Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 24 Cases During April 2022

Jul 7, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Mobile, AL, April 4, 2022 (Fox 10 TV)

Daniel Ruffin is charged with attempted murder, domestic violence, and other crimes following the April 4 incident.

According to police, Ruffin fired at the car on Illinois Street. No one was hit by the bullets, but a child inside was cut by the shattered glass.

After he fled the scene, an unidentified person else pulled their gun and shot Ruffin about a block away on Tuttle Avenue…

WALA Staff, “Police identify man shot moments after he fired at ex-girlfriend and children,” Fox 10 TV, April 11, 2022.

Jackson, MS, April 7, 2022 (WLBT)

It happened Thursday at the Midtown Food Market near Fortification.

Witnesses tell WLBT that the man was attempting to steal from the store when the clerk shot him. The would-be thief was struck once in the buttocks… Staff, “Jackson store clerk shoots would-be robber in buttocks, witnesses say,” WLBT, April 7, 2022.

Norman, OK, April 9, 2022 (KOCO)

The Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges in connection with a deadly shooting earlier this month near the University of Oklahoma’s campus.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. April 9, police responded to a shooting near the intersection of Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue.

Police said in a news release that a man was driving with his window down when another man aggressively approached the vehicle. Authorities claim the man was unprovoked and “reared back to punch the driver,” according to the news release.

The news release said, “fearing for his safety and the safety of the juvenile in the vehicle, the driver retrieved a firearm and shot the individual.”…

KOCO Staff, “Cleveland County DA not pressing charges in deadly shooting near OU’s campus,” KOCO, April 22, 2022.

Las Vegas, NV, April 11, 2022 (WAFB)

FOX5 reports officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting happened in a neighborhood in the west part of town early Monday morning.

A police department spokesperson said a man was walking in the area when he encountered the teen. The two then got into a dispute, and the 16-year-old pointed a gun and threatened the man.

According to police, the man was lawfully armed and shot the teen out of self-defense…

Police said no criminal charges were filed against the man involved in the incident and he was not arrested…

Caitlin Lilly and Jordan Gartner, “Police: No charges for man who killed teen in self-defense during fight,” WAFB, April 13, 2022.

Philadelphia, PA, April 11, 2022 (CBS Philly)

Philadelphia police say a store owner shot an armed robbery suspect in Kingsessing. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 5400 block of Chester Avenue.

Investigators say a man attempted to rob a Chinese takeout restaurant.

They say the owner shot the 25-year-old suspect in the elbow…

CBS3 Staff, “Kingsessing Restaurant Owner Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect, Police Say,” CBS Philly, April 11, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, April 12, 2022 (11Alive)

Police in Atlanta are investigating a triple shooting in the parking lot of DeKalb Memorial Park.

The shooting itself happened around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers add that two men and a woman were shot during a custody exchange.

Authorities, after the exchange, the children’s father shot at the mother and another man she was with. Then, that second man shot back in self defense…

11Alive Staff, “3 shot during custody exchange at southeast Atlanta park, police say,” 11Alive, April 13, 2022.

Phenix City, AL, April 13, 2022 (WTVM)

A business owner Paul Thrasher said an argument sparked when two customers refused to pay their bill…

Thrasher said the men left the store in a white car to get the money, but when they arrived, Thrasher said McDaniel started to fight. Officers arrested McDaniel and charged him with disorderly conduct…

Later, Thrasher said he and three employees were standing outside the business when he recognized the white car from earlier that day.

“The driver got out of the car leaned across the top of the car with a pistol and I hollered “He’s got a gun” At that point of time the father was shooting from inside the car and the son was shooting across the car at us.”

Thrasher said if it weren’t for one of his employees being trained from the army to properly handle a gun the outcome would have been different…

“If there would not have been returned fire, he would have advanced on us we would have had a fatality. Thank God for my employees.”…

Reagan Ranzer, “Customer’s refusal to pay bill leads to shooting at Phenix City business,” WTVM, April 15, 2022.

Charleston, SC, April 14, 2022 (ABC News 4)

Jeremy Langworthy, 22, was arrested after allegedly shooting at a woman in a car near Ingleside Boulevard.

North Charleston Police Department responded to the scene after receiving multiple calls, including one from the suspect, about a shooting. When they arrived, Langworthy told officers he threw a Mt. Dew can at a vehicle after the driver cut him off in traffic…

A witness to the incident conveyed to police Langworthy was the aggressor, tailgating the victim at the scene, throwing the soda can, then shooting at her…

When officers spoke with the victim, she told them she pulled up next to the suspect to ask him “what his problem” was after he threw a Mt. Dew can at her. Langworthy pointed a gun at her.

After the victim retrieved her own firearm from the glovebox, Langworthy shot at her “multiple times.” The victim shot back one time because she was in fear for her life, she said…

The woman was not hit by gunfire…

ABC News 4 Staff, “Suspect in road rage shooting calls police on victim, gets arrested for attempted murder,” ABC News 4, April 15, 2022.

New Orleans, LA, April 14, 2022 (Fox 8 Live)

According to a law enforcement source, two suspects, both 17 years old, approached a 48-year-old man in the 500 block of Louisa Street around 6:58 p.m. on Thurs., April 14 demanding his property at gunpoint. The victim complied, police say.

As the suspects were fleeing, the man pulled a gun and fired, striking one of the thieves in the neck. Police say the second carjacking suspect then drove the wounded suspect to a hospital…

Mykal Vincent, “Victim shoots thief during carjacking in New Orleans, police say,” Fox 8 Live, April 15, 2022.

Danville, VA, April 16, 2022 (Danville Register & Bee)

A grand jury on Wednesday chose not to indict the man accused in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Shafi Yassin Rasheed at Cardinal Village last month…

Officers were called to Edmonds Street at 1:23 p.m. April 16. They found Rasheed suffering from three gunshot wounds, Newman said while providing a narrative of the events that day…

In video presented by Newman, Rasheed can be seen approaching McCain’s vehicle on foot. When Rasheed reaches the driver’s side door, he punches into the car twice before walking around the car to the passenger’s side…

Words are exchanged at the driver’s side door, where Rasheed punched into the vehicle with his firearm. McCain threw his arms up to protect himself. Rasheed’s gun, a .22, falls into the car to the passenger’s side, where Wilson is, Newman said. Rasheed punches into the car again.

Rasheed tells Wilson he wants his gun back. When talking to police, McCain told them he did not know at that point whether Rasheed got his gun back.

“That’s when Mr. McCain gets out and shoots Mr. Rasheed,” Newman said. “Mr. Rasheed runs off from the vehicle … and is found on the ground.”…

John Crane, “Watch now: No indictment in April shooting death at Danville’s Cardinal Village,” Danville Register & Bee, May 18, 2022.

Philadelphia, PA, April 22, 2022 (6 ABC)

Police say the 34-year-old woman fired from a car at Chew and Brinton streets around midnight Friday.

The 40-year-old husband was struck in both of his legs…

“She does have an active protection from abuse warrant against her husband. We did verify that through our computer system. So there is a possibility this shooting may be self-defense,” Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small said…

No charges have been filed.

6abc Digital Staff, “Woman shoots husband twice in Germantown in possible act of self-defense: Police,” 6 ABC, April 22, 2022.

Tallahassee, FL, April 22, 2022 (WTXL)

A shooting that occurred Friday afternoon on Gaines Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. has been ruled a self-defense incident.

According to information provided by the Tallahassee Police Department Monday afternoon, its investigation determined that the person who was shot was the initial aggressor in the incident.

According to TPD, the person shot was in the roadway acting erratically and accosted the driver, who was an adult male through an open window just before the shooting happened.

TPD added that it consulted with State Attorney’s Office and it was determined that the case was in accordance with Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law…

WTXL Digital Staff, “Shooting on MLK Jr. Blvd. and Gaines Street Friday ruled self defense,” WTXL, April 25, 2022.

Fort Myers Beach, FL, April 23, 2022 (NBC2)

However, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has released more information regarding the events leading up to Richardson-Bergeron’s death. She was identified as the same person who attempted to rob someone at a San Carlos Boulevard Circle K on April 23.

According to LCSO, Richardson-Bergeron was suspected of robbing a taxi driver at the Circle K located at 17170 San Carlos Blvd. While attempting to rob the taxi driver, the driver then shot Bergeron and she fled from the scene…

NBC2 News, “Woman found dead inside Fort Myers home identified as Circle K robbery suspect,” NBC2, May 10, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, April 24, 2022 (FOX 5)

South Fulton police say they may not charge multiple people involved in a deadly shootout at an annual anti-violence rally in the city…

On Monday, South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows revealed that the crime stemmed from an ongoing dispute with people who were not connected to the rally.

Meadows said the men involved in the shootout with Hambrick have been cooperative and will likely not be charged since the teenager fired the first shot.

“After having reviewed most of the witnesses statements, it appears that the decedent Mr. Hambrick discharged his weapon first, and as a result of that there was an exchange of gunfire between him and two individuals,” he said…

FOX 5 Atlanta Digital Team, “Charges not likely in shootout that killed teen near ‘Stop the Violence’ rally, police say,” FOX 5, May 3, 2022.

Cleveland, OH, April 24, 2022 (Cleveland 19)

This happened Sunday at the Family Dollar location at 2704 Clark Avenue near the border of the Ohio City neighborhood.

The police report said a man walked up to the cash register with a bag of chips to purchase.

When a male employee went to give the man change, he pulled out a gun and reached into the cash register, according to the report.

The suspect then pointed the gun at a female staff member, the report said, and started to flee the store.

That’s when, according to the report, the female employee grabbed her own gun and followed the man out.

The 28-year-old woman told police the suspect fired a shot at her and she returned fire, hitting him in the leg, the report said…

Avery Williams, “Family Dollar employee shoots alleged armed robber in Cleveland,” Cleveland 19, April 25, 2022.

San Antonio, TX, April 26, 2022 (News 4 San Antonio)

The attempted carjacking took place at the intersection of San Pedro and Ramsey just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A fight ensued between both men while inside the vehicle at the gas station.

The suspect, who tried to carjack the vehicle, then tried to reverse out of the gas station, police said. The victim pulled out a gun and fired shots, shooting the suspect several times…

Chelsea Torres, “Man shoots carjacker who jumped in his car at gas station,” News 4 San Antonio, April 26, 2022.

Houston, TX, April 27, 2022 (ABC 13)

A man fired his gun in Memorial Park Wednesday night after three men allegedly tried to break into his car. Police are still looking for two of the suspects…

The man told police he witnessed three men breaking into his car around 9:45 p.m. He said he confronted the three men, and when one of them pulled out a gun, he pulled out his too…

He fired one shot, but didn’t hit the suspects. That’s when he said two of the men got away…

Brhe Berry, “Man fires gun at 3 suspected car burglars in Memorial Park, one suspect taken into custody,” ABC 13, April 28, 2022.

Miami, FL, April 29, 2022 (Local 10)

According to his arrest report, surveillance video shows Pearson cutting the catalytic converter of a white 2005 Dodge pickup truck just before 5 a.m. Friday in a warehouse area at 20056 NE 15th Court.

The owner of a demolition and trash hauling company told Local 10 News reporter Parker Branton that one of her employees saw the suspect trying to steal the catalytic converter from their truck.

She said her employee told her the suspect ran towards him with a saw, so the employee shot at the suspect and the suspect ran off.

According to the police report, Pearson was shot in the wrist, at which time he dropped the catalytic converter and ran off…

Amanda Batchelor, “Suspect arrested after being shot in wrist while trying to steal catalytic converter, police say,” Local 10, May 2, 2022.

Norristown, PA, April 29, 2022 (NBC Philadelphia)

A man shot and killed two armed teenagers who tried to rob him in Norristown, Pennsylvania, investigators said.

The man was walking to his car shortly before 8 p.m. Friday along the 300 block of Warren Street when two 17-year-old boys approached him, according to police. The teens then tried to rob the man and pulled a gun on him leading to a struggle, investigators said.

The man then pulled out his own legally registered gun and opened fire, according to police. One teen was shot five times while the second teen was shot once in the torso and once in the finger…

The man was questioned by police and then released. He has not been charged though officials say they are still investigating the incident…

David Chang, “Man Shoots, Kills 2 Teens Who Tried to Rob Him, Officials Say,” NBC Philadelphia, April 30, 2022.

Orangeburg, SC, April 29, 2022 (The Times and Democrat)

A man and woman reported the shooting occurred at 4 p.m. Friday after they left the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, located at 1720 Charleston Highway, in the Jeep Cherokee, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report.

When the Cherokee reached the 200 block of Broughton Street, Brooks allegedly pulled up beside the vehicle and shot into it.

The man in the Jeep allegedly returned fire…

Martha Rose Brown, “Orangeburg suspect accused of trying to kill ex, man,” The Times and Democrat, May 3, 2022.

Houston, TX, April 30, 2022 (ABC13)

A man opened fire on three teenagers when they tried robbing him Saturday night as he arrived at his southwest Houston apartment, police said.

The suspects pulled guns on the man outside an apartment on Bellaire near Gessner at about 11:15 p.m., according to police. That’s when police said the man opened fire…

ABC13 Staff, “Teen robbery suspect expected to be OK after being shot trying to commit crime, Houston police say,” ABC13, May 1, 2022.

Frankfort, IL, April 30, 2022 (FOX 32 Chicago)

A suspect was fatally shot by a bar patron Saturday morning at Ryan’s Pub in suburban Frankfort.

The bar is located at 7928 Lincoln Highway.

According to the Will County Sheriff’s Office, at about 3:15 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Ryan’s Pub for a report of an armed robbery in progress.

The sheriff’s office said two Black male suspects entered the business armed with handguns, and demanded money from patrons and employees at the business.

The suspects were allegedly wearing dark-colored clothing with latex gloves, masks and hoods, and told patrons and employees that if they did not comply with their demands, they would shoot everyone in the establishment…

A patron of the bar who had access to a firearm, pointed it at the suspects, and shot at them multiple times…

No one has been charged in this incident.

Jenna Carroll, “Frankfort shooting: Patron fatally shoots armed suspect at bar during robbery, another suspect flees,” FOX 32 Chicago, May 1, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, April 30, 2022 (

Atlanta police said the shooting happened after a fight started at an apartment complex on Cleveland Ave. Saturday night.

Three sisters along with a handful of other family members were celebrating the birthday of one of those sisters when they said a man living in the apartment complex came charging out…

Channel 2′s Tom Regan spoke to a woman who was a part of the celebration and was not shot. She said the man started accusing the group of disrespecting his sister, someone they didn’t even know. They said that is when 22-year-old Delano Wells Jr. started fighting with them.

“When we fell on the ground, he got up and got his gun and he shot me in the legs,” said another family member. “After than he just started shooting everywhere. Bullets were flying everywhere, everyone was running and falling. it was terrible. Then I found my gun on the ground and I shot back, and I killed him. It wasn’t my intention but I had to protect my family”.

By the time the shooting stopped, three sisters and one of their niece’s had been shot. Wells was dead at the scene. The entire family was thankful for the one family member able to shoot back…

The woman who fired the fateful shots said police told her she will not face charges. News Staff, “3 sisters shot celebrating birthday, woman hit 8 times survives,”, May 3, 2022.

Chicago, IL, April 30, 2022 (FOX 32)

The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of East 95th Street.

At about 3:45 p.m., two 32-year-old men were walking back to their vehicle from a store when the offender engaged the victims in conversation…

The victims entered a gray 2012 Volkswagen SUV when the offender followed them, and got into the backseat of the car.

The suspect produced a firearm, announced a robbery and struck one of the victim’s with the gun.

One of the victims produced a gun, fired shots and struck the suspect…

FOX 32 Digital Staff, “Suspect fatally shot by victim during attempted robbery in Calumet Heights; 1 person in custody,” FOX 32, May 1, 2022.