COLUMBUS, INDIANA- A home invader learned the hard way that not everyone plans on being a victim while inside their home. For this home invasion suspect, you could say there was a “swing and a miss” with regard to their plot to do harm, as the homeowner gunned down the suspect that broke in.
The Columbus Police Department along with the Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team are currently looking into a shooting that took place inside a home early Saturday morning.
While there was a shooting that took place, no arrests have been reported.
That’s because the victim was actually the shooter, and the alleged perpetrator had already had some swift justice served before police could arrive and charge the man with a home invasion.
Just before 1:00 a.m. on January 4th, police officers were called out to respond to a residence in the 2000 block of Home Avenue after there were reports of shots fired. According to Lt. Matt Harris, the Columbus Police Department spokesman, arriving officers came upon a man with multiple gunshot wounds inside the home.
From what the homeowner told responding officers, he was inside his home when an unknown individual toting a baseball bat confronted him. Clearly the homeowner wasn’t in the mood to play games and fired his weapon multiple times at the suspect, taking him down.
When the man was later brought to the Columbus Regional Hospital by paramedics, he was pronounced dead.
At this point during the investigation, officials from the Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team are overseeing the case with no further details revealed.
It’s situations just like these that prove the importance of the second amendment and owning a firearm inside of your home. While the potential victim in the above case could have suffered severe injury, or even death, from the bat wielding intruder, he managed to neutralize the threat.
Back in August of last year in the very same city, a family was terrorized in their home by a man only armed with a knife. In that instance, the victims were at the mercy of the suspect and held captive for hours while waiting on police to intervene.
In the early morning hours of August 5th, 2019, a nearly three-hour standoff played out between police and a man who had barricaded himself inside a Columbus, Indiana home.
What made the standoff so tense was the fact that the knife-wielding man was holding three children captive inside the home, two of them being his very own children.
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Police officers were called out to a home in the 1000 block of Iowa Street just before 5:00 a.m. when reports came in that there was a man armed with a knife who had broken into a home. When the break-in occurred, there were a total of seven children inside of the house, but four were able to escape from the house during the incident.
Police identified Tyrrice L. Degraffenreid as the man inside the home with the three other children, who was refusing to leave the home when ordered by police.
That’s when officers decided to involve the SWAT team to aid in securing the armed suspect and rescuing the kids inside. SWAT members made their way into the home, initially securing the remaining children inside.
Luckily, no one was harmed during the entire ordeal, and police found Degraffenreid hiding in a bedroom when they had entered the home.
Degraffenreid was charged with residential entry and violation of a protective order. He was then transferred over to the Bartholomew County Jail. While the jail doesn’t maintain an online database regarding their inmates, as of now there’s been no admission to the Departments of Corrections within the state.
Last week in Houston, we proudly brought you another “good guy with a gun” story.
A man who was about to be the victim of an armed robbery outside of a local gas station turned the tables on the situation rather quickly. He instead served up a healthy dose of lead for a would-be armed robber instead of his belongings.
The concealed carrier who was simply sitting in his jeep at the time killed the suspect during the conflict.
Local news station Fox 26 was on the scene of the after the gunfight took place at roughly 4:00 p.m. on December 27th, and was able to speak with both police and witnesses who were on site.
Lt. David Klozik from the Harris County Sheriffs Office provided the details of what transpired at the gas station robbery gone awry for the suspect involved:
“Someone approached, attempted to rob the individual inside the vehicle. There was an exchange of gunfire between the vehicle owner and our suspects.”
According to reports, the unidentified victim of the attempted armed robbery was shot by the suspect during the confrontation, but is expected to survive. Lt. Klozick stated the following with regard to the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim:
“The person inside the vehicle was transported the hospital with gunshot wounds.”
Apparently, the area of Houston sees a healthy uptick of robbery related offenses during the holiday season, as mentioned by Klozick as well:
“Unfortunately, the holiday season, robberies and carjackings; this type of behavior does escalate unfortunately.”
One witness who was present for the exchange of gunfire, Crystal Bryant, described the scene that played out over what seems to only have been a period of seconds:
“There was about 11 to 12 shots, like a binary trigger you would hear.”
Bryant also didn’t shy away from pointing out that the individual inside of the jeep at the time clearly knew their way around handling a firearm better than the suspect:
“[The suspect] pulled out his gun, the robber pulled his and started shooting at the man [in] the jeep. The man with the jeep was a better shot, and he shot and killed the robber.”
While speculating the events that played out over things of monetary value, Bryant added:
“Nothing is worth bloodshed.”
According to the local news crew that was on site after the events had played out, it was reported that the family of the deceased suspect had arrived on scene as well.
When the family members of the suspect were asked whether they’d be willing to be on camera for an interview, they had declined.
However, the brother of the suspect did comment to reporters that he was devastated to have lost his younger brother in this altercation, as he had already recently lost another one of his brothers. The unidentified brother was quoted as saying, regarding his deceased brother’s alleged actions:
“He’s not the type to do this.”
It goes without saying that crimes of this nature spike around this time of year nationally, not just only in Houston; yet, whenever someone decides that they’re going to attempt to rob someone forcefully while armed, they’re gambling with their own life in that instant.
Based upon what has been reported so far on the incident, there’s hasn’t been any mention of charges being relayed against the concealed carry holder who exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Considering that Texas holds a “no duty to retreat” rule, there’s likely nothing that will be levied against the individual either.
In Texas, you’re justified in using deadly force if you reasonably believe it’s immediately necessary to protect yourself from another’s use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force. Based upon what has been reported, this sounds like a textbook application of the state rule.
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