Veteran Teaches Daughter Gun Safety: Chases Down, Detains Burglary Suspect

MARTINAs concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility.

They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime example.

Jared Martin, a National Guardsman who served in Iraq and Kuwait, had his gun in hand as he chased a suspected burglar from a fence line near the couple’s West Knox Court property, caught the man a few blocks away and held onto him until police arrived.

“I thought for a second about shooting,” Martin said. “But he was in someone else’s property and the backdrop was a house.”

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The Martins said they also talked to their daughter about the March incident in which Spokane resident Gail Gerlach shot and killed fleeing car thief Brendon Kaluza-Graham.

The Spokane County prosecutor’s office has not yet released a decision on whether to press charges against Gerlach, who told police he feared for his life when he fired his weapon.

Heather Martin said the kind of gun control that matters most is “knowing how and when to use it and why.”

After finding their garage had been broken into Monday morning, the Martins woke up around 3 a.m. Tuesday to again find their property disturbed.

Martin said he isn’t sure what woke him up, but he grabbed his gun and walked outside to see a bicycle leaned up against his fence and a backpack hanging from the handlebars.

He recognized the bag; it had been stolen from his garage the night before.



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