Defensive gun uses by people legally carrying guns over the past two months

12 Apr , 2019   Video

Sullivan County, TN, February 13, 2019 (WJHL News 11)

This first example is the type of case you only would have seen on the national news if the law-abiding citizen wasn’t here with a gun to stop the attack. A shooting at a dentist office in Colonial Heights, Tennessee was stopped by Larry Seagroves, a concealed handgun permit holder. After the killer, Harry Weaver, fatally shot one person, Kelly Weaver, his wife, he turned his gun on other people in the office. One of them, a dental hygienist, Sabrina Steal, said: “then he raised a gun to shoot me” (see video). Larry Seagroves shot the killer, wounding him before he could shoot these other people. After the attack, Harry Weaver told the police: “You all wouldn’t be dealing with me right now if the hero hadn’t stepped in.

WJHL TV Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee reports: “It was just a horrific situation that police said could have possibly been even worse if a patient at that dentist office didn’t take action. We are talking about a man identified as Larry Seagroves, a man with a carry permit.”

Sullivan County Sheriff Jeff Cassidy said: “He was a concealed carry permit holder and I’m going to call him a hero today.”

The court hearing reported in the video took place on March 22, 2019. More information is available here.


Houston, TX, March 7, 2019 (KTRK)

A robbery suspect was killed and a second ran away after a liquor store clerk opened fire in southeast Houston, police say. 
The clerk opened fire during a robbery Wednesday night at Mike’s Liquor Store in the 8700 block of MLK Boulevard near Reed.

Houston police said that at least two armed suspects went into the store, where two employees were working at the time.

One of the employees had a concealed handgun license and got into a shootout with the suspects.


Cinncinnati, OH, January 23, 2019, (WLWT 5 News)

No charges will be filed against a West Price Hill store owner who shot and killed an alleged robber, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Thursday, adding that she was “clearly justified.”

The woman, who WLWT is not identifying, said “I fought for my life.”


Nashville, TN, March 13, 2019 (Tennessean)

Police say Parham approached the O’Reilly Auto Parts at 801 Monroe Street on the afternoon of March 13, carrying a weapon. He had visited the shop earlier in the day with another man, identified by police as second suspect Artie Thomas, and argued with an employee. The pair returned that afternoon.

The employee, a 23-year-old man, told police he feared for his safety and that of other people inside the store when he saw the suspect approaching. The employee drew and fired his own pistol, shooting Parham in the chest through the front window of the store.

From WSMV NBC Channel 4:

After being treated for serious injuries, Parham was released from Vanderbilt March 19 and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon.

As for [Tony] Wray [who did the shooting], police said he will not face any charges at this time. . . .

“The case is cleared as a ‘justifiable killing of a felon’,” police said in a statement.

Another article at Philly.com had more details. Elvis Nuñez told reporters that he wouldn’t be alive if he hadn’t had the gun for protection.

“It was the only way I could stay alive with my family,” Nuñez said. “It was going to be me or the person.” He said he didn’t want to shoot anyone or carry a gun, “but there are a lot of bad people in Philly and I have to protect my family and I have to protect myself.” . . .


Alpharetta, GA, March 18, 2019 (CBS46)

Police say a Good Samaritan was able to hold a suspect, accused of fatally shooting a woman, at gunpoint until officers arrived on the scene.

The incident happened in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street in Alpharetta.

The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety posted details of the incident to their departmental Facebook page.

According to the post, the department received a 911 call about shots fired at the bank at around 11:40 a.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found 45 year-old Tynesha Evans suffering from gunshot wounds.


Country Club Hills, MO, March 20, 2019 (FOX 2)

A laundromat worker turned the tables on a would-be robber, shooting the suspect Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened just after closing time around 12:00 a.m. at the Mally Laundromat in the 7400 block of  West Florissant Avenue in Country Club Hills.

According to the store owner, two men in masks entered the business with a gun and pistol-whipped the employee. The clerk confronted the gunman, armed himself and shot the robber once in the chest.


“One had a short one and one had a long one,” described Spencer. Spencer, who had only been on the job for two days, was in the store with two more managers when it happened. She said one of those managers spotted the two men and took action.


Centennial, CO, March 23, 2019 (FOX 31)

The attempted robbery happened at 4:25 a.m. on Sat., March 23 at the Shell Gas station at the corner of East Arapahoe Road and University Boulevard in Centennial, across from the Streets at SouthGlenn shopping area.

Law enforcement sources tell the Problem Solvers surveillance video shows a 14-year-old suspect sticking a gun in the face of the clerk.  Moments later the clerk, who has a conceal carry permit, took out his own gun and fired once, hitting the suspect in his stomach.


Washington, NC, March 27, 2019 (WITN)

The 42-year-old Waters, who was also from Rocky Mount, was shot and killed by an employee.

Drakeford says Waters and Sullivan were in a relationship but were not married.

An arrest warrant says Reagan Walker, Joseph Butler, and several other customers were “threatened and endangered.”It says Walker was a hostage and used by Waters as a human shield during the robbery. There have been no charges filed against the employee.


Houston, TX, March 27, 2019 (KTRK)

Houston police say a man who was trying to buy a PlayStation shot and killed a person he was meeting up with for the sale. 

According to police, the buyer used an online selling app called “Let Go” to arrange the deal.

Police say a 46-year-old man was waiting in his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Greens Parkway around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

He told investigators that a man wearing a mask walked up and pointed a rifle at him, so he pulled out his own gun and started shooting because he thought he was going to get robbed. The suspect was shot and killed. The buyer was a licensed concealed carry holder.

Tulsa, OK, April 2, 2019 (KTUL)

Police say two women stood their ground by firing shots and killing an attacker.

The woman who fired the gun called police immediately after the incident. Surveillance video from across the street confirms she and a friend were walking across the street when they were assaulted by a man.

She says she was able to knock him off and shot him in the chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

According to police, the woman who fired the weapon has been very cooperative and that it seems to be a clear-cut case of self-defense.


Largo, FL, April 7, 2019 (IONTB)

Largo Police detectives have determined that the Good Samaritan was defending himself when he fired his handgun at 63 year-old Michael E. Girardin.

The shooting occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019


Phoenix, AZ, April 8, 2019 (FOX 10)

An attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old Phoenix girl on the way to school was scuttled when a witness intervened, knocked down the suspect and threatened him with a handgun, police said in a Monday report.

Duquesne, Pa, April 9, 2019 (WPXI)

A robbery attempt in Duquesne turned into a shootout Wednesday when the 73-year-old victim opened fire on his alleged attacker and killed him.

The victim was a jitney driver who picked up a passenger who tried to rob him, which is when he shot and killed him.

The jitney driver legally owned the gun.




1 Response

  1. John Lott, as always, your research and you articles are helpful to us all. I took this specific article, wrapped more information around it, and published it as an ‘Early Morning Thoughts’ article on my own website. I hope you don’t mind.

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