Cincinnati woman uses gun to defend self and five children when ex-boyfriend invades home

WCPO (ABC Cincinnati) reported recently that a Cincinnati woman was able to use a firearm to defend herself from a violent home invasion carried out by an ex-boyfriend.

From the article:

The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. at Ring Place. Dante Ruff is accused of breaking into the woman’s home through a front window. She shot him in the abdomen, Sgt. Andrew Fusselman said.

First responders transported Ruff to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He was seriously injured but is expected to be OK.

The woman’s five children were asleep upstairs at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt.

Sgt. Fusselman is quoted as saying the homeowner has a protection order against Ruff, and she has a concealed carry license.

Thankfully this woman recognized that a protection order is just a piece of paper, and made other arrangements.

Again, from the article:

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the woman won't be charged with a crime.

"Thank goodness she had a concealed carry permit and was able to defend herself and her five children," Deters said. "It is hard to image what might have happened to her or her children if she had not been able to protect herself and her family."

Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters or attempts to enter an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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