Confronting a Burglar: What Would You Do?

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

HEADLAND---Crime is everywhere and knowing how to react and what you can legally do to protect yourself is crucial.

"I would protect myself and my property."

Steve Haller has lived in Headland for 31 years and says when it comes down to crime, he's a bit concerned but not afraid.

"I think I would probably be armed and I would say something to them," said Haller.

and if saying something doesn't work,

"They would be shot," said Haller.

Last Monday police say farmer Mike Johnson was shot and killed on County Road 83 in Henry County while trying to keep his property from being taken.

And Wednesday night police say an Enterprise homeowner was shot with his own gun after confronting a man who was breaking into his car.

Cindy Davis owns a floral and antiques shop in downtown Headland.

She says if she was being robbed, her first reaction is to call the police but in the case of a shoplifter,

"I would confront them," said Davis.

She says if she can prevent it she'll try.

"You have to decide how much risk you're willing to take, there's nothing in this shop that's worth my life," said Davis.

Some residents say protecting their property is important but protecting their loved ones means more.

"Try to find something, wait for them to come in the house and hit them, where they won't hurt me or my family, i got kids here," said Headland resident Raychel Lewis.

So you're probably wondering what does police say you should do.
Well law enforcement officials say all of these people are right.

"If you do have a firearm and you do feel comfortable confronting this person i believe in everybody's right to protect their property and protect their life," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

However, if you do use your firearm make sure you believe your life is threatened.

In such a case, Sheriff Hughes says law enforcement will make sure the facts come out.

"If your life is in danger the last thing you should be thinking about Is the Consequences of having to shoot someone," said Hughes.

The Sheriff went on to say that there have been four justifiable homicides in Houston County since he's been in office and if you do have a firearm, make make sure you know how to use it.

We tried contacting Headland police to get the latest information on the murder of farmer Mike Johnson.

We have not heard back from them yet today (Monday).

If you have any information in either of these cases, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously.

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  • by June Location: Geenva county on Feb 11, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    Shoot to kill !!!!!!!!!!
  • by kc Location: headland on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    i would ground check them, if they wiggle i would shoot them again, then call the coroner & leo!!!
  • by popoz Location: Ozark on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    At my home and business we don't call 911. After it's over we call sheriff dispatch.
  • by Homeowner Location: Enterprise on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    Never thought this would happen to me until this past Monday morning. Saw a person breaking into my car at home. After a brief chase, I caught the person. In retrospect, it was risky for me to give chase. Fortunately he didn't have a weapon, and all ended well with his arrest. Gotta love "Mike's" comment above, "That's all the ammo I had on me."
  • by anon on Feb 7, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    It's a sad day in this country when a burglar has more rights than the homeowner. Shoot them if they are own your property.
  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    If they're on my property, I'd call the police. If they are near my children, or my home, they're just going to have to be shot. There's no way I'd chance someone trying to hurt my family, or take me away from my babies.
  • by mike Location: Daleville on Feb 6, 2012 at 05:21 PM
    I would not hesitate to protect my family and property, I have weapons and trained to use them. I feel if there is any doubt in your mind concerning "could I actually shoot someone" you probably should not have firearms. When I am asked why did you shoot this home invader 13 times? my response "That's all the ammo I had on me"
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    Well I really don't know what I would do to protect my property. If you confront them they'll probably shoot you. I suspose you could fire a warning shot,maybe they'll leave. but if they return fire, shoot them. Really, why should you give up your hard earned stuff to a bunch of thieves ? Being such a good shot as I am, I would probably shoot the thief in the leg, or his shoulder. I wouldn't want to kill him or her because even tho they are thieves they are someones child.
  • by Stuart Location: Enterprise on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:00 PM
    Exercise my rights under the 2nd amendment. That would deter future burglars since the justice systems put them back on the street if they are not stopped.
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