The 52-year-old grandfather, who does not want to be named, had noticed some items out of place earlier in the morning so he armed himself as he went about his day.
That's when the 'wild man', 27-year-old Richard Watkins stumbled towards him from a field. In the grandfather's words,
"Some wild man comes out of the weeds towards me at the house. He comes walking over toward me I could tell he was messed up.
I don't know really what to think and I don't know really why he thought he had to talk to me but he had a pair of gloves of mine on. I pulled my gun out and put it to his forehead and told him to sit down and called 911 and I'm thinking I don't want to shoot this guy"
While searching the field, Watkins emerged from, police reportedly found a realistic toy gun with a "supressor" in a pile of weeds. Watkins was taken into custody and booked in the Sumner County Jail, charged with 5 counts of aggravated battery and theft under $500. Police also suspect he has been involved in and/or responsible for other robberies and crimes in the area.
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As a responsible firearms owner I commend and agree with this grandfathers actions. He was able to avoid shooting the suspect and have him arrested and sent to jail where he awaits trial. The last thing I would want is to have to shoot someone and even then i shoot to STOP not to KILL.
When I teach i also try to teach my students that being involved in a shooting has a lot of after -effects that the average citizen wont consider when buying a gun for protection. Most of the time, regardless of justification:
- you will be arrested
- you might be a suffer the effects of PTSD
- you will have $100,000s in legal and court fees
- your gun will be confiscated as evidence
- and your social and family life might be turned upside down.
People tend to look at others differently if they are aware that that person has taken someones life. Yes, Mr. Watkins could have showed signs of aggression and advanced the homeowner in a threatening manner, he could have been irate and showed intent of grave bodily harm, then things might have ended differently, Mr. Watkins could be dead instead of in jail. But thats not the case. The grandfather did, in my opinion, the correct thing.
Lil Red Danger is a firearms enthusiast, firearms instructor, and spokeswoman for the firearms industry.
Raised in an anti-gun household, she first fired a gun 3 years ago and it was love at first shot.
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