Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Greenback yard invasion

Take a short ride South from Knoxville to Maryville (murr v'l), and turn West. A few more miles, and you will be in the peaceful, quiet community of Greenback.

But wait, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported Friday that Greenback's mayor, Tom Peeler, was beaten in his backyard. He had gone out to investigate an alarm, then he confronted a  person in his yard.  WATE-TV has an interview video describing what happened.

It is good to know that Peeler is recuperating at home. His jaw is wired shut and he lost his gun, but WATE-TV gives us this message to his attacker:
I hope you are happy but please come back one more time.
What can we learn from this incident?
  • Not much good happens after midnight. This was reported to be at 2:45 a.m.
  • Be extremely cautious when checking out noises or alarms, particularly outside. If possible, wait for the police or sheriff.
  • If you are going to arm yourself, you must be willing* to use your weapon when needed.
  • Do not let your assailant get too close, distance is your friend.
*Being willing means we don't show or brandish the weapon to threaten the scofflaw. We only display it if we need to fire; and as we prepare to fire, if the perp turns and leaves, we stand down. Otherwise, we shoot until the threat is stopped.

For more on home invasions, read HERE.

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