STRAWBERRY PLAINS, TENNESSEE — A homeowner shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home early Wednesday morning.
According to police, the homeowner woke up to the sound of breaking glass from the front window. That’s when the homeowner grabbed his gun and fired a single shot at the intruder from the bedroom to the living room.
The intruder was identified as James Melvin Vinson, 40. He was struck and fell backward onto the porch, and died as a result of his injuries.
Vinson had an extensive criminal history, as well as two outstanding warrants related to theft and a violation of probation.
Citizens use firearms for self-defense on a daily basis in this country. While the vast majority of them do not require a trigger to be pulled, some do, as we have seen in this case. It’s a reminder as to why we own firearms for self-defense, and the realization that sometimes, we could be required to pull the trigger ourselves one day.