Magazine article The New American

Hard Lesson

Magazine article The New American

Hard Lesson

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In early May, after multiple attempted burglaries of his mobile home in Cross, South Carolina, Jerron Richburg was understandably concerned for the safety of his wife, their child and himself. On May 2, for instance, someone sought to gain entry to the residence, leaving pry marks on the deadbolted front and back doors.

Since the culprit(s) seemed to strike only when the family cars were gone, Richburg decided to set a trap. On the morning of May 12, he left for work as usual, but had his wife take him back home, after which his wife and child left the area. With no vehicles in the yard, it appeared that nobody was home.

At around noon, Richburg heard a noise. A 16-year-old youth had used a file and a screwdriver to pry open a door and enter the residence. Armed with a shotgun, Richburg went to investigate.

When Richburg saw the intruder coming toward him in a hallway, he fired a blast that struck the youth in the left leg. …

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