Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 20 Cases During December 2021

Apr 6, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Charlotte, NC, December 2, 2021 (WSOC-TV)

Police have classified a shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead in east Charlotte at the beginning of December as a “justified homicide.”

The shooting happened at about 5:10 p.m. along Lawyers Road at East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Officers said the shooting stemmed from an argument that turned violent…

Detreye Kenjuan Walker died at the scene, and Foley said alcohol was involved…

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and have decided to not to charge anyone…

WSOCTV.com News Staff, “Police classify shooting that left man dead in east Charlotte as ‘justified homicide’,” WSOC-TV, December 14, 2021.

Chicago, IL, December 2, 2021 (Chicago Journal)

The incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. this morning in the 2700 block of W 65th Street in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the city’s southwest side.

Authorities said that a 37-year-old male was in an alley this morning when he got involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown male offender in a vehicle.

The offender in the vehicle produced a firearm at which time the 37-year-old drew his own firearm and fired shots at the offender. The 37-year-old victim had both a valid FOID and valid Illinois Concealed Carry License and authorities indicated the man shot in defense…

Chicago Journal Staff, “CCL holder fatally shoots man in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood,” Chicago Journal, December 3, 2021.

New Orleans, LA, December 3, 2021 (Fox 8 Live, nola.com)

The NOPD is investigating a homicide near Algiers Friday morning.

Michael Thomas, 51, is the man who was shot and killed by an Algiers businessperson Friday morning. New Orleans police said a woman let Thomas into her business in the 1300 block of Odeon Street. When he attacked her, she pulled a gun and shot him, police said. Emergency Medical Services declared him dead there….

Jesse Brooks, “NOPD investigating homicide near Algiers,” Fox 8 Live, December 3, 2021.
Missy Wilkinson, “4 people killed by gun violence identified by New Orleans coroner,” nola.com, December 7, 2021.

New Orleans, LA, December 5, 2021 (WDSU)

Clara Williams Zanders is the mother of Alton Williams, a valet at the Ace Hotel. Her son was killed on the job Dec. 5 after an altercation with a hotel patron. The shooter in the case, Lavanzel Kerr, said the incident was self-defense.

He opened fire after he said Williams became aggressive and demanded money for valet parking and pointed a gun at him…

Kerr has not been arrested…

Shay O’Connor, “’We do not have the truth’: Mother of Ace Hotel valet worker shot and killed, demands answers,” WDSU, January 11, 2022.

Philadelphia, PA, December 6, 2021 (CBS 3 Philly)

Police say a corner store owner shot a would-be robber in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood Monday afternoon. The shooting happened inside a store on the 4500 block of D Street around 1:30 p.m.

Police say the 20-year-old male suspect was shot once in the left shoulder by the store owner when he attempted to rob the store…

CBS3 Staff, “Feltonville Corner Store Owner Shoots Suspect During Attempted Robbery, Police Say,” CBS 3 Philly, December 6, 2021.

Rincon, GA, December 6, 2021 (WSAV.com, WTOC)

The Rincon Police Department (RPD) charged Terry Baily with robbery and murder, booking him into the Effingham County Jail Tuesday. Police say 19-year-old Kamarion Burdette was killed in a botched gun sale.

Baily set up a transaction to purchase a gun from with Trevor Scott, 19, on Middleground Road through social media, RPD says.

RPD says when Scott drove up to the site of the gun sale, Baily and Burdette surrounded Scott’s car.

Police say Burdette pulled out a gun and attempted to rob Scott.

Scott pulled out a gun and fired it. Scott then fled the scene…

Police say the investigation so far indicates the shooting was an act of self-defense…

Joseph Leonard, “Botched gun sale in Rincon leaves 1 dead, 1 arrested,” WSAV.com, December 8, 2021.
Sam Bauman, “Family of Rincon teenager killed wants answers; police say shooting was self-defense,” WTOC, January 28, 2022.

Livingston, TX, December 8, 2021 (KETK.com)

In the early-morning hours of Wednesday, December 8, deputies were called to a property in the 10200 block of U.S. HWY 190 north of Livingston.

When they arrived, they found the owner and a dead man at the property. The deceased was identified as 37-year-old Joshua Read, a Houston native.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the property owner confronted three men who were burglarizing his business. During the fight, Read was shot and the other two fled the scene…

Patrick Cunningham, “Sheriff: East Texas business owner shoots, kills burglar; 2 other suspects still on the run,” KETK.com, December 13, 2021.

Bolivar, TN, December 8, 2021 (WREG)

Bolivar Police said two men tried to hold up the restaurant on South Porter Street just before midnight.

They said one of the robbers came through the back door of the business and pointed a gun at the employees and one of the employees pulled out his own gun and opened fire.

28-year-old Jahquille Kodarius Dubose was pronounced dead on the scene. The other robber was seen running from the scene…

So far, the Domino’s employee has not been charged with anything…

Melissa Moon, “Domino’s employee kills robber, residents react,” WREG, December 9, 2021.

Columbus, OH, December 9, 2021 (NBC4i.com)

According to the Columbus Division of Police, just after 4 p.m., Thursday, a shooting was reported in the 1700 block of S. 18th Street…

Officers were then alerted to a reported shooting in the 100 block of Southgate Drive that was related. 

Police talked to people involved and determined the teen had been trying to rob another person at gunpoint when a shootout ensued, leaving him injured. He then drove to the location on S. 18th Street where he called for help…

Joe Clark, “Teen shot attempting robbery, Columbus police say,” NBC4i.com, December 10, 2021.

Medford, OR, December 11, 2021 (KTVL, KDRV)

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced that it will not file charges against 36-year-old DeAngelo McCauley who shot and killed 31-year-old Dominique Brown because evidence points to McCauley acting in self-defense.

Oregon law. ORS 161.209, allows a person the use of deadly physical force if the person reasonably believes the other person is using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force against them or another person. The person using deadly force may not be the initial aggressor…

The incident took place around 6:50 am on December 11 at a Duplex in the 800 block of Belmont Street. Officers from the Medford Police Department were dispatched on reports of multiple gunshots and a male at the location who had been shot…

The person who fatally shot the man was on scene and cooperated with law enforcement. The investigation revealed that a 31-year-old man was outside causing a disturbance after an apparent night of drinking. He did not live in the area, but was visiting an associate who lives nearby, whom he was upset with.

A California resident, visiting a neighbor’s house, heard the commotion and confronted the disorderly individual. The conversation deteriorated and the disorderly individual produced a handgun and fired at the person, who had a concealed handgun license and was carrying a handgun. This individual returned fire, ultimately killing the decedent. No one else was injured…

KTVL Staff, “California man who shot, killed man in Medford will not face charges,” KTVL, February 3, 2022.
Ben Olds, “Medford Police investigating homicide,” KDRV, December 11, 2021.

Hialeah, FL, December 12, 2021 (NBC 6)

The incident happened back on Dec. 12 in the parking lot area of a Target at 1750 West 37th Street.

Hialeah Police officials said the victim had listed some firearms for sale on a website and was contacted by Arnoux who said he was interested and wanted to meet to make the purchase.

During the sale, the teens gave the victim counterfeit money but when the victim told them it was fake, Araujo pulled out a gun and held the victim at gunpoint as Arnoux robbed the victim of his guns, police said.

The victim was in fear for his safety and pulled out another gun from his waistband and opened fire, hitting both teens, police said…

NBC 6 Staff, “Teen Charged as Adult in Fatal Botched Robbery Shooting at Hialeah Shopping Center,” NBC 6, January 4, 2022.

Greensboro, NC, December 13, 2021 (WXII 12)

Authorities said three men entered the Tobacco & Vape store, located at 3912 Battleground Ave., near Interstate 840, just before 8 p.m.

Police said the suspects entered the store and took cash at gunpoint.

During the incident, investigators said a store employee fired a weapon during the course of the robbery and struck one of the robbery suspects, Gabriel Malachi Kalu, of Greensboro.

Kalu died outside of the store while the other two suspects ran off…

DaVonté McKenith, “Greensboro tobacco shop clerk shoots, kills 17-year-old suspect amid robbery, police say,” WXII 12, December 14, 2021.

Lawrence, IN, December 14, 2021 (Fox 59)

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon just before 4 p.m. near Indy Pawn along N. Franklin Rd. on the rear side of the building.

Lawrence police said an employee was walking outside the store when he was approached by three individuals, at least one of whom was allegedly armed with a gun.

“The three individuals attempted to rob the pawn shop employee. There was an exchange of gunfire that resulted from that. One of the individuals who was committing the robbery was struck by some of that gunfire,” said Gary Woodruff, deputy chief of the Lawrence Police Department…

Courtney Spinelli, “Lawrence Police: Teen shot while trying to rob pawn shop employee, search continues for 2 others,” Fox 59, December 15, 2021.

Woodbridge, VA, December 15, 2021 (Patch)

An initial incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Crossing Place and Prince William Parkway. Officers learned of a shooting and armed carjacking that occurred in the area.

The victim in the carjacking, a 25-year-old man, told police that he had arranged to meet an unknown person in the area to conduct a transaction. Police claimed that during the encounter, the other person, who was later identified as Tucker, pulled out a gun. The victim was also armed.

The victim fired at the suspect, police said. The suspect then entered the victim’s car and fled the area. The victim initially fled the area on foot, but he was stopped by police after witnesses reported the shooting.

Authorities have not announced any charges for the victim. No injuries or property damage was reported in the initial shooting. The victim’s vehicle was recovered later on Wednesday evening…

Liam Griffin, “Two Shootings In Woodbridge Connected To Same Man: Police,” Patch, December 17, 2021.

Memphis, TN, December 16, 2021 (WREG)

Memphis Police responded to a shooting at the BP gas station in the 800 block of Crump around 1:33 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Police said a man stabbed one person and attempted to stab at least one other person after a vehicle crash around I-30. Seemingly acting in self-defense, investigators say one of the victims shot and killed that man…

Autumn Scott and Andrew Ellison, “Stabbing suspect shot by victim at gas station, police say,” WREG, December 16, 2021.

Lodi, CA, December 19, 2021 (Yahoo News)

The first incident occurred at about 6 p.m., in which officers responded to a robbery with possible shots fired, Sgt. Sean Blandford said, in the area of West Lodi Avenue and South Orange Street…

“Witnesses said they saw a guy run inside the (Lodi Avenue Liquors) to rob the place, and when the employee refused to give him any money, he was hit in the head with a blunt instrument,” Blandford said. “The employee then armed himself with a firearm and fired, and he struck the suspect.”

The would-be robber then fled the store, but officers were able to detain him in a nearby parking lot…

Wes Bowers, “Lodi officers respond to three violent incidents in half an hour,” Yahoo News, December 22, 2021.

Broadview, IL, December 21, 2021 (Chicago Tribune)

Lightford, the Senate majority leader and the second highest-ranking senator in the General Assembly, was in a vehicle with her husband, Eric McKennie, when they were carjacked at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. The couple was in the near west suburb to drop off a friend, police have said.

At some point after Lightford and McKennie were ordered out of their black Mercedes SUV, there was an exchange of gunfire between McKennie and at least one of the carjackers, Broadview police Chief Thomas Mills said Thursday.

Mills said McKennie is a concealed carry license holder.

No one was hurt during the incident, which occurred in the 2000 block of South 20th Avenue…

Jeremy Gorner, “State Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s husband exchanged gunfire with at least one suspect during carjacking earlier this week, police say,” Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2021.

Winston-Salem, NC, December 23, 2021 (WXII 12)

Police said a store employee fired a gun during an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar store on North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Officers were called to the store at 5:07 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Avondre McLaurin tried to steal merchandise but a store employee stopped them. McLaurin tried to steal money from the cash register while holding his hand in his clothing, appearing to be a firearm, police said in a news release.

Police said someone who was working at the store fired multiple shots at McLaurin, who then left the store…

WXII12.com Web Staff, “Winston-Salem police: Store employee fires gun during attempted robbery,” WXII 12, December 24, 2021.

Tampa, FL, December 28, 2021 (Patch)

A teenager has been charged with armed robbery and second-degree murder in connection to an attempted robbery and fatal shooting in Takomah Trail Park, 10099 Takomah Trail, Dec. 28…

Just before 4 p.m. Dec. 28, police were called to the park for a shooting and found Ian D. Thomas, 16, dead from a gunshot wound.

Police said Thomas was with a group of people who attempted to rob and shot a 32-year-old man. The man’s gunshot wounds were not life-threatening.

The man defended himself by firing his legally owned and permitted concealed gun, striking Thomas. The others in the group fled before police arrived…

D’Ann Lawrence White, “17-Year-Old Charged In Takomah Trail Park Shooting,” Patch, January 28, 2022.

Minneapolis, MN, December 31, 2021 (Star Tribune)

A Minneapolis man was charged Tuesday with aiding two teenage boys in a December robbery that resulted in both of the teens being shot, one fatally…

According to the criminal complaint: Police were called to the area of 2400 Dupont Avenue N. about 4:30 p.m. for shots fired. They found Jackson lying in the alley, where he was pronounced dead…

The male told police that he had arrived at the scene of the shooting to sell a pair of sneakers to someone he met on Snapchat. He said the two teens approached with handguns pointed at him, went through his pockets and took his wallet and cellphone…

The two teens then ripped a gold necklace from the male’s neck, at which point the male drew a handgun from his waistband and shot them…

Chao Xiong, “Minneapolis man charged with aiding teens in robbery leading to their shooting,” Star Tribune, January 18, 2022.
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