Last night I had a few few friends and family over for drinks and a BBQ. At about 10p.m. I was at the grill carving up some ribs when I noticed a man walking in the street next to my fence. As we made eye contact he spoke to me but I could not hear what he said. The music and party noise drowned out his words. He started to walk away but stoped and spoke again. Once again I ignored him hopeing he would leave. He did not He now comes the gate and ask if I could give him a beer. I asked one of the guest to grab a beer so he would go away. This guy looked like a thug so as I talked to him I rested my arms on top of the gate with the butcher knife in full view. He tells me he just got out of prison after doing over 20 yeas. Then he tells he just left a house where he had an argument with his wife and her family. As he is telling me this I notice the muzzle of a simi auto appear above the privacy slats in the gate. He lowers the pistol and said "I could have shot him in the face" . My cousin now shows up with a beer for him. I said I'll be right back in a calm voice not wanting To agitate the man I walked to the hot tub and told my wife and her friend go in the house now and take the kids awayfrom the windows. I went to the bedroom a grabed my Kimber then headed to back yard. I am VERY thankful he was gone when I got there. The police came by and we sent them in his direction. I then traded my Kimber for my HD shotgun About 30 mins later the police returned and said they had arested him. He was a felon and still had the 9 mill on him. I live in a nice neighborhood a have never considered carring at home. I am not sure if I had my pistol that I would not have shot him througt the fence. Once he lowered his gun I had no way to know if it was pointed at me or not. I hope I never have to take a life. But this has giving my a lot to think about. I am thankful to God it played out the way it did.