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List of recent incidents where a firearm was legitimately used for self-defense

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Mr. Bill:
Please help me compile this list.

It's inevitable (and understandable) that tragedies such as "Mom shoots and kills two daughters" end up on the national news.  But "Mom shoots intruder in daughter's bedroom" tends to be a local story.  The result is that many folks have the impression that firearms are only rarely used for legitimate self-defense.

Regardless of your opinions on gun control, this lack of information is a Bad Thing.  I think we can help to correct that.

I've seen other websites that compile lists of self-defense firearms incidents, but they've been flawed by including dubious incidents and incomplete information.  I'd like to suggest the following rules for our list:

* Get as close as you can to the original source: provide links to local newspaper articles, or even police reports.  Don't quote secondhand info from a gun-related or conservative website.
* List only incidents where someone was clearly an innocent victim acting in defense of self or others, and where there was a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm.  Omit feuds where both parties escalated the situation until one resorted to violence; omit gang members shooting each other; omit the guy who goes out to confront thieves and shoots them.
* Don't post commentary, just the facts.  We can start a separate thread (or several) for discussion.
* Let's use a start date of 1/1/16 -- we don't want to give the impression that recent examples are hard to find.
One more request.  I think this thread can be an opportunity to provide information to open-minded folks who honestly don't know why anyone wants or needs a gun.  Let's not drive them off with tough talk and "Darwin awards" comments.  There are many legitimate self-defense shootings that, nevertheless, are tragic -- the drunk or mentally ill person who barges into the wrong house by mistake, for example.

Mr. Bill:
From Pasco, WA:

Man shot in Pasco home got in through garage door

--- Quote ---A Hanford worker who was shot and killed in a west Pasco home early Friday morning got into the house through a roll-up garage door...

Homeowner Corey Chapman ... called 911 about 2:30 a.m. to report a man pounding on the front door at his home...

As officers arrived Chapman told dispatchers that the man had gotten inside his home and officers heard a gunshot, according to police reports.

Chapman had not opened the door to Yeates...

Yeates reportedly had gone out drinking with coworkers at the end of his work week of four 10-hour shifts at the Hanford tank farms Thursday night. ...
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Mr. Bill:
From Portland, OR:

Mom fatally shoots intruder in daughter’s bedroom

--- Quote ---When a woman returned to her Portland, Ore., home with her two children over the weekend, she made a startling discovery in the residence, according to authorities.

She found a stranger ... in her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

The 33-year-old mother was armed, and she fatally shot the suspected intruder...

“Detectives have not been able to determine why McCrary broke into the victim’s home,” police said Monday.

The homeowner ... “has no connection to McCrary and he is not from the neighborhood,” police said. “McCrary has no significant criminal history but there was a recent report indicating that McCrary may have been struggling with mental health issues.”...

“Detectives determined that McCrary broke into Ford’s home through a back window,” police said. “Ford found McCrary in her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom, where the shooting occurred.

“Both her daughter and 5-year-old son were in the home but were in a different bedroom at the time of the shooting.”...
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A Facebook friend posted this today, and I followed the links to get to a standard news source.

LYMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) - Deputies with Spartanburg County said a man faces multiple attempted murder charges after opening fire outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at Playoffz nightclub on Inman Road in Lyman.
Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting  into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.
"His rounds struck 3 victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg," Lt. Kevin Bobo said.
Bobo said the man who shot Thompson has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and won’t be facing any charges.
"Thompson was still on the scene when deputies arrived, but the initial scene was chaotic," Bobo said. "It wasn’t until victims and witnesses were interviewed, and video from the scene was reviewed that Thompson was identified as the suspect."

Mr. Bill:
Another from Portland OR:

Ex-NFL player Stanley Wilson II shot while breaking into Portland home

--- Quote ---A naked man who was shot by a Southwest Portland homeowner during an attempted break-in on Wednesday, June 22, is former NFL player Stanley Wilson II.

Wilson II, 33, remains hospitalized but is expected to appear in court once he is able. ...

The shooting occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the 4900 block of Southwest Humphrey Boulevard. Deputies found Wilson naked in a water fountain in the homeowner's backyard. ...
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