An Elderly Graves County Homeowner Shoots a Persistent Home Invader

Police detained a severely wounded suspect who attempted twice to break into the house of a senior citizen. James Page II, 19, tried to enter the residence of the 74-year-old homeowner on Ky. 1710 just south of Ky 58 East at 3 a.m.

When the occupant responded, the suspect fled the scene in a small vehicle. The homeowner called 911 to report the incident. The deputies arrived at the scene to collect evidence left behind by the suspect.

Page, however, returned and kicked the door at 4:45 a.m. while wearing a mask and armed with a shotgun. The senior citizen shot him with a shotgun before he fled the scene on foot. Police found him with a severely injured arm at the roadside before recovering his firearm.

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The suspect received emergency treatment from Mayfield-Graves County EMS before being airlifted for further hospitalization. He will face first-degree burglary and other related charges. The homeowner will not face any charges, according to Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden.

The criminal was determined in victimizing the homeowner that night. The arrival of deputies could not deter him as he walked back in shortly after. However, the senior citizen was prepared to confront him and defend his property. Although he escaped death, Page will spend many more years before getting a second opportunity to victimize another resident.

The only reason the incident ended in favor of the law-abiding citizen is that the criminal did not have the upper hand during the encounter. If the disarmament of law-abiding citizens were allowed, the homeowner would have been at the mercy of the criminal.

Consequently, Americans should steadfastly defend their Second Amendment rights and oppose politicians who wish to give criminals an upper hand by taking guns from people who are least likely to use them in committing a crime.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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