Lawyer Fights Armed Intruder & Wins
Posted Aug 27, 2007 2:45 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A 37-year-old partner at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis isn't just a tough competitor at the table in corporate transactions. Keith Radtke battled a rifle-toting intruder who broke into his Lakeland, Minn., home on Friday—and won—even after he was shot in the lower back with a .45-caliber handgun.
The battle began when the intruder burst in through the front door and forced Radtke and his wife into the garage as their children were in bed upstairs. He disarmed the man and held him in a bear hug as his wife ran to call 911, according to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. But unfortunately the intruder also was carrying a .45 in his waistband and shot Radtke in the back.
Nonetheless, Radtke managed to knock the handgun away, wrestle the intruder into submission and hold him until the cops arrived. The 6-foot-2 marathon runner suffered only a muscle and tissue injury, and did not require stitches.
The county sheriff commended him for “a significant degree of bravery,” adding "What he did—that’s just incredible. What he did saved himself and his family.” Radtke declined comment except to praise law enforcement and medical personnel.