Friday, November 08, 2019

Pregnant Mother uses AR-15 to Save Husband during Violent Home Invasion

 On Wednesday, October 30, at about 9 p.m. Jeremy King, his 11 year old daughter, and eight month pregnant wife, were subject to a violent home invasion by two armed men.
Suspects forced their way into the home. According to various interviews with King, the suspects demanded that he "give everything". He denied having anything. The suspects started pistol whipping him and kicking him in the head while he was on the floor. From
King said one of the men started pistol-whipping him while another kicked him repeatedly in the head. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was in the back bedroom and peeked out to see what was going on.

King said one of the men shot at her. She retreated, grabbed an AR-15 and returned fire.
 King's heavily pregnant wife used good tactical sense. She did not barge out of the back room with the AR-15. She took up a position, and, as one of the invaders came into her line of sight through the doorway, she shot him. Both home invaders fled the scene. A man was found 200 feet from the house, in a ditch, dead. From
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King said. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
One of the advantages of the AR-15 platform for home defense is the ease of use, even by people with little upper body strength. It recoils relatively little, but has plenty of power to for human targets. The report of an AR-15 is very loud, especially indoors.

One improvement for home defense would be a sound suppressor, or silencer. The rifle would still be loud, but the user would be less likely to be deafened by the report. Federal law has made acquisition of sound suppressors bureaucratically cumbersome, time consuming, and expensive. Many countries have far less regulation of suppressors than the United States. In  New Zealand, they are an over the counter item. Suppressors have never been used much in crime in the United States.  No reason was given for their regulation when the 1934 National Firearm Act was considered in committee.

King appreciates the advantages the AR-15 rifle gave his pregnant wife.

“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it,” King said. “[My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me. “
 The King home is in a semi-rural area of Florida. The home invasion occurred near the center of  the image from Google.

Over penetration is less of a problem in a rural setting. Careful selection of the ammunition can control how much penetration is likely. There are many expanding and frangible bullet choices available for the AR-15 platform.

It will be a little while before Jeremy King knows if he has any permanent loss of vision.

The Sheriff's representative, in this video on facebook, says they are looking for the remaining black male home invader.

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Anonymous said...

This warms my heart, Dean. Thanks for this blog. I read it every day, look for activities in my state, and love reading about the DGUs that will never be covered outside of local media.

Anonymous said...

"Normally I'm clean shaven, but seeing my very pregnant wife carrying a firearm has made my beard grow really fast."