By Tom Knighton
If there’s one scenario more than any other that prompts people to own a firearm, it’s probably home invasions. I don’t have hard data on that or anything, just an impression based on my experiences talking with people through the years.
I suspect my experiences and impressions aren’t unique, either.
In Missoula, Montana, a math professor found himself faced with a home invasion. Luckily, he was armed and could change the equation on the criminal.
A Missoula math professor thought his dog was chasing his cat around his home Monday morning when he heard some commotion from inside the house. When he started hearing louder-than-usual sirens and noticed a rapidly growing police presence around his property, however, his inclination shifted.
“I briefly opened my front door and learned authorities were seeking the whereabouts of one or more individuals,” Josef “Joe” Crepeau wrote in an open letter to the community. “My interpretation of the noise quickly changed. I felt I should convince myself the subject or subjects of the search were not [the cause of the noise] so I decided to search my home for intruders.”
Crepeau, 58, provided his letter to the Missoulian and elaborated in person Tuesday.