Ginette, Georgia – One man was shot after police say he tried to burglarize a home located on Peachtree St. Wednesday night.
According to Gwinnett Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera, 911 dispatchers received a call from a resident saying he’d just shot a man who had tried to break into his home at around 9 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found 38-year old Ronald Reuben Hayes suffering from a gun shot wound to the leg. The homeowner told law enforcement he’d heard a banging on the back door of his house and thought someone might be trying to illegally enter.
He quickly grabbed his home defense weapon and fire 2-3 shots through the door. When he heard a man screaming outside, he opened the door and found Hayes bleeding from the leg.
The victim shut and locked the door, then called 911 to report the shooting.
Hayes was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive his wounds. Cpl. Pihera says he will be charged with first degree burglary and booked into Gwinnett County Jail on his release from medical care.
With the nature of the shooting meeting requirements for home defense, officers declined to press charges against the homeowner for shooting Hayes.
It’s always a good idea to verify that the banging coming from a door or window is a legitimate threat. It could just be a family member or friend, and by firing through the door without knowing could be fatal for a loved one. This is why it’s also smart to have a flashlight either on your home defense weapon, or staged next to it so you can see what you’re shooting at.
The 5 rules of safe gun handling don’t go out the window simply because there’s an intruder in your home.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Always point your gun in a safe direction.
- Never point your gun at anything you don’t intend to shoot.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
- Be sure of your target and what’s beyond.
Since the rules of combat are never chiseled in stone, you might have to shoot through a door or wall to win the fight. If you do, make sure to move your position away from where you fired. The intruder could simply fire back through the closed door and wound you as well. By shooting and moving you will lessen the possibility of being injured by retaliatory gunfire.
And lastly, if you do have to shoot, stay in a position of strength be remaining inside your home. Don’t unlock the door and expose your head to see what’s going on. Just call the police and let them find out for you.
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