The cases we collected here are only of defensive gun uses in public places by people who were legally carrying. News stories of homeowners or business owners using guns to defend themselves in their own buildings are very common, but they are not included here. The twelve cases we have here are not meant to be a complete set of cases covered by the media, let alone the ones that aren’t reported to the media, but just the cases that we were able to quickly identify. We always appreciate people sending us cases.
North Charleston, South Carolina, April 17, 2018 (WCIV TV)
A man approached a woman’s car as she was trying to leave a bank, preventing her from leaving the bank parking lot.
Officers said the female confronted the male suspect at her car and she says he advanced towards her. At that time, the woman produced a handgun and fired one round, striking the suspect in the leg, police say.
The suspect was transported to Trident Hospital for treatment. . . .
Chester, Pennsylvania, Sunday, April 1, 2018 (WPVI-TV Channel 6 ABC Philadelphia)
. . . Police say an armed robber was shot and killed on Easter Sunday in Chester, Pa.
The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Pennell Street. Police arrived on the scene to find 23-year-old Tyler Reed-Knox on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound.
He was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to the Chester Police Department, Tyler-Knox was attempting to rob someone at gunpoint.
There was a struggle, police say, and that led to Tyler-Knox being shot.
Police say the district attorney’s office decided that no charges will be filed, and this was determined to be a justified homicide. . . .
Memphis, Tennessee, April 12, 2018 (LocalMemphis.com)
. . . It happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the 8100 block of Portree Drive, in the Southwind Lake Apartments. According to a SCSO spokesperson, a Papa John’s delivery driver was delivering a pizza, when he was approached by two suspects, and one of them pointed something at him. That’s when investigators say the driver fired three times, hitting one suspect.
The suspect was taken to Regional One in critical condition.
Investigators say they have four suspects in total. Three others were stopped in the 4200 block of Hacks Cross and taken into custody. They are charged with aggravated attempted robbery and aggravated assault. Only one name and mugshot has been released – Tjohntay Woods, 18.
The delivery driver has not been charged. . . .
Memphis, Tennessee, March 29, 2018 (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
An Uber Eats driver told police that he arrived at the restaurant around 12:30 a.m. to pick up a food delivery. He said as he got in his car, a man approached, pointed a gun at him and demanded his car keys and money, according to a police incident report.
The driver said he reached in the console of his 2016 Hyundai, retrieved his .40-caliber gun and fired twice.
The men who attempted to rob the driver returned fire, police said. . . .
Roanoke, Virginia, March 29, 2018 (Roanoke Times)
Two people were taken to the hospital in ambulances for treatment, but names or conditions were not available. The dog was taken from the scene with two gunshot wounds to Angels of Assisi, where it was euthanized, Roanoke police Capt. Chester Smith said.
The dog’s owner, who lives in an apartment in the same area where the attack happened, said the dog got out when he opened the door, Smith said. . . .
The dog, a white English bull terrier, first attacked a 34-year-old woman on the sidewalk on the south side of the 100 block of Campbell Avenue Southwest in front of Hill Studio about 10:20 a.m. Smith said the woman was pushing a stroller with a toddler inside of it, and when the dog approached aggressively, she picked up the child. The dog bit her in the arm and knocked her to the ground. . . .
“Somebody was screaming shoot it, and I thought, concealed carry, somebody around here’s gotta have a gun,” Burek said. “Fortunately I did.”
When the dog wandered back across the street, Burek shot it once. It kept moving, and Burek closed on it, shooting it again at close range and knocking it down. . . .
Belleville, Missouri, March 29, 2018 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
“This is an individual who was becoming more violent, and we are happy to have him off the streets,” Sheriff Richard Watson said in an emailed statement. . . .
Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 23, 2018 (CBS Minnesota)
According to St. Paul Police, it happened at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the 1100 block of Rice Street. Kendrick Johnterious Maddox, 18, had arranged to sell an iPhone X via Facebook and was meeting with the buyer. When the man was counting out the cash, police say Maddox pulled out a gun and took the money.
The permit-to-carry holder told police he feared for his safety, so he took out his weapon and shot Maddox in the foot, who then ran away. . . .
Trussville, Alabama, March 21, 2018 (WBRC)
Police say a lady met someone through an online market place and went to the restaurant to buy a cell phone.
The seller walked up to her vehicle and showed her the phone and then a second man came up to her passenger side, opened the door and tried to rob the woman at gunpoint, according to police.
The woman had her own gun and reportedly shot the suspect in the leg. . . .
Fairbanks, Alaska, Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Daily News-Miner)
The 12- and 16-year-old girls were walking their rat terrier on the 2000 block of Bridgewater Drive when the attack happened. The girls were not injured . . .
Vern Woods . . . saw the two girls come out of their house with their dog on a leash. They crossed to Woods’ side of the street and were taking pictures when the pit bull “came out of nowhere at a dead run.”
The rat terrier ran around the girls and its leash became wrapped around their legs, Woods said.
“The pit bull hit that little dog and pinned him to the ground. The girls naturally tried to jump back, but they hit that leash and they fell. They were trying to kick at the dog and yelling at it but it wouldn’t let go. I’ve never seen anything so ferocious in my life,” Woods said.
The girls were dragged by the pit bull as he violently shook and pulled the rat terrier. The pit bull’s owner appeared and tried to pull his dog away but was knocked down as well.
“Now there’s three of them lying on the ground. I ran out my back porch to my car and I grabbed my pistol and ran out my garage. The girls’ father is there by now and he’s beating on the dog’s head when he could, but this dog was so fast,” Woods said. “I started shouting, ‘Let him go, get away from him. Back up, I’m going to kill him.’”
Woods waited until everyone was away from the pit bull and then fired downward so that the bullet would go into the ground. He shot the pit bull in the head. It dropped the rat terrier but remained standing, so Woods shot it a second time.
“I turned around and looked at the little girls. They’re panicking and crying, their dog is all chewed up and their dad ran them back into the house,” Woods said. . . .
West Valley City, Utah, March 24, 2018 (News 4 Utah)
Lt. Jeff Conger, West Valley City Police, said a man was standing at the Redbox at a gas station at 3500 South 4400 West around 11 p.m. when another male went inside to purchase beer.
“The man who went in to buy the beer appeared to be in a hurry, according to the cashier,” said Conger. “That man then left the store and stood directly behind the man at the Redbox and for some unknown reason, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the neck.” . . .
The suspect, who had been struck by one of the bullets, fled the area but when police arrived they searched the area with K-9 officers and located the man nearby. . . .
Sharon, Pennsylvania, Monday, April 16, 2018 (Sharon Herald)
. . . Witnesses said the dogs attacked Charlie and dragged him under a car. Police said the pit bulls bit two men trying to help Charlie. One of the men was treated by McGonigle Ambulance personnel at the scene.
The other man was taken to a local emergency room. Police said Charlie was rushed to a veterinarian with severe injuries.
Another neighbor shot at the ground, which scared the dogs off. Although it is illegal to discharge a firearm in Sharon, police said the man, who was not identified, will not be charged due to the situation, in which he fired directly into the ground to stop the pit bulls’ attack on the smaller dog and two people. . . .
St. Louis, Missouri, April 4, 2018 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
As a robber was fleeing the scene of a home invasion robbery, a man outside with a permitted concealed handgun was able to wound the robber.
A 32-year-old man who saw this also pulled out a gun and shot at the fleeing robber’s vehicle, according to police. The robber shot at him, too, but missed. Police broadcast a description and the injured suspect was arrested on Harlan Avenue, off North Broadway in the Baden neighborhood. . . .