Jesse Murr, 29, learned that lesson early Thursday morning when, in a drunken stupor, he busted the glass out of his neighbor’s back porch door, reached through the jagged hole and unlocked the door, then walked in at about 12:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Strecker Road.
From his bedroom upstairs Scott Stith heard the crash, cocked his loaded Springfield Armory Model 1911 .45 caliber pistol and charged down stairs. Without a sound he trained the weapon on Murr’s silhouette.
“I’d ran that scenario though my head probably 1000s of times and every time it comes out the same with the bad guy lying dead on the floor,” Stith said.
But he didn’t squeeze. With teenage sons Stith couldn’t be 100 percent sure of his target.
“Before I got down there I thought ‘I have to make sure I’m not getting ready to kill someone I love,'” he said. “I had to make sure this guy was an enemy not just a messed up loved one.”
Stith broke the silence.
“Do you know how close to death you are?” he said.
The voice that replied came from a stranger.
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