National Shooting Sports Foundation's 34th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center January 17, 2012 in Las Vegas. (File Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three people in Athens have recently used firearms to interrupt crimes, prompting police to caution it's preferable to call 911 if possible.
In one case, an Athens man scared away a man who was attacking a woman. In another, a man prevented an armed robbery and a third person fired shots at burglars.
One prominent case happened on June 21. Dennis Terry said he pulled a gun to stop an assailant from attacking a woman who caught him breaking into her car.
Athens-Clarke police said residents should call 911 in case of danger. Police Capt. Clarence Holeman said he believes in the right to own guns, but he said people shouldn't take the law into their own hands unless a life is in danger.