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Homeowner Racks Round Into His 45, Stops Burglar Dead in His Tracks with 'Dirty Harry'-Style Threat

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And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don’t mess with an armed homeowner.

Steven Davenport of Yukon, Oklahoma, is going viral after stopping a home invader on Friday, particularly given a line he used on the would-be burglar.

Davenport says that it all began when he heard his door chime.

“I just thought it wasn’t shut so I pulled it to and went back to work,” he says, according to KWTV-TV.

When he noticed that the door had opened again, however, he knew it was time to take action.

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“Just as I reached like that the handle went from my hand and it pulled, so I just jerked it and did that and went and got my gun,” Davenport said.

Davenport opened the door to his garage with his .45 — and just like that, he was right in front of the intruder.

“He was standing there facing me,” Davenport said.

“That all happened in a microsecond, so it was a creepy feeling actually.”

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The intruder ran out into the backyard through a second door, all with Davenport in pursuit.

“I anticipated either not seeing him, or seeing the back of him running away, but for him to be standing there staring at me that really got my attention,” Davenport said. “At that point, I took my .45 and racked a round and told him he was going to die if he didn’t get on the ground.”

As Davenport ordered the alleged invader — later identified as Jared Bennett — to crawl to the front yard, he begged to be released.

“He started pleading, ‘I just wanted some water please sir let me go, I’ll never come back,’” Davenport said.

“I just got mad, you don’t get to come in my house.”

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Davenport screamed for help from the front yard, but no one was home. However, a helpful jogger running by managed to help Davenport by calling 911.

“She came down and helped me, helped a stranger with a gun pointing at someone else, so she’s pretty brave,” Davenport said.

Bennett was arrested at the scene, where police recovered what’s being described as a “makeshift mask.” The 44-year-old was held on a suspicion of first-degree burglary, according to KFOR-TV.

And, as for Davenport, one wonders if he’s tried to shop around that “going to die if he doesn’t get on the ground” line. After all, Clint Eastwood needs some new catchphrases, and that’s definitely some Harry Callahan-level stuff.

Either way, he showed that a good guy with a gun will usually triumph in these situations.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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