Armed Neighbor Shoots Out Robbery Suspects’ Tires, Holds at Gunpoint for Police

Brandon Oathout of Johnstown, N.Y., attends a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. A few hundred people gathered for the rally pressing for repeal of the state's new tough laws that were enacted a month after the Newtown, Ct., school massacre. (AP …
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An armed resident in Apple Valley, California, caught two suspects allegedly burglarizing his neighbor’s home, and responded by shooting out their tires and holding them at gunpoint for police.

The incident occurred Sunday around 6:30 a.m.

Victor Valley News reports that two suspects, 31-year-old Justin Elder and 59-year-old David Turner, allegedly “forced entry into the residence but were confronted by a neighbor who was armed with a handgun.” The intended victim was soon joined by another neighbor, who was armed with a long gun as well.

Law enforcement explained: “The neighbor called 911 and then proceeded to shoot the tires on the suspect’s vehicle and the ground, keeping the suspects detained until deputies arrived. A second neighbor heard the gunshots and came to the residence armed with a shotgun but fired no rounds.”

Elder and Turner were both detained and, as the investigation began, authorities reportedly concluded that both men had allegedly been involved in an earlier robbery at the same residence. A search warrant executed at property owned by Turner turned up “about 75% of the victim’s stolen property.” It also enabled authorities to discover “22.4 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, four guns, and ammunition.”

Elder and Turner faced various charges relating to drug and firearms possession, as well as possession of stolen property.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

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