Real situation and want some opinions on how differently others would have handled this experience. Brief background: 11:30pm, 2 kids (3 & 5) sleeping opposite side of house, wife in bed reading, I am in bathroom packing for a business trip (leaving early in the morning). We both hear what sounds like our pool screen door close (which is outside our bedroom window and blinds are closed). We continue to hear noise / rumbling outside on our pool deck, and again some noise which sounds like someone /thing outside our window. Sounds continue on for another minute and also seem to perhaps be now coming from the side of our house. Here is what my action was: turned off all interior lights, turned on exterior floods, armed myself with a firearm and tactical flashlight, and made multiple but quick attempts to gain visibility to the pool deck by looking through the blinds and moving across the house to gain a different angle. Nothing was observed despite still hearing noises. At this time approximately 5 minutes had passed so I called 911. Impressively 2 LEO arrived in under 2 minutes and began to sweep my property. After about 4 minutes the 911 operator instructed me to secure my firearm and exit the house to meet the officers. They had found the cause...a raccoon that honestly must have pushed 40 lbs. My question to everyone is what would you have done? As much as I have taken a ribbing by everyone, I still can't justify exploring this sound at night by myself with a wife and two kids. Thoughts.