By: Robert Davis
Seventy-nine-year old Jerry Poole was able to fend-off a naked trespasser with his gun, even though it wasn’t loaded.
Poole’s wife called the Bend, Oregon police dispatch, telling them “…a man had broken into their home and was being held at gunpoint by her husband,” KTVZ.com reported.
Poole told the TV station he said to the intruder, “You’d better get out of here, because otherwise, I’m going to shoot you.”
Poole, a retired California Highway Patrol Lieutenant, pulled his gun’s trigger three times on the intruder before he realized it wasn’t loaded.
“So he hit the man repeatedly to keep him on scene until police arrived,” KTVZ.com reported.
A police spokesman said the intruder, later identified as 45-year-old Shelton White, faces first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, and second-degree criminal mischief charges. He was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on $35,000 bail.
Robert Davis is a journalist from Colorado. He covers defensive gun use and Second Amendment policy for Gunpowder Magazine. Contact him at [email protected].