Posts Tagged ‘Armed’

postheadericon WATCH: Store Owner Shoots At Armed Robbers, Sends One To The Ground

WHITEHAVEN, TN — When a pair of thugs entered a phone store looking to make some cash, they were soundly beaten by the store’s owner.

They were already brandishing their guns, and that was all the warning the owner needed to counter the attack.

As FOX 13 reports:

A Whitehaven store owner fought back when two armed robbers came into his store. It happened just Friday evening just before 6:00 p.m. on Millbranch near Shelby Drive.

The store owner fired his gun and started shooting at the two men. He hit one of the suspects who immediately dropped to the ground. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. The other suspect is at large.

By the time the would-be robbers made it a few feet inside the door, they were being fired on.

As the surveillance video below shows, the fight was decidedly one-sided.

One of the suspects was reportedly hit, and found at the hospital later.

Take a look at the surveillance video below:

These thugs didn’t know what hit them.

This is another example of the importance of carrying firearms at work. These robbers were clearly ready to shoot the workers at the store.

Everyone in the area was threatened because someone thought it was a good idea to attack a local businessman, and if no one was armed except for the robbers, there’s a better than average chance an innocent person would end up seriously injured, or worse.

Stay safe out there, folks.

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postheadericon Man, Who Was Attacking Deputy, Is Shot By Armed Citizen

DAWSON COUNTY, GA — Our police do so much to keep us safe. Every day they put their lives on the line to make their communities peaceful.

It’s an awesome thing to get to see armed, responsible citizens get to return the favor every once in a while.

That’s exactly what happened with Deputy Randy Harkness, 52, and a bystander, when  thug decided to try to take advantage of the deputy’s generosity.

According to WSB-TV, officials stated that Harkness had just finished giving his soon-to-be attacker a ride to the gas station at which he was about to be attacked.

As he was getting ready to give the suspect money out of his own pocket, the man started beating the deputy about the head and face.

The gas station owner, Aseem Khan, was outraged.

“I’ve never heard anything like this and it should have never happened,” he said according to WSB-TV.

“(The deputy is) one of the nicest guys we all know here. He’s a jolly personality.”

“I was very worried he was going for the gun and thank God the police officer had his hand on the gun all the time,” he said later on.

A woman nearby saw the commotion, and wasn’t about to let the attacker subdue the poor deputy.

She shot at the attacker, forcing him to flee.

He ran across the street to a McDonald’s, where he assaulted another person and was then arrested.

The deputy, the suspect, and the woman he assaulted were all taken to the hospital.

“I truly believe that (the bystander is) a hero. I believe that she potentially saved this officer’s life. I don’t know how far this suspect would have went with the assault,” said Sheriff Jeff Johnson.

Concealed carry saves lives, people.

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postheadericon *WATCH* Two Armed Robbers Dead After Father, While Holding Infant Son, Shoots After Having Gun Pointed At Him

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL — An off-duty police officer in Brazil happened to be inside a pharmacy when two armed robbers came in looking to score big.

Both of those robbers, aged 24 and 22, didn’t leave the pharmacy alive.

The officer, identified as Sgt. Rafael Souza, wasted no time with his response, even while holding his child.

Inside Edition reports;

In the footage, Souza is seen holding his son with one arm and pointing a gun with his opposite hand.

He shoots one man as the suspect runs around a floor display. He runs and fires again, then disappears out of the frame.

The cop’s wife is seen cowering behind another merchandise display, then stretching out her arms toward her husband, who hands off the baby and continues chasing the suspects.

Watch the surveillance video below:

Our friends at TTAG asked their readers a question based on the video: What would you do with your kid(s) during a self-defense gun use?

Well, it’s hard to say, and I imagine that this officer acted the best he could in the given situation. This likely began very quickly, and who’s to say setting the child down first would have been a good or bad decision. If there’s no apparent place to put the child in a split second, it seems that this is the next best option.

What are your thoughts? Where would your kids go if you found yourself in a similar situation? Chime in below.

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postheadericon Two Teens Attempt Armed Robbery, But Their Target Was An Off-Duty Police Officer

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH – Two teenagers tried to rob a man last tuesday, but they didn’t know who they were messing with at the time. However, they quickly found out.

The two teenagers accused of shooting a man during an attempted theft last week, didn’t know that their intended victim was an off-duty West Valley City officer, said police.

Local media reports;

The officer had been checking his mail at a communal mailbox at home near 3300 South and 1250 West just after 7 p.m. last Tuesday, according to a news release from West Valley police.

As he walked back home, two suspects with a handgun stopped him and allegedly attempted to rob him.

“During the course of this robbery, multiple rounds were fired both at the officer and by the officer,” the release stated. The suspects fled.

Moments after the officer had reported the shooting, two teens arrived in the local hospital with gunshot injuries. They had shown up at the hospital with the same vehicle described by the officer. The 17-year-old had been shot once and the 15-year-old had been shot twice.

The police officer was shot once in the foot and is recovering after leaving the hospital. The officer was not in uniform during the attempted robbery which indicates that the suspects didn’t know who they were getting involved with.

Concealed handguns protect people who cannot always rely on the police for protection, but when a victim is a concealed carrying police officer, there are usually one of the two outcomes: jail, or death.

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postheadericon Murder And Gun Charges Dropped Against Armed Homeowner Who Shot And Killed Intruder

CANADA — A man who shot and killed an intruder back in April of 2016 inside his home, had his murder and gun charges dropped. It seems that self-defense with a firearm prevails in our northern neighbor.

Local media reports;

Gilbert Budgell was charged following a home invasion at his Botwood residence. It’s alleged the two masked men entered the house and Budgell shot at one of the intruders.

A preliminary hearing was set to begin in Grand Falls-Windsor court today, but the charges against Budgell were instead dropped.

There were two masked men who entered, and only one left alive. It’s a sad day when an armed person is prosecuted for shooting someone who illegally entered their home while wearing masks.

It is also noted that the homeowner pleaded guilty to drug charges earlier this year. Whether or not the home invasion was over drugs is not known, but it seems that we still have a case of self-defense that’s justified.

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postheadericon Armed Vegas Man Stops Kidnapping With His H&K VP9

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — A man who made a habit of carrying his firearm every day is now credited with successfully thwarting an attempted kidnapping in his neighborhood.

That man, Justin Pearson, told his story to reporters;

“We heard this real loud noise outside,” said Pearson, 36. “I opened up the door, and this big BMW goes flying by — 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. I dialed 911 immediately.”

As he always does before leaving his house, Pearson, a concealed-carry weapon permit holder, put his pistol on his hip. The 911 operator asked for a license plate number, so Pearson moved down the street to get it.

“He had lost control of the car and almost went into a house at the end of the street,” Pearson said. The BMW then turned around and stopped in front of a neighbor’s yard, where a 6-year-old boy was standing.

As Pearson is on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, he sees the man get out of the car and grab the boy.

“He was a very big dude, and I’m not a menacing person by any means,” Pearson said. “I don’t think I could have physically stopped the guy. It would have been super ugly if it was just me versus him.”

“I carry a concealed firearm everywhere I go,” Pearson said. “I lifted up my shirt and put my hand on my gun.” “‘Hey, stop!’ I said, real loud. He turned and looked at me. There was just enough of a delay for the kid to get out of the car. I know he saw the firearm.”

Pearson had control of the situation with his still-holstered H&K VP9, making the suspect decided to drive away instead of pursue the kidnapping attempt. And the (not so) best part? The police took 17 minutes to arrive after Pearson had stopped the kidnapping. We are not placing blame on the police, because we know that they have a difficult job and cannot be everywhere when needed. But we are saying; they can’t be everywhere when needed.

As it turns out, the kidnapper was the boy’s biological father, and he did not have parental rights nor permission to take the boy.

Pearson didn’t even need to draw his firearm in order to prevent this kidnapping from progressing. Simply having it with him, and the suspect knowing it was there, was enough to stop him in his tracks and send him fleeing.

As a side note to this story, the author of the sourced article seems to be a very pro-2nd Amendment person. It was refreshing to see his comment at the end of the article that highlighted the importance of armed citizens;

These kinds of stories rarely make the news. But they happen more often than we realize and underscore an important point. Concealed-carry weapon permit holders prevent crimes.

Thank you, author Victor Joecks, for being a journalist who leaves a little important commentary to your article in hopes that it will change someone’s mind. It’s refreshing to see!

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postheadericon Man Storms Church And Shoots Multiple People, Is Then Stopped By Armed Usher

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — One person is dead and eight others wounded after a masked gunman stormed into a church and opened fire. The scenario is one that many fear, and is nearly impossible to predict. This incident, however, could have been much worse if it weren’t for a brave –and armed– usher who sprung into action.

From local news;

The shooter, identified as {REDACTED BY CONCEALED NATION}, a 25-year-old Rutherford County man, accidentally shot himself after he was confronted by an armed member of the congregation. {REDACTED} was treated at an area hospital and was released into police custody, according to Metro Nashville Police.

{REDACTED} will be charged with one count of murder, additional charges will come later, police said. Police say he previously attended the church.

The woman killed has been identified as Melanie Smith, 39. Smith was a mother who lived in Smyrna.

The gunman is believed to have been shooting indiscriminately, and probably wasn’t expecting someone to be armed and ready to fight back.

Police say the gunman wore a neoprene ski mask when he shot and killed Smith in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, as the service ended shortly after 11 a.m.

With his blue Nissan Xterra still running, the gunman then entered the rear sanctuary doors of the church and began “indiscriminately” shooting, police said.

Not long after the shooting started, an usher by the name of Caleb Engle engaged the gunman and was pistol-whipped as a result. During the engagement, the gunman accidentally shot himself in the chest.

At this point, Engle left the church and b-lined it to his vehicle, where he had a handgun. He grabbed the gun and ran back into the church, holding the gunman at gunpoint until police arrived.

The gunman was taken to the hospital for his injury and ultimately arrested on charges of homicide and attempted homicide.

If Mr. Engle is out there reading this, we thank you for your bravery during this horrible incident and wish your church the best in the days to come. You are a hero, no doubt, and saved countless lives.

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postheadericon Armed Teen Shot And Killed By His Armed Target During Attempted Robbery

DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA — A teen lost his life and one of his buddies is on the run after they picked the wrong person to try and rob at gunpoint. While a 44-year-old man was walking is dog, the duo pulled up and got out of the vehicle to rob the man at gunpoint.

AJC.com reports;

The 44-year-old man told investigators an SUV pulled next to him in the 5800 block of Cedar Croft Lane in Lithonia and two people got out of the vehicle.

“The suspects attempted to rob the victim with a handgun,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said Thursday. “The victim pulled his handgun and shot one of the suspects.”

The man called 911.

Officers responded about 10:30 p.m. and found the teen in the road suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Police tried searching for the second suspect, but were unable to locate him.

A quick dog walk can turn bad, and it’s why we consistently promote carrying your firearm all the time. Some will use the excuse of ‘I’ll just be out for a few minutes’, but we all know how quickly things can happen in just a few seconds. When the bad guy finds you, it’s best to be prepared.

While this incident is still under investigation, charges are not likely for the concealed carrier, with police Lt. Rob Bryant saying “the evidence is leaning toward no charges at this time.”

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postheadericon [VIDEO] Let’s Play A Game: Armed Robber Or Plain-Clothed Detective

A motorcyclist, who was apparently going a little too fast, had an encounter with a man when stopped at a red light. The encounter really shook up the driver, and you can see just what happened in the video above.

Local news tells us the story;

Alex Randall, the motorcyclist who posted the video on YouTube and Reddit, says the plain-clothed detective approached him on foot while pointing a pistol, and he says the detective did not identify himself, or show his badge.

In the video, Randall says he stops at a red light at NE 145th Street and 5th Avenue NE, and the detective is seen on Randall’s helmet cam pointing the gun while asking, “How you doing?” The detective told Randall he was driving his motorcycle recklessly, putting people in danger, Randall said.

I am sure that the officer was truly annoyed with the supposed high-rate of speed at which Randall was accused of traveling, but it doesn’t warrant the pulling of a firearm.

“I turned and looked, and he’s there with a gun,” Randall said. “I was totally unprepared for someone to be standing right next to me on the street like that.”

I am not defending Randall’s actions, of course, because he would have been putting lives at risk if he was being irresponsible with his driving. While I wouldn’t speed (like that), I have to wonder how I’d handle a situation where a plain-clothed officer drew his firearm on me.

Having seen no ID or any sort of confirmation, Randall had no idea who he was really talking to — and who really had a gun on him. Was this an armed robbery attempt, or was this truly an officer? In the video, there’s really no way to tell.

Sheriff John Urquhart spoke out about the video, saying that what he saw was very troubling and needed to be addressed.

“That’s not the culture I want, that’s not the culture I will tolerate, and I will take swift action when I hear about it,” Urquhart said, adding that the video will be a teaching tool.

“What I’m going to do with that video, is I’m going to show it to every single new recruit that comes into the sheriff’s office, and I have 70 or 80 a year. I want them to know specifically what they’re not allowed to do.”

What do you think about this encounter?

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postheadericon Church Burglary Gone Wrong, Suspect Shot By Armed Churchgoer

DOTHAN, AL — A man is dead after deciding to take his life into his own hands, attempting to rob the occupants of a Baptist church in Alabama.

Dothan First reports that 26-year-old Steffon Tolver looked to score some easy money by robbing people on church grounds.

“He completed one robbery in which he received roughly $ 50 dollars and proceeded to try to rob someone else and the second person had a handgun and shot the suspect while he was in his office,” said police LT. Brian Smith according to Dothan First.

It was 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday. Workers were there prepping for the next week.

“They were getting ready to go on a youth trip and they were working late to get ready for the trip in the morning,” Smith said.

Some were confused as to why a church member had a gun on church grounds. However, Smith backs them.

“In a church or not wherever you are you have the chance to defend yourself in your home, you have certain additional rights,” he said.

OK, there are two things to remember here.

I have long told my friends — the most important place to be responsibly-armed is in a church, and that is a fact. Folks think of churches as places of peace — as well they should be. But that makes them appealing to bad guys.

Religious buildings have targets on their backs — regardless of faith. There is someone, somewhere, who does not want that faith to exist. So carry. You will be glad that you did.

Second — if you’re a bad guy — have a speck of ethics and try not to go robbing a church. For your sake, if not ours.

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