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WV: Homeowner Shoots Charging Burglar


State Researcher
Jan 25, 2007
Lebanon, VA

A Nicholas County man was shot early Sunday after he allegedly broke into a house in Summersville.

Howard Franklin Harris, of Summersville, told deputies he woke up about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to find Christopher Lynn Pino, of Ramsey, burglarizing his house.

Nicholas County Sheriff Wetzel Bennett said Harris called police and held a gun on Pino while waiting for help to arrive.

But Harris told deputies that Pino charged him, and he had to shoot. Bennett said Pino was shot in the head with a handgun.
Bennett said Pino was taken to CAMC General Hospital in Charleston where he was in stable condition Monday morning.

The investigation continues, but Bennett said charges are expected to be filed against Pino.


Campaign Veteran
Dec 21, 2009
what caliber!?

Let me know what he got shot with so I can avoid purchasing handguns in that caliber! lol


Well-known member
Jan 6, 2010
Fairborn, Ohio, USA
The caliber does not matter as much as the nature of the bullet and its path. The congressman was shot with a 9mm (IIRC) and survived. One of my former students was shot in the head with a military munition in Iraq and survived.

What matters most is the path of the bullet--which will be affected by deformation and fragmentation. If there is not too much blood loss and damage is limited to one hemisphere, survival is quite possible.

I would be willing to bet that the homeowner's gun was not loaded with SD ammo. Most likely, the load was ball ammo designed for target shooting and produced a through-and-through, front-to-back, and not side-to-side (or lodged, after making a short, narrow, and smooth bore).