It's been a busy week for Mobile County Sheriff deputies with three separate home invasions, two of which end with shots fired by the homeowner.
"It's got to be frightening for anyone when they're at home to have an unknown person illegally enter their house," Captain Paul Burch with MSCO said. "I would say more so for women or even elderly homeowners."
On Tuesday afternoon deputies confirmed shots were fired at a home on Haggerty Lane off Spice Pond Road. Investigators said the burglar threw a brick through a window, trying to get in. The elderly homeowner stopping the entry, firing at least five shots with two suspects still on the run.
Captain Burch says early Friday morning, a similar situation happened of Schillinger Road North. In this case, no shots were fired and deputies arrested 31-year-old Justin Addicks.
"The homeowner was at home and a burglar entered the house and he was able to hold him at gunpoint until the sheriffs office arrived and took him into custody," Burch said.
Exactly a week ago, two men broke into a shed off Padgett Switch Road. Deputies say, alerted by his security system, the homeowner surprised the alleged burglars and shot at them, striking one of them in the head. Captain Burch says the loud alarm was key to the arrests of Travis Carter and Craig Cumbie.
In all these cases, FOX10 News wanted to know exactly how bold is too bold when it comes to protecting what's yours?
This is Burch's best advice:
"One message would be to lock your doors when you're at home. In no means are we encouraging homeowners to use deadly force as their first option, however they do have the right to protect themselves while they're at home if they feel either their life or the life of their family is in danger."