4/23/2014

Kent County, Michigan Jewelers fend off four robbers who try to rob their store

This seems like an obvious case when you have four robbers where it would be useful to have a sizable magazine in your gun.  From MLive:
For the second time in four years, Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry has thwarted a robbery attempt – this time, apparently leaving at least one of the robbers with gunshot wounds. . . .
Police said two people inside Medawar shot at the robbers, who fled after breaking into a jewelry case. Police believed that at least one suspect had been shot, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Witnesses reported the unnamed victims of the robbery had fired shots at the robbers, injuring at least one of them.  . . . .
During a robbery on Oct. 5, 2010, Paul Medawar secretly called police when robbers came in the store.
That day, he dialed 911 on his office phone, triggering a police response that left robbers rushing out of his store. He spoke briefly to a dispatcher before a robber found him and told him to hang up.
He and his son, David, and a store manager, were told to lie on the floor after he opened a safe containing diamonds. . . .
The robbers fled quickly from that 2010 robbery, then crashed a stolen Jeep into a nearby condominium.
"The police got my (911) call. When the robbers left, the police were outside in the parking lot," Medawar said. . . .

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Concealed carry holder in Chicago successfully defends himself against two armed attackers

Police have determined that the person acted in self-defense.  From the Chicago Tribune:
A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning. 
The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan. 
The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor's home, Sullivan said. 
One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.
The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said. . . . .

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4/18/2014

Three armed suspects break into home, stopped by armed homeowner, Seventh home invader killed in Detroit this year

From WJBK in Detroit (Posted: Apr 17, 2014 7:23 AM EDT):
Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home.
Sgt. Michael Woody says two people tried to break into the home . . . early Thursday through a window and a third was sitting in the vehicle.
Woody says the homeowner shot at the suspects, who returned fire. He says the person in the vehicle was hit and the two other suspects fled on foot.
FOX 2's Roop Raj reports a woman in the home that was crashed into was injured. Police didn't immediately say whether the gunfire or crash killed the suspect. . . .
Raj confirms this is the seventh home invader shot in 2014 and the fourth in the last six weeks. . . .

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3/26/2014

Roseville, Michigan: Concealed carry permit holder stops a shoplifter from slashing a security officer

As the ABC Channel 7 TV news story above makes clear, the citizen with a gun who stopped the attack was a concealed carry permit holder.  The video also notes that the police are putting in for an award for the permit holder.  Fox News Channel 32 notes: "Berlin says that Silva stabbed a store security officer several times. He says a customer with a concealed firearm permit ordered Silva to stop, and police arrested him."
From the Detroit Free Press:
Acustomer with a handgun stopped a shoplifting suspect from slashing a securityofficer with a contaminated needle and syringe outside a Home Depot store inRoseville, police said.
Joshua J. Silva, 26, was arrested a short time after the incident Monday night . . . . 
Silva was ordered held in the Macomb County Jail on $25,000 bond after being arraigned today on second-degree retail fraud, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a 10-year felony. A preliminary exam is set for April 2 in 39th District Court in Roseville. . . . 
Berlin said Silva began to fight with store loss prevention officers in the parking lot when they tried to apprehend him for stuffing a $179 battery-powered drill under his coat. Silva pulled a concealed syringe from his jacket and used it as a weapon . . . . 
They said he stabbed one of the officers several times with the contaminated needle. Berlin said the victim had more than five puncture wounds on the top of his hand. 
A customer with a concealed pistol license saw the fight, pulled out his handgun and told Silva to drop the syringe and get on the ground. Silva stopped fighting and sat down in the parking lot, police said, but jumped up and ran when he heard approaching police sirens. The loss prevention officers allowed him to run and police officers arrested him without further incident. 
The citizen told police he got involved because the suspect was so violent and appeared to “be getting the best of” the loss prevention officers. He said he feared if he didn’t get involved, the suspect was going to kill one of the store officers, police said.The wounded loss prevention officer was treated at a local hospital. Neither he nor the good Samaritan was interested in a media interview, Berlin said. . . .

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3/18/2014

Pizza delivery driver protects herself with her permitted concealed handgun

Story from Fayetteville NC:
. . . Ashley Marie Hurd, 26, a driver for Domino’s Pizza, took the order to a house on the 200 block of Stuart Avenue about 10 p.m., a police report said.
When she arrived, a man was standing outside, and she told him how much the bill was, said Lt. Todd Joyce, Fayetteville police spokesman.
As she was doing so, Joyce said, a second man, wearing a dark-colored jacket, came around from the side of the house.
The man put something to the back of Hurd’s head and demanded money, Joyce said.
“Unbeknownst to them, she had a weapon,” Joyce said. “She pulled out a gun, and when she did, the suspects fled and they didn’t get anything.” . . .

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3/11/2014

Store owner in Dallas uses gun to protect employees from four armed robbers, 911 operator makes mistake and police didn't respond for hours

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This story is from the Fox News station in Dallas, Texas.  This story was originally covered on May 8, 2013.
Four robbers, two of them armed, entered Pepe's Grocery on Bernal Drive in West Dallas. 
The store owner fought back and shot one of them. 
He called 911 but waited for a long time. Police never came so he went home. 
On Sunday night, surveillance cameras from in and outside the store show four men with masks charge in. 
One had an assault rifle. The other had a pistol. 
One smacks an employee in the face then holds the assault rifle to his head as he cowers on the ground. 
A female employee behind the counter is in shock and throws her hands up. . . . .

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3/02/2014

11-year-old girl shot and killed a cougar that was stalking her brother, saving her brother's life

An emaciated female cougar apparently was getting closer to humans in her search for food.  The cougar had already been scared off twice from the family's property, but the cougar apparently through that the third time was the charm.  From the New York Daily News:
A quick-thinking Washington state girl bravely grabbed a gun to shoot dead a cougar that was stalking her older brother. 
Shelby White, 11, said she acted instinctively after spotting the skinny predator following Tanner, 14, as he walked back to their rural home in Twisp last Thursday. 
The fearless hunter snatched her rifle, took aim at the deadly beast which was just 10 feet away, and gunned it down — saving her sibling's life. . . . 

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2/22/2014

Woman with gun stops two men from breaking into her home at 2:50 AM

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
. . . Jefferson County Capt. Ron Arnhart said the woman woke up about 2:50 a.m. to the sound of her front door opening. She and her husband live in the 700 block of Buckboard Lane near Fenton. Authorities did not identify them. 
From the top of her stairs, the woman saw two men standing just inside her door and fired three shots at them, Arnhart said. The burglars ran out of the house without being hit by gunfire. . . . .
Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link.

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2/20/2014

Criminals mess with the wrong mom: "Mom [with an "assault" rifle] opens fire on home invaders in Detroit to defend children"


This mother of two young children did what she could to protect her family.  Apparently, it wasn't the first time that the family has been robbed.  From WXYZ TV:
A Detroit mother opened fire Monday night when three suspects broke into her home. Surveillance cameras caught it all.
The mother tells 7 Action News she "didn't have time to get scared." When she heard the door to her home on Woodrow Wilson being kicked in, she immediately warned the three teenage intruders and then opened fire.
One of the teens dropped a handgun on his way out the door. He then tried to get back inside the house a second time, but was again met with gunfire. Once again, he took off and all three were arrested shortly after the incident by Detroit Police.
Recalling the panic she felt, the mom says "I let them know I had a gun once they were in the house. They said no you don't so I shot off the first round. I wasn't feeling anything at the moment, I got scared afterwards." . . .
I am really beginning to like Detroit's police chief.



From WXYZ TV:
Now Detroit's Chief of Police is responding to the dramatic footage and the mother's actions.
"She did the right thing" says Chief James Craig acknowledging the mother gave a verbal warning prior to firing the weapon.
As we first reported, the mother was protecting two small children inside the home. . . . 

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2/15/2014

Defensive gun use by concealed carry permit holder in Texas

2/10/2014

More news stories of defensive gun uses, first several have defensive gun uses by women

Recently I posted six videos of women using guns to stop violent crime.  Here is one video with multiple great local news stories.  The first few stories involve defensive gun uses by women.


Thanks very much to Victor for supplying me with this link.

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2/08/2014

"California homeowner foils home invasion attempt by firing shotgun, police say"

From Fox News:
A California homeowner foiled an attempted home invasion Thursday when she grabbed her shotgun and fired near the suspects.
Police say two males broke into a home nearby and were able to steal a few items before targeting the 59-year-old’s home.
Carla, who did not provide reporters with her last name, told MyFoxLA.com that she woke up when her dog started barking.
She said she saw one man in her backyard and another waiting by the car. Carla’s 90-year-old mother was also inside the home at the time, MyFoxLA.com reported.
Dressed in her nightgown, Carla grabbed her shotgun and fired at the ground near one of the suspects.
“Hopefully this is going to tell these guys you know, I’m not a sitting duck,” she told MyFoxLA.com. "I've got a gun and I know how to use it," she said.  . . .

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2/03/2014

Father holds man found in his daughter's bedroom at gunpoint

A 63-year-old found hiding in bedroom with 7-year-old had three previous arrests for indecent exposure.  The intruder was held at gun-point by the father until the police arrived.  From News 13 in Ocala, Florida:
Marion County Sheriff’s deputies said a father’s quick thinking kept a shocking situation from getting worse after a man was found in his 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
After returning home from a birthday dinner Friday night, the Smith family came home to quite a surprise when they walked into their Ocala home and headed into their daughter McKenzie's room to get her ready for bed.
"This scary, he was freaky looking man just peered out and it was like ‘whoa. What are you doing in my daughter's bedroom,’” the girl's mother said.
Deputies said 63-year-old Paul Matheny was found hiding under blankets.
Jesse Smith grabbed his Glock when he heard his daughter and wife screaming.
"I immediately got my gun and went there and got them out of the room,” Smith said.
He held Matheny at gunpoint until deputies arrived. . . . .

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1/30/2014

Some great defensive gun use stories by women from 2013







Here is a case from 2011


Here is a case from 2009

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1/18/2014

"Good Samaritan" with concealed handgun stops armed robber in Alabama

Dallas County, Alabama (WSFA TV):
New details are emerging in the investigation into a shooting at a Dallas County dollar store that ended with a gunman dead at the hands of a customer who decided to take action.  
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson has identified the gunman as Kevin McLaughlin from Orrville and the customer as Marlo Ellis, 37, also from Orrville.
The fatal shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the Dollar General on Highway 22 in Orrville. 
Officials say McLaughlin walked into the store waving a gun in the air and forced a cashier and Ellis at gunpoint towards a break room. At that point, Ellis pulled out a concealed weapon and shot McLaughlin once in the chest. 
"He escorted a customer who was trying to leave the store and a cashier toward a break room. The cashier went in first and the customer went in behind her, and the individual had the gun on the customer and the customer had a pistol concealed in a holster," Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said. "And when the customer got to the door, he turned around and shot the individual." . . .  
On Friday, District Attorney Michael Jackson said he doesn't expect Marlo Ellis to face any charges in the incident at the Dollar General.  
"In Alabama you have the right to defend yourself or a third party so when the perpetrator went in there with a gun anybody in the store had the right to deadly force and that's what happened so he actually was a Good Samaritan in this situation because other people could have been injured if he hadn't taken action," Jackson told WSFA.
As for McLaughlin's intentions, he said there were "rumors and speculations" circulating that would be sorted out in the course of the investigation.  
"I don't know why he went in there waving a gun at the people. Whatever reason he went in there for, it was very serious. Anytime someone goes into store and points guns at people, then anybody in the store has the right to use deadly force against that person," he added. . . .

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1/15/2014

Some defensive gun uses, a couple involving concealed carry

Nashua, NH (CBS Boston), December 18, 2013
Paul Jensen was sitting in the driver’s seat of his Ford Taurus in a hospital parking lot in Nashua when police say James Paul suddenly opened up the passenger door. 
“As he started to get in, I didn’t have time to think about it, I just reacted, by the time he got in my car, I had my weapon out and pointed at his head,” said Jensen from his home in Nashua today. . . . 
As for Jensen, police say he is licensed to carry the weapon and they do not fault him for pulling the gun. 
“Based on the fear that Mr. Jensen had and based on his actions it does appear that it was appropriate,” said Nashua Police Lieutenant Denis Linehan.  . . .
Cleveland, Ohio (Fox News), December 18, 2013
Police in Cleveland say a victim of a home invasion fatally shot one of the would-be robbers and wounded the other. 
Twenty-four-year-old Everton Mosby told officers that two men approached him outside his house on the city's east side early Tuesday and ordered him back inside where they pistol-whipped him. 
Mosby -- who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon -- said he was able to get hold of his gun and shot the two men. The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1bdbJgE ) reports that one of the men, believed to be in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. . . . 
Las Vegas, NV
A 72-year-old man, who was the victim of a recent burglary, immediately went for his handgun when he heard a commotion in his Las Vegas home early Monday morning.“Several intruders, had gotten into the home, entered his bedroom and he fired at least one shot, and they fled,” Metro Police Officer Bill Cassellsaid, according to KLAS-TV. 
When the police arrived at Dr. Joseph Piracci’s residence, they found one of the intruders was attempting to flee in a car. The suspect hit a patrol car and then attempted to escape on foot before police took him down. 
A second suspect, described as a “Latin male,” was last seen on foot running into a residential neighborhood. 
Officers found a third male dead from an apparent gunshot wound in Dr. Piracci’s backyard where a handgun was also found, KLAS reports. . . .  
Thanks to Tony Troglio for these links. 

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Real case showing why you want to be able to fire more than 10 shots in self-defense

When you are facing multiple attackers sometimes you have to fire a lot of rounds.

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1/10/2014

63-year-old grandmother shoots armed robber who broke into her home

A clear case where a gun offsets a big strength differential between the attacker and the victim.  From AWR Hawkins at Breitbart:
On January 5th, 63-year-old grandmother Elzie Pipkins shot and killed an armed robber who was targeting her house for the second time in a matter of weeks. 
The robber, Devon Antonio Young, had robbed Pipkins's Shreveport, Louisiana, home in mid-December, stealing her .38 revolver. Thereafter Pipkins went to a pawn shop and bought another revolver so she would be able to "protect her own." 
According to the Shreveport Times, on Sunday night Pipkin heard her granddaughter talking about a man walking toward the front door. The grandmother went to check, but before she could get to the door Young "done bust in the house and said, 'Nobody move.'" Pipkins' granddaughter said, "Oh Lord, Granny, he has a gun." . . . 
When she opened the safe she placed one hand on "a bag of change" and one on her handgun. Pipkins said, "here you go," reaching the bag toward the robber. He took a hand off his gun to grab the bag and Pipkins turned and shot him in the chest. . . . .
Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link here. 

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12/11/2013

Man wakes up to find multiple men trying to break into his house, uses gun to stop attack

From the Youngstown, Ohio newspaper:
[Roy Hahn] didn’t know it was 12:30 in the morning, so he wondered if it was his girlfriend arriving to their home on Niles-Cortland Road near U.S. Route 422 in Niles.
“I called my girlfriend’s name a couple times, but she didn’t answer it,” he said during testimony in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. 
He got up from his bed, walked to the kitchen and saw that “someome was prying the door open.” 
Moments later, he “looked out the window and saw someone or two people run to the front of the house, so I went back into my bedroom, I grabbed my shotgun, and I heard the front door being pried open, so I shot through the front door.” 
Hahn’s shotgun blast killed Terry Allen, 37, of Mineral Ridge and injured Burns, 33, of Mineral Ridge, but Hahn said he didn’t know that the shot hit anyone until Niles police arrived a short time later after Hahn’s call to Niles police. 
“There was two or three guys trying to get in the house,” he told the dispatcher. . . .

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11/27/2013

Robber forces an employee to his knees and points gun at the employee's head, stopped by concealed handgun permit holder

Amazingly, the family of the wounded robber is claiming that the customer, with the concealed handgun permit who may have saved the store employee's life, should have just walked out of the store and ignored what was happening.  From Fox 10 TV in Mobile, Alabama:
The family of a suspected thief is lashing out after their son was shot during an armed robbery. 
Relatives of Adric White, 18, believe the Good Samaritan who opened fire should have “just left the store.”   
FOX10 spoke exclusively with a customer who stepped in to rescue employees held at gunpoint Tuesday, November 12. 
The Good Samaritan, who we are not identifying, told FOX10 News he was shopping at the Family Dollar on Stanton road when he noticed a masked gunman leading one of the employees to the front of the store. 
“He had the gun to his head. He had him on his knees,” said the man. “I drew my gun on him and I said 'Hey don't move.' At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.” . . . 
A family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with. 
“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him - what gives him the right to think that it's okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.” . . .

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