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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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69 Year Old Chicago Man With Carry Permit Fends Off Three Robbers - March 10, 2021

A 69 year old concealed carry permit holder defended himself from three men reportedly attempting to rob him in Chicago, leaving one of them shot.

Three men approached the 69 year old victim late Tuesday night and demanded he hand over his belongings, Chicago police say. But the man, who is a licensed concealed carry holder, pulled out his gun and fired a shot at one of the suspects, striking him in the knee.

All three suspects fled the scene in a red Ford Fusion before crashing the vehicle and fleeing on foot. All three suspects were taken into police custody and hospitalized shortly after.

The incident is still under investigation.


Concealed Carrier Stops Two Armed Robbers At Car Wash - January 26, 2021

A 30-year-old man was the victim of an armed robbery attempt at a car wash. Two suspects approached the man with a gun; one was just 16-years-old. The victim was also armed and ended up exchanging fire with the suspects. Apparently, only the 16-year-old was hit. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other suspect fled on foot and is still being sought.

The victim was released after investigators consulted with the county prosecutor’s office.

This is such a terrible waste but it was the result of some very bad decisions. It also illustrates how dangerous even younger teenagers can be when making bad decisions.

This is yet another case of someone drawing on a gun that was already out. That is always a risky move but then so is counting on the mercy of an armed robber. That risk can be mitigated some if there is some way to cover or disguise your draw or if there is cover close enough to get to quickly, very quickly.

The report said that gunfire was exchanged but the number of shots fired was not mentioned so perhaps cover was involved or maybe that young man simply wasn't at all skilled with a handgun. However, it went down it was a tragedy. It's also a reminder that we don't get to pick the time or place of an attack and that we should be armed as often as it is legal to do so and not forget to expect the unexpected.


Armed Citizen Assists Stabbing Victim, Holds Suspect For Police - January 17, 2021

An unnamed citizen is being heralded for efforts in assisting a stabbing victim and holding a suspect at bay until police arrived.

According to Kerrvillle Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jonathan Lamb, officers were dispatched to a fast-food restaurant located in the 200 block of Sidney Baker South at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15 after receiving a call that a physical altercation had taken place and one of the individuals was in possession of a knife.

"Upon arrival, officers learned that Patrick Patton and Christopher Saldana had been involved in a physical altercation inside of the restaurant," Lamb said. “Most of the patrons fled the scene when the altercation ensued. One citizen stayed on scene and tried to break up the altercation. While breaking up the altercation, Patton brandished a knife and began to stab Saldana.”

Lamb said the citizen is a concealed carry holder and retreated to his vehicle to obtain a pistol after observing the knife held by Patton.

"The citizen then came back into the restaurant and kept Patton at gun point until officers arrived on scene," Lamb said.


Two Of Four Home Invaders Killed By Homeowner, Others Wounded - December 9, 2020

St. Tammany sheriff's deputies are investigating a double homicide in Lacombe in which two of four of the armed intruders were killed. The homeowner's four-year-old daughter was also struck by a bullet in the crossfire.

It is a tight-knit community here on Palmer Drive where everyone is either related or has known each other for years and many are stunned by what happened here on Tuesday.

Police say four armed intruders entered the home at the end of Palmer Drive at around 10 a.m. and all four wound up being shot by the homeowner leaving two of them are dead.

The St. Tammany Coroner's office has identified the deceased as 25-year-old Renard Causey Jr. and 21-year-old Justin Hill, of Hammond. The homeowner's four-year-old daughter was also apparently struck in the crossfire.

A relative tells us that the homeowner may have been pistol-whipped before he fired at the intruders. Neighbors say they waited 24 hours to learn about the shooting.

"“It was late morning and we heard patrol cars, one after another and detective cars and then there would be ambulances. There were several dozen emergency vehicles involved," said Shannon Bordelon of Bayou Adventure in Lacombe.

Family members say they are relieved that the four-year-old girl in the home was operated on and is expected to be okay. The St. Tammany sheriff's office says they didn't want to put out information sooner, because they say they did not want to impede the investigation, which is ongoing.


Armed Jewelry Store Shoots Two Robbers In Smash And Grab - August 16, 2020

Two robbers were shot inside a jewelry store by an armed employee when police say they attempted a smash and grab.

The concealed carrying employee acted quickly, shooting both suspects.

After the two men entered the jewelry store, one of the men began to smash the glass display cases while the other grabbed the exposed jewelry, police said. A store employee withdrew his concealed firearm and shot at both suspects, the release said.

When police arrived, they began rendering medical aid to the suspects. They were transported to the hospital where there condition is not known.

As a concealed carrier, it's up to us whether or not we're going to get involved in situations such as this. Another option, of course, is to let them take what they're after and send them on their way. For this particular story, we don't know if the two suspects were armed, but it is generally justified in Florida to use lethal force to stop a felony robbery.


Legally Armed Indiana Man Stops Shooting Spree - July 18, 2020

A legally armed man shot and killed a gunman in Brownsburg, Ind., after a fatal unprovoked shooting, saving a second victim’s life in the process.

The 22 year old suspect, Joshua Hayes, allegedly attacked two men as they were working in the Brownsburg Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, July 14, Indianapolis based WISH-TV reported.

Without provocation, Hayes allegedly chased 36 year old worker Seth Robertson out into an intersection, where he shot and killed him, according to the station.

As Hayes was chasing the second cemetery worker, one of his bullets whizzed into the vehicle of an unidentified good Samaritan who was stopped at a red light near the intersection, injuring him, the Indianapolis Star reported.

That man stepped out of the car, returned fire with a legal weapon and fatally struck Hayes.

"This tragic event could have been much more disastrous," Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett told WISH. "Victim three not only saved victim two's life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others. Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day."


73 Year Old Man Shoots Two Robbery Suspects When They Rush Him - July 16, 2020

Two suspects were hospitalized after they were shot by an elderly man in Howard County.

According to the Howard County Sheriff's Office, their deputies received a call at 8:42 p.m. of two people being shot.

When the deputies arrived at the scene they spoke with a 73 year old man who had shot two suspects identified as Rocky Zarraga and Julian Rodriguez Jr.

The man told deputies that he heard a noise coming from the back of his property.

When he went to check it out he found two men, identified as Zarraga and Rodriguez, removing parts from a vehicle he owned.

The man confronted the suspects at gunpoint and told them to show their hands. The suspects then reportedly rushed the man who shot them both.

Zarraga was treated at a hospital and has now been charged with aggravated robbery.

Rodriguez was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital where he is listed in critical condition.


Pennsylvania Pizza Shop Owner Shots Would Be Armed Robber - April 5, 2020

Authorities say a 16 year old is in stable condition after he was shot by a pizza shop owner during an attempted robbery.

According to police, the incident happened on the 5800 block of Torresdale Avenue just after 10:30 p.m.

The teen allegedly tried to rob the store at gunpoint when the owner shot him once in the top of the left hand.

Police say the shop owner is legally authorized to carry a firearm.

The teen was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital by private vehicle and placed in stable condition.

Authorities say the suspect is currently in custody.


Philadelphia Armed Robber Shot And Killed By Store Employee - April 4, 2020

A man in his 20s was fatally shot while trying to rob a store in North Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened just before 4:30 p.m. at the Star Wear store in the 2700 block of Germantown Avenue.

Police said the man was shot at least five times by an employee while he trying to rob the store.

The man was taken to the hospital and died a short time later.

The store owner was taken in for questioning and the investigation is ongoing, police said.


Chicago Concealed Carry Holders Shoot And Wound Man Who Fired At Them - March 30, 2020

A 47 year old man was wounded after the men he shot at returned gunfire Sunday in Scottsdale on the Southwest Side.

The man opened fire at a southbound vehicle about 5:20 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Knox Avenue, Chicago police said. Two men inside the vehicle, 21 and 29, returned shots, striking the older man in the abdomen, side and leg.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said. Neither of the men in the vehicle was hurt.

Both men in the vehicle had valid FOID cards and concealed-carry licenses, police said.


Good Guy With A Gun Takes Down Shooter Outside Medical Marijuana Dispensary - March 30, 2020

Police said Ashley Porter, 34, drove to a medical marijuana dispensary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday evening and parked.

A number of people were outside the business, including the owner who was speaking with a man in a truck, Tulsa police Lt. Brandon Watkins told the paper.

The truck was parked behind the dispensary owner's vehicle, which blocked a lane of traffic in the parking lot, Watkins added to the World.

"It made her angry that the pickup truck was blocking her access," he told the paper, adding that there was still space to maneuver in the parking lot.

Porter didn't exit her vehicle, and no one came to her vehicle, the World reported; but Porter did exchange words with people outside the dispensary before driving away.

But apparently she didn't leave for long.

Porter returned about three minutes later, allegedly pulled a gun, and opened fire. Watkins told the World she was shooting from her car at the medical marijuana dispensary owner and the truck owner.

Another person also standing outside the dispensary, reportedly a concealed carry license holder, the paper said, fired at Porter, who was found dead at the scene. The man who shot her told responding officers he did so after she began shooting at customers.

Detectives questioned the man at the police department, and he was later released.


Man Shoots Armed Woman Who Was Shooting At Customers Outside Tulsa Shopping Center - March 28, 2020

An Oklahoma man told police he fatally shot an armed woman who opened fire on customers outside a shopping center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police responded to the shooting at about 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and found the woman, who has not yet been identified, dead at the scene. The man who shot her, who has also not been identified, told officers that he fatally shot her after she began shooting at customers, according to the Tulsa World.

The man had a legal permit to carry a concealed weapon and was interviewed by investigators before being released.

Video from the scene reportedly showed the woman getting into an altercation prior to the shooting and then leaving the scene. She returned to the area about three minutes later and then allegedly pulled out a gun and began opening fire.


Gunman Robs 2 Stores, Carjacks Driver In 15 Minutes Gets Shot By Concealed Carry Holder - March 28, 2020

An armed man carjacked a motorist, robbed two businesses, and was shot at by a concealed carry holder whom he tried to rob; all within 15 minutes Thursday evening in Rogers Park, according to CPD reports. No one is in custody.

It all started around 9 p.m. when the offender displayed a gun in his waistband as he tried to rob Little Caesars, 7001 North Clark, the reports show. The man left empty-handed and immediately robbed Taqueria Hernandez across the street at 6983 North Clark.

At 9:04 p.m., the offender flashed a gun and carjacked a driver on the 1700 block of West Lunt, the reports said. He got away with the man's silver 2008 Saturn sedan, which bears a license plate that begins with BK911.

But the gunman made a tactical error around 9:15 p.m. when he walked up to a concealed carry holder on the 7000 block of North Paulina, pulled out a gun, and said, "give me all you got."

The would be victim pulled out his own gun and opened fire on the offender, squeezing off at least five rounds at the man, officers reported. No one sought medical attention for gunshot wounds from nearby hospitals, so it appears the robber was not struck.


Good Samaritans Help Bring Down Man That Shot At Fresno Police Officers - March 24, 2020

A couple of good Samaritans helped police stop a man accused of shooting at officers in Fresno.

Just after 5:30 pm Tuesday, Fresno Police were patrolling in the area of Belmont and Valeria when they spotted a 2006 Nissan speeding.

Officers tried to pull over the car, but the driver refused to stop and sped off.

The driver led police on a short chase and ended up crashing near Valeria and Grant.

After the crash, the driver hopped out of the car with a pump shotgun.

He then reportedly aimed it at the officers and began firing at them.

After firing a couple of rounds, he then turned around and started to run away from officers.

During this time, a good Samaritan was walking down the street and spotted the guy running toward him with a shotgun.

That good Samaritan turned out to be a CCW holder and pulled out his gun to defend himself.

He fired one time at the suspect, making him fall to the ground.

The suspect got back up and ran to a nearby apartment complex, where he tried to break into a unit.

Another good Samaritan saw what was going on and tackled the suspect.

He held the suspect down until officers could catch up and arrest him.


Philadelphia FedEx Driver Kills Armed Robber After Being Shot - December 17, 2019

A wounded FedEx delivery driver turned the tables on an armed robber who shot him, killing him during a shootout in Philadelphia, police said.

"Based on the preliminary story that was relayed it appears to be self defense: he was shot first, he fired back," Acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter said.

The 32-year-old FedEx driver traveled to the 600 block of Unruh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday to make a delivery. As he walked to the home he was approached by an armed robber who stole items from his FedEx truck, according to investigators. The robber then opened fire, shooting the driver in the abdomen.

The driver, who police said was armed with his own weapon, returned fire, striking the robber several times. The injured robber managed to escape with several stolen items. Meanwhile, the injured delivery driver got into his vehicle and drove away.


Pregnant Woman Fights Off Attack On Her Family With AR-15 - November 4, 2019

A Florida woman who was eight months pregnant and came out wielding an AR15 rifle reportedly saved her husband and pre-teen daughter last week from a pair of violent intruders who'd broken into the family's home; with the gun-toting matriarch fatally striking one of the men, who was later found dead in a nearby ditch.

Jeremy King was at his home in Lithia, 25 miles southeast of Tampa, at 9 p.m. Wednesday night when two armed men, wearing masks and hoods, broke inside.

"As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter," King told Bay News 9. "I'm telling them, 'I have nothing for you,' and they're like, 'Give me everything you got.' It became real violent, real fast."

King said one of the burglars pistol-whipped him and another kicked him in the head, creating a commotion that attracted the attention of his wife, who walked into the room to see what the noise was; and soon found herself dodging a bullet.

The woman, who was not identified, reportedly retreated and grabbed an AR-15 that was legally inside their house, returning to the room and shooting the intruders, hitting one of them.


California Concealed Carry Holder Saves Abducted Woman - October 7, 2019

A man in Redding, California was legally carrying a firearm when he noticed a woman "in distress" at a gas station… and he did something about it.

Police were reportedly searching an area for a 44 year old man who had assaulted two women and took one captive before driving away with her. When they received reports of a confrontation at a nearby gas station, they responded.

While searching the area, officers got a tip [the bad guy] and the woman had been spotted at the nearby Win-River Mini-Mart and gas station, [Sgt. Todd] Cogle said.

As officers headed to the gas station, calls started coming in reporting a man there pointing a gun at another man, police said. Cogle said it turned out a citizen with a concealed-carry permit pulled his gun on [the guy] because he could tell the woman was there against her will, so [the crook] ran away through some fields.


Georgia man shoots 3 masked teens attempting to rob him - September 17, 2019

A Georgia homeowner shot and killed three masked teens as they approached his residence with their faces covered, authorities said.

The three victims, one 15 years old and two 16 years old, were all from the area but did not live in the specific neighborhood they were in, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said.


Texas Woman Defends Herself From 5 Male Robbers With Gun - September 3, 2019

A Houston, Texas, woman used her firearm to defend herself from five male suspects when they attempted to rob her early Tuesday. Now, she says she is in disbelief that she was able to walk away from the incident unharmed, telling a local news station, "I saved my life."

Lachelle Hudgins arrived home around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and as she pulled into her apartment complex, she noticed a group of men lingering together roughly 20 yards away. According to Hudgins, the suspects approached her vehicle,and two of them reached inside her open passenger window, grasping for her purse, as she tried to roll it up.

"I couldn't do anything except scream," Hudgins told KTRK-TV. "At one point, they told me to stop screaming."

But she was, actually, able to do more than just scream. Hudgins reached inside her purse and grabbed her handgun before the suspects could. She fired off the only two rounds in the firearm, striking one of the perpetrators. "It was all I had in the gun," she explained to KTRK. "I shot until I couldn't shoot anymore."


Houston Woman Defends Herself From Five Would-be Robbers - September 3, 2019

A Houston, Texas, woman used her firearm to defend herself from five male suspects when they attempted to rob her early Tuesday. Now, she says she is in disbelief that she was able to walk away from the incident unharmed, telling a local news station, "I saved my life."

"I couldn't do anything except scream," Hudgins told KTRK-TV. "At one point, they told me to stop screaming."

But she was, actually, able to do more than just scream. Hudgins reached inside her purse and grabbed her handgun before the suspects could.


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