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Homeowner shoots intruder in Vance County break-in

Posted May 12, 2014
Updated May 13, 2014

— A Henderson homeowner defended himself against a home invasion Monday morning, shooting an intruder who kicked in his door.

Jonathan Haith said he was sleeping in his home on Thomas Lane at around 9:45 a.m. when he heard a light knock on his backdoor.

He ignored it at first. Then he heard a louder sound.

"I heard the loud bang in the laundry room area," he said.

Someone kicked in the door. Haith grabbed the AR-15 rifle he keeps under his bed.

"I crouched down, grabbed the firearm and was walking up the hallway," he said. "As soon as I poked my head around the corner I saw a tall male standing there with a gun."

Haith said he surprised the intruder.

"He shot first, I shot second," he said. "He missed and I reckon I connected."

The man was struck in the stomach. He ran out of the home, and collapsed across the street in a church parking lot.

Police were also able to apprehend a man who was waiting outside in a car.

"I guess I did the right thing," Haith said. "I just reacted the best way possible.

Vance County investigators have not released any information about the shooting, including the name of the intruder or his condition.


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  • Tracy Watson May 14, 2014
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    High velocity round?? doesn't say what type of ammo was used. Stolen gun?? you make a lot of presumptions there. I say good for him...cops would also say that as they can't respond in the time needed to prevent these crimes...they are there for clean up afterwards and no offense to them, I wouldn't want their job but just saying we as citizens protect ourselves.

  • Steve Morrison May 14, 2014
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    If all guns disappeared, this resident would have faced a younger and stronger assailant with little defense. There are often several people involved in home invasions, rendering the homeowner defenseless without some kind of equalizer. As we read about more and more about these ridiculous crimes, it seems that now more than ever, we need to have a gun in the home for family defense and a deterrent.

  • notexactly May 14, 2014

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    Um the fool is you. And guns are reducing crimes as we speak. In fact if you look at the stats, gun crimes are lower now than in the last 30 years. Will you keep cheering for no guns when someone breaks into your home and while you are bailing out of the window, shoots your wife or child? Will you blame guns or the perp breaking the law in the first place.

  • notexactly May 14, 2014

    Yes most gun haters are cowards anyway, so glad this man is not. If he were, he would be dead right now.

  • willcarry1 May 13, 2014

    I am glad the home owner was not as terrified of the burglar than some of the posters below. This type of courage seems to be lacking this day an age.

  • dwr1964 May 13, 2014

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    Are you really trying to say that a homeowner, in his/her own home, should vacate the home, upon learning that the home was being broken into? Please tell me where you live. When I come in the back door, make sure you crawl out the window, so I can get anything I want.

    Also, make sure that if you ever have an issue, don't call the cops. They have guns too and we know how much you hate guns. Don't go knocking on your neighbor's door either. They may have guns too.

  • ospreysilver May 13, 2014

    Don't criticize a homeowner from defending himself. It doesn't matter if he did it with an AR-15 or a pocket knife. If he was an antigun advocate the story would be Mr. Haith was killed during a home invasion at 9:45am! The victim was shot dead while attempting to call 911.

  • allenmga May 13, 2014

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    Calling this guy a fool because he tried "to take on a criminal" is nothing short of asinine. Let's alter the scenario: what if the criminal stood between the homeowner and a child sleeping in an adjacent room? I guess you'd still recommend that he "simply bailed out" and leave the child behind? He did what he had to do to protect his home, end of story.

  • rocket May 13, 2014

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    The intent of the 2nd amendment was never to reduce crime.

  • rocket May 13, 2014

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    What's foolish about it? Probably not the ideal weapon for inside the home, but you can't assume that's the only defensive sitituation you will ever find yourself in.