By Jeff Charles
A homeowner in Limestone County, Alabama, avoided a potentially tragic situation when he used his firearm to defend himself against a home intruder. The incident shines a critical spotlight on the importance of gun ownership and the ability to defend one’s life and property.
According to a report from local authorities, the would-be burglar met his end while trying to break into a residence in the early hours of the morning. The homeowner exercised his right to self-defense and confronted the intruder.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement detailing the altercation on Facebook.
On February 10, 2024, at 4:20 a.m., Limestone County Deputies responded to the 17000 Block of Morris Rd. in Elkmont, AL, on a report of a Burglary in progress. The homeowner reported that they were awakened by someone violently attempting to gain entry into their residence. The homeowner armed himself and awaited the deputy’s arrival. Before deputies could arrive, the offender kicked in the homeowner’s door and entered the residence unlawfully, where he was met with gunfire from the homeowner. The offender retreated outside, where he succumbed to his injuries. Investigators responded and identified the deceased offender as Christopher Jason Hovis, 44, of Hartselle, AL. This investigation is ongoing; however, preliminary results indicate this is a justified shooting, and there are no charges at this time.
In this case, the homeowner appears to have taken the correct steps. He called the authorities, but they were not able to arrive quickly enough to stop the intruder from gaining entry to the home, which meant that the armed citizen had to take his protection into his own hands.
The fact that the homeowner was armed shows that he understood a popular maxim in the gun community: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. If he did not own a firearm, this situation could have turned out much differently.
Limestone County’s overall crime rates are low. In some areas, crime rates vary, and it is not clear what it looks like in the neighborhood where this incident took place…