Colo. Springs homeowner held intruder at gunpoint until police arrive

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In the midst of a gun control debate that continues to swirl on the steps of the state capitol 70 miles to the north, a Colorado Springs man used a weapon to defend himself, his family and his property this week.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, homeowner Jeremy Strong, 38, was relaxing in his south Colorado Springs house on Tuesday when he heard a window shatter and his wife scream. Strong rushed to her aid and found an intruder, whom he held at gunpoint until police arrived.

Thankfully for Strong, Colorado Springs police officers were just two doors down investigating another home break in that involved four men. The officers arrived quickly and took the intruder into custody.

That intrusion suspect was later identified as Thomas Morphet, 42. Police said he was likely among a group of four who invaded the house near Strong’s, and that Morphet may have been on the run from the three other men in that group.

Though Strong did not press charges, Morphet was taken into custody. The other three men involved in in the first home invasion escaped.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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