November 15, 2013
Two employees of a Family Dollar store in Mobile, Ala. were unloading a truck, when a pair of armed robbers approached them. One of the criminals forced one of the employees to the front of the store, past terrified customers, and demanded that the employee open the safe. Upon witnessing the robbery, one customer drew a gun and fired at the thief, striking him and causing his accomplice to flee.
Following the incident, another customer inside the store during the robbery spoke with reporters and thanked the armed citizen, stating, “"I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart and God bless you.”
November 14, 2013
Ken Lowery entered Aden’s convenience store in Rhine, Ga. and found the clerk in distress, shouting that she had just been robbed. Lowery left the store and spotted the robber making a leisurely getaway, walking down the street. The robber’s brazen actions so upset the residents of Rhine that around 20 townspeople armed themselves and formed a posse intent on finding the criminal. Armed with a rifle, Lowery tracked the thief and cornered him in a shed, where the robber remained until police could arrive.
Following the criminal’s capture, Major Donald Helms of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office told local media, that the incident was an example of “good guys with guns.” Other townsfolk agreed with that sentiment when asked for comment by reporters. Resident Kayla Mitchell noted, “I’m glad I stay in a town like this, Rhine is a good town.”
November 12, 2013
Gonzaga University students Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were at home in their university-owned apartment in Spokane, Wash. when a man came to the door asking for money. The man, who police later determined is a convicted felon, got aggressive with Fagan, who called to McIntosh for help. McIntosh, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, retrieved a pistol and came to his roommate’s aide. The aggressor fled once he spotted McIntosh carrying a firearm. Following the incident, the roommates alerted the Spokane Police and campus security to the situation. Despite plaudits from the Spokane Police Department, who said the students “did the right thing,” Gonzaga campus security confiscated the pistol, and a shotgun the pair also kept in their home. Further, the roommates were brought before the school’s disciple board and placed on university probation. In the wake of national exposure, Fagan and McIntosh have announced that they are appealing their probation, and Gonzaga has indicated that they will review their weapons policy.
November 5, 2013
A Right-to-Carry permit holder was leaving an apartment in Reading, Pa. when he noticed that the nearby Krick’s Korner convenience store was being robbed by a pair of armed and masked men. The permit holder went to the store’s entrance and ordered the criminals to halt. The robbers responded by drawing their guns on the permit holder, prompting the armed citizen to fire on the thieves, killing them.
Following the shooting, Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams told reporters, “I think that this is an incident where the concerned citizen acted justifiably under the law.” A woman who lives near the store told a local media outlet that Krick’s Korner has been the scene of multiple robberies in recent years.
November 4, 2013
An armed robber entered the Stop & Go convenience store in Toledo, Ohio and got into a confrontation with clerk December Long. At some point during the attempted robbery, Long was able to retrieve a firearm, and exchanged gunfire with the criminal. During the exchange, the armed robber was fatally shot, and Long was wounded. Following the shooting, a frequent Stop & Go customer told a local media outlet that Long is “real nice and friendly. Hard-nosed. She doesn’t take guff from anybody.”
October 30, 2013
A married couple was returning to their home in Selmont, Ala. when they happened upon a pair of burglars. Upon being discovered, one of the burglars attacked the husband. The husband responded by drawing a pistol and shooting the attacker, killing him and causing his accomplice to flee. Following the incident, Sgt. Mike Grantham of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department noted, “At this point, everything that we have found, everything the investigation has turned up, tells us this was a justified shooting.”
October 29, 2013
A pizza delivery driver for restaurant Hungry Howie’s was working his shift in Redford, Mich. when a group of men attempted to rob him. As the delivery driver was confronted by a member of the group, he drew a gun and fired at the robber, killing him and causing his accomplices to flee.
Police captured the other thieves a short time later. The robbers face armed robbery and gun charges, with bail set at $250,000.
October 24, 2013
The wheelchair bound owner of Malone’s Jewelers in Alcoa, Tenn. was working at his shop when a man entered and began to occupy his attention. Soon after, another man, who was in league with the first, entered the store and attempted a robbery. The owner responded to the threat by retrieving a gun, shooting one of the criminals in the abdomen, then holding the pair of thieves until police could arrive.
When interviewed by a local media outlet, Det. Kris Sanders of the Alcoa Police Department said of the owner, “He did a really good job detaining both individuals until we got there.” The owner has not been charged.
October 21, 2013
Pastor Carl Sanders walked into a Dollar General store in Evansville, Ind. in order to purchase a Gatorade, but ended up stumbling upon an armed robbery in progress. Shortly after Sanders entered the store, the thief turned his attention to the pastor, ordering him to the ground. Sanders responded by drawing a firearm and telling the armed robber to get on the ground. The thief complied and Sanders held the man until police could arrive.
Sanders took no pleasure in the actions some have called heroic. When forcing the armed man to the ground, Sander told the man that his actions were “out of love.” Sanders later said of the criminal, “He didn’t deserve to be hurt… I wanted him to know you can’t do this.”
October 17, 2013
Gary Spencer was waiting in his truck in the parking lot of a bank, as his wife deposited a check, when he spotted two men just outside the bank struggling over a money bag. One of the men had waited while the other withdrew $5,000 from the bank, and was now using a stun gun to incapacitate his victim and steal the money. Spencer, who along with his wife, are Right-to-Carry permit holders, drew a .380 pistol from his wife’s purse, ran to the site of the attack and confronted the robber. Upon seeing Spencer’s gun, the criminal fled without the cash.
Following the incident, Spencer said to a local media outlet of his actions, “Do you want to help somebody if they’re in need of help, or are you going to turn your head… and act like it’s not going on? I don’t see it as a hero thing. I just see it as me stepping up for somebody who needed a hand.”
October 15, 2013
A homeowner in Tulsa, Okla. was returning home from a walk when he became aware of an intruder who had broken into his house. The homeowner retrieved a gun, found the burglar and fired at him, striking him three times. The criminal was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
October 9, 2013
Two children were outside on a public street in San Bernardino, Calif. when a pit bull attacked them. As the children tried to escape from the dog, the children’s aunt picked up a toy scooter and attempted to use it to fight the dog off. A neighbor noticed the attack, retrieved a gun, and shot and killed the dog.
Following the incident, the aunt explained to a reporter that she was fearful for the children’s lives and said that the armed citizen is a hero. One of the children was taken to a local hospital for her injuries, but is now fine.
October 7, 2013
Mack Agaybi was inside the back office of his car dealership, A B Motors, in Houston, Texas when he spotted two armed men entering his store on a surveillance camera. Agaybi retrieved a gun, went to the front of the store, which was filled with friends and family members, and fired at the criminals, causing them to flee. Following the shootout, Agaybi realized his friend had been shot in the fracas and immediately put him into his car and drove to a local clinic. The friend is expected to survive.
Agaybi told reporters that without his gun, he, his friends, and family members would have been killed.
October 4, 2013
The owner of Frager Farm Stand and Fruit Tree Nursery in Kent, Wash. was about to go to bed when he heard a suspicious noise at his business, which is right next to his home. The owner retrieved a shotgun, went to investigate, and discovered a pair of intruders inside the farm stand’s office. The owner shot and killed one of the criminals and held the other at gunpoint until police could arrive.
The break-in was the second in as many days for the farm stand. An investigation revealed that the surviving burglar was facing a domestic violence charge and had a recent history of drug use.
October 2, 2013
An 85-year-old woman was asleep at home in Orangeburg County, S.C. when she awakened to the sound of her dog barking. The woman retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and discovered an intruder inside her home. The woman asked the intruder, “what are you doing in my house?” The criminal refused to answer or move, prompting the woman to fire at the home invader, which caused him to flee.
September 26, 2013
A robber entered the Raetta Quick Stop convenience store in House Springs, Mo. displayed a gun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied with the demand, but the owner of the store retrieved a handgun and confronted the criminal. The owner was able to hold the robber at gunpoint until police could arrive, without anyone getting hurt.
September 24, 2013
A family was returning home from a funeral when a masked and armed robber approached them in the driveway of one of their houses in Harris County, Texas and demanded cash. The brother-in-law of the homeowner, a retired federal agent, responded to the threat by drawing a gun and firing at the thief, striking him twice and causing him to flee. The robber was captured a short time later after seeking treatment at a nearby hospital.
The retired agent’s actions seem to have inspired at least one of his brother-in-law’s neighbors who told a local media outlet, “I might start taking gun classes for protection.” Investigators believe the thief may have been involved in other robberies earlier in the evening.
September 19, 2013
Two men, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, entered the 3rd Base Drive Thru convenience store in Dayton, Ohio and attempted to rob the store. Store owner Thomas Mauro was in an office in the rear of the store when he spotted the pair on a surveillance feed. Mauro retrieved a gun and fired at the criminals, striking one in the chest and causing both to flee. The wounded robber only made it to the restaurant next door before collapsing. When interviewed by a local media outlet, Dayton Police Lieutenant Donald Burden stated that it is unlikely the store owner will face charges.
September 18, 2013
A man approached the home of a 77-year-old man in Missoula, Mont. and threw a chair through a window to gain access to the house. Upon becoming aware of the intruder, the homeowner retrieved a gun and fired at the burglar, striking him once. Once authorities arrived, the wounded man was taken to a local hospital where he is expected to survive.
Missoula Detective Sgt. Scott Pastian noted that police suspect drugs may have been a factor in the attempted burglary.
September 13, 2013
Owner Andy Blansett and employee Melanie Miller were working at the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in North Little Rock, Ark. when a man came in and demanded painkillers. The man then drew a machete, intimidated Miller and attempted to climb over the pharmacy’s counter. In response, Blansett retrieved a .45-caliber pistol and pointed it at the thief, causing him to flee.
Drug thieves beware, in an interview with a local media outlet Blansett noted, “All of the independently owned pharmacists I know carry a concealed [weapon] on them or have one in the store.”
September 12, 2013
A pregnant woman was inside her home in Palmview, Texas when a pair of burglars approached the house. One thief went to the front door and rang the doorbell, while the other moved to a back door. After spotting the burglars, the homeowner retrieved a handgun and the telephone, and called the police. Eventually the woman fired at the intruders, causing them to flee.
The thieves were captured a short time later after police cornered them in a nearby home. Following the incident, the homeowner told a reporter that she had initially been against her husband purchasing the handgun she used to defend herself, but noted that after the shooting she told him, “thank you for doing that.”
September 11, 2013
A man was driving his truck with the windows down through Wilmington, N.C. when a pair of robbers approached him while the vehicle was stopped. One of the thieves grabbed the driver’s arm, pointed a gun at him and said, “Give me your truck.” The driver responded by retrieving a pistol and pointing it at the carjackers, causing them to flee.
September 6, 2013
A man was at home asleep with his wife and child in their Kansas City, Mo. home when the family was awakened by a suspicious noise. The man retrieved a shotgun, went to investigate, and discovered a burglar who had broken into the home’s garage. The homeowner fired at the intruder, killing him.
The shooting ended a lengthy crime spree perpetrated by the burglar that included the theft of three cars, one by a carjacking at gunpoint, and another burglary.
September 5, 2013
Jon Alexander was clerking at the Beer 30 liquor store in Marionville, Mo. when a man entered the store, drew a gun, and pointed it at him. Alexander, a 30-year military veteran who served four tours in Iraq, immediately pushed the robber’s gun away with his left hand, drew a pistol with his right, and pointed it at the thief’s head, causing the robber to flee the store.
Following the incident, the owner of the store, Jeannine Dawson, spoke with a local media outlet. Dawson explained that Alexander acted just as she would have predicted during the robbery, and stated that she enjoyed showing her friends the surveillance footage of the confrontation, noting, “They’re shocked when they see the robber pull a gun, but then they’re just delighted when Jon stops him.”
August 30, 2013
A 73-year-old retired teacher was at home in Oakland Park, Fla. when a burglar smashed a window to gain access to the house. The homeowner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and discovered the thief just outside the home, carrying a TV and attacking a neighbor intent on reporting the crime. The homeowner fired at the criminal, striking him several times and causing him to flee to a nearby getaway vehicle. A short time later, police found the getaway vehicle wrecked, with the thief still inside it, about a mile away.
The homeowner made clear to a local media outlet that he did not relish being forced to defend himself and his neighbor, but one of his friends offered effusive praise, stating, “Good for him; wonderful. I wish more people would do that. It’s ridiculous for people to break into homes and think they can get away with it.” The Broward County State Attorney’s Office may look into the shooting, but Broward County Sheriff’s Spokesman Mike Jachles indicated that charges were unlikely, telling reporters, “It appears this was a justifiable shooting... Every indication is that the homeowner was defending himself, his property and his neighbor from being attacked by the intruder.” The intruder faces charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft.
August 29, 2013
A pair of men, at least one of whom was armed, entered the Helena Package Store in Helena, Ga. and confronted the woman who owns the store. The owner responded by retrieving a handgun and firing at the intruders, striking one and causing the other to flee. The wounded man was taken to a local hospital where he is listed as in stable condition and faces armed robbery charges.
Helena Police Chief Glenn Giles has made clear that the store owner will not face charges.
August 26, 2013
A pizza deliveryman was getting into his car following a delivery to a motel in West Melbourne, Fla. when a man armed with a knife confronted him and demanded cash. The delivery driver responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, killing him.
An investigation revealed that the deceased criminal had a criminal record that included aggravated battery, armed robbery, and false imprisonment. Following the incident, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivy noted, “Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the robbery acted in self-defense while being robbed by a violent criminal who was armed with a knife.”
August 23, 2013
Three men armed with what appeared to be real guns, but were later determined to be air pistols, entered the Concertina Beer Hall in Milwaukee, Wis. and demanded cash. Owner Andy Kochanski responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminals, striking one and causing the others to flee. A former firefighter, Kochanski administered CPR to the wounded criminal before authorities could arrive at the scene, but the robber later died. Kochanski later told a media outlet, in regards to his attempt to save the criminal, “That's who I am, you know. I'm a firefighter, even though I don't have my badge anymore. I always will be a firefighter.”
The following night Kochanski reopened his bar and was greeted by a throng of well-wishers. Milwaukee Country prosecutors have noted that Kochanski will not face charges.
The incident was the second time in five years that Kochanski was forced to protect himself, his customers and his bar. At a 2008 Christmas party at the beer hall Kochanski was forced to fire a .45-caliber pistol at a pair of robbers toting a sawed-off shotgun.
August 21, 2013
Jerome and Carolyn Mauderly were asleep at home in Bedford, Iowa when an armed criminal broke into their house and held the elderly couple hostage. The criminal was Rodney Eugene Long, a convicted felon and escaped inmate from the nearby Clarinda Correctional Facility, who police believe shot a Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy a day earlier, and who was the subject of an extensive manhunt. After being held captive for four hours, Jerome took an opportunity to retrieve a shotgun kept in the home. After getting hold of the shotgun, Jerome shot and killed Long.
As an escaped prisoner, Long made a terrible choice of victims; Jerome Mauderly is a retired prison guard. However, Long might not have had much luck choosing another household to victimize in Bedford, as a pair of waitresses interviewed at the local Junction Café during the manhunt explained to a reporter that their loved ones were aware of the fugitive, armed, and prepared for the worst.
August 19, 2013
A female employee was clerking at the Spirit Shoppe package store in Sunderland, Mass. when a masked man armed with a large knife entered the store and demanded cash. The employee responded to the threat by retrieving a gun, causing the criminal to flee the scene.
August 15, 2013
A woman and her family were dining at a Denny’s in Houston, Texas when a group of six men armed with guns attempted to rob her husband while she was in the restroom. When the woman exited the restroom and spotted the hold-up, she drew a pistol and exchanged gunfire with the criminals, causing them to flee.
Following the incident, a local media outlet spoke with the victim’s brother who noted that his brother’s wife is a Right-to-Carry permit holder. The brother went on to add, “Self-defense saved my brother’s life.”
August 14, 2013
Vincent Reed Bellamy was at home in a student apartment complex in Raleigh, N.C. at around 1:45 a.m. when an armed intruder broke into the dwelling. Bellamy responded to the threat by shooting the criminal, and then triggering a fire alarm to call for help. When police arrived they found the home invader dead in a nearby hallway.
Following an investigation, Wake County Prosecutor Colleen Janssen made clear that Bellamy would not face charges. Janssen explained to a local media outlet the laws that protect residents like Bellamy, stating, “Those laws were put in place to protect homeowners or residents of homes when they protect themselves against intruders… and that’s exactly what I see as having happened here.”
August 8, 2013
An employee of a Marathon gas station in Lexington, Ky. confronted a man who was urinating on the outside of the building. The public urinator responded to the employee with racial slurs, drew a knife and moved towards the employee. The employee, and Right-to-Carry permit holder, countered by drawing a pistol and firing a shot. Startled by the shot, the criminal inadvertently stabbed himself with his own knife, requiring medical attention at a nearby hospital.
Police told a local media outlet that they will not charge the employee.
August 6, 2013
Three armed men entered the Detroit Pawn Shop in Hamtramck, Mich. and attempted to rob the store. A store employee responded to the threat by firing at the criminals, killing one and ending the robbery.
Following the incident, Hamtramck Police Chief Max Garbarino noted that the shooting appeared to be a case of self-defense. Garbarino went on to tell a local news outlet, “Frankly, I’ll be honest, it’s pretty stupid for anyone to try and rob someone in Hamtramck... Most of … our store owners are armed."
August 1, 2013
Timothy Peak and a female companion were getting inside a car in his driveway in Cleveland, Ohio when a pair of armed and masked men confronted them. After one of the criminals pistol-whipped Peak, the homeowner and Right-to-Carry permit holder retrieved a handgun from his car and fired at his attacker multiple times, killing him. The deceased criminal’s accomplice managed to escape the scene with Peak’s companion’s purse.
Following the incident, Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek showed support for Peak’s actions, stating “As far as I’m concerned, [the criminal] got exactly what he deserved… lead poisoning.” Polensek went on to say of the homeowner, “If he hadn’t had that gun, we’d be reading about him in a two paragraph story in the paper as another innocent victim of violent criminals looking to prey on him like jackals. [the criminal] picked on the wrong man this time.”
July 26, 2013
A homeowner was at his house in Houston, Texas when he noticed a burglar on his property attempting to steal an air conditioning unit. The homeowner retrieved a gun and confronted the criminal, and fired one shot at him, but missed. After firing at the thief, the homeowner called the police and followed the criminal as he fled, eventually helping police to locate him.
Following the incident, police credited the homeowner with helping them find the burglar and made clear to a local media outlet that “the homeowner was legally armed.”
July 24, 2013
Noman Ali was a working the register at a Fuel Expo in Houston, Texas when a man brought some beer to the counter, drew a gun, and demanded cash. Ali handed over some money, but then retrieved a gun and fired at the criminal, striking the robber multiple times before he fled to a nearby car. As he was making his getaway, the criminal crashed his vehicle into a ditch, then attempted to force at least one passerby at gunpoint to take him to a hospital. However, before anyone else could be hurt, police captured the gunman.
Ali harbors no ill will towards the criminal, telling a local media outlet, “Crime needs to be stopped and [that’s] it, my goal [was] not to kill him… I’m good, the customers are good. Hopefully he’s good too.”
July 18, 2013
Jacquella Lattimore was leaving her home in Cleveland, Ohio to take her children to camp when three armed men confronted the family. One of the gunmen took the children to the home’s garage while the other two criminals attempted to force Lattimore into the house. The gunmen were unaware that Lattimore’s fiancé, Johnny Bridges, was watching the scene unfold and was armed with a gun. Bridges fired at one of the criminals forcing his fiance into the home, striking him and causing all three to flee. The trio was captured by police a short time later.
Following the incident, Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek expressed his support for Bridges actions, telling a local news outlet, “Whoever shot this dirt bag ought to get a medal… I might get a proclamation for him.” But even with the councilman’s words of support Bridges remained humble, telling a reporter, “Right now I don’t consider myself a hero… I just wanted to make sure my family was alright.”
July 17, 2013
An armed robber wearing a shirt on his head entered the Queen of Pawns pawnshop in Kissimmee, Fla. and demanded cash from two employees. A clerk on duty responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, causing him to flee. One employee suffered a minor injury during the incident and was taken to a local hospital.
July 16, 2013
The owner of Hall Well & Plumbing in Reidsville, N.C. was at his home when an alarm installed at his business alerted him to a break-in. The owner retrieved a gun, went to his business to investigate, and came upon a pair of criminals attempting to steal two rolls of copper wire valued at nearly $5,000. When the criminals spotted the owner, one of them charged, forcing the owner to shoot and kill him. The deceased robber’s accomplice fled, but was captured by police several hours later.
Following the incident, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page noted, “At this time all indications are (the business owner) was acting in a manner of self-defense,” with deputies adding that Hall Well & Plumbing has been burglarized three times this year. The business owner’s neighbor expressed his support for the armed citizen after the shooting, stating, “Hate to see anybody get killed, but when you go to somebody’s place of business and you’re messing with their livelihood where they make a living… just got to stand your ground and look after yourself.”