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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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.
Man Walking Dog Shoots And Kills Would Be Robber - December 28, 2016
A man walking his dog Tuesday night near his home shot two people who tried to rob him, killing one and wounding the other.
Deonte M. Thomas, 17, of Milwaukee was shot to death and his 18 year old companion was wounded, police said. The 36 year old man had a concealed carry permit.
The incident happened about 10 p.m. in the 6500 block of W. Euclid Ave. when the two robbers were driving around looking for a possible victim, Ald. Mark Borkowski said.
"Obviously these people picked the wrong person, but not everyone has concealed carry," Borkowski said Wednesday. "We all get a sense of security because it's our neighborhood, but we have to be diligent."
Atlanta Gun Store Owners Shoots And Kills One Of Two Armed Robbers - December 26, 2016
A gun store owner shot and killed a man attempting to rob his store Monday morning, according to police.
The owner of Dixie Gun and Pawn on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Cobb County, along with one other worker, had just opened the store when two men with ski masks and guns came in, according to investigators. Police say the owner pulled out his gun and fired, hitting one of the gunmen.
The second gunman took off in a silver Dodge Magnum and headed east down Veterans Memorial Parkway. Police are still searching for that man, and said they believe he is armed.
Texas Home Invader Killed By Armed Civilian On Christmas Eve - December 25, 2016
Houston Police say one of the people inside a home shot and killed a man who broke in. "The son takes out a weapon, fearing for their safety, and fires his gun at the suspect," said Houston Police Sergeant Joshua Horn.
There were three people inside when the break in occurred around 9:45 Saturday, the adult son who shot the intruder, and his two parents. Police say the man was able to get into the home through the back, possible right through the back door. But when they looked at surveillance from the family's cameras, it showed he wasn't alone. "We were able to take a look at the surveillance and we saw at least another young male with this male attempting to break into the home." said Sgt. Horn.
The other suspect was the one who broke the front window, ultimately alerting the family to their presence. He was able to run off and get away before cops showed up to the scene. Police don't have any idea why they tried to break into a home while the lights were on and cars were in the driveway, but it's a choice that cost one of them their life.
Armed Robber Shot By Subway Employee In Pittsburgh - December 23, 2016
A would be robber was in critical condition after being shot by an employee at the Subway restaurant at the SouthSide Works on Friday morning.
Pittsburgh police continue to investigate the shooting, which happened in the 2700 block of East Carson Street around 8 a.m.
Police said the man walked in with a gun and demanded money, and the clerk, who has a concealed carry permit, opened fire on him.
The gunman fled through a window that was broken during the shooting and went to Allegheny General Hospital in a private vehicle, police said. He has not been identified.
Armed Citizens Stop Two Armed Robberies In Philadelphia In One Night - December 19, 2016
Two attempted robberies in Philadelphia over the weekend were stopped when both intended targets fought back against and fired at their assailants.
The first attempted robbery occurred at an auto repair shop around 6:30 p.m. in the Elmwood area of the city. According to local reports, after the armed robber entered the shop, the owner shot the suspect a total of three times – once in the chest, once in the shoulder and once in the buttocks.
The second incident unfolded about three hours later, shortly after 9:30 p.m., when a pizza delivery driver was making what he thought was a delivery in a northeast neighborhood.
As the 52-year-old driver, who police confirmed is licensed to carry a concealed firearm, walked up to the house where he was supposed to make the delivery, he was jumped from behind by the suspects. They initially made off with $82 from the driver, but as they attempted to make their escape, the driver opened fire, striking one of the suspects in the leg.
Florida Uber Driver Shoots And Kills Robber - December 18, 2016
An Uber driver fatally shot a robber early Sunday along a causeway near the Aventura Mall, police said.
The driver, who wasn't immediately identified, was not hurt in the violent robbery attempt at the Lehman Causeway, according to Aventura police. Neither was a passenger inside the Uber.
Two of the three robbers escaped. One was shot dead.
The chaos on the causeway, which links Sunny Isles Beach to Aventura, backed up westbound traffic into mid-morning Sunday as police investigated. The Aventura Mall, just to the north on Northeast 197th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, is expecting heavy shopping crowds for the Christmas rush.
Aventura police spokesman Chris Goranitis said shortly after an Uber driver picked up a passenger in his black Toyota Corolla around 5:50 a.m., a Dodge Caravan cut him off on the westbound access road next to the Lehman Causeway. A man emerged with two handguns drawn, ready to rob the Uber driver.
The Uber driver packed his own weaponry. Shots from his single gun hit the robber, who died on the scene. The Dodge Caravan sped away.
Police are interviewing the Uber driver, who had a permit to carry his gun, with charges are unlikely.
Florida Concealed Carry Citizen Shoots And Kills Man Assaulting Officer - November 14, 2016
A passerby shot and killed a person who was fighting with a Lee County Sheriff's Office deputy on Interstate 75 Monday morning.
Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, a 12 year veteran, was working a crash at mile marker 126 when the suspect came upon him, causing Bardes to pursue him at high speeds, according to multiple sources.
Bardes and the suspect exited their vehicles at the Corkscrew Road exit and a fight started, sources said. The suspect was armed, Bardes told his supervisors, according to sources.
The passerby, who had a Concealed Weapons License, exited his vehicle and told the suspect he'd shoot him if he didn't stop beating the deputy, sources said.
After noncompliance from the suspect, the passerby shot the suspect three times, sources said. The suspect later died.
Pizza Hut Worker Shoots And Kills Armed Robber - October 31, 2016
A Pizza Hut employee shot and killed a man during an attempted armed robbery after hours at the store early Sunday morning in west Charlotte, N.C., according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.
Officers were called about 1:38 a.m. to the Pizza Hut to a report of shooting and arrived to find Michael Renard Grace with a gunshot wound.
Grace was pronounced dead on scene.
According to police, three people entered the restaurant and were in the process of robbing the business when one of the employees fired his own personal handgun at one of the suspects.
Licensed Texas Gun Owner Stops Armed Robbery At Auto Parts Store - October 2, 2016
A Houston man with a Texas License to Carry stopped an armed robbery at a local auto parts store.
The Texas gun owner was pulling into an Auto Zone store in the northwest part of Harris County when he observed three men holding the store's employees at gunpoint. The attempted robbery occurred at the Jones Road store at about 9 p.m. Friday night, according to KHOU CBS11.
The gun owner, who is legally licensed to carry a handgun drew his weapon and entered the store as the would be robbers were demanding cash from the store employees. He demanded the three suspects drop their weapons and get down on the ground.
He then held the suspects at gunpoint while Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the scene. When the deputies arrived they took the three failed robbery suspects into custody.
Kansas Good Guy With A Gun Save Woman And Child - September 12, 2016
One person was killed and two people were injured in an assault and shooting outside a Shawnee Walmart store Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. at the Walmart store near Shawnee Mission Parkway and Maurer Road.
Police said a woman left the store and was putting her infant child in a car seat when two men she didn't know approached her and one struck her on the head.
Investigators said a man got out of his car to help the woman and was shot multiple times. They said another man saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead.
Police said the second man ran off. Police originally believed they captured the second suspect using a K-9 officer, however, that person was not connected with the incident. Police are working to identify the second suspect at this time.
Four People And Dog Stabbed Before Homeowner Fires Gun And Scares Off Invaders - August 10, 2016
Chicago - Four people and their family dog were stabbed early Wednesday, when two masked men broke into their home in north suburban Buffalo Grove.
Police said the homeowner grabbed a handgun during the home invasion, and opened fire, chasing off the suspects.
Just after midnight, police responded to a home invasion in the 400 block of St. Marys Parkway, and found several windows had been broken, and the front door had been forced open. Officers discovered a bloody scene inside.
Witnesses told police that two masked attackers had broken in, and a man armed with a large hunting knife repeatedly stabbed the 49 year old homeowner. Three other people and the family's German Shepherd also were stabbed.
During the struggle, the homeowner retrieved a handgun, and opened fire, causing the attackers to run away.
Man With CCW Shoots And Stops Armed Robber In Ohio - August 7, 2016
A man with a concealed carry permit shot an attempted robber in the head in Cleveland Sunday while at a Family Dollar store.
FOX 8 in Cleveland reports the incident occurred around 3 p.m. local time at a Family Dollar on West 117th and Bellaire Avenue.
Police are investigating the incident, and it appears the man with the CCW permit, who is not a store employee, exchanged gunfire with the alleged robbery suspect.
The man with the CCW permit was not hit, but the suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.
Concealed Carry Holder Receives Commendation For Saving Officers Life - July 29, 2016
An Ohio man with a concealed carry permit was presented an award this week for saving a Mount Vernon police officer who was being attacked by a suspect.
Cpl. Michael Wheeler of Ohio's Mount Vernon Police Department recounted Wednesday an incident last year when he was attacked by a homeless crystal meth addict. Cpl. Wheeler said the suspect knocked him onto his back and pinned him to the ground, The Federalist reported.
"I've never been in that situation before," the 14-year department veteran told Inside Edition. "I've always been able to take control of a situation."
Cpl. Wheeler said the man was reaching for his firearm when Dylan DeBoard appeared with a handgun drawn.
The officer said Mr. DeBoard announced he had a concealed weapon permit, and the suspect put his hands in the air.
Elderly Homeowner Shoots And Kills Home Invader - July 26, 2016
A San Antonio man in his late 70s who shot and killed a would be intruder Thursday morning on the Northwest Side is not expected to face charges at this time, police said.
Troy Dell Wilson, 42, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.
Authorities arrived at the 9700 block of Autumn Dew around 10 a.m. after the homeowner and his wife, who is in her late 60s, called police to report that a man was attempting to break into their home.
SAPD spokesperson Douglas Greene said the elderly man pleaded with the attempted intruder to stop his efforts to get into the couple's home, but the man continued to force his way into the home, eventually breaking the door handle.
That's when Greene said the homeowner fired his revolver at the door, striking the man, who is in his 40s, in the chest.
Oregon Mother Of Two Shooots And Kills Intruder In Childs Bedroom - June 27, 2016
A mother who returned to her Portland home with her two children late Saturday night shot and killed an intruder who was inside.
The woman, 33, found a stranger in one of her children's bedrooms in her home on the 4100 block of SE 118th Place in Portland. Armed with a handgun, she shot and killed the suspect, a 59 year old male.
The woman cooperated with investigators and was not arrested. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will receive the case for review after the investigation concludes.
Pennsylvania Pharmacy Owner Stops Shotgun Weilding Armed Robber - June 3, 2016
Police say a man is dead after an attempted robbery in a Levittown, Bucks County pharmacy.Police say a man is dead after an attempted robbery in a Levittown, Bucks County pharmacy.
It happened Friday morning at the Pennsbury Pharmacy on New Falls Road.
Police say the armed man got out of the passenger's seat of a minivan and headed into the store, but the owner was ready.
"He has a good camera system, so he actually saw the subject come into the store with the shotgun," said Lt. Henry Ward of Falls Twp. Police. "He was prepared for the armed intruder."
Florida Concealed Carry Construction Worker Stops Armed Robbery - May 20, 2016
Police said they are searching for an attempted robbery suspect after a construction worker defended himself with his handgun in Lake City Sunday night.
Gary Cleveland was determined to have used his weapon in self-defense and will not face any criminal charges for firing two shots at an allegedly armed attempted robber, the Lake City Police Department said in a release.
While working at a restaurant on E. Duval Street in Lake City a black teen approached the construction worker to ask for money. When Cleveland declined the teen's request, the teen left, police said.
Later that night, while Cleveland was cleaning up for the night, the teen returned with a handgun and demanded money, according to police.
Instead of giving the teen money, Cleveland reportedly pulled his own handgun, for which he had a concealed-carry permit, and fired two shots.