An Illinois man armed with an AR-15 saved the life of his neighbor who was being attacked at their apartment complex in Oswego Township, Illinois. He grabbed his AR-15 when his neighbor was being attacked by someone armed with a knife. He says that the AR-15 is his “weapon of choice” for home protection:
WGN 9 reports that the incident unfolded at an apartment complex on Harbor Drive, “when someone with a knife attacked another person during an argument.”
Dave Thomas witnessed the attack on his neighbor, retrieved his AR-15, and ordered the attacker to stop.
Thomas said, “I poked my head out the door. There was a pool of blood, blood was everywhere in the hall. There was still a confrontation going on, there were about three or four people involved at this point. So I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”
Police arrived and arrested the suspect, while the victim was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.
Thomas gave a statement afterward, saying, “The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection. It’s light, it’s maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it’s not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”