Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 23 Cases During November 2021

Mar 18, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Miami, FL, November 1, 2021 (VladTV)

Reggaeton artist Kerr Yen was recently robbed at gunpoint outside of a Miami recording studio before shooting at the thieves as they got away with the stolen possessions.

Surveillance footage captured the Puerto Rican artist smoking outside by himself when a pickup truck pulled up in front of him. An armed man hopped out of the passenger seat and robbed Kerr Yen at gunpoint.

Kerr Yen quickly cooperated and calmly tossed his bag towards the thief. However, as the robber was picking up the bag, Kerr Yen drew his gun and shot at him. The robber was able to take off with the bag before quickly running back to the truck. Kerr Yen fired more shots at the truck as the two men got away…

VladTV Staff, “Latin Rapper Kerr Yen Shoots at Thief Who Robbed Him at Gunpoint,” VladTV, November 4, 2021.

Chicago, IL, November 6, 2021 (Chicago Sun-Times)

A 77-year-old concealed-carry license holder fatally shot a would-be robber Saturday afternoon in Burnside on the South Side.

About 12:20 p.m., the man was in an open garage in the 500 block of East 89th Street when a vehicle pulled up in the alley and an armed male exited and demanded his belongings, Chicago police said.

The man then shot at the would-be robber, fatally striking him in the head and chest, police said. He was identified as Bernard Peterson by the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The man was not injured and did have a valid concealed-carry license, according to police…

Sun-Times Wire Staff, “Concealed-carry holder fatally shoots would-be robber in Burnside,” Chicago Sun-Times, November 6, 2021.

Orlando, FL, November 6, 2021 (Click Orlando)

A man who was arguing with a woman in the parking lot of a Waffle House Saturday night was shot by another man he attacked, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The shooting happened shortly before midnight outside of the Waffle House on International Drive, police said.

Officers said the bystander was trying to enter his car when he was attacked by the man and fired a single shot into the man’s leg.

Police said the shooter reported the incident and cooperated with the investigation, allowing officers to recover his gun…

Brandon Hogan, “Man arguing in Waffle House parking lot attacks bystander, gets shot, Orlando police say,” Click Orlando, November 7, 2021.

St. Louis, MO, November 8, 2021 (KMOV 4)

A 13-year-old was shot by the woman he attempted to carjacked in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood Monday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., a 37-year-old woman was walking from her car to her home in the 5500 block of Natural Bridge when the two suspects asked to use her phone. When she told them she didn’t have one, the 13-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and demanded her car keys and money, according to police. The woman gave the items to the boy, who gave them to his accomplice.

When the accomplice entered the woman’s car, the teenager pointing the gun at the woman got distracted, at which time the woman grabbed her own gun and fired a shot at the boy, police said. Both suspects then ran off…

Stephanie Baumer, “13-year-old shot by woman he attempted to carjack at gunpoint in Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood: Police,” KMOV 4, November 9, 2021.

Chicago, IL, November 10, 2021 (WGN-TV)

The homeowner, a 44-year-old man was sitting on the steps of his home on the 2900 block of North Wolcott Avenue around 11:12 p.m. Wednesday when he heard a loud noise and two saw men underneath a car attempting to steal a catalytic converter.

When the two men noticed they were being watched, they crawled out from the car and pulled out their guns and started shooting at the homeowner.

The 44-year-old, who is a licensed concealed carry holder, took out his own firearm and shot one of the suspects, a 25-year-old identified as Darion Blackman, in the neck. The second suspect fled the scene…

Erik Runge, “Would-be thief fatally shot by Lakeview homeowner in shootout, police say,” WGN-TV, November 11, 2021.

Sanford, FL, November 11, 2021 (WKMG ClickOrlando)

A Seminole County Public Schools employee was critically injured in a “stand your ground” shooting Thursday morning after an argument with another man inside a Sanford gas station, according to police.

Officials with the school district said two delivery workers with the district were at a RaceTrac gas station on the corner of East State Road 46 and East Lake Mary Boulevard when the shooting happened.

Sanford police said one of the workers went inside the RaceTrac, where he encountered another man with whom he had a long-standing feud. The second delivery worker was not involved in the shooting, the district said…

Before police could arrive, the worker exited the gas station but returned several times to continue the argument, Gillett said.

“The (gunman) at that point in time decides to leave the RaceTrac — (he) expressed possible concern for the other people around him that were kind of getting upset, were worried, fearing about the altercation,” Gillet said. “(He) goes to exit the RaceTrac. Before he exits the RaceTrac, he takes out a firearm from his pocket. He does have a concealed weapons license. He goes to leave the gas station and right as he’s exiting the doors, (the worker) is there again for a confrontation and the shots are fired.”

Police said the argument between the worker and the gunman was never physical. However, Gillet said that the shooter and others inside the store were in fear because of what the worker had said during the fight…

Thomas Mates, “Sanford police believe shooting of Seminole schools employee is ‘stand your ground’ case,” WKMG ClickOrlando, November 11, 2021.

Gary, IN, November 12, 2021 (nwi.com)

A 17-year-old Gary boy found dead early Friday on a residential sidewalk was killed during an exchange of gunfire after allegedly attempting to rob two men, police say.

Tobigah Goins, of Gary, was found shortly before 2:30 a.m. lying outside a home in the 1000 block of Polk Street, according to the Lake County coroner’s office and Gary police Cmdr. Jack Hamady…

The 24-year-old Gary man said he was shot during a struggle for a gun held by Goins, police said.

A second man, a 26-year-old Gary resident, then came out of the Polk Street home and was shot in the hand during an exchange of gunfire with Goins, Hamady said…

Bob Kasarda, “UPDATE: Gary boy shot dead during attempted robbery, police say,” nwi.com, November 12, 2021.

Pleasant Hill, IA, November 14, 2021 (KCCI)

An Iowa man has been charged with attempted murder after Pleasant Hill Police responded to an incident at Canterbury Park Apartments around 4:30 a.m Nov. 14…

A man had reportedly driven to the apartment complex and was seated in his car when Russell allegedly shot at him multiple times. The man reportedly returned fire from his vehicle, wounding Russell on his right temple…

The unnamed man who returned fire has not been charged.

KCCI News Staff, “Man injured in Pleasant Hill shooting now charged with attempted murder,” KCCI, December 3, 2021.

Green Bay, WI, November 14, 2021 (WTAQ)

Brown County District Attorney David Lasee will not press charges against the man who shot and killed Dominique Wilson at the Marathon Gas Station on East Walnut Street in Green Bay on November 14th, saying that the shooter acted in self defense.

Jaylene Edwards is said to have shot Wilson during an altercation between several women at the gas station. The fight between the women involved bats, brass knuckles, and pepper spray. According to evidence, Wilson pulled out a gun and began pointing it at other people in the parking lot, and was apparently attempting to fire it. That’s when Edwards, who was observing the altercation, pulled out a firearm and shot Wilson several times, killing her…

In a press statement issued late Friday afternoon, Lasee said Wilson had repeatedly pointed a friend’s legally owned handgun at people who were involved in a dispute at the gas station and appeared to point the loaded weapon at several individuals involved in the altercation before she was shot…

“The evidence collected and reviewed by the Green Bay Police Department and the Brown County District Attorney’s Office does not support charges in this case; rather, it suggests that Edwards subjectively feared for his life and/or the lives of others, and that his subjective belief was reasonable in this instance,” Lasee wrote…

Rob Sussman, “Brown County DA: Fatal Marathon Gas Station Shooting Was Self Defense, No Charges Filed,” WTAQ, January 14, 2022.
Doug Schneider, “Marathon gas station gunman killed woman to protect others, Brown County district attorney says,” Green Bay Press-Gazette, January 14, 2022.

Bossier City, LA, November 14, 2021 (KTBS)

The shooting happened early on the morning of Nov. 14 at the Circle K convenience store in the 2800 block of Airline Drive.

Bossier City police said D’Andre Dunn, 28, of Marshall, Texas, walked into the store and told the clerk he had a shotgun in his pants and demanded money. The clerk pulled a gun and shot Dunn several times, killing him…

Even though the clerk violated the company’s policy of not being armed, he “clearly did what he had a right to do,” (Bossier Parish District Attorney Schuyler) Marvin said…

Vickie Welborn, “Bossier D.A.: Fatal convenience store shooting ‘cut and dried’,” KTBS, November 22, 2021.

Jacksonville, FL, November 15, 2021 (News 4 JAX)

The Sheriff’s Office said police responded at about 1:46 a.m. to a call from a man involved in a crash on the off-ramp to Emerson Street from the Hart Expressway.

According to the incident report, after police left the scene of the crash, the suspect returned to the scene, got out of a red Toyota Corolla, and fired into the 22-year-old man’s pickup truck, hitting him in the leg. It states a woman in the pickup ducked to avoid gunfire and that the man in the truck fired through the windshield as the suspect fled…

JSO said they are not sure if the suspect or his vehicle was hit by the victim’s gunfire…

Brianna Andrews and Brie Isom, “JSO searching for driver involved in road rage shooting on Hart Expressway,” News 4 JAX, November 15, 2021.

Blytheville, AR, November 16, 2021 (KAIT 8)

Chief Ross Thompson said Tuesday that a suspect from out of state was walking in the area when they approached a driver who had pulled over on the side of the road to adjust something on their trailer.

The suspect then attempted to attack the driver, leaving the driver shot in the process while two witnesses saw what was happening and tried to help…

“Officers also located individuals on scene from Blytheville, who reported they were driving by and stopped to help but Davis turned on them, assaulting and chasing them back to their car,” Thompson said. “They were armed with a firearm and shot Davis after giving him warnings to stop the assault.”

Thompson said police do not anticipate filing any charges against the people who helped Churchwell…

Jorge Quiquivix, “Police release video in Blytheville roadside shooting,” KAIT 8, November 16, 2021.

Destrehan, LA, November 16, 2021 (nola.com)

“After an extensive and thorough investigation including securing video footage of the events, it was determined that Woulfe was the aggressor and provoked [the 78-year-old] to respond in self-defense,” the Sheriff’s Office said in the statement.

On the afternoon of Nov. 16, Woulfe was driving his black Ford pick-up truck on Ormond Boulevard when authorities say he hit the 78-year-old man’s silver Mercedes just south of Villere Drive, according to authorities.

Woulfe continued driving to his home on Villere Drive. The 78-year-old, who was accompanied by his wife, followed Woulfe while calling 911, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly after Woulfe parked in his driveway, Mike Wodarczyk, a neighbor working in his yard nearby, said he saw the Mercedes pull in behind the truck. Wodarczyk said the two men got out and began arguing, with the elder man accusing Woulfe of sideswiping his vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office said the “obviously irate” Woulfe approached the 78-year-old’s vehicle in an aggressive manner.

“An altercation followed, and subsequently, [the 78-year-old man] shot Woulfe in the abdominal area in self-defense,” the Sheriff’s Office said…

Woulfe retrieved a crescent wrench from his garage, smashed the car window and opened the 78-year-old man’s door, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He then began hitting the 78-year-old in the face, breaking the man’s nose.

The 78-year-old man fired three more shots, with one of the shots again hitting Woulfe in the abdominal area, according to the Sheriff’s Office…

Michelle Hunter, “Driver shot in Destrehan after hit-and-run arrested; shooter acted in self-defense, authorities say,” nola.com, December 8, 2021.

Macon, GA, November 17, 2021 (13WMAZ)

According to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday about a fight that happened on Mercer University Drive in which 37-year-old Jarvis Ottman was shot several times. He got into his car and drove down the street, crashing in an empty parking lot at the end of Edna Place…

(I)nvestigators say the homicide of Jarvis Ottman in this parking lot in November was self-defense.

“Mr. Ottman had come up and blocked the car in. He was coming to it in a threatening manner. The driver was not sure what was going to happen,” Davis said.

The sheriff says the driver shot to protect himself and passengers in the car, including children…

13WMAZ Staff, “37-year-old Macon man killed in shooting on Mercer University Drive identified,” 13WMAZ, November 17, 2021.
Ashlyn Webb, “Closer Look: Why Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says investigators ruled 6 homicides in 2021 as ‘justifiable’,” 13WMAZ, December 11, 2021.

Spanaway, WA, November 18, 2021 (KOMO News)

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office says a store employee called 911 around 9:30 p.m. to say that their business, Blessings Cannabis, had been robbed by four or five males with guns who were wearing hooded jackets and masks.

The employees told deputies that the suspects pointed guns at them while they stole money and marijuana. At one point, an employee retrieved a gun and shot at the suspects…

KOMO News Staff, “Employee reportedly shoots suspects in armed robbery at cannabis store in Spanaway,” KOMO News, November 19, 2021.

Philadelphia, PA, November 20, 2021 (Fox News)

A Philadelphia Uber driver with a permit to carry shot two armed men who were attempting to rob him Saturday, killing one of the suspects, according to local reports.

Three armed men approached the driver as he exited his car on the 3200 block of Longshore Avenue in Mayfair just after midnight, FOX29 Philadelphia reported, citing police.

The suspects demanded money from the man, who told them there was some in his car, police told WPVI-TV. As the suspects searched the car, the unnamed Uber driver pulled his firearm and fired.

Surveillance video obtained by KYW-TV shows the driver firing shots at the suspects.

Police said the driver is licensed to carry a firearm, the outlets reported…

Stephen Sorace, “Philadelphia armed robbery of Uber driver with carry permit ends with 2 suspects shot, 1 dead: reports,” Fox News, November 21, 2021.

Orange City, FL, November 20, 2021 (Click Orlando)

Investigators said the shooting happened Saturday near 1052 E. Wisconsin Ave. The woman who was shot was identified by police as Sara-Nicole Morales, 35, of Orange City.

According to Orange City police, prior to the shooting Morales was driving a blue Kia when she intentionally hit a motorcyclist in the 1400 block of N. Volusia Ave., also known as U.S. 17-92, and then drove off.

The motorcyclist and other witnesses to the hit-and-run followed Morales to the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Wisconsin Avenue and told her to stop and that law enforcement officers were on the way, according to police.

Officers said Morales then turned onto East Wisconsin Avenue, eventually stopping at 1052 E. Wisconsin Ave. Investigators said the motorcyclist and the witnesses followed her to the home and tried to alert law enforcement to her whereabouts.

Once she stopped, police said Morales went into the house and came back out a short time later with a gun.

There was a confrontation in the roadway and Morales pointed the gun at the motorcyclist, according to the news release. Records show the motorcyclist, who has a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, pulled his own handgun and fired at Morales multiple times, according to police. Morales was struck and rushed to a hospital but did not survive, investigators said…

Thomas Mates, “Hit-and-run driver shot, killed in confrontation after Orange City crash, police say,” Click Orlando, November 22, 2021.

Los Angeles, CA, November 22, 2021 (KTLA)

The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. in the area 1800 block of West 35th Street.

The car owner heard a noise and went outside of his house to find a man under his car, Los Angeles Police Department officer Chavez said.

The man then got up from under the car holding “an unknown object” and the car owner fired a gunshot at the suspect, Chavez said…

KTLA Digital Staff, “Car owner shoots suspect who was trying to steal catalytic converter in Exposition Park: LAPD,” KTLA, November 22, 2021.

Birmingham, AL, November 22, 2021 (al.com, trussvilletribune.com)

According to the Birmingham Police Department, the shooting of Matthew Gelpin, 44, of Birmingham has been reclassified as a justified death…

Gelpin was found when the city’s gunfire detection system – Shot Spotter – alerted police to shooting in the 4300 block of Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Officers arrived at the location – Bates Auto Sales – to find Gelpin on the sidewalk between the business and RAJ Boulevard suffering from multiple gunshots wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service at 3:58 p.m.

Sgt. Rod Mauldin said an altercation between two males is believed to have led to the deadly shooting…

“Investigators presented the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office for review,” Sergeant Rodarius Mauldin said. “Following the assessment, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled the actions justifiable.” …

Carol Robinson, “44-year-old ID’d as man shot dead outside Birmingham business,” al.com, November 23, 2021.
Hannah Caver, “UPDATE: Birmingham homicide reclassified as justified death,” trussvilletribune.com, December 14, 2021.

Durham, NC, November 26, 2021 (CBS 17)

Durham police arrested another person in connection with the Black Friday shooting at the Streets at Southpoint Mall, a news release said Wednesday…

Durham police said the shooting came after a man was selling jewelry outside a store on the second floor of the shopping center when he was approached by at least two men. At least one of the suspects was armed with a gun when they attempted to rob the seller.

The person selling the jewelry and a robber fired their guns, police said.

The suspected robber, identified as Pride, was shot and transported to the hospital. The seller was not injured and remained at the scene, police said…

Michael Prunka and Jeff Reeves, “Third arrest made in Black Friday shooting at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint,” CBS 17, January 19, 2022.

Cutler, CA, November 26, 2021 (KIRO 7)

A 12-year-old California boy accused of opening fire at a teen during a robbery attempt was shot by the victim, authorities said.

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, the boy walked up to a car in Cutler on Nov. 26 and attempted to rob a 17-year-old boy who was sitting in the front seat of hte vehicle, KFSN-TV reported.

When the 12-year-old pulled out a gun, the teen attempted to back out of a parking space and leave the area, the television station reported.

Deputies said the 12-year began shooting into the victim’s vehicle, KMPH-TV reported. The 17-year-old then grabbed his own gun and fired a shot through his windshield, wounding the preteen, according to the television station…

Bob D’Angelo, “12-year-old boy shot while trying to rob teen in California,” KIRO 7, December 22, 2021.

Chicago, IL, November 29, 2021 (CBS Chicago)

The woman fired at the carjacker when he approached her at gunpoint just as she was getting into her car in the parking lot of the Chase Bank at 10260 S. Michigan Ave.

Hours later, a bullet casing from the shots the woman fired remained lying on the ground. The woman said she had just left the bank and had some cash in her hand – but before she could get to her car, parked a few feet from the front door of the bank – she said someone else opened her front door and a gun was aimed at her head…

The thief was not expecting the woman, who has a concealed carry license, to pull her gun out.

“And when he saw me get mine, he looked surprised – and I started shooting, and he started running,” she said. “He ran.” …

Meanwhile, we do know the woman thankfully was home late Monday – and she is crediting her concealed carry licensed for allowing her to get home safely.

Jermont Terry, “Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Would-Be Armed Carjacker In Roseland,” CBS Chicago, November 29, 2021.

Thomaston, GA, November 30, 2021 (FOX 5 Atlanta)

Police in Thomaston said a man was shot and hospitalized after someone caught him attempting to break into a car.

Investigators believe the suspect, Randell Watt, was trying to open a Tahoe parked on 3rd Street in Thomaston when an armed resident came outside and confronted them.

A witness told police Watt had a gun and he and the resident exchanged gunfire. Police found multiple shell casings from a .22 caliber gun and a 9mm, the gun Watt was allegedly holding. Police said they recovered the gun at the scene…

Police said the person who shot Watt is cooperating with investigators.

FOX 5 Atlanta Staff, “Man shot while attempting to break into car, police say,” FOX 5 Atlanta, November 30, 2021.

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