Trend - Body Armor Worn During Home Invasions
Though not a regular occurrence, we're definitely seeing an increase in the number of intruders, their planning and their precautionary measures. Though I own a plate carrier and a ballistic helmet (required for many shoot houses and also good for NV during no light/low light classes), it's not a realistic expectation that one would have time to don protective gear during a home invasion.
Those that know me might say I preach when it comes to training and that I'm a strong believer in a rifle for a home defense weapon with a handgun as a secondary weapon. Personally, I choose a 10.5" AR, but that's just me. It's what I'm trained on, use on nearly a daily basis and prefer it due to its soft armor defeating capabilities with a good load.
Anyway, I know there are a couple guys on here that are experts in home defense, though they've never had an ounce of training and zero experience, that will say it's unlikely, not common, only happens in certain "less desirable" areas (which is completely wrong as my personal situations show) and anyone that gets advanced training or uses a rifle caliber for home defense is a "wannabe Rambo".
The point is, it does happen and though the chance isn't great, it can happen to anyone of us at any time. When it does, I can assure you from personal experience, it will be unexpected and we'll likely react by doing what we know or train, not what we'd like to do and not what we'd do if we had advanced warning.
Stay safe, train, know your weapon, and at the very least, don't rule out it happening to you because you set your alarm at night or live in a nice neighborhood. Stay vigilant and take precautions so you don't have to find out what you'll do in a situation like this.
Now, there's mention of this being drug related, but though it puts you at much higher risk, it doesn't lower your chances to zero if you aren't involved in illegal activity. He also comments on the increased number of home invasions where the suspects are wearing body armor, not all are drug related. Last year there was a good number of home invasions by one crew wearing soft armor.
A few months ago, an old man who was a veteran and survived Pearl Harbor, was bludgeoned to death during a home invasion. He lived exactly two blocks away from me. We live in a nice neighborhood and though mine isn't a waterfront million dollar home, my neighbor's is. I'm a half block away from the ocean. It can and does happen everyone, regardless of how often compared to bad areas of town.
Oh, and Happy New Year!
Intruder killed despite wearing body armor
LITTLETON — An intruder in a four-person armed invasion was killed Wednesday night despite wearing body armor, authorities said.*
Lt. Bobby Martin, with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, said 20-year-old Ricardo Keith Harley, 20, was killed following an exchange of gunfire at a home in the Short Street area Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office is looking for two suspects today as authorities continue their investigation. Martin said deputies are still trying to identify those involved and provide the public with detailed descriptions.
According to Martin, the sheriff’s office responded to a home invasion at 8:17 p.m.
While en route to this location, officers were made aware shots had been fired and one suspect was still in the house.
“Deputy Corey Griffin arrived ... and discovered that one suspect had been shot and was not responding and another was being detained by the home owner, also two other suspects had fled on foot,” Martin said.
Kayman Northington was taken into custody at the home of the victim upon Griffin’s arrival, Martin said, adding one suspect found shot at the scene was later pronounced dead.
Northington is charged with first degree burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond. His court date is Feb. 1.
Martin said there were four to five people in the house when the home invasion began.
“There were four intruders, three actually made it into the house and one stayed outside,” Martin said. “The gentleman who we took into custody, Kayman Northington, was the first one into the house. After, two more forced their way in behind him.”
Martin said once inside, shots were fired. The home owner had a gun pulled on him.
“From what we are gathering from the witnesses, everybody started scattering and running,” Martin said. “According to witnesses, the bad guys came in and fired a shot. The home owner grabs his gun and fires a shot at one of the bad guys.”
The home’s occupants were able to stop Northington, but the other intruders got away, Martin said.
“The gentleman that did get shot and was killed was wearing body armor,” Martin said. “That is a trend we are starting to see. The bad guys go in to do a robbery or home invasion and they have their body armor on.*
“We ask anyone with information about this case to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 252-583-8051 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444,” Martin said.
According to Martin, the robbery was drug related.*
He said homeowners have a right to protect their home, and the homeowner in this shooting will not be charged.