Ten Defensive Gun Uses by People who could Legally Carry in Public Over 13 Days

Sep 4, 2017 | Featured

For our lists of other cases where permit holders have used guns to stop crime click here.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WISN 12 News, August 18, 2017

The car owner, a 24-year-old man, fired shots at the suspects. They then drove away in the same car they came in. Their white car was found abandoned nearby at 86th Street and Lisbon Avenue.

The suspects are a 16-year-old boy, 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old man. They were all taken into custody.

It doesn’t appear that anyone was hit by gunfire.

The car owner who fired the shots is cooperating with the investigation. It’s unclear whether he will face any charges. Family members told WISN 12 News the man has a valid concealed carry permit . . .

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WISN ABC Channel 12 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), Aug 29, 2017

Video: “In reality, he defended himself.  That is the reason that we have concealed carry.”

An armed robber targeted a man who had just made a withdrawal from a cash machine, but the victim turned the tables.

Sierra McFatridge was out in her yard Monday night when she heard a crack of gunfire and came face to face with a robber.

“I was just outside getting my dog and then you just hear this shot, and I see this guy falling right in front of me,” McFatridge said. “I didn’t know where the shot came from and then he was right there. It scared me.”

Police said a 51-year-old man was walking in the Jackson Park neighborhood when the robber hit him in the head.

Neighbors said the man told them he had been at an ATM up the street, and he had just withdrawn cash. He was walking home when the robber attacked.

“He was obviously following him from the bank because he knew he had money on him,” McFatridge said.

The robber’s weapon was a rock. It was the victim who had the gun. . . .


Minneapolis, Minnesota, CBS Channel 4, August 28, 2017

According to the charges, Inver Grove Heights police were called at about 11 a.m. to the Verizon Wireless store on a report of a robbery in progress. When officers arrived, they spoke with a store employee who told them he shot one of the robbery suspects in self-defense and put his gun and the suspect’s gun on a window ledge.

The employee also showed officers he has a permit to carry a weapon. Officers located the suspect, identified as Mays, inside the store. He had been shot twice and was taken to Regions Hospital.

The complaint states the employee told police two men entered the store and asked for help looking at phones. The employee showed them several phones and he became suspicious because he would show them a phone and bring one from the back room that they had already seen.

The employee was in the back room getting another phone and came out to Mays pointing a gun at his head and telling the employee, “Make it easy on me.” The employee believed Mays was going to shoot him, so he pulled his gun and fired what he believed to be three shots at Mays. The other suspect fled the store. The employee got Mays’ gun and cleared the store before calling 911. . . .

St Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 28, 2017

The victim, 18, told police he was parked in the 1100 block of Lucas Avenue about 3 a.m. Saturday when two men approached and started a fight, the department said in a summary of the incident. The two attackers punched and kicked the victim.

The victim grabbed his gun and fired at the attackers. They ran off, but the victim lost his gun in the encounter. He wasn’t sure if he hit the attackers, he told police.

Officers called to the scene saw two men running on Washington Avenue, police said. One of them was seen hiding a gun in a flower pot. Police stopped the men, one of whom had gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where his medical condition wasn’t available. He was said to be stable. . . .

Baker, Louisiana, WAFB CBS Channel 9, August 25, 2017

The incident reportedly happened around 4 p.m. at Old Scenic Hwy. and Groom Rd. in Baker. EBRSO officials say a man walked into the Baker Police Department after shooting another man in the leg. He says the man he shot was trying to rob him.

The man who was shot in the leg will be booked and charged with armed robbery after he’s released from the hospital. . . .

Wilson, North Carolina, News 4 (Oklahoma City), August 24, 2017

Stephen Maddox, a concealed carry permit-holder . . . was at a motorcycle convention in Wilson, North Carolina when he was attacked by another attendee.

“At that point he had me on the ground, he was actually choking me, and I tried to fight to get him off me and couldn’t,” Maddox said.

With the help of four others pulling the attacker off of him, Maddox was able to escape, only to be attacked a second and third time.

“A 300 lb. guy that was 6’4″, ” Maddox said. “He was in complete control that night physically.”

Finally Maddox was able to get his gun, and he shot the man several times  in self-defense.

“Was able to get me to the ground and I fired my weapon to get him off of me,” Maddox said. . . .

Sissonville, West Virginia, Charleston Gazette-Mail, August 22, 2017

In what appeared to be act of self defense, a man shot and killed another man in Sissonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Tracy Stalnaker, 53, armed himself with a knife and chased the other man, who in turn shot and killed Stalnaker, said Sgt. Brian Humphreys, a spokesman for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.  . . .

The shooting unfolded outside Smitty’s Auto Parts, located on Wolf Pen Drive.

Stalnaker died at the scene, Humphreys said.

“No one is in custody,” he said. . . .

He allegedly got into an altercation at a nearby bar about 15 minutes before his death.

Holding a tall Budweiser can, he walked into Raw Bar II, said Debbie Carpenter, the bar manager.

Carpenter said she told the Stalnaker to get rid of his beer. When he returned, the manager noticed a long knife in his waistband.

She later realized Stalnaker had several knives around his waist. He at one point threatened the bar owner, a knife in each hand, Carpenter said. . . .

Inver Grove Heights, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 17, 2017

A Verizon Wireless store clerk in Inver Grove Heights exchanged gunfire and wounded one of two robbers in a daylight holdup, authorities said.

One of the men suspected in the late-morning stickup ran from the store off Hwy. 52 in the 9000 block of Cahill Avenue and got away in a minivan, according to police dispatch audio.

The wounded suspect was reported to be “awake and breathing” in the back of the store soon afterward, while the clerk had “both guns in his hands” while waiting for police to arrive, the dispatch audio revealed.

“While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun from his waistband and shot the male suspect brandishing the firearm,” the police statement read.

The clerk does have a government-issued permit to carry a firearm, said police Lt. Joshua Otis. . . .

Steubenville, Ohio, Herald Star Online, August 21, 2017

Judge shot in an ambush.  Fortunately, the judge had a concealed handgun and fired 5 times, holding off the attacker until probation officer arrived.

Bruzzese was shot in an ambush-style attack outside the Jefferson County Courthouse on his way into his office Monday morning.

County officials said the courthouse, which was closed today as the investigation progresses, will remain closed Tuesday.

Mavromatis said the family of the shooter, who was shot and killed by a probation officer who happened upon the exchange of gunfire between the shooter and the judge, has been notified. . . .

The shooter exchanged gunfire with Bruzzese near the Court Street entrance to the courthouse, Abdalla said, and was shot and killed by a common pleas court probation officer who was walking in Dollar Alley between buildings from Fourth Street to Court Street when the shooter turned on him. . . .

Novi, Michigan, Fox Channel 2 (Detroit, Michigan), August 29, 2017 (Probably will have to revisit this case after the police report has been released)

Novi officers say two Farmington Hills women, ages 32 and 46, were inside the Novi Towne Center Walmart, shopping for school supplies. Apparently, so was a 20-year-old South Lyon woman and her mother, 51.

“One girl was going to buy a notebook. There was one left, some pushing resulted,” Baetens says. “They began to argue who was the rightful purchaser of that notebook.”

Both duos of women were not backing down, as police and witnesses described the two women pulling the younger woman’s hair. That mother got shoved out of the way as the three continued to fight. That mother then pulled out a gun.

“She’s a valid CPL holder,” Baetens says. “She pulled out her firearm and tells them to stop attacking her daughter while pointing the gun at them.” . . .

More on this particular case is available here.

For our lists of other cases where permit holders have used guns to stop crime click here.

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  1. Sherwin Cogan

    Has anyone attempted to estimate how many lives are saved by armed citizens (or non-citizens, for that matter) who do *not* have ccw permits? A difficult question to research, but . . .
    How about a comparison of those states with no permit needed versus “may issue” states?

    • johnrlott

      The point of the research is to see the CHANGE in murder when states allow people to carry. If you ever read John Lott’s books, such as More Guns, Less Crime, you will understand that this is already done.