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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Armed Thug Shot By Citizen He Was Trying To Rob - June 9, 2019
Virginia police are accusing a man of attempting an armed robbery at a convenience store gas pump, a move that sparked a shootout that put the alleged stickup man in a hospital and his underage sidekick in detention.
Media reports say the juvenile surrendered to police in Martinsville on Saturday to face warrants alleging attempted robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle and other crimes.
Martinsville police say the shootout on June 2 sent alleged gunman Marquis Antonio Waller of Martinsville to the hospital, where the 23 year old is still recovering from a single gunshot. Police say Waller tried to rob a man pumping gas, but the intended victim was also armed and shot the robber.
Police say a juvenile accompanying Waller also pulled a handgun and began shooting.
Ohio Mother Of 5 With Concealed Carry License Shoots Ex-Boyfriend Trying To Break Into Home - June 6, 2019
A woman who police said shot her ex-boyfriend as he was trying to break into her East Price Hill home Thursday morning won't face any charges.
The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. at Ring Place. Dante Ruff is accused of breaking into the woman's home through a front window. She shot him in the abdomen, Sgt. Andrew Fusselman said.
First responders transported Ruff to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He was seriously injured but is expected to be OK.
The womanâ€™s five children were asleep upstairs at the time of the shooting. No one else was hurt.
Fusselman said the homeowner has a protection order against Ruff, and she has a concealed carry license.
Texas Woman Shoots - Kills Home Invader - May 23, 2019
Authorities in Kaufman County are investigating after they say a homeowner shot and killed an intruder.
The Kaufman County Sheriff's Office was called at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday about a burglary in progress in the 8000 block of FM 2757, near Forney.
The woman who called police said she woke up after someone banged on her front door.
She didn't answer the door because she didn't recognize the man or his vehicle.
A short time later, she heard the back door being kicked in.
She then called 911 and locked herself in a closet, staying on the line with the 911 operator.
While in the closet, she was confronted by the intruder. The homeowner defended herself by shooting the suspect.
When deputies arrived on scene, the intruder, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead.
The woman was not injured.
Ohio Cell Phone Store Employee Shoots Armed Robber Who Threatened To Kill Him - April 25, 2019
An employee shot a man who tried to rob a Cleveland cellphone store at gunpoint Tuesday in the Union-Miles neighborhood, police said.
Amhad D. Jones, 25, threatened to kill the employee before being shot just before 8 p.m. at a Metro by T-Mobile store on Harvard Avenue at East 93rd Street, according to police reports and court records.
Surveillance video from the store showed Jones point a gun at the employee before being shot, police reports say. The employee, who said he acted in self-defense and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, is not facing criminal charges, police said Thursday.
The employee and a co-worker each told police officers that Jones came into the store saying he wanted to pay his phone bill. He pulled out a gun seconds later, and told both employees not to move, police reports say.
The employee grabbed his own gun, and Jones threatened to kill him, police reports say. The employee then fired three shots at Jones, who fell to the ground.
The employee walked over to Jones and kicked the gun away from him as he told his co-worker to call 911.
Father Shoots Carjacker That Stole Car With Child Inside - April 22, 2019
A man accused of stealing a car with a 6 year old boy inside in West Palm Beach and crashing it in Lantana early Saturday was shot by the boy's father, deputies said.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Lamar Thurman, 29, drove away in the car, which was parked in front of a home on Roberts Lane, while the engine was on and the boy was inside as his father was saying goodbye to friends.
The boy's father and friends followed the stolen car while calling 911.
Thurman soon crashed the car on Loquat Tree Drive in Lantana, Barbera said.
As the boy's father and friends tried to rescue the child from the car, Thurman started to drive off again, Barbera said.
That's when the boy's father, armed with a handgun, shot Thurman several times "in an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with his child in the car," Barbera said.
Armed Boyfriend Saves Girlfriend's Daughter From Potential Rapist - April 15, 2019
A 12 year-old girl got the fright of her life when she saw a strange man appear in her bedroom after breaking into her house, and drop his pants. Luckily for her, her mother's boyfriend was armed.
The harrowing story happened in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday morning at about 7 in the morning.
"She was really smart," Burton said.
"She hid under the cover, turned her light down, turned her volume down on her phone to text me," she explained. "When she peeked under the cover to see where he was at, she got up and ran away. She went to the back room. And I think that was really brave and smart of her."
Burton and her boyfriend Ali Bracey said they confronted the man and yelled at him to leave their home.
"He turned around and growled at me," said Bracey. "And when he growled me, I dunno I attacked him."
Bracey says he hit the man with a broom and punched him, and yelled to Burton to "get something."
"Next thing I know, he got shot!" he said.
Tennessee Concealed Carry Holder Shoots And Detains Man Who Shot Wife - February 13, 2019
Sheriff Jeff Cassidy told News Channel 11 a woman is dead after a shooting at a dentist office in Colonial Heights and the suspect is in the hospital.
According to Sheriff Cassidy, the husband went into the dentist office and shot his wife. The sheriff says a bystander, with a carry permit, shot the suspect and held him until authorities arrived.
The wife died from her injuries at a nearby hospital.
The sheriff says the suspect, whose name has not been released at this time, went into the office with the intentions of killing his wife.
Family Dollar Customer Shoots And Kills Armed Robber In Atlanta - January 29, 2019
A customer shot and killed an armed robber inside a DeKalb County dollar store Tuesday morning, police said.
DeKalb County police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer said police responded to the shooting at the Family Dollar in the 7000 block of Covington Highway near Lithonia.
Investigators learned that a man had walked into the store and pulled a gun on two employees, Channel 2 Action News reported.
While an employee was handing over money, the customer shot the man, killing him.
Four or five customers were in the store at the time.
The shooter has not been identified and is not expected to be charged, the news station reported.
Homeowner Kills Three During Home Invasion - January 19, 2019
A home invasion in East Houston early Saturday turned fatal when the homeowner opened fire on the intruders, killing three suspects and injuring another, according to police.
The homeowner, who was not injured in the incident, told authorities heâ€™d been acting in self-defense when he reached for his gun and shot at the four men as they forced their way inside his home around 1 a.m., KHOU reported.
When police arrived on the scene, they found one of the alleged suspects dead outside the front of the home while the remaining suspects fled the from scene immediately following the gunfire.
Authorities said that of the four people shot, one of them died on the scene while another two died at the hospital. A fourth was in surgery later Saturday morning.
Chicago Woman Shoots At Would Be Attacker - January 19, 2019
A man in Hyde Park was in for a surprise when the woman he was trying to rob pulled out a gun and fired.
Just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday near 56th and Dorchester, Chicago police say the woman took out the gun and shot at the man.
Police say she has a valid concealed carry license.
The suspect drove off in a dark-colored SUV.
No one was hurt.
Texas Homeowner Fends Of Four Home Invaders - January 19, 2019
Three people are dead and one is recovering after a home invasion in east Houston overnight.
Police say four men forced their way into a home on Sherman at 71st around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. Detectives said the homeowner grabbed his gun and shot all four of the suspects.
We're told one suspect died at the scene. Two others died at a hospital. The fourth suspect was taken to the hospital and went into surgery.
The homeowner, who says the shooting was in self-defense, was reportedly not injured.
Evidence markers littered the area outside of the home, showing dozens of rounds were fired.
A neighbor who lives nearby said he was on his porch with his baby when two men showed up with large rifles. That neighbor says he ran inside his home and took cover. He said he believes the men were at the home to rob his neighbor, however he says he does not know what they were after. He said he doesn't know his neighbor's name and only calls him "Flaco."
Alabama IHOP Employee Shoots Man Who Shot At Employees - January 17, 2019
Police say a fatal shooting at an Alabama IHOP began when a customer started shooting at employees and a wounded restaurant worker shot and killed the customer in self-defense.
The Huntsville Police Department on Thursday identified the two people killed in the Wednesday night shooting as IHOP employee Roy Brown and customer Roderick Turner. Brown was 56. Turner was 25.
In a statement, police said Turner was picking up a carryout order and became "disruptive and loud regarding the service at the business."
After a confrontation, police said Turner pulled a handgun and started firing at employees, striking Brown and another worker. Police said the wounded employee "then pulled a handgun and shot the customer-shooter in self-defense of others."
Alaska Homeowner Confronts Burglary Suspect With Gun - January 14, 2019
Alaska State Troopers say a homeowner confronted a teenage theft suspect and fired a shot when the young man came at him.
Troopers at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday took a call about a home invasion northwest of North Pole.
Troopers say 18-year-old Raymond Koonaloak of Utqiagvik climbed through a dog door into the home and stole gloves and a circular saw.
The homeowner, carrying a gun, confronted Koonaloak outside the home.
Troopers say Koonaloak charged toward the homeowner, who fired a shot. No one was injured.
90 Year Old Pennsylvania Man Shoots Intruder In The Leg - January 11, 2019
A man from Milanville is facing charges after he tried to break into a home in Wayne County.
According to police, Adam Gelatt, 36, tried to break into a home in Berlin Township around 3 a.m. Friday because he wanted a cigarette.
Gelatt allegedly repeatedly banged on the door and when the homeowner, a 90-year-old man, came to the door, he told Gelatt to leave.
Police say Gelatt told the homeowner he was going to come inside anyway.
The homeowner then shot Gelatt in the leg with a revolver, went inside and called the police.
Florida Resident Stops Burglar Holds At Gunpoint Until Police Arrive - January 10, 2019
A burglary was interrupted when the resident of a home held the suspected burglar at gunpoint until police arrived on the scene.
According to Cape Coral Police, Tre Sterling Estes-Stalnos, 18, who was previously shot by police and arrested during a 3-hour standoff in May, 2016, was arrested again, this time for Grand Theft of a Firearm.
Thursday night, Estes-Stalnos was seen on camera by residents through the Ring doorbell security camera trying to break into their home.
The caller who reported the attempted burglary to police, said her husband was going outside to investigate and that he was armed with a handgun.
A short time later the caller said there was yelling and the caller's spouse "might be outside getting hurt."
When police arrived, they heard two different men in an argument. The officer shined a light on Estes-Stalnos and saw multiple items near his feet, including several guns and ammunition cases.
Police told him to freeze but he took off running towards Del Prado Boulevard.
With the help of aviation and a K-9, police were able to track Estes-Stalnos down and detain him.
A Property Crimes Unit Detective and Forensics responded to assist with the investigation which determined that Estes-Stalnos had entered the garage on the 2000 block of SE 15th Avenue and stole three (3) firearms, two ammo cans, a range bag, and a black backpack.
Chicago Woman Shoots Armed Robber - January 8, 2019
Surveillance video shows the moments before and after a Far South Side shooting in which a man was fatally shot Tuesday morning while attempting to rob a woman in the Fernwood neighborhood.
About 5:45 a.m., Laavion Goings, 19, approached the woman, 25, in the 500 block of West 103rd Street, displayed a weapon and tried to rob her, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
The woman, who was a concealed-carry holder, took out her own weapon and fired one shot, striking Goings in the neck, authorities said.
Surveillance cameras at B & G Heinz Pharmacy in the area captured the lead up to the shooting and the aftermath.
Goings left the scene and was found a block away, officials said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died. Goings lived about a block away from where he was shot.
An autopsy Wednesday found he died of a gunshot wound to his chest and his death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner's office said.
Police said the shooting remained under investigation, but no charges had been filed against the woman as of Tuesday evening.
Private Security Stops Mass Shooting At Alabama Night Club - January 3, 2019
The private security officer called a hero by Huntsville Police shared her story after she stopped a man from entering a Huntsville nightclub with an AK-47.
The security officer shot Samuel Williams who is facing multiple charges including possession of a firearm by a felon.
Private security officer, Latoya, said she was working at Club 3208 early Monday morning when a fight happened inside. Williams had to be removed from the club. Latoya explained when Williams was removed from the nightclub he went to a car in the parking lot and retrieved an AK-47 and started shooting.
"Outside we did our job as security and made sure that everyone was back, and there was no one outside but the person and security," she explained.
Latoya said she was the only armed security guard at the club and knew she had to take action.
"He started to make moves towards the door he still was firing off shots. I decided that I had to make a choice--to go ahead and stop him from entering the club. I was behind a vehicle right here at this first handicap parking spot and basically just maneuvered around the vehicle as he maneuvered around the other side of it to make sure I was properly concealed and covered," she added.
That's when she shot at Williams hitting him at least once, and then worked to make sure he was okay.
Arizona Resident Shoots Four Burglars - January 3, 2019
One person is dead and three others are injured after they were shot by a resident of an Arizona home they were trying to burglarize, police said.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at approximately 1:38 a.m. Thursday and discovered that four individuals were shot after breaking into a home.
According to a news release, Edith Guerrero, 36, Jaden James, 18, Leonardo Gonzalez, 27, and Jessica Aynes, 28, woke the sleeping occupants as they entered.
The unidentified occupant with the gun fired several rounds, hitting all four suspects and ultimately killing one.
Armed Samaritan Stops Armed Robbery Suspect - January 2, 2019
Two shoplifters at a Loomis grocery store were stopped from stabbing a security guard by an armed good Samaritan before being arrested, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Brandon Smith, 25, of Santa Cruz, and Elizabeth Almand, 23, of Watsonville, were taken into custody Sunday night at the Raley's grocery store on Horseshoe Bar Road, the Sheriff's Office said.
The incident began around 8:25 p.m. Smith and Almand were spotted shoplifting at the store by a security guard, the Sheriff's Office said.
"When they left, (the guard) confronted them in the parking lot. There was an altercation where the suspect pulled a knife out," Lt. Andrew Scott said.
Smith then tried to stab the security guard, Scott said.
"The altercation escalated at that point and the victim was able to disarm the (Smith) and they began wrestling on the ground," Scott said.
The knife fell to the ground, feet away from them, near where Almand was standing nearby.
"The male suspect told the female suspect to stab the victim," Scott said. "She walked over and picked up the knife and was moving toward the victim."
Then, right at that moment, a good Samaritan pulled out his gun and said, "Drop it!"
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.