Another day, another attempt at a daylight burglary gone painfully wrong for a pair of innocent youths forced into a life of crime by an uncaring society.
The Texarkana Police responded to a shots-fired call resulting from an attempt by Daykree Hawkins, 20, and Keonte Ingram, 18, to break into a home around 1:15 in the afternoon. The police found Hawkins lying in the middle of Jerome St bleeding from a gunshot wound to the thigh.
Homeowner and Good Guy With Gun Andre Harris, 33, was home at the time of the break-in and responded to their unwarranted assault on his personal space with immediate and decisive force, injuring one and causing them both to flee.
What can we learn from this?
1. Daylight doesn’t stop crime. More and more of these criminals are turning to daytime shenanigans in order to avoid the higher numbers of armed homeowners and increased police presence brought on by nightfall.
2. While we here at Interritus love our police forces and think that they have an essential job to do, they can’t be everywhere. As His Own First Responder and encountering the criminal assault on his home in-progress, Mr. Harris had the choice to flee and call the police immediately, barricade himself in a room and call the police immediately, or to repel the violent assault upon his home and call the police when he had a minute.
While running or hiding and calling the police immediately may be very appealing to some, and may indeed be the best option at times, sometimes it’s not. You make the call.