Ah, armed Self-Defense

Math teacher 1, thug 0

A Missoula math professor thought his dog was chasing his cat around his home Monday morning when he heard some commotion from inside the house. When he started hearing louder-than-usual sirens and noticed a rapidly growing police presence around his property, however, his inclination shifted.

“I briefly opened my front door and learned authorities were seeking the whereabouts of one or more individuals,” Josef “Joe” Crepeau wrote in an open letter to the community. “My interpretation of the noise quickly changed. I felt I should convince myself the subject or subjects of the search were not [the cause of the noise] so I decided to search my home for intruders.”

Crepeau, 58, provided his letter to the Missoulian and elaborated in person Tuesday.

He said he grabbed his 9 mm Beretta and began the search, starting from the top floor, as he reminded himself of training protocols and worked to “ramp myself down.” In the basement, he saw an open door that led outside and became more cautious.

“I then made use of my handgun to tip the balance of power in my favor,” Crepeau, a resident of Missoula since 1976, wrote in his letter.

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