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Two realtors square off with armed intruder at vacant home. They're thankful they had concealed carry permits.


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Image source: WKRC-TV video screenshot

A father-and-son realtor team came face-to-face with an armed intruder at a vacant home in Hamilton, Ohio — but things didn't go as the intruder likely planned.

Both men have their concealed carry permits, and one of them was carrying his weapon that day.

What are the details?

According to WKRC-TV, the incident took place in February.

Kyle Morrical and his dad, Phil Morrical III, received a phone call that someone had broken into one of the houses they had listed for sale.

The next day, the two men visited the property only to find an armed intruder — later identified as Derek Miller — inside the home.

"He told us he had a gun and a knife," Kyle told the station. "He was either going to shoot us or stab us, and he punched me in the face."

Phil hopped into action and intervened in the fight.

"When I thought he could be a threat to Kyle, yeah, I got involved physically with him, and I'll be 63 in May, and I forgot all about that," Phil said. "It was about my son and making sure this thing didn't escalate to somebody being harmed or killed."

Kyle pulled his weapon on Miller and forced him to the ground.

"We held him down on the ground and a neighbor called the police to help us," Kyle said. "He heard us screaming."

Police charged Miller with assault, menacing, and trespassing.

Kyle told the station that he and his father go range-shooting monthly to hone their skills.

"I hoped I would never have to use it because it's one of those things that you hope you never have to use, but you have it just in case," Kyle told WKRC.

What else?

Michelle Billings, the president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, told the station that the board promotes safety for its members.

"We encourage [realtors] to try to meet the person at their office," she said. "We encourage them to get the driver's license, as well, while they're in the office. If they're meeting a person they don't know at a property, it's important that they tell someone where they're going to be, how long they're going to be there, and who they're meeting."

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