San Benito County, CA — A woman was forced to defend herself with her firearm when she woke up to an 18 year old burglar named Ocean Burger in her home.
This defensive gun use happened at about six o’clock in the morning, this past Monday in the 33 hundred block of Cienega Road.
The suspected burglar was inside the woman’s closet when she found him. She ordered him to leave several different times, but he reportedly ignored her. His refusal to leave caused the homeowner to fire a couple of warning shots in an attempt to scare him away.
After firing the warning shots, the man, armed with a large machete-type knife, allegedly approached the woman. It was at this point that the woman shot the intruder in the leg.
The reports say that the homeowner is a mother of two, but no reports indicate if the children were home or not.
The homeowner is not expected to be charged.
Ocean Burger has been booked on burglary charges, possession of burglary tools, and a bail set to $40,000.
It is not recommended to shoot warning shots or make leg shots in a deadly force encounter. It wastes precious ammo, and one has to assume the worst when put into this type of situation. For example, was the intruder high on methamphetamine?
If so, a warning shot to the leg might not stop him from chopping you up with his machete, and you just wasted 3 or 4 shots warning him to stop.
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