New Hampshire

NH Dad Pulls Gun on Intruder Until Police Arrive

Three days after a New Hampshire homeowner opened fire on a stranger who had broken into his home, a similar situation unfolded just a few miles away in the same city.

In broad daylight Wednesday afternoon, a man held an attempted burglar at gunpoint while his two kids witnessed the entire ordeal.

The homeowner said he was pulling into his driveway on May Street, his young children in the car, when he saw a stranger standing on his porch.

"I don't know who he is, I don't know his intentions, and I don't know why he's here," said David Cameron.

Once Cameron realized that man was trying to break into his home and steal his kids' bikes, he pulled his gun.

He carries it all the time, and while he's never before had to use it for protection, he says this is exactly why he has it.

"Because you never know who is going to do you harm," Cameron said. "I was at the zoo yesterday with my children. It was a great day, we had fun, and then there was a situation."

With 2-year-old Lincoln and 5-year-old Chase sitting feet away in the car, their dad held an attempted burglar at gunpoint.

"The guy like put up his hands and walked backwards," Chase explained.

Rochester Police say 37-year-old Nicholas Closson surrendered and was waiting for officers when they arrived at Cameron's home.

"It felt wonderful to protect my family," Cameron said.

Cameron and his fiancé, Sarah Gosselin, wish this never happened in this first place, but they are hoping it has taught their little one a valuable lesson.

"He asked me if I shot him and I said, 'No, buddy, I had no reason to kill him,'" Cameron explained. "I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to neutralize threatening situations."

Closson faces misdemeanor charges of attempted theft and possession of burglary tools. He is also accused of loitering or prowling, a violation. He was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court on Sept. 19. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Gosselin said it's unsettling that Closson was released from jail, but Cameron is confident he won't be returning to the neighborhood.

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