Kansas City Dad Launches Flat-Screen TV at Gunman During Home Burglary

A Kansas City dad used a flat-screen TV to chase an armed burglar out of his house, KTLA sister station WDAF reported this week.

John Sullivan, a dad from Kansas City, reenacts throwing a flat-screen TV at an armed burglar he found inside his home. (Credit: WDAF-TV)

John Sullivan, a dad from Kansas City, reenacts throwing a flat-screen TV at an armed burglar he found inside his home. (Credit: WDAF-TV)

The burglar, who entered the home through an unlocked front door,  pointed a gun at resident John Sullivan, prompting the husband and dad of four to grab the first thing he saw in his living room, a 50-inch flat-screen TV that weighed 30 pounds.

“I hopped up and grabbed it and just threw it like that at him and chased him out,” Sullivan said.

“I didn't even feel the weight,” he added. “It was like a piece of paper. It just flew across the room at the guy.”

“I wasn't thinking, just threw the TV at him, and charged right at him, screaming as loud as I can. So it was all instinct.” “I just jumped up,” Sullivan said. “I wasn't thinking, just threw the TV at him, and charged right at him, screaming as loud as I can. So it was all instinct.”

It was the instinct to protect his family as his wife sat just feet away from him in the living room, and his four little boys, ages 3 to 10, were tucked into their beds upstairs.

“They mean the world to me,” he said. “And all I could think about was protecting them the whole time and to just get that guy out of the house.”

The burglar and his lookout both ran down the driveway to their getaway car.

“Just the invasion of property, you know?” Sullivan said. “They walked up, and threatened my family with a gun in my own living room. It's troubling.”

It was a scary scenario Sullivan knows could've ended badly, but actions he wouldn't change – saying he would've taken a bullet if it meant keeping safe what means the most.

“Everything was on the line,” Sullivan said. “My whole family. So I had to do what I had to do to protect them.”

Sullivan said those same burglars targeted another house in his neighborhood and possibly a house in Raytown, Mo., that same night. But police have yet to make an arrest.

Sullivan said the burglars were black men in their 20s. The one toting the gun was heavier-set, wearing a navy blue jacket, and a red and black Chiefs hat.

He said the lookout was a taller man, wearing a navy shirt and blue jeans. While the getaway car was a black older model 4-door Sedan.