When 79-year-old Ervin Brittnacher saw a stranger outside his home toting a .223 Ruger Mini-14 rifle with the intent to break in and steal his stuff, he sprung into action. Despite being old enough to be the intruder’s father, or possibly grandfather, Brittnacher is no one to be trifled with, thanks to his combination of old man strength and karate skills. A 79-year-old man disarmed a gun-toting intruder with a karate chop to the neck.
The intruder, 39-year-old Charles Brian Smith, dropped the gun after the karate chop. Brittnacher recovered the gun, holding it on the man and keeping him pinned down in the front yard until the police arrived. Smith was screaming and incoherent; before being disarmed he had shot up Brittnacher’s home and pickup truck. The police arrested him and took him to Galveston County jail on $40,000 bond.
“That’s a pretty stout old man. I would not classify him as a feeble person from how he was so quickly able to disable this guy,” said Lt. Bruce Whitten of the League City Police Department. “My recommendation is that you do what you need to do to protect yourself. That’s up to the individual. When you’re confronted with something like this you have to do what you need to do to protect yourself.”
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