I can understand how one could get 'emotionally 'jacked' _ under the same type of threat of intruders about to 'bust in' and take steps to 'pre-empt' a home invasion.
But this is 'tactically poor' response action for a few reasons:
1. You step out_ you remove initial 'protective cover and concealment' from the enemy.
2. You step out with a bat you are now a wide open target exposed to a ‘pincer’ attack.
3. You are now a wide open target for criminal prosecution and civil action for a number of reasons being outlined here and more.
4. Best to ‘yell back’ _ I have called the police and I have a gun.
Then shut the door, lock it, have your family retreat to the ‘safe room’ while you take up ‘cover and concealment’ position with a ‘Sicilian welcome’ in your hands at a strategic point that covers ‘entry points’ into your home.
It will always come down to what was reasonable under the circumstances.
Actually that did happen to me - I let the perp beat on the door and sat calmly in the kitchen with my S & W 9mm and listened for the approaching sirens.
John, can you tell us more about how this thing developed?