Three different Detroit homeowners used guns to defend themselves against intruders in one week

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Three different homeowners in Detroit used guns to defend themselves against intruders this week.

Two suspects were shot and killed.

“I think it’s just a matter of the individual homeowners protecting themselves and finally catching up with the criminals in that enough is enough and they aren’t going to take it anymore,” said Detroit Police Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson.

The latest incident happened around 2:00 Saturday morning.  Two men broke into a home on Toledo in southwest Detroit, armed with a tire iron.  The intruders tried to knock out the homeowner, but the homeowner fired back with his gun.  He shot them both and killed one of them, a 21-year-old man.  The other man got away.

The second incident happened around 12:30 Saturday morning on Abington on Detroit’s west side.  A woman had just pulled her car into the garage when a man with a gun appeared out of nowhere.  She dropped her keys on the ground as a distraction and then reached for her own gun and shot and killed him.

“People are told, that when faced with a situation, whether a robbery or carjacking, just to drop your belongings right there.  That’s what she did taking a few steps back to obtain her weapon which was a .38 caliber handgun.  She was able to fire off several shots,” said Deputy Chief Johnson.

Saturday’s shootings come less than a week after a Detroit mom opened fire on three teens who broke into her house while she was home with her children.  You saw the surveillance video of the break-in right here only on 7 Action News.  Police caught all three suspects, two 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy.

Deputy Chief Johnson said over the past three to four years the department has seen an increase in the number of homeowners applying for concealed pistol licenses.    

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