Defensive “Gun” Use

Fair is fair, like “Gun Death” “Gun Use” isn’t as relevant to me as the actions of people. This is a GOOD story with a happy ending!

SALT LAKE CITY – A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her.

Kent Hendrix woke up Tuesday to his teenage son pounding on his bedroom door and telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. The 47-year-old father of six rushed out the door and grabbed the weapon closest to him — a 29-inch high carbon steel Samurai sword….”His eyes got as big as saucers and he kind of gasped and jumped back,” Hendrix said by phone Tuesday afternoon. “He’s probably never had anyone draw a sword on him before.”

The man ran down the street with the barefoot Hendrix and others in pursuit. Hendrix said he couldn’t catch the man before he fled in his car, but he picked up ChapStick that the man dropped and memorized his license plate.

“I yelled at him, `I’ve got your DNA and I’ve got your license plate: You are so done,”‘ Hendrix said.

The suspect, 37-year-old Grant Eggersten, turned himself in to police an hour later, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. He was booked on charges of robbery, attempted burglary, trespassing and violation of a stalking injunction.

Hendrix, a pharmaceutical statistician, was one of several neighbors who came to the woman’s aid after she began yelling for help, Hoyal said.

The incident began just after 7 a.m. when the 35-year-old woman came out of her front door, Hoyal said. Eggersten was hiding behind her carport and attacked her, knocking her to the ground, Hoyal said.

Hells yeah! The man is not only an LDS Bishop, but a Martial Arts Instructor, and statistician! Fucking Renaissance man! If this was a roll playing game, I’d accuse the player of cheating! I would prefer a gun over the sword, but I’ll note that guns are my preferred martial arts, so it makes sense. Remember, I carry a “antiquated” 1911 just because I’m very familiar and comfortable with them. The same could be said about this guy’s blade.

Also here’s another great line!

The woman did the right thing by fighting back and calling for help, Hoyal said. She suffered minor injuries.

GOOD! None of this “Just Give Them What They Want” crap. Violent criminals really WANT to be swarmed by good people, they just don’t know it! Also none of that “Let the police handle this” crap. When seconds count, police are minuets away!

Great story! Be safe out there, people!


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4 Responses to Defensive “Gun” Use

  1. Just goes to show that the willingness to refuse to be a victim and the refusal to allow others to be victimized are much more important than the actual tools used.

  2. Tango says:

    That’s how we roll here in Utah… we look after our neighbors. We think they’re worth more than a cup of sugar.

    • Archer says:

      Totally. I’m from Oregon, but my absolute best experience with any law enforcement was in Utah. We hit road debris and had to pull off to fix a shredded tire. A UHP officer pulled up behind us and when he saw we were having trouble getting to the jack (the car was carrying two families’ worth of small children in car seats; long story), he pulled a 3-ton jack from the back of his cruiser and changed it for us. He also called out a road crew to pick up the debris and made sure the kids and moms were OK.

      That’s the kind of service you expect from AAA, but we got it from a UHP trooper. You guys do things RIGHT in Utah!

  3. Joe in PNG says:

    I wonder if he was Larry Correia’s mission trip partner?

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