“It was me or him”: Homeowner stands ground during attempted break-in, takes down would-be home invader


DETROIT, MI – “I had to do what I had to do to save my life.”

These are words spoken or thought by nearly a million law-abiding, gun-owning Americans every year.  Maiso Jackson is the latest to have to speak that truth.

He has lived in his Detroit home for 20 years. On June 7, he was awakened at 4:30 am by a man pounding on the front door.

The man was there because “someone owed him money.” The homeowner attempted to reason with the man.

“I said, ‘no one here owes you money,’ Jackson recalled. ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

The man was not convinced and refused to leave. That is when Jackson called the police. After dialing 911, the angry would-be intruder broke a window to try to gain entry to the residence.

“Then he went around the window back there and busted that window out,” Jackson said.”

Fearing the worst, Jackson armed himself. He had purchased a gun 8 years ago and has taken classes on how to properly handle that firearm.

He stepped outside and confronted the armed man who he didn’t know but had seen around the neighborhood.

“I came outside and said, ‘you have to leave, you can’t be doing this,’ he said. “So, then he reached for his gun and pulled it out. I had to defend myself. I had to shoot him because of that.”

At that point, Jackson fired four shots, striking the man in the chest and killing him.

“It was me or him at that point,” he said. “I didn’t want to hurt nobody, but he just wouldn’t quit. I was just in shock. He wouldn’t leave. He tried to kill me, and I didn’t do nothing to the guy. That’s the part that’s kind of sad. You can’t help but defend yourself. You have no choice but to.”

Upon arrival, Jackson followed the instructions of Detroit police officers.

He was detained and taken away in cuffs for questioning.

He told Fox 2 that he hoped that the law would be on his side after he told his story to police, who confirmed that Jackson had indeed been brought in for questioning but was released. No charges have been filed. The case is still subject to review by the city attorney’s office.

Police have not released any information about the suspect.

Jackson shared his encounter with the local Fox affiliate in hopes of helping others see the reality of what can happen.

“You have to be on guard, you have to be prepared,” Jackson said. “You can’t just let people run you over, hurt you, and don’t do nothing about it. You have to defend yourself.”


Report: Homeowner shot by armed home invaders in ski masks – but shoots both criminals dead before going down.

CARBON HILL, AL- According to reports, authorities are actively investigating a home invasion and shooting that left two people dead and the homeowner injured.

Two men in ski masks allegedly entered a residence near 4th Avenue NE and Marlin Jordan Road in the morning hours of Thursday, May 26th. The homeowner was armed and fatally shot both suspects.

The deceased subjects have been identified as Clifton Embry and Dewayne Turner Jr, both 47-years-old and both from Talladega County.

Twenty-seven-year-old Timothy Wright, owner of the home, was shot multiple times and as of Friday, May 27th, remained at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. The victim is recovering from surgery. Police Chief Antoine Cobb said in a statement:

“When I arrived on scene I noticed that there were two suspects dead inside the home. They had ski masks on.”

Cobb added that another person in the home was shaken up, but not hurt. On Friday, May 27th, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office announced an arrest in connection with the fatal home invasion.

The Sheriff’s Office said that 54-year-old Paula Charlene Painter of Carbon Hill, has been charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office said that Painter’s charges stem from her involvement in assisting the two men with planning and attempting to carry out a home invasion and robbery.

The deadly shooting rattled Councilwoman Cindy Killingsworth, who said in a statement:

“You don’t expect anything of this magnitude and this horrific to happen in this small town where most people are close knit and loving.”

Councilwoman Oranetta Kirk said that she is sad to hear the news, but that there is good in the community. She added:

“We hate that it happened. He’s a big part of our community so we ask that you send prayers. Just because we had a little incident today, we pray to God that it don’t happen anymore.”

According to reports, during a brief press conference, Chief Cobb said:

“I look at, if somebody come in your home trying to harm you, you don”t have no choice.”

Brittany Holcomb, a neighbor that lives a few houses down, said that she never heard shots being fired, but got more than a dozen calls and texts from concerned family, friends, and neighbors checking-in on her and her family. She said:

“I was very scared because I am here, you know, with my two children and my nieces and I was just worried, didn’t know what the circumstances was of that. We just stayed in, locked all the doors, and of course kept looking out making sure everything around my home was ok because I didn’t know what was going on.”

Holcomb said something like this, so close to home, is unheard of. She said that “all the family is in my thoughts and prayers and the community as well.”

In a separate incident, six people were shot during a graduation party in Anniston, Alabama on the night of May 27th. Police said that the shooting happened at 1204 Front Street and over 150 people between the ages of 14 and 20 were in attendance.

According to authorities, none of the injuries sustained were life-threatening and at least one other person was injured from fleeing the scene. Those injuries also were not life-threatening.

Police said that dozens of shell casings and several firearms were recovered from the scene and are all being submitted for processing. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. Anyone with additional information or videos related to the shooting are encouraged to contact the Anniston Police Department Investigative Division at 256-240-4000.

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‘Back off, dude, I’ll shoot you’: Grandma said home intruder was ‘never fazed’ by her gun or warning shots, so she killed him

May 27th, 2022

AZALEA PARK, FL- A nearly 70-year-old grandmother who shot and killed a home intruder, recounted her horrifying experience.

According to reports, 69-year-old homeowner, Virginia Morrison, said she was relaxing in her home with her 80-year-old partner, Charlie on Saturday, May 21st, when she suddenly heard the front door open. When recounting what happened, she said:

“I heard the door handle kind of rattle and then the door opened and the guy stepped in my house. I didn’t know who he was. I looked at him and I said, ‘Who are you and what do you want?’ [He said] nothing. The whole time the guy was here. He never said one word and I never saw his eyes move. Total blank.”

Morrison said she then ran into the bedroom and screamed at her partner, Charlie, that there was a stranger in the house. She said:

“I looked at him, I said, ‘Get your gun!’ because he had a .45 laying on the bed. ‘Get your gun.’ That gun never fazed this guy. Just a total blank.”

While yelling at Charlie to grab his gun, Morrison said she quickly grabbed a broom handle and hit the man twice in the face. The 80-year-old man grabbed his handgun and fired off one shot that hit near the uninvited guest’s feet just before calling 911.

Morrison said even then, the man still did not move. She added:

“I said, ‘I’m getting my (expletive) gun’, so I went to my bedroom and got my gun. I went out the back door and I came to then fence and he sees me. He starts toward me. I fired a shot above him. ‘Back off, dude, I’ll shot you.’ He just keeps coming toward me. So, I shot him.”

According to authorities, when deputies arrived on scene at the home on Bentwood Street, they found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound. The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries. Morrison said:

“I feel bad for his family, but you just can’t walk in people’s homes.”

Morrison said that she and her partner Charlie have lived in the home for nearly 20 years. She added:

“I had to do what I had to do to protect myself and Charlie. And I would do it again if I had to, but I don’t want to do that. I hope God can forgive me for taking a man’s life.”

She told the Orlando Sentinel in a statement:

“I’ve been shooting guns since I was 10-years-old. I grew up on a dairy farm in Tennessee. We had to know how to shoot rattlesnakes. I’ve never had to pull a gun on anybody.”

On Monday, May 23rd, the Sheriff’s Office identified the man who was fatally shot by Morrison as 38-year-old Ezequiel Rosario-Torres. Morrison told FOX 35:

“I didn’t know what he was going to do, but I knew I was going to protect myself. I’m a fighter. I’m going to defend myself.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office and they will be the ones to determine whether charges against Morrison should be filed or not.

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Philadelphia man shoots armed intruder who was impersonating a police officer and tried to tie him up

April 20th, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA – It was just after 10 pm on Easter Sunday.

As a 25-year-old man was entering his apartment, two men identifying themselves as police forced him back into his home. They threatened to kill him if he made any sudden movements. They then attempted to zip tie his hands behind his back.

He had just parked his Dodge Hellcat in the driveway and was headed inside when the altercation began.

Realizing that these individuals were not actual law enforcement, he had to act quick.

The Gateway Pundit reported that the resident was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

He was able to free his hands and draw his own firearm, shooting at the intruder closest to him. He fired multiple shots, striking the fake cop.

His accomplice bolted from the scene and Philadelphia police are still searching for him. They have been able to access surveillance footage from the neighborhood and are reviewing footage in hopes of tracking him down.

The intruder that was shot was found by responding officer just outside the apartment door, with gunshot wounds to his head, chest and arm, and a fake badge around his neck. He was taken to a local hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Investigators found a total of six shell casings in the apartment. It appears that the resident fired all six shots.

Authorities briefly detained the 25-year-old and his girlfriend, who was upstairs during the break-in.

Fox 29 spoke with the victim, who said that this will soon be his former apartment. After this incident he is moving.

“I pulled out and shot right at him and that’s it,” he said.

Fox 29 reporter Steve Keeley said that the man also stated that every law abiding citizen who can legally buy a gun should do so in an effort to protect themselves from the rising crime in the city.

Kelley said:

“This guy reaches in his pocket, pulls out his legal gun, and blows away the guy with the badge and the gun. Shoots him six times in the head and the chest.

They got the bad guy’s gun, which was left on the stairwell along with 6 bullets from the good guy’s gun. Police have that gun as well, just for evidence. 

As bad as the mayor might think it is that these people are getting guns to arm themselves and fight back, here is a case where the good guy is alive, and the bad guy…is dead.”

"It was me or him": Homeowner stands ground during attempted break-in, takes down would-be home invader

Newspaper in city with skyrocketing crime pleads with readers to not buy a gun for self-defense

By Larry Keane and our friends at NSSF

Californians had a decision to make as they endure a two-year span of increased criminal violence, pushes to throttle law enforcement’s ability to protect communities and prosecutors going soft on criminals.

They could choose to lawfully purchase a firearm to protect themselves or be a victim. They choose the former.

That’s got gun control peddlers worried. An opinion column in The Los Angeles Times pleaded with readers, “Thinking of buying a gun for self-defense? Don’t do it.”

Californians instead took up their Second Amendment rights. They weren’t alone either as millions of law-abiding Americans from coast-to-coast purchased a firearm last year, including more than 5.4 million first-timers.

Pleading Their Case

The Los Angeles Times’ opinion writers have had their heads buried on California’s beaches. Californians on the other hand have been feeling unsafe.

The Los Angeles City Council cut $150 million from the police department budget in the aftermath of riots that followed the murder of George Floyd. A police shortage, including $47 million in owed backpay for overtime, has left criminals emboldened.

That led to a short-staffed LAPD issuing an unthinkable warning to city residents: if you’re the victim of a crime, just “cooperate and comply.”

The LA Times-endorsed, George Soros-funded County District Attorney George Gascon has been on the receiving end of public outcry, and a recall effort, for his continued soft treatment of violent criminals, including murderers.

Criminals noticed. In 2021, Los Angeles saw a 12 percent year-over-year increase in murders. Violent crimes and property crimes were both up 4 percent. The Los Angeles Times opinion page, instead of condemning the crime, clung to fear.

“Choosing to have a gun in your home, because it will keep you safe, is a myth. And a deadly one at that.” The column urged readers to practice “common sense” and “safety,” stating, “Be responsible and be wise. Don’t buy into the myth of owning a gun for self-defense. The life you save may be your own.”

Resounding Rejection

Law-abiding Californians are tuning out “be a good victim” advice and instead are choosing lawful firearm ownership. In 2021, nearly 1.5 million verifications were run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for Californians purchasing a firearm.

The year before the figure was even higher at 1.6 million.

The owner of the only Los Angeles firearm retail store said business was booming and he wasn’t surprised.

“This morning I sold six shotguns in about an hour to people that say, ‘I want a home defense shotgun,’” Russell Stuart said. “Everyone has a general sense of constant fear, which is very sad.”

Debbie Mizrahie lives in Beverly Hills and described why she chose to purchase a gun.

She’s “always been anti-gun” but changed her mind. She wanted to, “get myself shooting lessons because I now understand that there may be a need for me to know how to defend myself and my family. We’re living in fear.”

Geneva Solomon owns Redstone Firearms in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Burbank. Her firsthand experiences contradict the “advice” and “data” from the Los Angeles Times opinion page.

“Years ago a gentleman was charged with home invasion on my home. He forced his way into my home and I walked downstairs with a gun,” Solomon described. “I believe that my firearm deescalated what could have happened if he felt we were unarmed.”

Solomon encourages all gun owners new and old in her store to seek more training and education to be confident and safe gun owners.

National Movement

Californians buying firearms aren’t outliers. They are part of a larger firearm-owning community that’s growing by the day. NSSF retailer survey data from 2021 revealed more than 5.4 million law-abiding Americans purchased a firearm for the first time.

That’s on top of the more than 8.4 million in 2020. It’s not just white males stockpiling guns either, as the media and national gun control groups often portray.

Women accounted for more than 33 percent of first-time buyers in 2021, only slightly lower than the 40 percent from 2020. A full 44 percent of retailers saw an increase of African-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021; nearly 40 percent of retailers saw an increase of Hispanic-American buyers and over 27 percent of retailers saw an increase of Asian-American buyers.

On top of purchasing their first firearm, buyers were looking for training. Retailers said that almost 47 percent of first-time buyers inquired about training and education courses and more than 43 percent of them signed up for classes.

Americans from all walks of life, including Californians, aren’t listening to the fear and loathing from newspaper opinion pages. They’re thinking, and acting, for themselves.



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