These cases only involve instances where a civilian who is legally carrying a concealed handgun in public stops a criminal.
Beaumont, Texas, November 26, 2017
The Vidor Police Department says 22-year-old Diego Gomez tried stealing a second vehicle after stop sticks took out his car near the 855B off ramp.
Jami Alford was in the passenger seat when the suspect tried to steal their truck.
“We started seeing this black Acura coming towards us and it was smoking really bad,” Alford said.
“We were pulling over to get out of the way and he pulled in behind us, he jumped out of the car and jumped in the bed of the truck. And then my husband jumped out of the truck and held him at gunpoint until police officers pulled up,” Alford said.
Alford says she was frightened during the incident.
“I thought I was fixing to die, I thought he was fixing to take off in the truck before I could get the keys and get out,” Alford said.
Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says Gomez is a member of the MS-13 gang. . . . .
Sterling Heights, Michigan (“CPL holder pulls gun to scare off man attacking her,” Fox 32 Chicago, Illinois), December 6, 2017
Police say she noticed a man get out of the van on the other side of the street and started walking parallel to her. Feeling uneasy, the woman, who is in her 40s, and a CPL holder, says she immediately put her hand on her gun that was hidden under her jacket.
Keeping her eye on the man, and continuing to hold her gun, she got to the end of the street and the suspect disappeared. But then not even a minute later, that’s when he came toward her.
“He grabbed the back of her jacket and tried to grab her and pull her towards him,” Dwojakowski said.
The woman says she saw the man holding something shiny, possibly a knife.
“She put the gun into the suspect’s stomach and said, ‘I don’t want to kill you,'” Dwojakowski said.
Police say the man appeared shocked and quickly ran off. . . .
Chicago, Illinois, December 14, 2017
. . . According to preliminary reports, a man was shot while attempting to rob another person in the parking lot of the Target near 33rd St. and Damen in the McKinley Park neighborhood around 8 p.m. Thursday.
Police are still on the scene and questioning witnesses. According to early reports, the would-be robbery victim had a concealed carry permit, and fired shots during the robbery attempt. The robber was struck multiple times and transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. . . .
Chicago, Illinois, December 12, 2017
. . . Shortly after 2 a.m., a 27-year-old man was pulling his vehicle into a back yard lot in the 9100 block of South Blackstone when another male approached and pointed a weapon, according to Chicago Police.
The 27-year-old, who has a concealed carry permit, opened fire, striking the would-be robber in the chest, police said. The suspect was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. . . .
San Antonio, Texas, December 7, 2017
Police say the robber approached the father around 8:30 Wednesday night while he was waiting for his kids to leave the bathroom.
That’s when the robber pointed his gun at the family.
The father pulled out his own gun and killed the robber in the middle of the dining area.
Police say the father is a licensed carrier. He is not facing any charges.
Officials also say the father saved several lives. . . .
San Antonio, November 21, 2017
Manion missed. A San Antonio Police Department spokesman, Officer Doug Greene, confirmed that detectives believe the suspect who fled the Dollar General that night was Andres Herrera, 19, who was killed a week later at Popeyes. . . .
Manion, 65, himself the father of three grown children, has had his concealed-carry license about seven years. He, too, said he only fired when he felt certain the robber was endangering the life of the Dollar General cashier and other shoppers.
Mobile, Alabama, November 8, 2017
. . . Timothy Pinckard was shot and killed Sunday evening on I-10 between Rangeline Road and the I-65 interchange. No arrests have been made and [Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste ] said the shooting appears to be a case of self-defense.
Battiste told FOX10 News the gunman had a reason to think his life was in danger because of a road rage incident that happened at another location. That incident involved the gunman and Pinckard’s son.
Battiste would not reveal many details about that initial incident but said there was a confrontation that started on Highway 90 in Tillman’s Corner. Investigators said after the confrontation, Pinckard’s son followed the shooter to I-10 and called Pinckard for help.
“If Mr. Pinckard’s son had taken a different approach to dealing with this incident, by one, by not calling his father and placing him in the middle of a confrontation that he’s having, he’s a 20-year-old subject that should be capable of dealing with conflict, or at least knowing what to do,” Battiste told FOX10 News Wednesday. . . .
Sterling Heights, Michigan, November 27, 2017
. . . . Rabideau said she could see the alleged armed robber running so she jumped into her Dodge Charger and gave chase, cornering him at a river bank where she then pulled her Glock 9mm pistol and held him until police showed up.
Police, however generally advise against people chasing robbers, especially those who are armed with a weapon.
“I didn’t think, I just reacted,” Rabideau said. “Just being stupid, I guess.”
Fighting crime could be in Rabideau’s DNA, as she used to head Saginaw’s Arson Watch to keep arsonists from setting fires on the night before Halloween and her husband is the police chief for the village of St. Charles and a retired Saginaw police officer. . . .
Hillsborough, North Carolina, December 1, 2017
. . . Rev. Austin Brown, pastor of Five Forks Baptist Church, at 7500 N.C. Highway 86 in Hillsborough, was studying in the church at about 3 p.m. when someone tried to break in, authorities said. Brown said that, when he saw the man in the church, he pulled out his gun and fired a shot at him. He then fired several more rounds at the fleeing man’s car. . . . .
Brown said he moved back to the Triangle about a year ago from Alabama. He has carried a handgun for years – he had a concealed carry license in Alabama and took the class for a North Carolina permit a few months ago, he said – and said he wasn’t armed as a result of recent church shootings. . . . .
Houston, Texas, November 12, 2017
“He pointed the gun and said, ‘Lay down, lay down.’ I had no idea what they were doing,” Mohammed Kahloon explained.
In the surveillance video, you can see Kahloon open fire on two attempted robbers, even after he was struck in the arm. . . .
Sarasota, Florida (Channel 8 NBC), November 17, 2017
The Uber driver said he asked Ruscher to get out of the vehicle several times after he became belligerent. The driver said Rushcer had been arguing in the car with his girlfriend.
Ruscher eventually got out and began walking northbound but returned making threats to the victim and walking toward him in an aggressive manner, eventually punching the victim in the face.
The victim, armed with a firearm, shot one round into Ruscher’s leg, neutralizing the threat, and called 911. . . .
Denton, Texas, November 20, 2017
. . . The fight started at about 3 a.m. Sunday at an apartment in the 900 block of North Austin Street, where police said Knapp and the 23-year-old victim lived. Kizer said the man had taken some of the woman’s Adderall pills, which are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. . . .
The woman, Kizer said, tried to grab the medication in the car when the suspect “pushed her so hard that she was thrown backward into a brick wall,” he said. . . .
After she was released from the hospital, the woman returned to the complex at about 8 p.m. with her stepfather, who had a license to carry a concealed weapon. She forgot her apartment key, and she was trying to open the door when the suspect approached her with a hammer, Kizer said.
The suspect, Kizer said, was “yelling and cussing”and holding the hammer when the victim’s stepfather pulled out his pistol. The suspect later told police that a man broke in his door and put a gun to his face, denying any physical altercation earlier in the day, police said. . . .
The suspect, 31-year-old Chad Knapp, was taken to Denton City Jail on charges of assault causing bodily injury and deadly conduct. . . .
Youngstown, Ohio, November 27, 2017
Tyler Kitchen of Youngstown is the city’s 22nd homicide victim of the year.
Reports said Kitchen was shot about 6:10 p.m. at Belmont Avenue and Wirt Street.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said two men agreed to meet Kitchen to buy a phone from him over the internet but Kitchen tried to rob them.
Instead, one of the men who is a valid concealed carry holder shot Kitchen. . . .
St. Louis, Missouri, December 3, 2017
. . . It started when a man and woman, 23 and 37, walked out of Euclid Market at 2318 Euclid Avenue about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. That’s when two robbers armed with handguns tried to rob them, police said.
The male victim pulled out his own gun and exchanged shots with the robbers, police said. Both robbery victims were hit, as was a 24-year-old bystander inside the market, police said. It’s not clear who fired the shot that injured her.
The robbers ran off. But a 17-year-old with a gunshot wound later showed up at a hospital, and police believe he was one of the robbers. He was taken into custody, police said. . . .
Highland Township, Michigan, December 5, 2017
“He put it down with a firearm,” Snyder said. “The family has gone through a lot and we are trying to be sensitive to what they are going through. They have a little girl that could have easily been killed.” . . .
According to deputies, the girl opened the gate to the pen and the two dogs attacked her. The girl’s mother, who intervened, also was bitten. Snyder said the girl, who is hospitalized at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital, is “doing much better” and should be released soon. . .
Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017
After verifying the authenticity of the diamonds, the two drove together to downtown Salt Lake City. But near 45 West and 300 South, after Mullahkhel had paid for the necklace, he pulled out a gun to rob the victim of the money he had just paid him, the diamond necklace, a second gold necklace the victim was wearing and a credit card, Shearer said.
As Mullahkhel was getting out of the car, the necklace seller drew his own weapon, according to a jail report.
“Gunshots were exchanged,” Shearer said. . . .
Mullahkhel’s arrest comes four days after he was charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of forgery, a third-degree felony; theft; and theft by deception, class A misdemeanors.
Atlanta, Georgia, November 29, 2017
Channel 11 NBC
A bystander who was filling up gas at the time told police he saw three men approach him.
“The victim said that he observed three black males get out of a white vehicle and attempt to rob a guy on the corner,” Captain Brian Schiffbauer said.
That’s when he intervened and tried to stop the attempted robbery. . . .
Atlanta Journal Constitution
One of them got out of the car, went inside to buy something and returned to the car, a gas station clerk told police.
“That same suspect then went over to a citizen hanging out in front of the gas station and he appeared to be trying to rob him,” Brown said.
The man . . . intervened when he saw what was going on, and “the suspect opened fire” on him, Brown said.
He was injured in the torso, buttocks and hip, according to Channel 2.
At that point, the man returned fire, leading the robber to get back inside the car and drive away, according to police.
The hero’s father told Channel 2 his son has five daughters ages 5 to 11. . . .
An AK-47 and handgun were recovered at the scene.
Officers are searching for the three men in the white car. It is unclear if they were injured during the shootout . . .
The robbery victim was not injured. He initially left the scene but returned later, according to authorities. . . .
“That man was actually being a good citizen trying to help the other citizen that was being robbed,” Capt. Brian Schiffbauer said. . . .
Rochester, New York, November 13, 2017
Negus DeSouza, 22, is charged with attempted robbery, assault, resisting arrest and criminal use and possession of a firearm.
Police said the repairman was working outside the house on Rochester’s northeast side when DeSouza approached. Police say an exchange of gunfire took place between DeSouza and the repairman, who they say is a registered gun owner. . . .
Lake County, Florida (WOFL Fox Channel 35), November 20, 2017
He says he got suspicious when he saw the error because over the past couple weeks, someone has been messing with the security seals on his pumps. . . .
“I figured out that he’s trying to get credit card numbers so I kick on his door. So, he tried to scare me so I went back and I pulled the gun out from my pocket and just pointed it on him,” Patel said.
He says the suspect started backing up the truck and then peeled out but he still got a license plate number and called 911. . . . .
Forsyth, Georgia, November 30, 2017
As the clerk was stocking a drink cooler, one of the men went behind the counter and took money from the cash drawer.
The store employee confronted the robber, who pulled a gun, the release stated.
The attendant, who also had a gun, fired a shot but did not hit anyone as the men left in a dark-colored pickup truck headed toward Interstate 75. . .
White Rock, California, November 22, 2017
Several witnesses reported hearing shots a bit before noon on Tuesday. An armed man dressed in all black, with his face covered, reportedly held up the bank and received an undisclosed amount of money. . . .
A few minutes later police arrived; traffic snarled as heavily armed police sought the suspect. . . .
La Grange, North Carolina, December 8, 2017
A group had gathered in an outbuilding at 308 W. Queen St. in La Grange to play cards when a “botched robbery” occurred at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram said.
“We are still working to find out if a struggle occurred or if the robbers just came in shooting,” Ingram said in a statement.
One of the suspected robbers was identified as Jerrell Marquez Pridgen of Goldsboro, who was found dead at the scene. . . .
Here are two cases of off-duty police stopping crimes
Lenexa, Kansas, November 26, 2017
Police responded shortly after 11 a.m. to the store near 95th Street and Interstate 35. When officers arrived, they found that the shooting was over. An off-duty officer who happened to be in the store shopping had fatally shot the armed man, said Lenexa Police Capt. Wade Borchers. . . .
“I thought I was going to die,” [Betty Willits, 82, of Merriam] said, remembering her frantic struggle to keep up with those fleeing as employees shouted, “Run! Run! Run to the back!” . . .The off-duty officer “was shopping, just happened to be there when all of this occurred,” Borchers said. “Thankfully he was.” . . .
West Valley City, Utah, November 14, 2017
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. . . . .