Shocking: 911 Operator Tells Burglary Victim to Put Her Gun Down

   08.04.14

Shocking: 911 Operator Tells Burglary Victim to Put Her Gun Down

According to a local news story, a 911 operator recently offered–repeatedly–what may just be the worst advice ever given to a victim of a home invasion.

When NJ Logan of Holmes Beach, Florida heard suspicious noises downstairs in her home, she grabbed her gun, a compact revolver, and went to work. She headed downstairs, hollering warnings to the baddies as she went. Apparently they heeded her warnings, because she never laid eyes on them–only the damage they’d wrought.

Broken glass and a cut screen on a door showed how they’d gotten in. She couldn’t be sure they were gone and not just hiding, and she dialed 911 to summon police.

According to Logan, “When I called 911, she kept saying, ‘Well put the gun down, put the gun down,’ and I said, ‘I’ll put the gun down when I see the police.'”

Fortunately, Logan was smart enough to ignore the operator’s bad advice. Just imagine what may have happened if she had set down her gun and a lurking bad guy had come at her! Yow.

Similar burglaries had occurred in her neighborhood. While nobody was caught in this one, hopefully the bad guys have been scared straight by this gun-toting grandma.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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