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Ten cases over the last few years where people have had to fire ten or more shots in self defense

22 Oct , 2020  

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but here are ten cases where law-abiding citizens, some of them concealed handgun permit holders fired at least 10 shots in self-defense.

A dozen shots fired, Columbus, Georgia, October 17, 2016

A Columbus homeowner opened fire on four men burglarizing his McNeese Drive home Monday afternoon, hitting at least one suspect, police say.

The man came home around 12:45 p.m. and found two strange vehicles in his driveway. He then witnessed four men leaving his residence through the front door, according to the Columbus Police report.

As the man pulled into his driveway, he loaded his .40 caliber pistol, police said.

The man “got out of his vehicle and began shooting at the four individuals coming out of his house,” the report stated. The man told police he heard one of the suspects yell “S—!” as he opened fire.

When asked by police why he started shooting, the homeowner said “he was afraid for his life,” according to the report, and said he’d fired about a dozen times. . . .

Chuck Williams, “Armed homeowner surprises burglars, sends them scrambling with a dozen shots, police say,” Columbus, Georgia, October 17, 2016
More than 40 bullets were exchanged around 2:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Glenburnie on the city’s northside. Houston, Texas, May 7, 2017. The resident himself fired enough shots to wound the three attackers. More details available here.

Two men were killed Saturday during an early-morning drive-by on a Houston home where the resident returned fire and hit occupants of the vehicle.

More than 40 bullets were exchanged around 2:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Glenburnie on the city’s northside.

According to police, shots were fired from a burgundy sedan with three occupants rolling past the one-story brick house. A resident shot back and hit all of the individuals in the vehicle.

Cindy George and Keri Blakinger, “Resident kills 2 when he shoots back in northside drive-by,” Houston Chronicle, May 7, 2017.

Dozens of shots fired, Houston, Texas, January 20, 2019

Three people are dead and one is recovering after a home invasion in east Houston overnight.

Police say four men forced their way into a home on Sherman at 71st around 12:45 a.m. Saturday. Detectives said the homeowner grabbed his gun and shot all four suspects. . . .

The homeowner, who says the shooting was in self-defense was reportedly not injured. Evidence markers littered the area outside of the home, showing dozens of rounds were fired. . . .

Emily Reaux and Matt Dougherty, “3 suspects dead, another injured after homeowner opens fired during east Houston break-in,” KHOU-11, January 19, 2019.
The homeowner fired approximately 25 rounds to defend his life and his property. Tallahassee, Florida, May 14, 2019.

A 17-year-old boy who was shot when he and three other armed suspects broke into a home on Wabash Trail will now be tried as an adult for attempted murder. . . .

However, when they were standing in the kitchen, the homeowner was waiting for them with a rifle. In fear for his life, documents say the victim fired approximately 25 rounds at the suspects who exchanged fire with him as they retreated out of the home. . . .

Staff, “Police: Tallahassee homeowner shot 2 out of 4 home invasion suspects, all 4 charged,” WTXL, May 24, 2019.

“Slew of shots,” Atlanta, Georgia. September 19, 2019

A Georgia man on Monday shot and killed three teens who approached his home with their faces covered, according to police.

One of the three teens, among whom were two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, approached the Conyers home’s residents at close to 4 a.m. on Monday. One of the teens reportedly had a gun and fired shots at neighbors before the homeowner fired back.

“The victims of the attempted robbery were all uninjured, but the three attempted robbery suspects were all shot during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to their injuries, one on scene and two at a local hospital after being transported,” the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office said.

“It was five shots and then it sounded like a handgun. Then I heard somebody have an assault rifle. And it was a slew of shots that came out,” said one of the neighbors. . .

Aaron Diamant, “Homeowner shoots, kills 3 teens wearing masks; 1 had a gun, police say,” WSB-TV Channel 2 (Atlanta), September 20, 2019.
Dozens of shots were said to be fired, Los Angeles, California, October 28, 2019

Automatic gunfire outside a market in North Hollywood Monday morning that left a man injured was the result of Armenian gangs trying to extort money from a business owner who decided he wasn’t going to take it anymore, police said.

Bystanders heard the gunfire after 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Royal Fresh market, police said. Evidence markers could be seen in the parking lot where bullets landed after the owner was confronted by four alleged gang members, police said.

“It sounded like firecrackers,” said Arthur Gonzales, a nearby business owner. “That’s why the gas station attendant and I were looking for someone shooting off firecrackers.” . . .

Staff, “Suspected Early Morning Gang Gunfight Erupts Outside NoHo Market,” NBC Los Angeles Channel 4, October 29, 2019.
About 20 shots were exchanged between the two. Concealed handgun permit holder. Warren, Michigan, January 22, 2020

Police say the 28-year-old victim attended a show at Fantasy Island in Detroit and when he returned home around 3 a.m., he parked in his driveway on Sherman near 8 Mile and Hoover and casually walked to his door. A 22-year-old man ran up to him with a gun.

According to Warren police, the victim then pulled out his own gun that he was licensed to carry and fired several shots at the suspected robber. Warren Police Det. Chad Wolowiec says about 20 shots were exchanged between the two.

The victim was unharmed but the suspect was struck in the leg and forearm. Police say he was able to make it back to the vehicle and drive away. However, Warren cops were already nearby on another call. . . .

Erika Erickson, “CPL holder shoots man attempting to rob him at gunpoint in Warren,” Fox 2 (Detroit, Michigan), January 22, 2020.
Hundreds of shots fired. Yellow Springs, Ohio, February 12, 2020

A Hollywood stunt double for Cameron Diaz, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Uma Thurman, among others was killed in a shootout Wednesday in Ohio, according to multiple reports. The stuntwoman, who also appeared in “Back To The Future II,” and her new husband were deemed to be the aggressors causing bullets to fly.

Cheryl Sanders, 59, and husband Robert Reed Sanders allegedly approached her ex-husband Lindsey Duncan and his new wife Molly at their Yellow Springs home — leading to the shootout with hundreds of rounds fired, reported Dayton Daily News. . . .

He and his wife were returning home and stopped to pick up mail and a delivery at the gate when Reed, allegedly wearing a mask and hoodie, held a gun to his wife’s head. . . .

“The word ‘ambush’ is exactly what it was,” Molly Duncan said at the press conference. “We were caught off guard. They said nothing and they started shooting at us.” . . .

Law Officer, “In a case of ‘justified homicide,’ stuntwoman to the stars, new husband, killed in shootout with ex-husband,” LawOfficer.com, February 17, 2020.
Police said Baldwin (the victim) fired 11 times at Smith. Las Vegas, Nevada, April 22, 2020

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Monday that the fatal shooting of a man last month by the head of a Las Vegas motorsports company was “a clear case of self-defense.”

BJ Baldwin, president of Baldwin Motorsports in Las Vegas and the son of a gaming executive, was having a fast-food dinner with a woman in a shopping complex parking lot at 9640 W. Tropicana Ave., near Fort Apache Road, early on April 22 when two men approached. An altercation broke out “and gunfire was exchanged,” Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Ray Spencer said previously.

Baldwin shot Joseph Smith, 43, during the exchange. . . .

“As Joseph Smith got closer, he turned his firearm toward Baldwin,” the report said. “When Joseph Smith turned his pistol toward Baldwin, Baldwin drew his 9 mm semiautomatic pistol from a holster on his waist and stepped north, taking cover behind a trash can.”

Police said Joseph Smith fired seven times at Baldwin, and Baldwin fired 11 times at Smith. Baldwin said he didn’t know who shot first. Baldwin also said he did not shoot at Kevin Smith, who was unharmed. . . .

Glenn Puit, “DA: Fatal shooting in parking lot was ‘clear case of self-defense’,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 4, 2020.
Hundreds of rounds reportedly were fired in a shootout. Voder, Colorado, April 29, 2020

On Wednesday night, a 59-year-old hemp grower was forced to defend himself and his wife when four armed intruders invaded their small, eastern El Paso County farm, possibly believing that it was an illegal marijuana operation with lots of cash on hand.

“He was like Rambo,” Charlie San Martin’s wife, Zoraya, 57, said Friday of the gunbattle that left her unable to sleep for the past two days, fearful the gang would return.

“It was just chaos,” Charlie agreed, attributing his emptying his 9 mm handgun at the attackers to adrenaline, rather than courage. “It was so fast, and I’m not used to this kind of stuff.” . . .

Someone pounded on the back door; another broke through a window in a bedroom. The stranger ran from the bedroom, saw Charlie with his gun and scrambled up to the attic space. Charlie shot blankly into the ceiling, desperately hoping to scare the gang away. 

“It was a really scary situation,” Charlie recalled. He remembered hearing gunshots all around the house, but miraculously wasn’t hit. A few minutes of chaotic crossfire, and the four men finally fled, Charlie said. 

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Charlie said they found hundreds of bullet casings scattered around the outside of the property. . . .

Liz Henderson, “El Paso County hemp grower reports gunbattle with invaders who might have mistaken plants for marijuana,” The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorad0), July 1, 2020.

Other less clear cases where a number of shots fired.

Five shots hit the robber, not clear how many shots were fired. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 4, 2016. If not all the self-defensive shots hit the robber, more than five shots were fired.

Police say the man was shot five times, three times in the right leg and twice in the left, during an attempted robbery. The man who was shot, 23, was taken to Temple University Hospital and listed in stable condition.

Authorities say the incident took place at 5:35 p.m. Police add that it took place during an attempted robbery and the person that was shot is allegedly the robber.

Police say the 23-year-old was shot by a man while attempting to rob him. . . .

“Police: 23-Year-Old Shot Five Times While Attempting To Rob Someone,” CBS Philadelphia, March 4, 2016.

Seven defensive gun shots fired by one man and two or three fired defensively by another man — a total of nine or ten shots. Cleveland, Ohio. October 9, 2020.

When he got there, Crosby pulled out a gun and tried to rob Blanton, police said.

Blanton pulled out his gun and the two exchanged gunfire, according to police. Blanton fired two or three shots at Crosby and Blanton’s 26-year-old friend fired about seven shots, according to police reports.

Both Blanton and his friend had valid concealed carry licenses, according to police.

Justin Blanton, “Man charged in deadly shootout during botched marijuana robbery in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 4, 2017.

There are lots cases where at least four or five shots were fired.

The store manager, who was armed with her own handgun, fired four to five rounds through the crack in the door, injuring Dewart. At that point, Durrant and Forrest ran from the store.

Pat Reavy, “Husband, wife, friend charged in Quiznos robbery, shooting,” Deseret News, June 27, 2017.

A man, who along with his wife and young child, were awakened at 4:55 a.m. by a loud banging at the front door. The homeowner grabbed his 9 mm handgun and went to investigate.

When he got to the front door, he came face to face with 39-year-old Charles Bowne, who lives nearby. At that point, the sheriff said, Bowne told the homeowner, “Give me your (expletive).” 

Bowne then reached toward his pocket and the homeowner said he feared the intruder was going for a gun. The homeowner fired four to five rounds, shooting Bowne in the head, bicep, shoulder and left leg, and then called 911.

Carol Robinson, “Intruder shot multiple times, gravely wounded in predawn home invasion,” Montgomery Real-Time News (Alabama), February 24, 2020.

The terrifying armed robbery lasted less than a minute — ending when a customer pulled out their own gun and shot the suspect four or five times. … “There were three or four customers in the store. And the guy came in and put the gun on all the customers, made everyone come [behind the counter] at gun point,” said Adil Khawaja. While the store employees and customers were huddled behind the register, another unsuspecting person walked into the store. . . . The situation took an unexpected turn when one of the customers took advantage of the distraction, pulling out their own gun and firing shots at the suspect.

Terrence Jefferies, “‘He shot him four or five times’: Shopper shoots, kills armed robbery suspect in Greensboro,” WFMY News 2, February 29, 2020.

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