Utah — A local pharmacist who is also the owner of Siena's Pharmacy at 1664 Dixie Drive defended himself against four out of state burglars at about 3 in the morning while working late one night.
Steve Kirkland thought he heard a noise while in the break room of his business, and took out his headphones. He recalls:
I took my headphones out and could hear something moving around. I thought, ‘Is there somebody in here?' Then I heard another crack and realized someone was trying to get in the door.
After taking a look he saw someone attempting to get inside the building so he grabbed his pistol and called the police.
After reviewing surveillance, it can be seen that three men conducted the alleged break-in and all men were armed with crowbars that were used to successfully break one of the front doors to gain entrance.
Having their eyes on the business' safe, the three men moved toward it, apparently oblivious to the fact that the armed pharmacist was merely feet behind them and on the phone with the police. Kirkland recalls:
I was pointing this gun at this dude’s head, and I’m on this 911 call. I’m thinking, ‘How do you guys not see me? Every light in this place is on.'
Next, the owner shouted which scared the three men off. After they ran away and out of the store they jumped into the vehicle occupied by a fourth man.
Not a shot was fired.
Since he was already on the phone with police he was able to provide the dispatch with a description of the burglars and the vehicle they got away in.
After collaborating with multiple other police departments who stationed themselves along possible getaway routes an officer stopped a vehicle in a Home Depot parking lot that met the description of the vehicle and men inside.
The police brought all four men to the Purgatory Correctional Facility where they're facing charges ranging from Third Degree Felony Burglary and Criminal Mischief, to Class B Misdemeanor of Possession of Burglary Tools. One of them is also facing a Class A Misdemeanor charge of Drug Possession, and one of the men had a warrant out for his arrest in a different state.
Apparently at least two of the men were from California — Compton and Anaheim.
So we see another defensive gun use from an armed individual who never even fired a shot. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.
Then, read about what to do if you need to defend yourself while holding your child, here.