Disabled veteran stops home invader - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Disabled veteran stops home invader

Posted: Updated:
Disabled veteran subdues home invader Disabled veteran subdues home invader
COLBERT, Wash. - An intruder in Colbert picked the wrong house to break into. Kurt Hoffman is a disabled veteran, but he was very much able to make sure police were going to arrest the man who broke into his house. 

He says his neighborhood is fairly quiet, so he was surprised when he found threatening notes on his back porch. He and his wife were enjoying a peaceful night at home when he found the strange notes. Concerned, he put a call into the Sheriff's office.

Hoffman says while he and his wife were waiting for them to show up, things went from weird to scary. He says a teenager walked into the kitchen, and right away, Hoffman's military training kicked in.

He grabbed his handgun, that he'd hoped he'd never have to use, and was able to peacefully restrain the person who had walked in. "If he would have pulled out a weapon, I probably would have, but he didn't. I don't want to shoot anyone, but I want to protect my home," Hoffman explained.

While he was keeping the intruder from running off, deputies came to arrest the man. Hoffman says they arrived within minutes, which he said is "awesome."

His take-away from the traumatic day?

"It kind of leaves you feeling like you're not secure anymore...From now on, I'm always carrying a gun."

According to Hoffman, that man is now in custody. He and his wife aren't exactly sure why the man broke in, but they are happy that everyone is okay.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:20:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>
  • Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:42:39 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>
  • NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:10 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:10:33 GMT

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man stranded down ravine with broken leg rescued by Kamiah deputies

    Man stranded down ravine with broken leg rescued by Kamiah deputies

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-09-20 04:10:15 GMT

    KAMIAH, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a man has been rescued after spending days at the bottom of a 75 foot ravine off Highway 162 in Kamiah. On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob L. Phillips was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home, and hadn't been in touch with family members.

    >>

    KAMIAH, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a man has been rescued after spending days at the bottom of a 75 foot ravine off Highway 162 in Kamiah. On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob L. Phillips was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home, and hadn't been in touch with family members.

    >>
  • Memorial highway proposed to remember Freeman shooting victim

    Memorial highway proposed to remember Freeman shooting victim

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:24:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Sam Strahan memorial Highway has been proposed to remember the only victim who lost his life on the day of the Freeman high school shooting.  Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheading the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 though the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Sam Strahan memorial Highway has been proposed to remember the only victim who lost his life on the day of the Freeman high school shooting.  Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheading the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 though the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

    >>
  • Suspected Freeman purse snatcher held on $50,000 bond

    Suspected Freeman purse snatcher held on $50,000 bond

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:43:19 GMT

    On Tuesday the woman accused of car prowling frantic parents moments after the Freeman school shooting faced a judge for the first time. A judge ordered Nicole Jensen held on $50,000 bond. Jensen is charged with stealing a purse from a mother who left her car behind to search for her child, then racking up upwards of $35,000 on the stolen credit cards. 

    >>

    On Tuesday the woman accused of car prowling frantic parents moments after the Freeman school shooting faced a judge for the first time. A judge ordered Nicole Jensen held on $50,000 bond. Jensen is charged with stealing a purse from a mother who left her car behind to search for her child, then racking up upwards of $35,000 on the stolen credit cards. 

    >>