November 17th, 2007 06:18 AM
#1 Rule: Bring a real gun to a gunfight!
Published: Friday, November 16, 2007 4:33 PM CST
Two men at the Fort Wood Inn were airlifted with serious head injuries early Thursday morning after an assailant kicked down the door of their motel room. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina
Darrell Todd Maurina
A disabled man defending himself with a firearm from people trying to break into his trailer appears to have stopped a crime spree early Thursday morning that several hours earlier sent two motel occupants to a Springfield hospital with head injuries.
According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department logs, at 3:34 a.m., deputies received a report that two men had kicked in the door of a room at the Fort Wood Inn at the Buckhorn exit of Interstate 44 and attacked those in the room with a baseball bat.
“They severely beat two individuals; one was immediately helicoptered to Springfield and the other was later flown to Springfield,” said Sheriff J.B. King, who due to the extent of the victims’ injuries didn’t have their names or many details of the incident.
The injuries were predominantly blunt force trauma and lacerations to the head, King said. The medical condition of the victims wasn’t immediately available but presumed to be serious.
“The deputy said he was worried about them, and that tells me about all I need to know,” King said.
After the deputy finished investigating the Fort Wood Inn incident, the sheriff’s office received a call from a man and his wife on Reporter Road who told deputies that they had caught a juvenile breaking into their mobile home about a mile north of Waynesville and were holding him at gunpoint. They said another man who had tried to break into their home had already fled.
King said the couple told him they were confronted in their home about 6 a.m. by a man in his 30s and a 16-year-old male. The older intruder pulled a handgun, but apparently didn’t anticipate that his intended victim — a disabled man in his 40s who takes medication for serious back pain — might not be an easy target.
“The homeowner pulled his weapon and the suspect fled,” King said. “The suspect had a pellet gun; the homeowner had a real gun.”
The deputy left the Fort Wood Inn and headed toward the Reporter Road address, but while driving on Highway T on his way to Reporter Road, at 6:09 a.m., he saw a small silver passenger car matching the description of a car that had fled the Fort Wood Inn.
“My deputy made a split-second decision to pursue the suspect vehicle on Highway T,” King said. “He made a snap decision in a critical incident and it will bear major fruit.”
The sheriff’s department had only one deputy on duty in the early morning hours, so sheriff’s dispatchers called Waynesville police to assist with securing the juvenile being held at gunpoint by the homeowner; King responded from his home, took custody of the juvenile from Waynesville police, and transported him to the county jail where he awaits filing of charges.
King said the homeowner showed him a baseball bat left by the juvenile in the living room of the trailer on Reporter Road; the deputy found a pellet gun after stopping the car on Highway T, along with a laptop computer believed to have been stolen from the Fort Wood Inn.
No decision has yet been made by the prosecutor on whether to try the juvenile as an adult due to the nature of the crime, King said. The older man is being held on an unrelated federal warrant pending filing of charges.
Additional charges are likely following investigation of other incidents, King said.
“Basically we had two major crimes in a short period of time,” King said. “I think when the smoke clears on this one, based upon what I now know, we will have a very solid case.”
“There are a couple of things out there I can’t tell you that will expand this even bigger,” King said.
King commended the deputy for his quick reaction on Highway T, but also said he appreciated the homeowner’s steps to defend himself and detain his assailant until law enforcement arrived.
“I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association and I personally love homeowners being able to defend themselves and their families,” King said.
MY KIND OF SHERRIFF. We need more like him and Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
Names of the suspects haven’t yet been released pending filing of charges; King said he didn’t have the identity of the two people beaten with a baseball bat and hadn’t yet learned whether the Reporter Road resident wanted to have his name released.
It’s not clear whether the Thursday morning incidents have any relationship to an armed robbery only a few hours earlier. According to police logs, St. Robert police responded to an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in their city and notified other agencies to be on the lookout for suspects in their case.
Bravo to the homeowner for being prepared and willing to defend his property.
November 17th, 2007 08:34 AM
I was about to say that that's one lucky disabled guy, but it wasn't luck. He recognized that there are scum out there and armed himself. Good on him.
November 17th, 2007 08:52 AM
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November 17th, 2007 11:01 AM
The gun is the great equalizer for those less able. PELLOT gun? Criminals ARE stupid.
November 17th, 2007 11:35 AM
Bravo Zulu on the homeowner AND the Sherriff !
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November 17th, 2007 12:03 PM
My definition of luck is "when preparedness meets a situation." He made his own luck, which is the reason why I support conceal carry.
Originally Posted by LBrombach
November 18th, 2007 08:56 AM
Kudos to the homeowner! And to the sherriff! We do indeed need more like him.
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November 18th, 2007 09:30 AM
November 18th, 2007 04:12 PM
BG had outstanding warrants. He probably could not buy a real gun so he resorted to a pellet gun. Imagine his surprise when the homeowner had a real gun.
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