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Armed Woman Stops Burglary

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Lisa Atkin said it was a long 23 minutes after she stopped an intruder at gunpoint after he broke into her home Wednesday morning. Now she’s spreading the message about how firearm training helped her stop a burglary.

Normally Atkin wouldn’t be home on a Wednesday morning. “I’m home sick from work today and I was resting in bed,” ¬†said Atkin.

Around 9:00 a.m. her three labs started making a commotion. ¬†“My thought was they were fooling around being the puppy Labradors that they are. But as it got louder obviously that wasn’t the case,” said Atkin.

So she got up to figure out what was going on. “As the noise came more in the house I decided I needed to get my handgun from my nightstand and proceed cautiously through the house,” said Atkin.

That’s when she found Joseph Baker inside her home. “So that’s when I took the gun from its holster and commanded the person to stay still and get down on the floor and asked him what he was doing in my home,” said Atkin.

While the no trespassing signs, security system, and dogs didn’t stop Baker from breaking through two doors to get into the house, Atkin’s extensive firearm training stopped the burglary. “We’ve been through the Oregon Firearms Academy courses so we were trained to deal with these kinds of situations,” said Atkin.

While she never thought she would use this training at home, she’s hopeful other women can learn from her experience. “Twenty three minutes is a long time and while most people in town wouldn’t have to wait that long for a response, it was an incredibly quick response for where we live. Without that training the outcomes could’ve been a little different so I’m blessed to be here today,” said Atkin.

Baker is lodged in the Lane County Jail facing charges of burglary, resisting arrest, menacing, and criminal mischief.

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  1. Robert P. Wills says:

    Good for you Lisa! Proper gun control is keeping your target in your sights!

    I’m glad you’re safe and sound.
    RPW

  2. Chris Ewens says:

    A great testament for seeking and completing adequate training. You will not “rise to the occasion” and react effectively to a threat, unless you have been trained. I constantly have students who take the minimum level of training required by state law, here at BullsEye Tactical Firearms Training, who decide not to take more extensive training. If you carry concealed or keep a firearm in your home for self-defense, invest in the level of training that will prepare you for this type of stressful event. There is no substitute for adequate training, practice, and preparation.

  3. kittytadams says:

    I have had to protect my life and the lives of 4 others in my shop during an attempted robbery by 7 would be robbers, it was only because I had my gun “FIRST” that they all backed down and filed out the door single file…they were scummy low down individuals that would not have left anyone alive. GUNS SAVE LIVES!!!! Bad people take lives not guns.

  4. Fbush says:

    This is exactly what handguns are for. She could have shot the person, she could have reacted a dozen different ways. Instead, she used her gun and her training to hold the guy for the police.
    This is what gun owners are supposed to do.He complied so she didn’t use lethal force. Perfect.

  5. Jewel says:

    The article doesn’t say what she waited 23 minutes for.

    1. Mike says:

      @Jewel – The cops, obviously.

    2. Dave says:

      She just wanted to kill time. What do you think she waitd 23 minutes for? Duh (The police)

    3. Art says:

      That’s about how long it takes a cop to drink his coffee and eat his pastry. I called the police because someone was breaking into my car. They were still in the car when I placed the call. A town cop was across the street in the park when I called. It took him more than half an hour before he actually responded. I was livid.

      1. Aaron says:

        Did you hold them until they got there, or expect someone else to do the dirty work? Not all Police Officers sit around drinking coffee and eating donuts. Or, did you not have a gun because you are a gun-hating liberal, expecting everyone else to bail your ass out of a tight spot? Give me break, don’t talk crap about donuts and coffee until you have walked in a police officers shoes.

  6. ronald dupree says:

    response by authorities

  7. chris says:

    would be Robber should be very thankful she didnt blow him away

  8. Joel Conwell says:

    23 minutes it took for the cops to arrive? Would she have shot him if he ran for it?

    1. George says:

      Any attempt on his part to do anything other that what I told him, except to pee his pants, would have been taken as a threat against me and/or mine. It would have been his mistake.

  9. Jon says:

    Another crisis actor supporting right-wing guns-rights ideology???

    1. Ben Steinke says:

      Why the hell would you make an assumption like that? I know why: you can’t EVER allow yourself to believe that left-wingers do wrong. It’s always “the Other”, isn’t it? If something like what happened to this lady ever happens to you, God forbid, and the robber happens to be armed—and you are not—let us know how it turned out. That is, if you survive.

    2. pam says:

      Jon, she said it took 23 minutes for the cops to arrive. What would YOU have done had you been in her place? Just curious.

    3. Dee Dee says:

      When seconds count, the police are minutes away. First responder? The homeowner.

  10. Jackieprim says:

    That’s why this old lady is locked and loaded. We have no police dept.I spend a lot of my time at the range……Good for you Lisa

  11. Peter says:

    @Joel Conwell: if he had hightailed it out of there, the threat would have ended, so no she wouldn’t have shot him if she reacted according to training.

    @Jon: “crisis actor”? A crises is exactly when we need protection, for which we cannot rely on law enforcement. It’s a bit of a trope, but, “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!”

    I’m glad this story has a happy ending for all involved. Yes, even for Mr. Baker. After all, he is still alive. I applaude Ms. Atkin’s level-headed response that saved her life and saved the life of Mr. Baker. Perhaps this will be a wake up call for him and he will amend his ways.

  12. DutchUncle says:

    If it was left up the gun Grabbing Dumbocrats, this woman would be just another Statistic. Good for her.

    1. DAVE RUMMLER says:

      Anyone think this is Mr Baker’s first offense?

  13. Will Cushman says:

    This armed and trained woman’s effective and legal response has given a case of butthurt to “Jon”. Good.

  14. robert says:

    sounds like they are promoting the training more than any thing .is this an other money grab?

  15. Barbie says:

    Great Job Lisa. The bad guy goes to jail and you are safe…. Good gun training is wonderful when you need it. The Police are there after the crime most always, so knowing how to defend yourself is crucial.

  16. Ron Schaeffer says:

    In Florida we get to shoot them….Lisa is from my old stomping grounds. I lived in Eugene for most of my young life and my uncles lived in JC. Good job on keeping the intruder on his face.

  17. Flyover country says:

    Bang – Bang – Bang…. Freeze!

  18. Cara says:

    In a moral society, this guy is ended and serves as a warning to other would-be violent attackers that they had better think twice. If anyone thinks this was this guy’s first rodeo or last, they are most likely to be tragically mistaken. This one just became someone else’s problem a couple of years down the road. Put yourself in his shoes – how far mentally deranged would you need to be in order to take those actions? And to the moron who thinks training is just a “money grab”, you should understand that when an emergency strikes, you rise to the level of your training. Why do you think EMT’s train, for fun? What important life-saving skill does not benefit from training?

  19. LEADFOOT says:

    I LIVE IN OREGON ALSO. AND AND 23 MIN. WOULD BE A FAST RESPONSE! THE COUNTY IS SO LARGE AND THE COPS ARE SO FEW. I’M NOT SURE IF I SAID FREEZE AND HE EVEN TWITCHED, I’M AFRAID I WOULD SHOOT. HE BROKE IN TO MY HOME, HE IS PROBABLY ARMED, HE KNEW WHAT COULD HAPPEN! I HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO FIND OUT! BUT I WOULD RATHER BE SAFE THAN SORRY!

    I’M TOO OLD TO FIGHT, TOO SLOW TO RUN, THEREFORE I CARRY !

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