Washington man shoots armed home invaders, killing one: ‘I have the right to protect myself’


SPANAWAY, WA – In what he states was a self-defense situation, a Washington man opened fire against a pair of armed home intruders, killing one.

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) spokesperson Darren Moss, rental home resident Jerahme Smith, 31, called 911 at approximately 4:20 am to notify police of a home burglary and a shooting.

Smith later told Fox 13 that he and his sister were in the house when two suspects kicked in the back door.

Fox News reports that:

“One of them had a weapon, prompting Smith to open fire in self-defense.”

There is no further information at this time on the weapon that the suspect allegedly held.

Even in the moment of crisis, Smith took the time to collect himself and reflect on making what he thought was the correct decision.

He told Fox:

“When everything first started, the first thing I had to do was take a few breaths and calm myself down because I knew it could have gone one of two ways.”

He continued:

”I didn’t know who they were, I didn’t know what they had, but the first thing I did–and it’s the honest to God truth–is I took a few breaths to myself. 

“That way I knew I was calm enough to make a proper judgment decision.”

Two men arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a Chicago cop after shooting him during a traffic stop

When deputies arrived at Smith’s residence, they found a 24-year-old unidentified male suspect unresponsive in Smith’s front yard.  Medics declared the suspect deceased when they arrived on scene.

Deputies searched for the other suspect, but they were unable to locate him.

Smith and his sister were not injured in the incident.

Smith has been renting the home for the past 3 years with his wife and children.

He told King5 News:

“This is, for all intents and purposes, my property, and I will protect it.”

He continued:

“I took action upon that, which was unfortunately taking one life, and the other one ran.”

Reflecting further on the decision-making process necessary at the time of the shooting, he added:

“You get to talk about it a lot with your friends, or you get to talk about it with your family and go, yeah, we all carry, but you know, this is what I would do, this is what you would do.  

“It’s way different when it actually happens.” 

Smith also told King5 that he felt the shooting was “justified,” adding:

“I have the right to carry and I have the right to protect myself and I have the right to protect my property.

“We practice.  You never want to put it in action because it’s still a human life, but my life is more important to me than theirs is, and me going home to my family and my kids is more important than theirs is.

“I don’t know what they wanted out of this house, and I don’t know what they were doing, but I don’t care.”

Smith has “no plans on moving” from the neighborhood, despite being a crime victim, saying he “won’t be scared away.”

According to other residents, the area has seen increasing crime.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told Fox that he recently purchased security lights and a surveillance camera for his home.  He added:

“If it ain’t one thing it’s another.”

He continued:

“That kind of upsets me that we have this kind of crime going on in the neighborhood. 

“It’s not a good feeling because we don’t know—it could be something happening tomorrow, tonight, you know? Same old thing.”

At this writing, no charges have been filed in the case.  

King5 reports that detectives were investigating the incident as a homicide, but PCSD spokesperson Darren Moss stated that “it could be determined the homeowner was using self-defense.”

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

LET Unity

So much for “gun control”: Armed home invasion suspects arrested – they were 12 and 14 years old

Originally published November 9, 2021

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Public Safety Office reported that they had taken two suspects into custody for an armed home invasion.

While this type of reporting does not always get national news, it does in this case because the suspects are ages 12 and 14 years old.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers were in the area of Oak Street due to an increased amount of thefts and stolen vehicles occurring in the neighborhood.

While patrolling the streets, a police sergeant took note of two children walking up to a house that appeared to have no one home.

Of course, this sparked the sergeant’s attention since they were in the area for an increased crime rate so the sergeant sat back and watched to see what the two were planning.

It did not take long to see that they both intended to allegedly break into the residence.

The Kalamazoo Public Safety began to move in on the two who were actively trying to break in.  But the resident, who was home, appeared and scared the two off.

Unfortunately for the kids, officers had already set up a perimeter and were ready for them. The two fled and were quickly caught by officers in a brief foot pursuit in the front yard of the home they were trying to break into.

The two suspects, ages 12 and 14 years of age, were not identified by police, but they were arrested and charged for the burglary attempt. Police allege that when they arrested the two they found:

“A stolen handgun, illegal drugs, and a large amount of cash were recovered from the suspects. Both suspects were lodged at Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home on various felony charges.”

The rise in crime brought officers into that neighborhood for proactive patrols including stolen vehicles. According to MLive.com:

“There were 139 stolen vehicle offenses in Kalamazoo in the first five months of 2020, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. In comparison, so far this year, there have been 208 stolen vehicle offenses in the city, Public Information Officer Ryan Bridges said.”

Bridges noted that the rise in vehicle thefts alone is close to a 50 percent increase year over year. He said:

“We want to remind motorists to always lock their doors and not leave their keys or valuables in their vehicles once exiting.”

Police in areas that experience high numbers in terms of vehicle burglaries, like Bridges, report that most vehicle burglaries in residential neighborhoods occur because the owner leaves the vehicle unlocked.

Oftentimes, kids will go through neighborhoods in the middle of the night and try door handles on different vehicles and move past the ones that are locked and ransack those that are not.

Unfortunately, this means that any valuables that are stored inside will be taken by the thief, and while that is frustrating enough, it can also be scary because a lot of people keep garage door openers in their vehicles.

This means the thief can easily make entry into your garage, and possibly your home, while you sleep.

To prevent this, ensure that all of your vehicles are locked that are stored outside of your garage. Keep valuables locked up and out of sight if you must leave them in your vehicle.


Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.


Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today?  With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.  

Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing!  (See image below.)  Thanks for being a part of the LET family!
Facebook Follow First
Submit a Correction
Related Posts