A few months ago my wife and I were woken up by our dog growling and barking at the back door at 3:30 in the morning. Expecting a cat or a possum, I stumbled out of bed to see what it was and could clearly see a person through the french doors, quietly testing the door handle. Our house is completely dark inside, and there is landscape lighting outside, so this person was completely visible to me. We have a pool, so it is not possible to just wander into our yard by mistake - you have to open a gate. I told my wife it was a person, and to call 911. I grabbed two guns, the .45 I always want with me in an emergency, and my wife's .38 with a laser sight. While my wife spoke to the dispatcher, clearly stating that we were armed and would shoot anyone that entered our house, I positioned myself behind a solid piece of furniture and put the laser sight on the trespassers chest, hoping he would get the message and leave. No reaction at all, although he could not have missed the red dot dancing through the window and on his shirt. He started more aggressively trying to force the door, so I switched guns (not a fan of the .38) and mentally went through my options, and decided that if he forced the door open I would shoot. I was quietly giving updates to my wife, who was relaying them to the 911 operator. We were told that the police were on the way. Literally two minutes after the call, I saw the guy bolt away from the door, as two officers appeared in my backyard. They tackled him, cuffed him, and took him out to the car, where 4 other officers were waiting. There were also two more officers in the alley. I heard the conversation, and the trespasser kept telling the police that he lived here, and he was clearly pretty intoxicated. He started to get belligerent with the police, and they told him that tonight the police were his best friends, because if they were one minute later they would have been carrying him out in a body bag, as the real homeowners had a gun on him the whole time. That quieted him down some, and they took him away. I was incredibly impressed by the response of the police. The only downside was that when I called the next day to find out what happened, they told me that they put him in the drunk tank and let him go the next day. Apparently there is no such thing as attempted breaking and entering, and they did not find a weapon on him. I still have no idea if it was just a drunk trying to get in the wrong house, or somebody with bad intentions. I still suspect the latter, but will probably never know.