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XD .45, Glock 23, Mossberg 590A, M&P 15 Rossi 641, RIA 1911
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A few years back we where taking care of our neighborís house, when their alarm went off. I grabbed my G19 and cell phone and went to investigate. Upon finding a backdoor wide open, I called 911.
First thing I did is tell the dispatcher I was covering the backdoor, to insure, the BG did not leave, and please make sure to tell the responding officers, I am armed and Iím warring, a blue T-shirt with shorts. I also stayed online with 911 until the officers arrived.
Hey all, thanks for all the comments! It's good to know I did it 'right'. Regarding telling the 911 operator, when I made the original call I hadn't yet decided to go out there. It's when I hung up the phone, I felt I couldn't wait for the cops. So, I tried to call back, but was put on hold. During that time is when my neighbor popped his head up and said they were gone. By the time I got through to 911 again, I no longer had my gun drawn. So, I did think to call and give them my description. Someone asked what I was carrying, I had my XD.45 filled with 14 shots, and had my snubby Taurus.357 as a BUG. Felt I was adequately covered. In retrospect, wish I woulda grabbed my spare mags. I will next time!!!
Good job and a good neighbor!
My neighbor and I have an agreement that if something goes down at either of our homes, we first call 911, the call the other.
We have a good relationship with the deputies that patrol our area and have talk with them regularly. They all know we both carry, so should dispatch fail to alert them, I suspect they will know.
We stopped a theft at another neighbors this past weekend by confronting the bgs (all three teenagers). You should have seen their eyes when they realized we were both armed.
Another neighbor came over afterwards and told us both, "thanks!"
Now more than ever before, neighbors really do need to look out for each other.
The above could happen to any of us, and it's easy to see how something bad could happen.
I'm not saying I wouldn't have done exactly what you did.
Good points Ree, and i think you did a spectacular job under the circumstances. I honestly don't know how i might have reacted, but hope i could be as decisive as you were when it counts.
It happened in East Memphis, a VERY nice neighborhood. It's quite funny, I have lived in 4 different areas of town. The "NICE" areas has greeted me with my apt. being broke into, my vehicle being broke into, and now this incident. When I lived in a somewhat sketchy neighborhood, NOTHING. Seems very ironic, don't you think? Maybe I have stumbled upon a new theory for living in Memphis:D
I lived in Midtown for 15 years, and never had a problem. I think that the closer you are to the criminals the less you are to get bothered. At least that is the way it seems in Memphis.
Glad you guys are okay.
Good Job, best to you.
I'm going to assume (unlike some of the others) that as the officers arrived you'd of parked your piece, spread your hands wide apart at shoulder level showing the palms to them.
IMHO Things are no longer as they seem :
Old testament....Shooting to Live 1942
Newer testament... Kill or Get Killed 1976/1987
Great job!! And a lot of great tips have been given. Remember that the police are not here for your protection. That means YOU are responsible for your own protection. Learn to use one of the new lights with each of your weapons. A bright light is a weapon in itself at night. Walmart has a light made by Brinkmann that is rubber coated and has a pressure switch on the tail end for $12 to $15 dollars. I have 5 or 6 around the house and carry one on my person when on duty, day or night. You never know when you might end up in a darkened garage, storage unit, warehouse, etc., and the light is very handy.
Go slow with your neighbors and let them get used to the gun culture. Arrange for a monthly practice session with a cookout afterwards and continue the good feeling you have already started. If everyone was as good a neighbor as you are, we wouldn't have near as many problems. Inform others in your neighborhood of the incident so they may prepare also. Crooks will return to the scene of a failed crime cause it hurts their ego, so be ready.
When calling 911, use the bluetooth technology on your cell phone if at all possible. Hands free is a good deal at this time too and if anything goes down, the call is being recorded and can be used in your defense if necessary. If you see or hear units approaching, advise the dispatcher you are aware of the units that are in your area and give your location on the premises. As soon as the officers are there, holster your weapon and identify yourself as the person talking to the dispatcher.
Keep doing what you are doing because you are making a difference and Thanks for being a good example for others and for sharing the experience as a learning opportunity for us all.
Great Job.... clear and consice article,
And as for the time it tok the Cops, as someone wrote on here before, When seconds count, the Cops are only minutes away.
Surrounded and outnumbered, pass me my vest!