On March 12th Lisa Atkins of Junction City, Oregon, did something “no trespassing signs, security system, [or] dogs” could do: she stopped a burglar by pulling a handgun and pinning him down until police arrived to take him away.
According to Eugene’s KEZI 9 News, Atkins heard a commotion about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. She then retrieved “her handgun and proceeded cautiously through the house.”
In short order she found Joseph Baker in her home; he had broken through two doors to get in. She drew her gun, ordered him to the floor, and told him to “stay still.” She then held Baker at gunpoint for 23 minutes while waiting for police to arrive.
Atkins said “twenty-three minutes is a long time” to hold a bad guy at gunpoint, but she credited Oregon Firearms Academy for preparing her for just such a moment: “Without that training the outcomes could’ve been a little different, so I’m blessed to be here today.”
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