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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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.
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 woman’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 woman’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.