When a law-abiding citizen buys a firearm, he may hope to never have to use it. In the case of Harvey Lembo, the time between buying a revolver and firing it on a home intruder was only hours.
That night while in bed, Lembo heard his apartment being broken into. “I had the gun under my pillow,” he told WGME. “I reached out and I cocked it. And I got in my wheelchair.”
Wildhaber, despite having a gun pointed at him, reportedly attempted to escape. That’s when Lembo fired.
“I shot him, yes,” said Lembo. “I shot just like that. Just barely missed the side of the wall. Got him in the shoulder. If he’d had sat there, nothing would have happened. But he wanted to leave. And I’ve had enough of it. I’ve had enough.”
The landlord of Lembo’s apartment complex does not allow guns on the premises and has told Lembo to EITHER RELINQUISH HIS FIREARM OR MOVE. Lembo has agreed to give up his gun on the condition that building’s security be improved.
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