At a moment in the day when things normally wind down for most people, things were just heating up at the Boland home.
"He asked if I wanted him to leave, and I told him, "If you leave, I will shoot you," said 21-year-old Cord Boland.
Cord never intended to use his gun on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, and he never really had to.
"He had his guns with him from work, so the guy was more afraid of him than the other way around. So the guns actually suppressed the situation," said Cord's father, Doug Boland.
Cord had come home to an unfamiliar voice inside his house.
"Pushed the door open, and heard "Don't shoot me." And I was trying to figure out what's going on," Cord said.
That voice at the end of the hall belonged to Scott Hulse, a burglar who later told the Boland family that he owned the house.
Luckily, the Bolands didn't find the burglar to be aggressive, noting that he simply ate some food, slept, and took a shower. Cord kept Hulse in the house until the Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies came and arrested him.
"If he wanted to be armed, he could've armed himself with just almost anything in our house in any room. And he didn't want to be, evidently. You know, I have steak knives and carving knives right here on my counter," said Cyndi Boland, Cord's mother.
Looking back, the Bolands say they're thankful for the right to own and carry a weapon.
"It's our right to have them. They're here to protect our property and our families," Cyndi said.
That is, as long as it's not misused.
"Follow the laws, follow the rules, do it properly. The excuse was not for Cord to hold his handgun at the guy's head and demand him to be compliant. He didn't have to. He just saw that he was armed and he respected that," Cyndi noted.
And in this situation, it was a respect that kept everyone safe and alive.