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Violent home invader shot by armed homeowner
Self Defense Examiner ^ | 4 January, 2010 | Eric Puryear

Posted on 01/05/2010 4:28:05 AM PST by marktwain

A Houston, TX homeowner reportedly used his shotgun to save himself and his wife from a violent burglar.

Police say that the husband and wife, who own a home on Cloverleaf Street in Houston, were awakened by the sound of breaking glass and their home security system siren. The wife reportedly noticed an intruder, and yelled for her husband to grab his shotgun. Shotgun in hand, the husband is said to have seen a burglar dressed in black, who was brandishing a fire extinguisher. The husband reportedly fired one shot in self defense, hitting the burglar in the hip and causing him to scream then flee. Police are said to have found a suspect, who was reportedly identified as 17 year old Mark Galvan, laying in a neighbor's yard and suffering from a gunshot wound. Galvan was reportedly taken in to custody, treated for his wounds, and then charged with burglary.

As this case shows, it is not wise to trust one's life to the hope that a violent burglar will flee upon hearing an alarm. A burglar may decide that although the alarm is sounding, they can complete their crime in the (at least) several minutes that it will take for the police to arrive. Or, the criminal could be a drug user or mentally disturbed person who is simply not amenable to reason. Regardless of the criminal's underlying motive, the net result can be unarmed citizens harmed in their own home by a violent burglar.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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There must be parts of Houston that are peaceful.
1 posted on 01/05/2010 4:28:06 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Mark got to pay for dem tires on dat slammed car. Da 18” rims and Alpine sound ain’t cheap, yo.


2 posted on 01/05/2010 4:31:11 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: marktwain

This one brought a fire extinguisher to the gun fight.


3 posted on 01/05/2010 4:31:31 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: marktwain

“it is not wise to trust one’s life to the hope that a violent burglar will flee upon hearing an alarm. “

But the Brinks commercials always show it that way.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 4:32:49 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: marktwain

5 posted on 01/05/2010 4:34:36 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: La Lydia

Sounds like the homeowner’s weapon was loaded with birdshot. Double-ought buck or rifled slugs people! No sense having the best home defense weapon available with ammo that won’t get the job done.


6 posted on 01/05/2010 4:36:47 AM PST by CholeraJoe (My baloney has a first name, it's B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it's O-B-A-M-A)
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To: driftdiver

The Brinks commercials also portray all burglars as lone white guys, too.


7 posted on 01/05/2010 4:38:26 AM PST by CholeraJoe (My baloney has a first name, it's B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it's O-B-A-M-A)
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To: Straight Vermonter

That is a great looking shotgun rack. I have a bed that stands high off the floor and could use something like that. Where did you find it?


8 posted on 01/05/2010 4:39:32 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: CholeraJoe

doesn’t specify how much shot hit the perp, and how much hit the house either ;-)


9 posted on 01/05/2010 4:39:34 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Armed citizen ping


10 posted on 01/05/2010 4:40:49 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Here’s the web site for that neat little gun rack ..

http://www.the-backup.com/


11 posted on 01/05/2010 4:41:43 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: thethirddegree

http://www.the-backup.com/


12 posted on 01/05/2010 4:42:09 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: CholeraJoe

I like your tagline ... ((My baloney has a first name, it’s B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it’s O-B-A-M-A).

Now make a slight change and sing it to the same tune ..

(My phoney has a first name, it’s B-A-R-A-K. My phoney has a second name, it’s O-B-A-M-A)


13 posted on 01/05/2010 4:43:36 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: driftdiver

Those commercials irritate the hell out of me, especially the one where the “man of the house” runs back into the bedroom and shuts the door. That’s his whole plan for protecting his family? The burglar just busted through an exterior door; how long is it going to take him to get through an interior door? The one with the woman and little girl in the back yard isn’t any better. Who really sets their alarm every time they walk into the house?


14 posted on 01/05/2010 4:48:12 AM PST by suthener
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To: Blueflag

Thank you!


15 posted on 01/05/2010 4:55:48 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: driftdiver
But the Brinks commercials always show it that way.

I think one of my daughters brought that loser A.J. home for dinner once.

16 posted on 01/05/2010 4:58:26 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Blueflag

Thanks and glad another home invader gets an armed welcome!


17 posted on 01/05/2010 5:02:50 AM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: suthener
My alarm system has a 1 minute delay that allows you to disarm it. I could never figure why the ads on TV had the response time being instantaneous.
Either way by the time the guy wakes up at the alarm companies office gets on the line with you and then calls the cops the guys has cleaned out half your house and is working on sloppy seconds on the women folk.
18 posted on 01/05/2010 5:05:23 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 76)
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To: driftdiver
But the Brinks commercials always show it that way.

They also show all the invaders to be white guys. Apparently only white guys run when they hear the alarm.

19 posted on 01/05/2010 5:05:25 AM PST by Malsua
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To: Straight Vermonter

I really like this a lot! But I’m going to have to switch sides on the bed to make it work.

I’m thinking I could make one of these.


20 posted on 01/05/2010 5:07:55 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 76)
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To: suthener

Those alarms are good for alerting you to a break-in so you can go shoot the guy.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 5:18:06 AM PST by free me (Sarah Palin 2012? You Betcha!)
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To: marktwain

Shotgun..... burglar stopper


22 posted on 01/05/2010 5:25:34 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: suthener

The target customers are spinsters, divorced or widowed women.

spinster = 30+ yo unmarried female


23 posted on 01/05/2010 5:28:54 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: CholeraJoe

I too am a believer in 00 buckshot, but in fact #4 shot (and larger) works extremely well as well. I’ve got a couple hundred rounds of 12 GA Winchester, Hi Velocity #2 steel shot turkey rounds that would be every bit as effective for home defense as the buckshot, if not more so because there are more pellets.

Birdshot and other game loads are for plinking and shooting clay pigeons...


24 posted on 01/05/2010 5:35:59 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts....)
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To: Recon Dad

My alarm system has a 1 minute delay that allows you to disarm it.

Some systems allow you to enter a code that shuts off the alarm but still alarms the alarm company to send police.


25 posted on 01/05/2010 5:43:13 AM PST by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: marktwain

“Violent home invader “
“brandishing a fire extinguisher”

hmmm.....


26 posted on 01/05/2010 5:44:17 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Good shooting. Excellent shot. Civilization thanks you, Citizen.


27 posted on 01/05/2010 5:50:44 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: marktwain

Perp may not have been the best example, though. Sounds seriously dim. They say that the sound of a shotgun chambering a shell is the best burglar-repellent there is, but Einstein here seems not to have gotten the message.


28 posted on 01/05/2010 5:51:33 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: CholeraJoe
Birdshot for home defense is completely reasonable. Size 9 on up is nothing more than a 2-3 inch diameter cloud at short in-home ranges, yet loses energy rapidly when impacting home furnishings, walls etc. Buck and slugs are great for medium ranges or when more penetration is desired. I am quite certain a hit to the hip/flank with bird shot has ruined this guys chances of running the 100m, buck or slug would likely not have done more. Note that the blast of an off-centered shotgun did not stop the perp-he could have continued the attack just as much as he ran away....

Shoot to hit CM, shoot until he stops.

Hitting the perp, and hitting him in a stopping location is the key with any arm.

29 posted on 01/05/2010 5:56:56 AM PST by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret) "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: marktwain

They are working on it...one perp at a time!

Enough 00 and there will be peace.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:37 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat!)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I’m sure that 17 year old Mark Galvan is a ‘good boy’, loves any siblings he may have, and is active in his church.


31 posted on 01/05/2010 6:03:30 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: CholeraJoe

You are correct about he bird shot. Not enough penetration and what you need is a disconnect in the CNS, not a nasty surface wound.

On the other hand, rifled slugs in a home may not be such a good idea either, might as well use a 45 or 40 cal hand gun as they are easier to point aim in a home.

Always abide by the notion that any round that misses and goes down range has a lawyer attached to it!

I keep a 20 gauge double with 3 buck handy as my wife may have to use it. Inside 20 feet, it is as effective as a 12 gauge without the recoil.

Vince


32 posted on 01/05/2010 6:10:00 AM PST by Mouton
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To: CholeraJoe
Sounds like the homeowner’s weapon was loaded with birdshot. Double-ought buck or rifled slugs people! No sense having the best home defense weapon available with ammo that won’t get the job done.

Sounds more like the homeowner is aware of what exists outside the walls of his home. Your theory is more for the criminal, not someone in a self-defense role. And birdshot can be quite messy inside 15-20 feet.

33 posted on 01/05/2010 6:10:43 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Step 1 - Identify Obama/Dem/RINO supporters. Step 2 - Punish them economically.)
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To: CholeraJoe
Double-ought buck or rifled slugs people!

Ones choice of ammunition should be determined by the type of construction, proximity to neighbors, etc.

I keep my shotgun loaded with #6 shot. At indoor ranges it's devastating and has a much lower chance of passing through sheetrock and killing my child or my neighbor.

34 posted on 01/05/2010 6:14:21 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: marktwain

Doncha just love a happy ending?


35 posted on 01/05/2010 6:17:15 AM PST by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Lurker

I bought some tactical loads. Its 00 but with a lighter powder charge. Less likely to go through sheet rock but will drop an intruder.

Or my .45 whichever is closer


36 posted on 01/05/2010 6:34:01 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Recon Dad

Mine has two settings, one for instant on, and one for a 45 second delay. The delay is used when we leave the house.


37 posted on 01/05/2010 6:35:29 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Two fine choices IMO.


38 posted on 01/05/2010 6:37:46 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

My thoughts exactly. I keep my shotgun loaded with steel turkey shot. Within the hallways and short distances in my house, turkey shot will still do a lot of damage. 00 and slug, based on the construction of my home, runs too much risk of over penetration.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 6:40:11 AM PST by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: marktwain
Better article and video at:

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7201121

The homeowner is a retired cop and carries a Glock for self defense. Both he and his wife have taught firearms training. There are some very good quotes in both the video and the article, but the wife sums it up best when she says, "Don't mess with us."

40 posted on 01/05/2010 6:47:29 AM PST by Fetid Facts (Under Democrats, "The law is a ass--a idiot.")
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To: nuconvert
hmmm.....

My thoughts exactly.

What did the burglar do to earn the oft-repeated "violent" label?

I'm certainly not saying he was anything but a criminal, and got what he deserved, but violent?

41 posted on 01/05/2010 6:50:52 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: TChris; nuconvert
What did the burglar do to earn the oft-repeated "violent" label?

Maybe he had something like this in mind?

Also, I bet it would be quite nasty for a homeowner to get sprayed in the eyes with a fire extinguisher.

Add in this tidbit - the perp "was already on probation for aggravated assault."

42 posted on 01/05/2010 7:53:58 AM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: Jen
Yes, there's plenty of room to imagine what the perp MIGHT have done, eventually. But the point is that the he had not yet exhibited any violence, unless you count the break-in itself as "violence."

Going through various possibilities, along with what he has done in the past still doesn't lead to the way the word "violent" was used in the article, in reference to this crime.

I'm not defending the perp, just pointing out the author's convoluted usage. I agree that the shooting was justified.

43 posted on 01/05/2010 8:05:57 AM PST by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: free me

I agree. I believe they also serve as a good deterent to unoccupied burglaries.


44 posted on 01/05/2010 8:21:14 AM PST by suthener
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To: Recon Dad

I hadn’t thought about the delay factor. And you’re absolutely right about the 911 response time. Someone who would break in to an occupied house isn’t showing rational thought to start with.


45 posted on 01/05/2010 8:24:23 AM PST by suthener
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To: CholeraJoe

And they all run like scared rabbits at the first sound of the siren! And Brinks calls and sends help immediately, johnny on the spot police service in fantasy land. Just once I would love to see the frightened homeowner turn and put a 125 grain JHP .357 round into the forehead of the miscreant, oh well one can wish...

He should have aimed about two foot higher with that shotgun and ended the slime bags future career ambitions and saved society a little $$$.


46 posted on 01/05/2010 8:26:08 AM PST by sarge83
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To: TChris

What if the perp was pointing a gun at the homeowner, but hadn’t shot yet? Would you classify the burglar as “violent?”

I would classify someone breaking into my house at night possessing something that could be used as a weapon (fire extinguisher, knife, gun, candlestick, golf club...) as an act of violence. To be met with a loaded shotgun and handgun as a backup.


47 posted on 01/05/2010 8:30:50 AM PST by Jen ("Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve standing army, enslaved press & disarmed populace.")
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To: sarge83

Just the thought of that warms the cockles of my heart on such a cold day. Thanks.


48 posted on 01/05/2010 8:34:35 AM PST by CholeraJoe (My baloney has a first name, it's B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it's O-B-A-M-A)
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To: suthener

Good point - and when the burglar saw the mom and little girl in the back yard - why didn’t he just enter the house from the other side. Why did he “wait” for them to go inside?


49 posted on 01/05/2010 8:38:47 AM PST by GYPSY286 (Politicians must USE their heads or Americans will LOSE their heads.)
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To: marktwain
...a burglar dressed in black, who was brandishing a fire extinguisher

"Gimme all your money or I'll extinguish your fireplace!"

50 posted on 01/05/2010 8:43:51 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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