Old saying: "Never bring a knife to a gun fight".
A sword, however, is another matter:
Gunmen broke in to Guillermo Tovar's east Memphis house in the small hours of the morning on November 4. They kicked down his front door, pointed a gun at his son's head and demanded cash and jewelery, before pistol-whipping Tovar unconscious.
When Tovar came to, he grabbed a sword from underneath the couch - described as a cavalry-type sabre, which the household used for cutting vegetation in the garden, and confronted the burglars. With a gun pointed at him and the intruder's finger already on the trigger, Tovar swung the sword's cutting the man's trigger finger off.
The armed robbers fled -- crucially, forgetting to pick up the missing bit of finger. Police wre able to take a usable print from the finger, and match it to a man who already had a criminal record.
While the hunt for the man continues, police expect proving the 9.5-fingered man's guilt to be one of the easier cases they'll have. As Lt. Mickey Williams noted: 'I would think he'd have a hard time explaining how his finger got left in this home.'