Did they ever catch the guy's doing the push ins,did they ever hurt anyone, and has there been any more trouble?
It seems like the last couple of years I've heard an upswing in BG activity around our area also. I don't trust anyone anymore!!
Glad you now keeping your gun loaded. Iím also glad you did not panic and shoot first and ask questions later.
i would have had at least one dead neighbor. that's some stupid crap to pull right there.
IMHO, the mistake was in going outside. Proper procedure would have been to keep ALL family inside where you know where they are, and with you. If the neighbors had been the wrong kind of people you and your family would have been in trouble. Armed and inside would have been the place to be.
You did fine except for having to load and not having it on your person. The daughter needs to understand that she may have been shot accidental in all the hub-bub. I would have acted the same way. Hope you gave your dog a treat for his/her part in the home defense plan. Seems like he/she knew what to do and did it.
Well you sure got a wake up call, still glad everything turned ok
I think you reacted just fine! I would have my gun loaded all the time. But good thing you didnt over react or something else could have happen. But good job on ID'ing the people first!!
Unloaded gun, not a good idea, chasing outside after suspected BG's not a good idea. Hitting the lights, unleashing the hound, GOOD idea. I've warned my stepson and his knuckleheaded friends sneaking around my house or sneaking up on me is NOT a good idea and they might not like my reaction. We had this discussion, after I left the drive thru teller at my neighborhood bank one afternoon, my stepson saw me from inside the bank and decided it would be funny to rush my car at the stop sign in the bank parking lot as I was leaving. He had on a dark hooded sweatshirt, and it concealed his face. He looked like the typical street punk. All I saw was this dark figure racing towards my car. I recognized him when he was about 6 ft away, but I already had my Glock in my hand and below the dash and my foot about ready to mash on the gas. He did not think it was so humorous, after I explained how he appeared to be intent on robbing or car jacking me since I had made a withdrawal and I always keep my gun ready when I'm at the bank or in a parking lot. He was very close to getting run over or shot or both, by his trying to scare me with his pretend attack. He is also lucky it was actually me and not someone with a vehicle like mine. They would not have recognized him and his prank.
#1-you had to go load your pistol...in other words, it was not ready for immediate use.
#2-you need to have a serious talk with your wife and daughter about NOT charging out of the house to tackle people. That could have ended very badly if there was a threat.
Too bad that rottie didn't rip his hamstring out and bring it to you as a trophy. Gooooood dog...I hope you told him so. As KPT pointed out a unloaded gun is worthless, which I'm sure you figured out on your own. :nono: And as for your wife and daughter...well, I'd be ticked also. Have they been watching too many Chuck Norris movies? A true perp could have grabbed your daughter for a hostage right after he shot your wife in your own yard. This incident must have been a real eye opener for you as far as showing the chinks in your armor. You definately did the right thing by lettiing the dog loose first. You should have gone after the other one with a loaded gun. Once the k-9 had him treed, he wasn't going anywhere...and even though a rottie may not be the fastest guard dog, they're still fast enough to run down any perp once they clap eyes on him. Then it would have only been a matter of marching the one at gunpoint around to the truck where you could have covered them both. The wife should have been on the line to 911 and your kids should have stayed together in a closet or something with the elder calming the younger. I'm sure if someone here has a better plan than that, they'll chime in.