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Guns in the News  | 04-03-2017 | Tim Brown

Posted on 4/3/2017, 11:57:14 AM by ReformedMedia

A Marine veteran in Salt Lake City had his door kicked in just after 3am and two men dressed in black entered his apartment.  One of them didn’t make it out because he was shot dead.

Marine veteran Brian Sant lived in the apartment that two men broke into during the early morning hours on Thursday.  He had just finished working a late shift and was still awake in his living room and his 29-year-old son had gone to bed, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.  Another unnamed adult was also inside the apartment at the time.

Puleaga Danny Tupu, 33, of West Valley City and another man kicked in the door on Sant.  One of the men was holding a 2-foot-long metal pipe.  Both men were dressed in black with hoods.

Sant began to fight the men in the living room, and that’s when his son was awakened by the commotion.  He stepped out of his bedroom and fired at both men, killing one and wounding the other.

Tupu died in the living room as his partner fled the apartment and collapsed on the lawn.  He was taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition, which later was upgraded to serious condition.

“You got veterans living around in these apartments,” Sant said, not knowing the men who broke into his apartment. “You don’t know who’s got a gun.”

The Tribune reports on Tupu:

Tupu has a long history of mostly misdemeanor convictions for petty crimes dating back to 2002, according to a search of Utah court records

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Some great comments on this post:

Someone breaks into my home and I have two words for him/them.

open season

I guess these idiots don’t read the news, about the 3 other fools shot dead in Oklahoma when they broke into the house of a guy armed with an AR-15.

1) Where did the US import this one from?
2) Article mentions a 15-year criminal history. 33 minus 15 = 18. So that’s 15 years of ADULT crime, after his extensive career as a youthful offender was sealed to protect the guilty. Why exactly was this scum still on the loose, forcing working people to expend time and expensive ammunition?