The Armed Citizen

NRA’s American Rifleman, August, 2016

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August 1st, 2016 –

When a serial armed robber was on the loose in Indiana, just the threat of being shot by a targeted victim was enough to bring his spree to an end. The robbery suspect accosted a woman and flashed a gun at her. Instead of cowering in fear, she pulled out her own concealed handgun, and he turned and ran away. Police caught the fleeing suspect and ended up linking him to a string of break-ins and robberies in the area. The suspect was arrested and charged in connection with possession of a stolen handgun, possession of stolen property and other related crimes. (Fox59, Kokomo, IN, 5/17/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
An Alexander City, Ala., man was at work when he got a call from his neighbor that someone was breaking into his shed back at home. Returning to his residence, the man drew his pistol and investigated, finding a highly intoxicated burglar who was busy drinking the resident’s stores of collectable beer. The thief, who is known to local law enforcement, was held at gunpoint until the authorities could arrive. (wsfa.com, Montgomery, AL, 1/28/16)

August 5, 2016 –

An order to keep her former boyfriend away wasn’t enough to deter him from harassing her, but a handgun was. Police say a woman in Lexington, Ky., shot a man who failed to comply with a court order to stay away from her. The man, who was shot multiple times, was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment. (WKYT, Lexington, KY, 5/10/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
The 71-year-old proprietor of a convenience store in Buckhead, Ga., used a 9 mm Luger handgun to thwart an early morning robbery. When a 21-year-old man burst into the business and demanded the keys to the owner’s vehicle, she instead pushed the store’s panic button and got her gun. This caused the suspect to hastily leave the building and flee the scene in the car in which he had arrived, which had a flat tire. He then drove down the road until sparks from the vehicle’s rim ignited a fire which would eventually consume the entire automobile. The culprit was later apprehended by the police. (Morgan County Citizen, Madison, GA, 1/31/16)

August 8, 2016 –

A mid-afternoon attempted armed robbery backfired for the criminal, who ended up being shot to death by an armed citizen at the Tennessee clothing store he was trying to rob. Officials did not confirm whether the shooter was a store employee. Few of the Extreme Gear customers had much sympathy for the bad guy. “The young people don’t believe in nothing but to take, and that’s it,” one customer told a television reporter. The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. He died later that night. (WMC Action News 5, Memphis, TN, 5/3/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
A store employee in Hampton, Va., was legally carrying a gun when two thieves entered the business and tried to rob the place. Instead of complying, the worker drew his gun and fired upon both suspects. One of the culprits died at the scene, the other was apprehended a mile down the road with a non-life-threatening wound. The store employee was not injured during the incident, and no charges are being pressed by the authorities for the defensive use of the firearm. (wavy.com, Portsmouth, VA, 1/29/16)

August 12, 2016 –

Fear for his family’s safety was the reason a man in Shoreline, Wash., used a handgun to thwart an early-morning break-in at the family home. The homeowner was awakened around 3 a.m. by the sound of someone yelling and kicking at the door. The resident ushered his wife and two children to one room of the home for safety. Then he grabbed his gun, a 9 mm Luger, and his older daughter called 911. While the daughter was talking to dispatchers, the family heard the sound of shattering glass. The head of the household went to see what was going on and saw that the intruder had used a piece of lawn furniture to break a window. The suspect saw the homeowner and started moving toward him. The armed citizen shot the burglar in response. Police said no charges were expected to be filed against the resident. (komonews.com, Seattle, WA, 5/5/16)

The Armed Citizen® Extra
An 8-year-old Center Point, Ala., boy was home alone one afternoon when three suspicious-looking men knocked on the front door, prompting the child to call his father and hide under a bed. The father then rushed home to discover the three suspects inside the residence. Confronting the intruders, the homeowner fired multiple shots from his handgun. Two of the criminals fled the scene, seemingly unscathed, but one was critically wounded, and would later be pronounced dead at a local hospital. (wvtm13.com, Birmingham, AL, 1/28/16)

August 19, 2016 –

An armed 24-year-old Nevada man was in the right place at the right time to help stop an armed robbery attempt at a shopping mall in Anchorage, Alaska. The armed citizen came across a security guard wrestling on the ground with an 18-year-old suspect, and when the guard yelled “Gun, gun, gun,” he jumped into action. Drawing his firearm, the man instructed the thief to drop his weapon and surrender, which he did. “I carry, not because I am looking for something to happen, but because something could happen,” the Nevada man later told reporters. (The Nevada Appeal, Carson City, NV, 1/24/16)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
October 1983

Newspaper carrier Farley Johnson had previously accommodated a local man by giving him extra copies of the newspaper, but one morning when he had none to spare and refused to part with one, the man assaulted him. The thug departed, but then returned to Johnson’s house with a rifle, and fired several rounds through the front door. Police came, but unable to locate the gunman, eventually left the Birmingham, Ala., neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, the assailant returned and shot at Johnson’s home some more, The young man returned fire with his father’s shotgun, critically injuring the attacker. (The News, Birmingham, AL)

August 22, 2016 –

In another case of a Craigslist transaction gone awry, one man is dead after he and a friend pretended to be interested in purchasing an item found on the website but instead decided to rob the seller. The two thieves traveled to the seller’s home, then overpowered him and tied him up. One of the culprits left the scene in the victim’s car, at which point the resident was able to free himself, grab a firearm and shoot his remaining captor. The injured robber would succumb to his injuries, and local law enforcement is searching for the escaped suspect. (Mohave Valley Daily News, Bullhead City, AZ, 1/25/16)

From the Armed Citizen® Archives
January 1965
Baltimore, Md., cleaning establishment owner, Rufus Owens, was sleeping on a cot in his place of business. He was awakened by the sound of a window being forced. Grabbing his shotgun, Owens went to investigate and surprised a would-be burglar as he came through the window. Not having a phone, Owens held his prisoner at bay while unlocking the front door. A short time later, a policeman making his rounds noticed the unlocked door, came in and took the intruder, who was still being held at gunpoint, into custody. (The Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD)

August 26, 2016 –

A firearm proved to be the great equalizer when an ax-wielding burglar attempted to enter the home of a 92-year-old California man. The resident, a World War II veteran, armed himself after hearing a suspicious sound out by his back door. When he went to investigate, he witnessed the culprit using an ax to break through a window. “I let off a shot and he took off,” the armed citizen later told a reporter. The suspect was in such a hurry to leave that he left behind his ax. (Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ, 2/3/16)


The Armed Citizen® Archives
March 1982

Retired postal clerk Clark Goodwin, 68, saw a pair of men leave his next-door neighbor’s house and try to break into the neighbor’s car. When he challenged them, one of the men fired at him with a .22-cal. pistol. Goodwin then returned fire with his own pistol, routing the two suspects. The next-door neighbor was found severely beaten and rolled up in a carpet. Police speculated that the criminals planned to return and kill him. Goodwin was honored by the St. Louis Grand Jury Ass’n for his actions. (The Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO)

 

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