Reader Mike L. asks me whether this incident is worthy of being classified as a Righteous Shooting.
It nearly is, Mike, except for this part:
The break-in attempt did not go as planned. The owner, Gordon Richard Sr., 75, used a muzzleloader rifle to shoot one of the three men, causing the other two to flee. He then secured himself inside the home and called the police.
State police say the man who was shot was 39-year-old Paul E. Brown of Milton and St. Albans, he was seriously injured.
When police arrived, the other two intruders had fled. The police report states, “Responding troopers located Brown in a neighbor’s yard. No other individuals were found at the scene. Brown was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans and later transferred to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.”
You all know the rules: no dead goblin, no Righteous Shooting.
But Our Hero deserves a huge “Attaboy” from all of us for using a muzzleloader to send the “Leave Me Alone” message to the would-be property redistrubutionist.
Oh, and Mike? Let me know if the goblin snuffs it, so I can upgrade the award from Armed Good Guy to Righteous Shooter.