanis
Travaughn
Travon
Trayvon


33 posted on 05/27/2013 6:44:02 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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