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couple Andy and Tracey Ferrie were arrested on “suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm,” after using a registered shotgun to fight off a pair of home invaders. The incident took place in the early morning at the Ferries’ secluded cottage, after the couple was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. To defend themselves, Mr. Ferrie retrieved his wife’s clay shotgun, while Mrs. Ferrie picked up a nearby crowbar. When the Ferries encountered intruders Joshua O’Gorman and Daniel Mansell, Mr. Ferrie fired, wounding both criminals. It was at least the fourth time burglars have broken into the Ferrie residence. Records reveal O’Gorman to have 16 previous criminal convictions, while Mansell has eight, including a conviction for wounding with intent that landed him a six-year sentence.

      Following their arrest, the couple spent 66 hours in police custody. Mr. Ferrie told the media that police threatened him with an attempted murder charge, adding, “I just crumpled. I saw myself being sent to prison for a long, long time. I was offered food but didn’t eat for the whole 66 hours we were held.” Mrs. Ferrie described the scene around her home as “something out of CSI.” And Mrs. Ferrie’s mother summed up the ordeal by stating, “They put Tracey and Andrew through hell.” (http://www.nraila.org/247266)

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