Homeowner Kills Armed Robber

Elderly Arkansas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Armed Robber

Most people will never really need a firearm to defend themselves, but for those that do, nothing else will work nearly as well. Nothing at all. Take the experiences of an 81-year-old man in Arkansas who had been the victim of numerous thefts.

He finally was able to confront one of the thieves, and it almost cost him his life.

The man who was shot in a Southwest Arkansas residence has died.

The 81-year-old who owns the home where the shooting occurred says the man had a gun and was trying to rob him.

“Whoever got the biggest gun and fastest will be boss when it is all said and done. … In this case, it was me.”

And Buddy Cates says he has been robbed a half dozen times in the past 10 months.

“I walked outside the door, and he was standing right there with a big pistol,” Cates recalled. “I had my hand in my pocket on my pistol, and the battle was on.”

Authorities say multiple shots were fired.

No charges have been filed against Cates and two guns were found at the scene, though it does appear they are investigating.

In many states, it would be a no-brainer. After all, if the thief was inside the home while Cates was there, it’s a clear-cut case of self-defense. Hot break-ins are dangerous for the homeowner, after all.

Especially since the 81-year-old man would likely have been fairly easy to overpower and hurt, if not kill, even if the burglar wasn’t armed. Since it appears he was, then what choice did Cates have?

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