Alien Jonathan Perales was shot dead one morning in Universal City, Texas by homeowner Michael Clayton Robinson. According to a statement from Perales’ arrest warrant, Robinson armed himself with a 9mm Glock after his wife noticed a strange vehicle in his driveway. Robinson opened the door to his bedroom and a moment later stood up to Perales, who entered the Robinson house through the unlocked back door. When Robinson shouted, “Get out of my house,” the men exchanged gunfire. Perales shot Robinson once in the torso and Robinson shot Perales in the arm and upper chest.
Doctors later pronounced Robinson dead at Brook Army Medical Center. Robinson’s wife and two of his children, who were inside at the time, were not injured in the shootout.
What is your protocol for a possible home invasion? Did you try it at night in circumstances similar to the ones you might encounter during the actual home invasion? One of the best techniques the military uses is immediate action drills. Immediate action training includes all the tasks necessary to be prepared to respond quickly to a specific set of circumstances without using a deliberate decision-making process.
As an example, let’s say my home cameras detect an intrusion and then my alarm sounds, indicating a possible home invasion. My immediate steps include securing a pistol, moving to a place in the bedroom where I will wear a relatively heavy bulletproof vest, and then securing the shotgun as the primary defensive weapon.
My friend suggested that we rehearse our home invasion protocols or practice immediate action at a live shooting range. We did every task to prepare and arm ourselves, and then we attacked random targets to simulate our reaction to a domestic intruder using an illegal deadly force.
I immediately had trouble putting on a bulletproof vest quickly. In fact, I’ve never tried to do it in the fast way I would have used in a home invasion. The construction of the cummerbund of my armor in conjunction with the side plates caused the cummerbund to twist and made it very difficult to secure the armor. After further thinking, I decided that the side plates were unnecessary and removed them. This solved the problem with the cummerbund twisting and allowed me to put on my armor in less than 30 seconds.
Then I trained to secure and charge the shotgun with my eyes closed to simulate completing a task in the dark. My friend monitored my actions from a security perspective to make sure I didn’t do something dangerous unintentionally. I am familiar enough with my “house ready” shotgun repository that I was able to perform this task easily.
Then I moved to the target area and attacked the designated targets using ammunition that I have with the weapon. Although this was the first time I had fired this combination of armor, the 12-inch stroke of my defensive shotgun allowed me to manipulate the shotgun and effectively fire with it. (Note: A shotgun with a typical stroke length of 13-14 inches may be too long to be handled effectively when wearing a bulletproof vest. This is especially true for pump pistols.)
This is one example of my home invasion protocols. My wife and I regularly rehearse others; however, this was the first live-action immediate action drill I did with the actual combination of armor and shotgun I have for home defense. In the process, I learned a few lessons and made some adjustments to my armor. Subsequently, I practiced it dry several times with dummies in a shotgun and my adjustments were fine.
My friend forgot to bring a bulletproof vest for our shooting test, and the shotgun he brought was not his home defense. As a result, he decided to practice dry in his house one evening in the dark. He has a shotgun and a bulletproof vest under the bed. His immediate action is to roll out of bed, reach under it, secure and put on a bulletproof vest, and then get a shotgun.
He rolled out of bed, reached under her – and without a bulletproof vest, without a shotgun. He reached as far as he could, and still no bulletproof vests, no shotguns. He got a flashlight and found that his wife had shoved her armor and shotgun in the middle of the king’s bed because she didn’t like seeing it and bumping into it as she vacuumed. He had to take a stick to fish his armor and shotgun from under the bed. Imagine discovering this during an event. Until then, he did not know that his protocol for responding to the domestic invasion was a serious mistake.
Checking your equipment regularly, testing for dryness to practice immediate home invasion, and testing with your family is a very good idea. My friend and I have found that our home invasion response plans need to be adjusted to ensure that we can implement them effectively.
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