US Veteran Stops Wanted Felon – Police Confiscate His Gun


Corey Thompson,36, a United States military veteran, discovered 40-year-old Johnathon Kinsella, a wanted felon, attempting to break into his home around 11:30pm on Sunday evening. He attempted to stop Kinsella by warning him verbally that he was armed and then providing a warning shot into the ground near him. Ultimately he stopped the intruder, but police didn't think Kinsella made the right call and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and reckless endangering. Then they confiscated his AR-15.

According to KDRV,

Police say 40 year-old Jonathon Kinsella, a wanted felon, was running. 36 year-old Corey Thompson told NewsWatch 12, he shot a warning shot at Kinsella because he was trying to break in through his back door.

"This is the end result. You break into someone's house, there's consequences," explained Thompson.

Thompson says he grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle and told Kinsella to stop near his back door.

"When I'm dealt with a stressful situation, being a veteran from Iraq and the Afghanistan war, it's natural. I just jump into combat mode. I told him I'm going to give you a warning shot," said Thompson.

Medford, Oregon Police Lt. Mike Budreau takes a different stance saying, "There was nothing that the suspect was doing that was aggressive enough to justify the shooting. In fact, the suspect was walking away."

Well he wasn't walking away when he was trying to break in the man's home, was he? Nothing aggressive enough, eh Lt. Budreau? Attempting to break into someone's home in the middle of the night is not considered aggressive by you? It's referred to as burglary. It's aggressive enough that even the Bible says the person who kills another who is committing burglary is not guilty.

"If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft."

--Exodus 22:2-3

Notice the first thief is a burglar, a nocturnal thief, and the second is a daytime thief.

"I can see where they're coming from, with those kinds of ordinances and stuff. I understand yes, I did discharge my weapon but I was careful not to fire it at any body's residence. It was at the ground specifically," explained Thompson.

Lt. Budreau attempted to justify charging Thompson by saying that bullets fired from semi-automatic rifles "just don't hit something and absorb. Especially if it's something with that high velocity. It could skip off of objects and wind up going into a house, through a wall, through a window."

However, the problem is that if "ifs and buts were candies and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas." No one was harmed. The bullet didn't go anywhere but in the ground. It didn't skip. It didn't enter another house. One would think the police in this case would use a bit of common sense and politely thank Mr. Thompson for aiding in the capture of a wanted felon. In other words, once again, just like in Boston following the bombing, a citizen is the one that actually finds the wanted person and aids in their capture.

Police confiscated Thompson's weapon claiming that it was used in the commission of a crime, which honestly is laughable. It was used defending his home! Should Thompson be found not guilty, he will get his firearm back. I hope a jury of his peers has more common sense than Lt. Budreau and his officers.

The police in Medford are dealing with gangs and have recently been on the lookout for a stabbing suspect. They've even recently made arrests in slew of break ins, so again I reiterate that they were not around to protect Mr. Thompson and I think he did what any man would have done, though I hasten to say that many of us where I live would not have given a warning shot. A few honest citizens removing these criminals from the planet when they attempt to commit these crimes would be in the best interest of everyone.

Feel free to be a voice to the Medford, Oregon Police Department on behalf of Corey Thompson:

Medford Police Department

411 W 8th St, Medford, OR 97501

Phone:(541) 774-2250

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  • Herbert Foster

    PUT YOURSELF IN HIS SHOES AND TELL ME YOU WOULD HAVE TRIED TO TALK HIM OUT OF WHAT HE HAD DONE AND LET HIM WALK? THAT IS BULLSHIT IN TODAYS WORLD!

  • Hopegoddess

    Maybe should had waited for him to illegally enter his home then shoot to kill. people who commit crimes will just get released and do it again and possibly kill someone.

  • Kent2012

    budreau is a bu!!hole............

  • firstchoice

    Never fire a warning shot. Shoot the perp, or get rid of your firearm and be a dependant on the Police, whenever they are able to show up. I've never heard of any combat or self defense training that encourages firing "warning shots". It's a very good way to get yourself killed or hurt innocent bystanders/neighbors.

  • Txlawman516

    The only thing he did wrong was fire a warning shot. Cops don't get to fire warning shots. Nobody gets to fire warning shots. If you are in fear for your life enough to discharge a weapon, that means it should be pointed at the bad guy. If Thompson's weapon was taken it would be for evidence of the discharge. Where I work that is very minor, and he should get it back pretty quickly after the case is disposed of. Personally, I would have let it slide under the circumstances, but I wasn't there.

  • R.Young

    Confiscation of Veterans guns is a must for all veterans have been labeled as Home Grown American Terrorists! The Police have just unarmed another Terrorist!

    • Herbert Foster

      WHO IN HELL SAID THE HOMEOWNER IS A TERRORIST BUT YOU? YOU GOT THE WHOLE STORY WRONG THERE BUBBA!

    • R.Young

      Veterans, Veterans Organizations, etc. Have been labeled but such wonderful Organizations as the DOJ, DHS and TSA as TERRORISTS. That is why they in conjunction with Police Departments so willingly harrass and take their weapons away. The above listed Government Departments know that Veterans are nothing more than ticking time bombs.
      Baby Killer!

  • Ltpar

    Hey Lt. Budreau, get your head out of your ass and start acting like the leader you are supposed to be. Apparently, you have forgotten it is the bad guys you arrest and not citizens who are protecting their property. You are very lucky that I am not your Chief, because between the Officers who used bad judgement and yourself, you would be eating standing up for the next month.

    • Kent2012

      Thanks, Chief

  • Wayne

    Bunch of morons, you'd think they worked for Holder.

  • ARMYOF69

    Obama's army at work.

  • Tic...Tic...BOOM

    First of all, IT ISN'T AN "ASSAULT RILFE". It is a semi-automatic rifle. Second, if this "criminal", Mr. Thompson, was a female who lived alone, would the police have charged her? Of course not. This is BS and I hope that he fights it and wins. Third, it's Oregon.

    • KGB

      This was the People's Republic of Oregon. I was charged with attempted murder for shooting at one of four minorities who were chasing me with switchblade knives. My (now) ex husband had run off ahead of me with the car keys, leaving me on my own.

      They confiscated my revolver and I spent about 2 hours in jail prior to being recogged. I was without my weapon until I was acquitted. The four "victims" of my crime were deported and did not appear as witnesses.

  • Pamela Buczkowske

    Lt. Budreau, you are an ass. Mr. Thompson did not break any laws and you know it. You're just pissed because he caught the wanted felon and you didn't. So give the man back his gun and go back to school and learn how to do YOUR JOB PROPERLY.

    • drbhelthi

      Agreed.
      And teach him that permission of local police is not required by the home resident to stop an invader from breaking into ones home.

  • Gorges Smythe

    He should have shot (and killed) him from the inside, so it would have been a frontal shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wilford.biggs Wilford Biggs

    Maybe I have my information mixed up but I thought higher velocity caused GREATER penetration not less. If I am correct our Lt was simply talking off the top of his head. This man being arrested for this is only going to tell the next person that he will be better off shooting the perpetrator than to give him a warning. Sure verbal warnings are good but sometimes ... Had e shot off into the air I would say he was careless but into the ground ....?

    • Wayne

      In Texas we don't give warning shots, and with the price of ammo that's a waste of good ammo.

    • Palrak

      In California, warning shots are illegal. He!!, I can only fire inside my home (or at the range), so I'm not going to waste a $1+ cartridge to damage my home and perhaps be overtaken by an intruder in the process.

  • onooop

    It appears that the disarming of Americas vets is going ahead as planned!