You hear it all the time from the left leaning media; phrases like “there’s no such thing as a good guy with a gun” and that “there’s no reason for someone to have an AR-15”.

I’d be willing to bet that this couple from Lithia, Florida would have some different opinions on those talking points mentioned.

What’s all the more satisfying in this story is that we don’t exactly have a “good guy with a gun”, but rather a good woman who managed to save her husbands life.

Jeremy King , along with his wife and 11-year-old daughter, were the victims of a break-in by two armed men in their Florida home this past week, King himself being the recipient of a brutal attack by the two men that broke into the couple’s home. 

King’s face is adorned with stitches and severe bruising after what could have easily turned into a fata encounter for himself and his wife, who is also eight months pregnant.

When speaking to local news crews about the incident that occurred, Jeremy King spoke to the extent of the injuries that he received while standing outside his home on Old Welcome Road in Lithia.:

“I’ve got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head. I took a severe beating.”

King said he was inside his home this past Wednesday when suddenly two masked men armed with guns rushed into his home from the back door around 9:00 pm that night.

He said he doesn’t know who they are, nor that he never met any of them and simply has no idea why he was targeted for this home invasion.  During the frightful event, both of the men pointed guns at King while demanding that he give them money.

King recollected how the event unfolded, stating:

“They came in heavily hooded and masked. As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.”

While we can’t imagine the fear that had to be coursing through King’s body after seeing them grab his daughter, we can thankfully state that there was no injury reported to the 11-year-old girl in the home that night.

King further detailed the fearful encounter with the armed men:

“I’m telling them, ‘I have nothing for you, and they’re like, ‘Give me everything you got.’ It became real violent, real fast.”

King said one of the men started pistol-whipping him while another kicked him repeatedly in the head.

His wife, who is eight months pregnant while this entire ordeal is playing out, was in the back bedroom and glanced out to see what was going on. King said at that point, one of the men shot at her.

 

She managed to retreat, and grabbed an AR-15 and returned fire on the two men viciously attacking her husband.

King began describing the turning of the tides that evening:

“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him. He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

The AR certainly did do “it’s thing” as deputies later found a man dead in a nearby ditch. The other gunman ran off after that fatal shot was fired and investigators are still looking for the second gunman.

When concluding the recount of what happened that night, King offered some final words to news crews about the value of having an equalizer within reach:

“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it. [My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me. “

Anyone with information related to the suspect at large is asked to call Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200 with any information that they might have.

Last month, we brought you the story about a 15-year-old Florida boy who died protecting 5-year-old sister from an intruder in Port Charlotte, Florida.

According to the sheriff’s office, it happened around 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 when they were called to Starlite Lane and Ocean Boulevard in Port Charlotte.

That’s where a report came in from neighbors that there was an injured man walking the streets.

They say when they got there, they found 27-year-old Ryan Cole, who had been stabbed several times on his hands and side.

Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole is currently being held on burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petit theft. The sheriff’s office says they expect additional charges to be filed against Cole. (Source: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say when he spotted them, he took off, crossing the canal towards Conway Boulevard.

They say he then broke into a home on Conway and the person who lived there called 911.  After a short chase, deputies arrested him and brought him to a local hospital for his wounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, they then started canvassing the neighborhood.  They say that’s when they found Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane.

Inside of that home, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased.

Khyler Edman

Deputies did not release how Khyler Edman was killed, but the teen’s family says he was killed in the home while protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed. (Source: The family of Khyler Edman)

They say Cole had broken into that home, leading to a violent encounter. While they didn’t release how Edman was killed, the teen’s family said he died protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed.

A GoFundMe account has since raised more than $20,000 for the family.

Now Cole is being held on burglary of an occupied dwelling and petit theft for the break-in on Conway.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is continuing and they expect to file further charges against cole.

He’s apparently known to police and is currently on probation.  They say he has a history of drug use,  and has had several arrests in Port Charlotte this year, including:

  • February 15 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • March 13 – Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription and Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • June 11 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • June 30 – First Degree Petit Larceny
  • August 6 – Disorderly Conduct and Resisting an Officer Without Violence

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Back in July in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, we reported on how a man was shot and killed while attempting to defend his home and his children.

According to reports, two men allegedly attempted to break into the man’s home.. The man’s two young sons were home when two men tried breaking in to his home on Birchwood Road, said Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffery Biehl.

Police did not release the victim’s name. (Wyomissing Boro)

Police are withholding the victim’s name.

When the homeowner realized his children’s safety had been compromised, he confronted the intruders. 

The man was reportedly pepper sprayed by his assailants. He told police he then tried to push the invaders out of his home. That’s when one of the men shot him, hitting him in the left side of his upper body. 

The man’s children reported hearing a struggle from where they were in an adjacent room.

Police say that following the shot, the unidentified man was able to call 911 and report the crime and his injuries. When units arrived at the scene, Biehl said the man was able to meet officials at the door.

The homeowner was rushed to the hospital after the shooting around 10 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near the Berkshire Mall, officials said.

 

He eventually succumbed to his injuries, passing away the next morning.

When asked if the neighborhood should be concerned about their safety, Biehl noted that authorities believed it had been an isolated incident and that the man’s house was the intended target.

Investigators spent the remainder of the evening searching through the victim’s home. No arrests have been made in the deadly event.

“As far as the neighbors are concerned, you have to be concerned because this happened in your neighborhood,” Biehl said. “Neighbors need to be watching who comes and goes in this neighborhood. But this doesn’t seem to be random. The victim seems to have been targeted for whatever reason.”

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