Armed intruders broke down the front door of an Oregon home in the middle of the night last week — but it turns out the homeowner had his own gun and fired it multiple times at the crooks, wounding them before they hightailed it away from the scene.
What are the details?
Springfield police said they responded to the home in the 400 block of South 51st Place at 1:51 a.m. Friday, KTVL-TV reported, and the victim said two suspects used force to break down the home's front door.
Both suspects were armed, authorities added to the station.
But the victim told police he was armed with his own weapon and fired multiple rounds at the suspects, authorities told KTVL, adding that both suspects suffered multiple gunshot wounds and fled the scene in a vehicle.
However, patrol officers quickly located the suspects — identified as 33-year-old Gregory Robinson and 24-year-old Christopher Alexander, both of Portland — and took them into custody, the station said. Springfield is about an hour and 45 minutes south of Portand.
Both were transported to a hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds, KTVL said.
They will be booked into the Lane County Jail, KATU-TV said.
Robinson faces charges of robbery, burglary, and unlawful use of a weapon; Alexander faces the same charges plus a charge of unlawful possession of body armor, KTVL reported.
How are folks reacting?
Twitter commenters gave the homeowner resounding kudos for using a gun for protection — and some actually got a little bit sarcastic about Portland's left-leaning sociopolitical culture:
- "THIS is why we have the right to bear arms!!!!!" one commenter said.
- "Yes!!! Let freedom ring!" another user exclaimed.
- "Good," another commenter wrote.
- "I'm surprised the owner wasn't arrested for shooting [assailants] in his own home. That's what I've come to expect from Portland," another commenter observed. "It's sad. I love Portland. Or loved Portland. I really hope it can get back to being awesome someday."
- "Wait, I was told I don't need a gun because this never happens!!" another user quipped.
- "Has Portland considered giving the would-be robbers $1,000 a month?" another commenter wondered.
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