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This happened early this morning, not more than 40 minutes from my house. Here is exactly what happened:

Friday morning at 1:46AM a burglary in progress was called in to 911. The call was made from 12505 Logan Lane which is located in the McCracken County part of Kevil, KY.

The homeowner, his wife and two small children ages 2 and 3 were asleep in the home. Their burglar alarm sounded, waking the residents of the home. The male adult homeowner went and retrieved a 9mm handgun from inside the home. He then went to the alarm control panel to see what the location of the alarm activation was. It indicated a door to the detached garage. He then went out side through a back door and noticed that a side entrance door into the garage had been kicked opened. He the yelled that he had a gun, and for the person out there to get off of his property.

He at this same approximate time overheard his wife screaming inside the house. He ran back into the home where he learned from his wife that the burglar was inside their attached garage attempting to gain entry into the home through a wooden door that had a window. He then yelled numerous times at the intruder that he had a gun, not to come into his house. The intruder continued kicking and striking the door to make entry. Once kicking the door open, the intruder stepped up into the residence (an entrance foyer). The homeowner stepped back several steps ordering the intruder to get out of his house or he would shoot him, at which time the intruder continued making forward advances towards the homeowner. The homeowner then fired one shot at the intruder with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, striking him in the arm. The bullet went through the intruders arm and into his chest area. The intruder after falling into the floor, got back up and starting fighting the homeowner, at one point biting him on the arm. The intruder, according to the victims, appeared to be extremely under the influence of something. The intruder, while continuing to fight and struggle with the homeowner, called him "DAD" numerous times. The homeowner was able to manage to force him out of the front door of the home at one point, but he managed to gain entry back into the home through the front door again. The struggle continued throughout the home and back out into the attached garage. The intruder managed to get into a vehicle that was parked in the attached garage that still had the owners' keys in the ignition. The homeowner realized that he had another firearm in that vehicle and lunged into the car in attempt to gain control of the weapon. Another severe struggle ensued inside the car and the homeowner was able to pull the suspect back out of the car. The two continued to fight which led out into the driveway at which time the first McCracken Co. Deputy Sheriff (Dep. Dwayne Pickett) arrived (Time 1:54AM). Dep. Pickett, after also having to struggle with the suspect, was able to get him handcuffed. As additional sheriff's deputies, West McCracken Fire personnel, and Mercy Regional Ambulance personnel arrived, the suspect continued to fight with them as they attempted to stabilize him. A Deputy with the Ballard County Sheriff's Department also responded. The suspect appeared to be manifestly under the influence of some type of drug. He also was wearing no shoes.

The intruder was transported to Western Baptist Hospital where he later died at about 6:00AM in surgery from injuries we suspect are related to the gunshot.

Soon after our arrival at the residence, we were able to identify the intruder as being 18 year old Andrew Caleb Barnett of 4655 Magruder Village in Kevil. This address is within close proximity to the Logan Lane location.

I, along with other deputies, went to Mr. Barnett's home at around 3:00AM in an attempt to locate and notify his family. We did locate his parents at the home and made arrangements to get them as quickly as possible to Western Baptist Hospital.

Over the next couple of hours, we were able to obtain information pertaining to where 18-year-old Caleb Barnett had been prior to breaking into the home on Logan Lane, a location that he along with several other adult teenagers had been reportedly having a party that involved alcohol, Marijuana, and a Schedule 1 non-narcotic called Psilocybin Mushrooms (street name: MAGIC MUSHROOMS). That location was identified as being 240 Neil Lane which is a mobile home park just west of Logan Lane.

Sheriff's detectives went to the home and at about 7:00AM and found four teenagers at the home along with whiskey, Marijuana, and a various items of drug paraphernalia. They also located the packaging that had in fact contained the "MAGIC MUSHROOMS."

Statements obtained from the teenagers present were all consistent in that they had all in fact been smoking Marijuana and doing "MUSHROOMS" during the early morning hours. They stated that the effects of these MUSHROOMS were overwhelming causing drastic "out of character" actions, and hallucinations. They described the effects experienced by Caleb Barnett to be much worse than the rest that participated.

Detectives there obtained further statements that at around 1:30AM, Caleb left walking (in the general direction of Logan Lane and his home) making the statement that he was going home. Several attempted to stop him trying to get him not to leave due to his condition, but were unsuccessful. Among several items seized from the mobile home, were Caleb Barnett's shoes, and cell phone.

Four adult teenagers were arrested at this mobile home and were transported to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. They all were later lodged at the McCracken County Regional Jail. Numerous consultations have taken place with McCracken County Commonwealth Attonerys Tim Kaltenbach's Office throughtout the morning.

Detectives arrested:

19-year-old Taylor J. Thompson of Indian Mound Trail in West Paducah, KY. He's charged with posession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms), trafficking in a 2nd degree controlled substance (mushrooms), trafficking in marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

19-year-old Zachary Rodgers of 240 Neil Lane in Kevil, KY. He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).

18-year-old Ryan Bridges of 130 Eva Court in West Paducah, KY. He's charged with trafficking marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (mushrooms).

18-year-old Kristen Mohler of Woodland Hill Drive in Kevil, KY. He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).

Here is the links to the comments section on WPSD Local 6 where there has been some weird debating. IMO, the homeowner was more than justified in shooting. I know I would do the same and hope and pray I never have to.

http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/story/UPDATE-Man-Shot-While-Trying-To-Enter-Another/oHYKYc2YUkGebe7EnXjnrw.cspx?p=Comments
 

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The 45 was developed because the 9mm didn't have enough stopping power against those 'under the influence' during the war.

I can't say what I would do. I can say if, God forbid, I was in the same shoes as this homeowner - hopefully I would have done everything in my power to quickly end the home invasion and protect the lives of my family. The age of the intruder wouldn't factor into it (in the above given case - it wasn't a toddler trying to break-in). truthfully, you never know until you are in that situation as to how you will really react.
 

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In my home... my family there... if the intruder didn't obey my command to leave and I felt that he/she was a threat, wouldn't think twice about using force as soon as it was evident that it would be needed.

If the above incident would have been me, the only different action I would have taken would have been to shoot in the leg to "immobilize" as much as possible.
 

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Legally, the owner was justified on multiple grounds for using deadly force. While not all states have it, "Castle Doctrine" designates one's place of residence (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as one's car or place of work) as a place in which one enjoys protection from illegal trespassing and violent attack. It then goes on to give a person the legal right to use deadly force to defend that place (his/her "castle"), and/or any other innocent persons legally inside it, from violent attack or an intrusion which may lead to violent attack. This also ties in with the fact general criminal law allows for the use of deadly force anytime a faultless victim reasonably believes that unlawful force which will cause death or grievous bodily harm is about to be used on him or his immediate others. In this case, since the owner believed his family was about to be threatened, especially after the intruder gained access to a vehicle with a weapon present, I believe the owner was justified in using deadly force. The intruder was also given numerous warnings to back down before deadly force was used.

As for whether or not I would shoot him, well, suffice it to say I bought an AR-15 for home protection (and shooting at the range on weekends to stay proficient).
 

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The homeowner did shoot him in the arm. The problem was that the slug traveled through and into the chest. That's what killed him.
Something that can not be anticipated in my opinion. The intent was to injure the intruder. The intent was not to kill obviously.
 

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I likely wouldn't have waited until he got through the door to shoot, especially with several commands to leave; he could have had a knife or gun, or, it could have been a bear or some rabid animal! F-that nonsense. I would have unloaded.
 

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As pdx mentioned, I wouldn't really know how I would have reacted. However, I was always taught that if you point a weapon at someone, it is to kill them; not to wound them. I would not take a chance of trying to shoot him in the leg! Hell, I'd have a hard enough time hitting them in the torso, the largest part of the body.

Don't mess with my family, unless you want to be looking up at the grass.
 

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Anyone who breaks into my house and doesnt obey my command the first time, and show any aggression in which I feel that my life or the lift of someone else is at risk they may have a Glock 45c Auto pointed at them. I have a 92% target rate, any further questions!
 

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In the state of NH if anyones life is at risk you may use deadly force, regardless if you are on your own property or not. This is if the life of a human is at risk, so if someone is killing your family dog, or burning your house down, your fists will need to be the weapon of choice.
 

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I likely wouldn't have waited until he got through the door to shoot, especially with several commands to leave; he could have had a knife or gun, or, it could have been a bear or some rabid animal! F-that nonsense. I would have unloaded.
AMEN!!!

There would have been No Struggle with the intruder. The moment the door opened after Multiple Commands to leave and Warnings that I am armed the clip would have been emptied or the shotgun would have taken him out (depends on which I have quicker access to).

When it comes to protecting my family there is no question what I will do. My mom asked my dad if he could shoot someone who broke into the house and would not listen to commands to leave...he said and I quote "I will empty the clip on the Mother ******" She then asked how he could live with that, to which he said, "At least we will be alive to live with it".

BUT...make sure that it is indeed an intruder that is breaking in. When I took my concealed weapons class the teacher told us of a father who shot and killed his college daughter. She came home late one friday night to suprise her parents, and decided to sneak into the house through her bedroom window like she did in highschool. Her dad heard the noise and thought it was a robber and shot the "robber" without warning. He turned on the light after he shot and realized he just killed his daughter. So Always make sure of your target before you shoot!!

Also...I know this sounds cruel but dad always said..."If someone breaks into your house and you must use force remember that Dead people dont talk"!! With todays courts you could be sued for shooting someone that broke unto Your house at night!! Heck, a robber broke into someones house and in the process of robbing them he hurt himself...sued the home owner over the injury...and WON!!
 

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Yes. If you have a hand gun, that is exactly what it is for.
 

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Home invasions, another "gang" activity is on the rise in Central CA as well I'm sure in other parts of the US. And, IMHO the only defense is to be armed. With meth labs being found daily in even some good neighborhoods, it is obvious meth usage must be on the rise. There is no reasoning with a person hyped up on meth, 'cept for a large calibre hand gun.

I would shoot a 12 year old if he was acting the same way with no qualms. This crime wave--especially home invasion--is going one step too far as an assualt on a homeowner.

Power to the people and pass the ammunition.
 

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Not sure how you would know the person's age while you are in the middle of fighting for your life and your family is in danger. Wouldn't matter. Glad the children were young and won't remember this.
 

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My family is my priority.
Any threat to my family will be dealt with without question.

As my Police officer son once told me..

"Dad, I'd rather be judged by 12, than carried by 6"....

'nuff said...
 

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Man... Reading that story gave me images of zombie movies! Barking commands to go away and the dude just kept coming! I'd just shot through the door! Kidding me? My loved ones are in the house, I'm expected to protect them and some "monster" is trying to get in... you bet I'd shoot. I hear ya on the .45 caliber! Sure they're more expensive to shoot with at the range, but dang, I'm thinking that would be the round to use. Sternum taps and a head shot could have ended it all very quickly. Could be hard to aim that well if the guy is running at you from a short distance away. I'm sure it all happened pretty fast. I'm glad that family is safe!
 

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This is why...

This is why you should have a gun in your house to protect yourself and your family...despite what all of the peace-lovers say. Nothing will save your life more than a gun. The cops always show up late and just take pictures of the bloody scene. When do they actually catch and stop a home robbery in progress that they have been dispatched for?

Would I choose a 9mm to have as my handgun of choice to protect my family...probably not. I would most likely go with a Springfield xD 45 or something that has more stopping power (against humans and large animals). 9 mm's are great for the ranges...but that's about it in my opinion especially when it comes to self-protection.

With regards to the shrooms...this is why they tell you that when you do shrooms you are supposed to lock yourself in a room or else you will think the highway system is the yellow brick road. Sucks for the kid and his family...but this is what happens when you do hardcore drugs.

Thank gosh he only got himself killed, and he didn't hop into a car while high and crash into a minivan killing an entire family or something.
 

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