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Posted on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 7:36 a.m.

Would-be intruders shoot Ypsilanti resident who refused to let them in

By Cindy Heflin

An Ypsilanti resident suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks early Monday morning after he kept a group of men from entering his home, police said.

Police went to the residence in the 1100 block of Monroe Avenue about 3 a.m. Monday after receiving reports that three to four men, one with a long gun, were walking away from the area.

When officers arrived, the men were gone, but police found the wounded man at the home and discovered the front door had been shot and shell casings from a 12-gauge shotgun were lying nearby.

The victim told them he did not know the men or why they tried to enter his house and shot him, Ypsilanti police said in a news release. He was taken to an area hospital in good condition.

Police used a dog to search the area but could not find the suspects. The only description provided was that the suspects were wearing green coats.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Sgt. Tom Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP (773-2587).

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Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:44 p.m. is only a matter of time before one of these thugs goes to the wrong house... And then his friends and other like him will get the message.

Milton Shift

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

The front door was shot. Nowhere does it say he opened it. And yeah, if someone was breaking down my door at 3AM, I would be answering with fire, as would anyone with a lick of sense.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:20 p.m.

I would submit that had the home owner had a gun we might have less criminals on the street today.


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:16 p.m.

This scenario is every Gun Nut's fantasy. A chance to prove he is a cowboy. Seems like the locked door was more effective than a gun would have been. In fact, if he did start shooting back it would have likely made things worse.


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

no smart or (gun)educated gun owner would open the door and start a gun fight. all gun owners I know pray that they'll never have to use one in defense. What if they shot off the locks and came in?


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Yes for 4 no good members of society


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Can you guys explain to me how the homeowner having a gun would have prevented this issue? Do you have to answer every knock on the door with a gun in your hand, loaded and ready to fire? These guys knock, you open the door, oops, they have a shot gun pointed at you. So you say, "excuse me, I have to go get my own firearm" ....? When someone points a gun at you FIRST, how does having your own gun help anything, except raise the chances that bullets will be fired. When some one with an itchy trigger finger has the gun already aimed at you.... do you think they will calm down when they see you point one back? Seems you either have to shoot them preemptively or risk your own life by showing yet another gun into a tense situation. I just don't get it. Every time there is gun violence, gun advocates say "that's why we need MORE guns, to stop this nonsense". Except that only the most paranoid and vigilant, but peaceful gun owners can actually use the weapon to prevent violence. By carrying it around at all times and never trusting anyone. That sounds pretty miserable to me.


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:42 p.m.

at 3am? yes, I would go to the door armed. at 3pm, probably not, but either way my door is locked and Id look to see who it was first before opening any door...


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

A good handgun permit training course will go over every aspect of handgun ownership, including finding a safe area in your home. These classes will also bring in lawyers for Q&A so handgun owners know their rights. I recommend maybe having an open mind and taking one of these courses if you really want to know, instead of spewing uninformed judgement on a news forum.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Reasoning with criminals could cost you your life.....They shot this guy in his own home and did not listen to does not work in the real world.

Milton Shift

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

If this had been a daytime incident, and he had opened the door, I would agree. But 3AM? Not a typical time for the kind of visitors I want.


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

if you where expecting trouble then you'll have your gun ready?


Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:22 p.m.

You're arguing with reason here Ross. Been tried many times before. Trust me, it won't get you anywhere in these arguments.

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

And your solution ???