Armed Citizen

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Zachery Herzog, 26, and Michael Ozier, 25, entered a C&D Drive-Thru one afternoon and refused to pay for a bottle of wine. When the store clerk, James Edwards, tried to interject, Herzog shoved him out of the way and went for the cash register while Ozier held Edwards at gunpoint. Meanwhile, the store owner, 39-year-old Wesley Han, was in his office watching the burglary unfold on the security camera. Han grabbed his gun and crept into the store. One of the gunman spotted him and fired, but missed. Han returned fire striking Ozier in the chest, abdomen, right leg and right arm. Severely wounded, Ozier fled, collapsing just a few blocks away. Han held Herzog at gunpoint until police arrived and Ozier was later taken to a local hospital. Both men face aggravated robbery charges. (Cincinnati Enquirer, College Hill, OH, 2/16/12)

World War II Army veteran and retired postal worker Jack Goodwin was in bed listening to a basketball game one evening when he heard glass breaking. The 87-year-old picked up his gun and followed the sound down the hallway to a rear window. When Goodwin saw the intruders at his window, he raised his gun and fired. The wounded intruder was hospitalized in critical condition while the second intruder is still at large. After the incident, Goodwin said, “I knew one thing—they were gonna deal with me ‘cause if you’ve got enough nerve to break in somebody’s house and they’re home, they’ve got enough nerve to kill you, see. There’s no ifs or ands about it.” (CBS Los Angeles, Baldwin Hills, CA, 2/01/12)

Home alone, a 17-year-old girl did not answer the door when the door bell rang. Shortly thereafter, she heard someone jump over the gate in the backyard. She then saw a man reach through the home’s doggie door and attempt to unlatch it. The girl quickly armed herself and fired a shot at the doggie door. Without hesitation, the suspect fled. It is unknown whether or not the man was injured. The area was heavily searched, but police were unable to locate the man. (The Arizona Republic, Glendale, AZ, 2/07/12)

Instead of going to school, three teenagers went on a crime spree robbing two pedestrians. The teens then attacked a 65-year-old man riding a bicycle on a public trail. The man was carrying a concealed firearm and fought back, shooting two of the three assailants. Shot in the chest, one assailant was pronounced dead at the scene. The second was struck in the neck and taken to a local hospital. The third teen was charged with robbery, aggravated assault as well as other related offenses. (Reading Eagle, Reading, PA, 1/27/12)

Between 2 and 3 p.m. a woman was stopped along the highway when a man approached her car door. He pulled out a knife that appeared to already have a bloody blade and demanded that she go with him. He threatened her, telling her that if she did not comply she would “end up like that woman on TV.” The woman believed he was referring to a missing teacher confirmed dead just days before. She told the man to wait while she got her cigarettes, then reached down and pulled out a gun. The man quickly fled. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman, MT, 1/14/12)

As Nazir Al-Mujaahid entered an Aldi grocery store with his wife, he saw a man approach the cashiers with a shotgun and demand money. Having just obtained his concealed carry permit in January, Al-Mujaahid drew his semi-automatic 9 mm handgun after motioning to another customer to move away. When the suspect turned toward him, pointing the shotgun directly at him, Al-Mujaahid fired several shots striking the robber in the head and leg. The robber dropped the shotgun and fled; he and an accomplice were later arrested after being treated for injuries. (Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, 2/03/12)

Police received a call from a 15-year-old girl claiming there was someone trying to get into her house while she was home alone. She reported that she heard the front door jiggle, looked out the window and saw two men there. One man managed to get into the garage where he was attempting to steal a pickup truck. After retrieving her father’s handgun, the girl confronted the man in the garage causing him to immediately flee. His accomplice, who had already made his way inside and was ransacking the contents of the home, quickly followed suit. (The Daily News, Texas City, TX, 1/15/12)

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