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Armed homeowner opens fire on shotgun-toting crook who invaded residence. Seriously wounded suspect was wanted on probation violation.

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An armed Nevada homeowner opened fire on and seriously wounded a shotgun-toting parole violator who "unlawfully entered" the homeowner's Pahrump residence around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the Nye County Sheriff's Office said.

What are the details?

The sheriff's office said homeowner — who was in bed — heard Richard in the kitchen of the residence in the 6000 block of Kellogg Road.

Image source: Nye County Sheriff's Office

Authorities said the homeowner armed himself with handgun, and then Richard kicked in the bedroom door. The homeowner shot Richard twice in the chest, and Richard fell at the spot he was shot, the sheriff's office said.

Richard was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition, authorities said.

What else?

Authorities said the shotgun Richard possessed was stolen during a home invasion the previous night.

Image source: Nye County Sheriff's Office

Richard also was wanted on a probation violation and now faces charges of home invasion, burglary, grand larceny of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, the sheriff's office said.

The homeowner is not facing charges, the sheriff's office said, adding that investigators determined the homeowner engaged in a lawful home defense.

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How are folks reacting?

As you might imagine, Facebook commenters were quite pleased with the outcome:

  • "It's about time these homeowners start standing up for themselves and start ... getting these home invasions under control," one commenter wrote, adding that there are "too many out here in Pahrump."
  • "Lesson here," another commenter said, noting that "most people" in Pahrump "are armed."
  • Another commenter agreed: "People aren't dumb out here. We all got protection. Remember that."
  • "Criminals need to know there are consequences...these incidents of self-defense need to be reported everywhere and often, self-defense happens frequently and every day, but media ignores it except in the local newspapers and groups," another commenter said.
  • "HELL YES!!!" another commenter declared. "Give that homeowner a medal!!!!!"
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