Category Archives: Armed Citizens

Armed Citizen

From NRA.org –

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)

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Armed Citizen

from NRA.org, April issue – While a 21-year-old store clerk was working his shift at Balwi Food Market one afternoon, 31-year-old Urban Anderson entered the store wearing a ski mask and wielding a knife. When Anderson began swinging the knife, the store employee was quick to grab the rifle kept behind the counter for protection. The employee forced Anderson to the ground and kept him there until police arrived. Anderson was then arrested and charged with attempted robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The employee suffered cuts to his arms and was treated at a local hospital. (The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY, 1/07/12)

Christopher Oster, 28, and John Shanks III, 29, broke into the home of a resident said to have been involved in a break-up and alleged domestic dispute with Oster’s sister, police said. With their identities concealed and an apparent intent to assault the tenant, they forced their way into the home. Inside, they were met by a citizen armed with a .22-cal. handgun. Shanks was shot once in the chest. Oster attempted to drag Shanks out of the home, but fled when he was confronted by the armed resident. Shanks’ wound was fatal and Oster was later arrested and charged with first-degree burglary. (Enterprise Record, Chico, CA, 12/22/12)

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Armed Citizen

From NRA.org, March, 2011 – Tim Patterson was cooking at The Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen as he did every day when he heard a scream coming from the parking lot of a nearby Goodwill store. He rushed toward the cries for help and didn’t hesitate to draw his Kimber 1911 .45 when he saw that a man had grabbed hold of a woman and had a knife to her throat. “Drop it or I’ll shoot you!” Patterson warned. The assailant immediately released the woman, dropped the knife, raised his arms and fled. The victim, a Goodwill employee who was carrying a bank deposit in her purse at the time of the attempted robbery, was not injured. (Coeur d’Alene Press, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 11/30/11)

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Armed Citizens

From NRA.org – 

It was 4 a.m. when Donna Hopper awoke to a stranger attempting to enter her home. When she refused to open the door, the man announced, “I’m coming in!” Hopper wasn’t sure what to do. “That’s when it came to me—I had a gun,” she recalled. Hopper had purchased a .38-cal. revolver just months prior for safety following the death of her husband. She retrieved the gun just in time as the burglar began prying open the window. That’s when she heard the voice of her father, a longtime police officer, in her head: Two hands, Donna. Keep your elbows straight. She opened fire and connected with the burglar on the third shot.

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Armed Citizens

From NRA.org, December, 2011  Phillip Ramsey was drinking coffee in his kitchen when there was a knock at the door. “I didn’t recognize him and I didn’t answer the door,” Ramsey recalled. Shortly thereafter a second unknown man knocked at the door. When Ramsey didn’t answer, the man circled toward the rear of the house. Continue reading →

Armed Citizens

from the American Rifleman (NRA) –

Seeking help following an assault at the hands of her boyfriend, a woman phoned her parents. They quickly picked her up and brought her to their home, calmed their terrified daughter and she went to sleep. Then a banging at the door arose—the boyfriend had found her hiding place. The parents would not answer, so the suspect kicked in the door and began assaulting them. Continue reading →