A guy who shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home decided to let the internet ask him anything in an official Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and other users were quick to jump in.
Redditor MalcomMo posted the AMA and gave a brief summary of the incident:
I heard footsteps down stairs, went into my mom’s room, woke her up and got her gun out of the safe. I went downstairs which was pitch black with the gun, A person came running out of our living room straight towards me with something in their hand, I shot him 3 times in the chest and once in the neck. He ended up not having a weapon in his hand, It was my brothers e-cig but he did have a pistol on his waist band. We called the police and it was ruled self defense. That’s the story on how I took another man’s life, ask me anything.
As you can imagine, the questions quickly came pouring in, with plenty of people keen to know just what it’s like to kill another man.
What was the reaction from your friends, families and community? Has it had any affects on you long term mentally?
My family understood completely and were proud of me for protecting them. My friends and I weren’t so close anymore, At the time I was still in high school, I used to sit with them everyday at lunch and after this occurred they stopped. I got in a argument with one of my friends and they called me a murderer, So I’ve made all new friends since then and they get it. A lot of people tip toe around me which is something they never did prior to that night.
Do you feel bad about it? Do you wish you had just wounded him?
If he I knew he didn’t have a knife or something in his hand I wouldn’t have shot him at all, If he did have a knife I would have done the same thing. I wouldn’t want to risk him killing me then killing the rest of my family who would be unarmed since I had the gun.
Did it end up being someone you knew or just a random break in? I’m glad you are doing okay with it and that you were able to protect your family.
It was just a random break in, Thank you. I appreciate that.
What do you know about the man’s ex-life? Family, children, friends? Have you been contacted by them? Were you concerned about retaliation?
Thankfully he didn’t have any family that he was in contact with, He was a well known drug addict in our area and had a record full of robbery charges.
How profound an effect do you think this has had on your life? Some of your replies (as well the replies of some redditors) have indicated that you may have been a bit ostracized for this?
Not a big impact but it’s really weird to explain, It’s just something that happened. Correct, I’m of the same mindset. I guess people don’t agree with my opinion and that’s fine, It helped me see who was really for me and who’s just there.
Did you have a plan to go to the safe in such an event? Was the gun you retrieved loaded, and of what type/caliber? How familiar were you with the weapon?
Yes, I’m the oldest aside from my mother and I felt the most comfortable confronting a potential intruder. It was loaded but there was no round in the chamber, It’s a glock 21 with .45 calibre hollow point ammunition. That particular firearm not very familiar, but I was raised around guns so I know my way around.
If you had it to do over again, would you do it the same way?
It depends, Do I have the ability to see that he’s not holding any type of weapon? If not then I would do the exact same thing, If I could I wouldn’t have shot at all, I wouldn’t shoot an unarmed man.
Were you nervous? You said it was no big deal to you (at least, I guess thinking about the actual event afterwards) and doesn’t keep you up…but leading up to that moment?
My heart was pounding but once I took the first shot that stopped, It came back right after I stopped firing though. After that I had so much adrenalin pumping my legs and hands were shaking.
Do you ever wish that you had done something different? Does it keep you up at night?
I mean if I knew he didn’t have a knife in his hand I wouldn’t have shot him, I thought he was going to stab me. No it doesn’t, what keeps me up at night is that it doesn’t keep me up at night, I thought you were supposed to be destroyed by this type of thing and it wasn’t a big deal for me, so I thought for a long time I was crazy or something.
What was going through mind immediately after you killed him? How did you feel?