Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: Cases From April to May 2020

Apr 27, 2021 | Defensive Gun Use

Wissinoming, PA, April 5, 2020 (FOX 29 Philadelphia)

The teen allegedly tried to rob the store at gunpoint when the owner shot him once in the top of the left hand.

Police say the shop owner is legally authorized to carry a firearm

Authorities say the suspect is currently in custody.

FOX 29 Philadelphia Staff, “Pizza shop owner shoots attempted robber in Wissinoming, police say,” FOX 29 Philadelphia, April 5, 2020.

Detroit, MI, April 13, 2020 (The Detroit News)

At about 9:30 p.m., police say the 28-year-old suspect approached a 23-year-old man and pulled a gun on him.This took place in the 19200 block of West McNichols, west of the Southfield Freeway. 

But the victim has a concealed weapons permit holder, police say, and he pulled a gun of his own and shot the suspect.

When the suspect turned up at a hospital, after being privately transported there, he was placed under arrest and listed in temporary serious condition. 

James David Dickson, “Man allegedly pulls gun but gets shot by intended victim,” The Detroit News, April 13, 2020.

Bridgeview, IL, April 29, 2020 (

A man police say robbed a store Tuesday evening was shot in the back by a civilian with a concealed-carry permit, police said. According to police, the man had just held up a business in Justice, Illinois, before fleeing to nearby Bridgeview where he was shot. The wounded man was able to walk to an ambulance and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he is in good condition, according to a police news release…

Lorraine Swanson, “Robbery Suspect Shot By Civilian With Concealed-Gun Permit: Cops,” Patch, April 28, 2020.

Baton Rouge, LA, April 30, 2020 (WAFB)

The intended target of an attempted armed robbery acted in self-defense during a deadly shooting Thursday night on East Smiley Avenue, according to investigators…

Sgt. Don Coppola with BRPD said investigators believe Falgout, Like, and Birks planned to rob a 26-year-old man. During the armed robbery, there was a shootout between the intended target and the three suspects, he added.

Coppola said Falgout and the 26-year-old both suffered gunshot wounds and Falgout died at the scene…

Rachael Thomas, “BRPD: Armed robbery victim suffers life-threatening injuries; 1 suspect dead, 2 others arrested,” WAFB, April 30, 2020.

Port Arthur, TX, May 5, 2020 (12 News Now, KFDM)

Police responded to a reported robbery at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Island Grocery on Pleasure Island.

Investigators say the suspected robber left the grocery and continued on Highway 82 heading east. According to police, the vehicle he was in had been reported stolen in Louisiana…

Jones, still armed with the rifle, had attempted to rob a man and woman, who were crabbing, at gunpoint police said.

At some point after Jones demanded money and property from the two, the man was able to get to his car and grab his handgun.

The two men then got into a shootout and Jones was shot several times and died at the scene, police said…

KFDM Staff, “UPDATE: Man who was crabbing shoots, kills robbery suspect on Pleasure Island,” KFDM, May 5 2020.
KBMT (12NewsNow) Staff, “Man shoots, kills suspect in shootout during attempted robbery on Pleasure Island,” 12 News Now, May 5, 2020.

Bartow County, GA, May 7, 2020 (FOX 5 Atlanta)

Neighbors were forced to intervene in an attack and shoot a man who was brutally beating an 86-year-old Bartow County man with a metal pipe around 7 p.m. Wednesday…

Those neighbors say the attacker turned on them. He punched one in the jaw and tried to take the gun away from the other. That’s when they fired two shots, hitting the attacker…

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive. He is expected to be charged with initial counts of burglary, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespass. His name has not been released…

Denise Dillon, “Neighbors rush to intervene, shoots attacker brutally beating of 86-year-old,” FOX 5 Atlanta, May 8, 2020.

Bowling Green, KY, May 11, 2020 (WBKO)

The driver told officers the unknown male got out of the car. He tried to as well but could not open his door. He said the unknown male appeared to have a handgun and was approaching his vehicle.

The driver of the Camaro said he feared for his life and pulled out his gun and shot the unknown male, using all three rounds in the magazine.

The driver told police the male said, “One shot got me, and you’re lucky.” The subject then fled the scene on foot…

After further investigation, police believe that the driver did shoot Green in self-defense. Officers went to the hospital to receive a statement from Green. It was determined that Green never pulled a handgun but did have a ratchet on him that could have appeared to be a firearm…

WBKO News Staff, “BGPD: Shots fired in self-defense after car crash on North Sunrise,” WBKO, May 11, 2020.

McKees Rocks, PA, May 28, 2020 (WPXI)

The man was walking on Wright Street around 10:15 p.m. when police said he was attacked and stabbed with a knife by another man who was following him.

The victim was able to stop the attack by pulling out a gun he was legally allowed to carry and firing a shot.

The man took off, and police are still searching for him. News Staff, “70-year-old man attacked, stabbed while walking down McKees Rocks street,” WPXI, May 28, 2020.

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