An unidentified Pocatello, Idaho man is in the ICU after grabbing a machete, kicking down his neighbor’s door, and ignoring that armed neighbor’s repeated commands to stop. Maybe he thought the 21-Foot Rule would save him, but he can only thank emergency surgery for keeping him among the living.
According to the Idaho State Journal, the defender had been awakened by the sound of his deranged upstairs neighbor breaking his own windows. James Cvengaros grabbed his 9mm and called the police.
Cvengaros had actually bought the handgun because the same deranged neighbor had kicked in his door on an earlier occasion to complain about loud music. (Too bad Cvengaros didn’t plug him the first time, IMHO.)
When the door burst open and the crazed neighbor entered with a machete, Cvengaros warned him that he had a gun and repeatedly commanded him to leave. When that didn’t work, Cvengaros reluctantly switched to Plan B.
“I told him to stop. I told him, ‘I’ve got a gun, don’t make me use it,’ but he just kept coming at me. He had this crazy, glazed look,” Cvengaros said. “I thought a gun would deter him. It did not.”
Cvengaros said he fired the handgun twice, and the intruder kept coming. When he fired a third shot, the man went down.
The lunatic is recovering from extensive emergency surgery and is likely to survive to face charges of aggravated burglary. No charges are expected against the homeowner.
I’ve got to ask again: what is it with crazy people and machetes?