Gun Owner Defense Stories
While no one ever wants to have to draw their weapon and even more so kill another person average citizens defend themselves, and others, on a daily basis. We do not post these stories to glorify them, far from it. Taking another humans life is a horrible thing that no one wants to experience. But since these type of stories are often overlooked by main stream media and anti-gun groups constantly tell us guns don't save lives we feel the need to keep the public aware that average gun owners are saving lives each and every day.
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Citizen Saves Police Officer Whose Gun Jams - December 18, 2018
A Springfield man was recently given one of the top honors in the state from law enforcement. Jerry Pendergrass is a conceal carry owner who turned citizen cop in a life or death situation. Springfield police and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association awarded Pendergrass the President's Citizen Award.
His quick action helped save an officer potentially from getting shot.
The incident happened on June 4, 2018. That night was life ending for one man and life changing for several others.
"That probably actually happened in ten seconds," explained Pendergrass.
Those ten seconds play over and over again for Pendergrass.
"I still once a day go wow, that happened!"
His bullet met a man in his backyard-- a man who had already fired shots at Officer Sean Kelly, and had taken off on foot.
"He just kind of rounded the corner, he drew his weapon at me, I drew my weapon at him and we both-- he backed away to house, I backed away behind a tree," said Officer Kelly.
It was a volatile situation to say the least. Then another officer, Officer Andy Zinke found himself face to face - and seemingly alone - with a man who had already tried to kill an officer.
"After I shot this guy I went to re-load and my gun jammed, and I looked down at my gun and I turned and there's Jerry standing there with his gun. It bought me that second," said Officer Zinke.
That second was all it took for the armed suspect to draw his weapon again and point it right at Zinke. But Jerry's gun was not jammed.
California Concealed Carry Holder Shoots Armed Robber - December 13, 2018
An armed customer at a Subway sandwich shop in Ukiah shot a man multiple times who was robbing the store Wednesday, according to the Ukiah Police Dept.
On Dec. 12 at around 7:15 p.m. officers got a report of shots fired at the Subway at 130 N. Orchard Ave. When they arrived, officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in front of Ross and called paramedics. He was flown to an out-of-county hospital, according to police.
Witnesses told police the injured man had just robbed the Subway with a gun, according to the UPD. Police said they learned that during the robbery, an armed bystander with a valid concealed carry weapons permit shot his gun in fear of his safety and the safety of other citizens.
South Carolina Woman Shoots Escaped Convict That Broke Into Her Home - December 5, 2018
Hours after he and another inmate escaped jail after beating up a security guard, a South Carolina inmate was fatally shot after he broke into a womanâ€™s house, officials said.
Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, was shot in the head by the woman after he kicked in her back door on Tuesday, according to Pickens County authorities.
After he entered the home, McLaughlin grabbed a knife sharpening tool from the kitchen and headed toward the womanâ€™s bedroom around 3 a.m. Sheriff Rick Clark said the woman was home alone and had undergone concealed weapons training at some point prior to the incident.
"This was a big guy. If she hadn't had a weapon there's no telling what would have happened," the sheriff said. "I gave her a big hug. I told her how proud I was of her."
Clark said the incident was "a shining example" of why owning and knowing how to properly use a gun is important.
Delaware Judge Rules State PArk Carry Regulations Unconstitutional - October 11, 2018
A Delaware Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled that new regulations banning the open carry of firearms in lodges and camping areas of state parks and forests were unconstitutional in light of a state Supreme Court decision last year that struck a blanket prohibition against possessing guns on state lands.
Judge Jeffrey J. Clark sided with attorneys for the Delaware State Sportsmen's Association, who argued that the regulations from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Delaware Department of Agriculture violated a provision of the state constitution that allows Delaware citizens to keep and bear arms for self-defense outside of the home.
Francis G.X. Pileggi, who represented the organization, said that the regulations unlawfully prevented people without an open-carry permit from possessing guns in areas where they slept overnight with their families. Those area, he said, were analogous to 'vacation homes' or other places where families make their home on a temporary basis.
Armed Bystander Stops Gunman At Crowded Back To School Event - August 6, 2018
An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire at a Florida park filled with over 100 people, including children, for a Saturday back to school cookout, officials said.
The Titusville Police Department said in a news release the man was involved in a fistfight with another person at the Issac Campbell Park and left around 5:20 p.m., only to return with a gun minutes later and start shooting.
A bystander, who was lawfully licensed to carry a firearm, then shot the gunman.
"We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident," Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said in a statement. "This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park. This could have been so much worse."
Concealed Carry Holder Shoots Would Be Robber in The Butt - July 27, 2018
An attempted robbery was thwarted after the would be victim, who holds a concealed carry permit, shot the suspect in the butt.
It happened Thursday around 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station near 35th and Silver Spring. Police say the suspect tried to rob a man, and that's when he was shot.
Mom Stops Carjacker With Her Two Kids In Backseat - July 5, 2018
A Texas mother said she didn't think twice about shooting a would be carjacker when the man jumped into her vehicle at a Dallas gas station while her two sons were in the backseat.
Michelle Booker-Hicks was at the Shell station along Interstate 35 around 10 p.m. Wednesday when Ricky Wright, 36, attempted to steal her vehicle while she was paying her gas bill, police said. Booker-Hicks told FOX4 Dallas her two sons, ages 2 and 4, were sitting in the backseat at the time.
"I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me. I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that's when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment," Booker-Hicks recalled to the news station.
Two Armed Citizens Stop Resturaunt Shooter - May 25, 2018
A gunman opened fire inside an Oklahoma City restaurant, leading to two bystanders shooting him dead in the parking lot.
Oklahoma City Police said gunman Alexander Tilghman, who walked into Louie's Grill & Bar on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City around 6:30 p.m. local time Thursday, shot three people: mom Natalie Giles, 39; her 12 year old daughter, and another child. Another person fell and broke his arm during the incident, police said.
"A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him," Oklahoma police tweeted Thursday night.
Friday morning, police updated that statement to say two people, Juan Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Wittle, 39, shot the gunman.
"I just did what needed to be done to stop the threat. Nothing special," Wittle told USA TODAY. "A lot of people would have done the same given the situation."
Man With AR-15 Stops Attack On Neighbor - February 27, 2018
A man armed with an AR-15 rifle helped stop a knife attack during an argument in Oswego. It happened on Monday at an apartment building on Harbor Drive. Police say it all began when someone with a knife attacked another person during an argument.
Neighbor Dave Thomas, who witnessed the attack, went into his home, got his rifle and ordered the suspect to stop.
"I ran back into the home, into my house and grabbed my AR-15. Grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun. It's just a bigger gun. I think a little bit more than an intimidation factor definitely played a part in him actually stopping."
No shots were fired.
The suspect was able to get away briefly, before police captured him.
The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital, and is expected to recover.
Police say Thomas has a valid firearm owner's identification card and a concealed carry permit. Thomas says he is also a firearms instructor.
"The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection," Thomas said. "It's light, it's maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it's not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day."
Carjacker Shot And Killed Outside Milwaukee Business - February 26, 2018
A 21 year old would be carjacker was shot and killed by his intended victim early Monday, Milwaukee officials said.
The man, whose name has not been released, was armed with a gun and trying to carjack a 24 year old man who was heading into work shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, Milwaukee Police Capt. Andra Williams said.
The 24 year old had a valid concealed carry license and fatally shot the man, said Ald. Cavalier Johnson, who called a news conference late Monday about the shooting.
The incident occurred outside a business in the 8800 block of W. Fond du Lac Ave. and was the first reported fatal shooting in Johnson's northwest side district this year.
The shooter, who lives outside the city, stayed at the scene, gave a voluntary statement and is cooperating with the investigation, Williams said.
Good Guy With A Gun Saves Mother And Daughter Who Were Being Attacked - February 20, 2018
Law enforcement officials in New Mexico are praising a man who stepped in to save a mother and her daughter after the woman's estranged husband rammed her car and began shooting at them.
Albuquerque Police say that 66-year-old Qian Ming intentionally crashed into the woman's vehicle on Sunday and then opened fire, hitting his daughter in the shoulder, KRQE News 13 reported.
Officer Simon Drobik says that a 34-year-old good Samaritan, who is not being named since he has not been charged with a crime, saw the attack unfold and intervened.
"Once he started walking up, he saw that there was a male violently pistol-whipping a female in the street," Drobik said. "He got out of his vehicle and had his firearm on him and told that male to stop."
Upon telling Ming to stop, the good Samaritan told police that he pointed the gun in his direction and that's when he opened fire on Ming, hitting and killing him.
Chicago Concealed Carry Holder Stops Armed Robber - January 14, 2018
A 23 year old man was fatally shot Monday evening by a 58 year old man he was trying to rob in the South Side Austin neighborhood.
Shaquille Gales, 23, of Bellwood, walked up to the older man about 5:45 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Thomas Street, pulled out a gun and demanded his property, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
The 58 year old, a concealed-carry permit holder, pulled out his own weapon and shot the attempted robber, police said.
Gales was taken to West Suburban Medical in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Armed Citizen Saves Woman From Attackers - August 23, 2017
A man was arrested and charged after he and another suspect attacked a woman and shot Good Samaritans at a Shawnee, Kansas, Walmart.
The suspects reportedly approached the woman in the parking lot of the store while she was putting her baby in a car seat, and proceeded to hit her in the head. A Good Samaritan then rushed to help her, but was shot several times by one of the suspects.
A bystander with a gun then shot one of the suspects, who died at the scene of his injuries. The other suspect fled but was later caught.
The woman was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, but was later upgraded to fair condition. The Good Samaritan who was shot also suffered critical injuries but survived.
Oklahoma Neighbor Saves The Life Of Two Infants And Their Mother - June 6, 2017
Pontotoc County District Attorney Paul Smith says his office is currently looking at the fatal shooting in the violent attack that unfolded Friday in an Ada home as excusable and justifiable.
Authorities say Leland Michael Foster, 27, of Oklahoma City, forced his way into a home in the 1800 block of East 6th Street Friday. Distraught over a separation from his three-month-old twins and their mother, police say Foster attacked the children's mother, 30 year old Michelle Sorrells, and attempted to drown the twins in a bathtub full of cold water.
Sorrells' 12 year old niece, who was at the home visiting with her grandparents, fled the home during the attack and summoned help from neighbor, Cash Freeman. Freeman armed himself and entered the home, where he found Foster on top of Sorrells while holding the twins underwater. Freeman shot Foster twice, killing him almost instantly.
"I can tell you based on the preliminary briefings I've received, the circumstances of that shooting implicate Oklahoma's justifiable homicide law," Smith said Tuesday by phone. "I have to wait on the official report, but weâ€™ll be looking at it with that in mind."
Texas Concealed Carry Holder Stops Potential Mass Shooting - May 3, 2017
Two people are dead following a shootout inside Zona Caliente Sports Bar & Grill in Arlington.
About 15 people were having dinner Wednesday night when James Jones stormed into the restaurant on South Cooper. Witnesses say Jones entered the bar and confronted Cesar Perez, the bar's manager.
"Jones began yelling but was incoherent," Arlington PD Lt. Christopher Cook said in a statement.
Perez approached Jones in an effort to calm him down, which led Jones to fatally shooting Perez in the head and chest.
Before Jones could make a run for it or kill anyone else, a customer, who has a concealed handgun license, pulled out his own gun, told his wife to take cover, and fatally shot Jones.
Homeowner's Son Shoots Intruders In Orange County Florida Home Invasion - February 21, 2017
When two home invaders put a gun to a woman's head, her son fought back, deputies said.
One intruder was fatally shot and a second was critically wounded Tuesday morning during a home invasion in a Pine Hills neighborhood, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
The men, both in their early 20s, broke into a home on Perrine Drive shortly after 10:45 a.m. and pointed a gun at the homeowner's head while making demands, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.
"One of them held a gun to her hear and made demands. I don't know what those demands are," said Watrel.
The woman's son ran to a bedroom to retrieve a gun and shot both intruders in self-defense, Watrel said.
Investigators said the body of one of the intruders, later identified as 24 year old Racheed Briggs, was found lying in the front yard of the home, but the other man was able to make it to Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
San Antonio Mall Robbery Goes Bad, Concealed Carry Holder Stops One Robber - January 22, 2017
A robbery inside a San Antonio shopping mall ended with shots fired on Sunday, leaving one person who tried to intervene dead, three others shot and another two people taken to hospital with non-shooting injuries, police and fire officials said.
Police Chief William McManus said two suspects robbed a jewelry store at the Rolling Oaks Mall on Sunday.
"What we have here is a robbery gone really, really bad," McManus said.
After the suspects fled the store, a man, described by McManus as a "good Samaritan" tried to stop the two men.
One of the robbers then fatally shot the man, McManus said.
A second individual, who was carrying a licensed concealed weapon, then shot and wounded the robber who had killed the person who intervened, McManus said.
Police said the second robber, who initially fled the scene, was arrested Sunday night. Additional details about the arrest or suspect were not immediately available.
Attempted Armed Robber In Detroit Shot When Distracted - January 21, 2017
An attempted armed robbery at a restaurant on Detroit's west side Saturday came to an abrupt end when the robber was shot by one of his intended victims.
The incident happened at the E&S Carry Out Shrimp Shack on McNichols Road near Schaefer Highway around 5:45 p.m.
As customers waited for their orders, they suddenly found themselves in danger.
"I would have given him money if he asked for money," Dennis said.
But the attempted robber wasn't begging, instead demanding cash at gunpoint.
"Just shocked we were getting robbed," Latanya said.
Dennis and his girlfriend, Latanya, didn't have much time to react. The couple and another customer started throwing their money and wallets on the floor.
"It wasn't a plan. It was just instinct. He had the gun in my girl's face," Dennis said.
But little did the robber know Dennis was ready and waiting for an opportunity.
"When I saw he had the gun in her face, and I threw my wallet down and keys, he turned to look and get the money, that's when I lit him up," Dennis said.
Dennis pulled out his gun, striking the robber once in the stomach. He then kicked the robber's gun away, then tended to the robber turned-victim.
Good Samaritan Saves Arizona Trooper From Ambush Attack - January 12, 2017
An Arizona trooper trying to help a motorist in a rollover crash was shot in an ambush style attack by a random suspect, who was then fatally shot by a Good Samaritan driving by.
The trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety was at a traffic stop when he received a report about a driver whose car was shot at near a median at milepost 81 on Interstate 10.
The trooper left the traffic stop to investigate this call when he came across a rollover crash and saw that a woman had been ejected from the wreckage.
When the trooper began working to block lanes, a suspect came from an unknown direction and "ambushed" him, according to DPS.
The suspect shot him at least once in the chest-shoulder area and fought the trooper to the ground.
A passerby saw the fight unfolding and stopped to render aid to the trooper, who asked for help.
However, the suspect ignored the Good Samaritan's orders to stop attacking the trooper.
That's when the passerby went to his car, grabbed a gun and fatally shot the suspect.
Female North Carolina Victim Turns Tables On Attacker, Killing Him - January 3, 2017
Just before 11 p.m. Monday Kay Dickinson pulled into the lot at Colonial Parke Apartments after work. With her keys and a drink in one hand, her cell phone with her father on the line in the other, she climbed the stairs to her home. On the landing she passed a man carrying a trash bag.
Just as she unlocked her door to her apartment, the man spun around, grabbed her from behind and shoved her inside. She could see he had a gun.
"We had a tussle and he choked me and gagged me and I dropped everything right there in the kitchen," Dickinson said Tuesday morning. "He knew my name, he knew my boyfriend's name, and he was like, 'Give me the money.'"
He forced Dickinson into her bedroom where she said he tied her hands behind her back with a belt and wrapped a cell phone charger cord around her mouth. As he searched the apartment, Dickinson wriggled from her bonds and grabbed the gun she keeps beside her bed.
She fired one shot and the man sprinted down the hall before falling in her doorway. Dickinson's bullet had hit him in the chest and killed him.