Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 32 Cases During May 2022

Jul 8, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Tacoma, WA, May 3, 2022 (FOX 13 Seattle)

The incident happened at the Quality Inn and Suites in the 8800 block of South Hosmer Street at 11:49 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the man walked into the hotel and threatened three employees with a knife.

Police say one of the employees, a 32-year-old woman, shot the man…

FOX 13 News spoke to the employees involved in the incident off-camera. The woman who shot the man said she had no other option, as the attacker was threatening the life of her co-workers.

The employee says the man is not a stranger to the business either. She says he has caused issues at the hotel in the past.

The employee says they had called police before the incident turned violent, because the man was trespassing on the property.

Tacoma Police confirm a 911 call came in from the hotel about ten minutes before the shooting, however no police were available due to resources already focused on a robbery that had occurred earlier in the night…

FOX 13 Seattle Staff, “Tacoma hotel employee shoots man who threatened other employees with knife,” FOX 13 Seattle, May 4, 2022.

Philadelphia, PA, May 3, 2022 (CBS Philly)

A man was shot during a carjacking attempt in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood on Tuesday night. It happened around 11:30 p.m. on the 100 block of East Fisher Avenue.

Police say the victim was getting out of his car when two men approached him and demanded his keys.

The 25-year-old victim refused and that’s when police say he was shot in the right foot. He’s in stable condition at Einstein Hospital.

Police say the victim returned fire but didn’t hit anyone…

CBS3 Staff, “Man Shot During Attempted Carjacking In Philadelphia’s Olney Section, Police Say,” CBS Philly, May 4, 2022.

Compton, CA, May 3, 2022 (FOX News)

The gunfire broke at the “Smoke Shop” just before 7 p.m. in Compton, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said. Four people entered the store and pointed handguns at an employee behind a counter.

An employee appears to be wearing a ballistic vest with “SECURITY” written on it, according to security footage released by authorities Wednesday. One suspect can be seen taking out a gun and pointing it at him.

The employee pulls out a gun and a gun battle ensued. The suspects trip over each other as they try to flee and fire several rounds at the store employee.

He was shot in the neck and face but was later released from the hospital…

Louis Casiano, “Los Angeles armed suspects scramble for cover after employee whips out his own gun,” FOX News, May 4, 2022.

Grand Prairie, TX, May 5, 2022 (Grand Prairie News)

On Thursday, May 5th, at around 9:10 P.M., the Grand Prairie Police Department responded to a robbery in progress at a business in the 1600 block of W. Polo Road. Officers located the robbery suspect inside the business with an apparent gunshot wound. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Detectives determined the suspect, who was in the commission of committing an armed robbery of the business and an employee, was confronted by an armed customer who was a concealed handgun license holder. Fearing for his life, and for the life of the employee, the customer intervened and shot the suspect.

The customer is cooperating with Detectives and no charges are expected at this time…

Malcom Chakery, “Armed robbery suspect shot and killed at Dollar General in Grand Prairie by armed customer,” Grand Prairie News, May 6, 2022.

Hopkinsville, KY, May 5, 2022 (WKDZ Radio)

Deputies have released more details about a shooting at Woodland Heights on Greenville Road in Christian County Thursday night.

Christian County Sheriff’s deputies say 36-year-old Dellondo Ross of South Bend, Indiana, was shot in the head during an altercation at Woodland Heights in the parking lot where he had been pointing a long gun at multiple people in the area…

Ross was later arrested and charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police and driving on a suspended license…

John Godsey, “Details Released In Greenville Road Shooting,” WKDZ Radio, May 5, 2022.

Baton Rouge, LA, May 6, 2022 (WBRZ)

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said the suspects walked into Gardere Coin Laundry around 4 p.m. Friday, both carrying a weapon. The man—identified as Rontrell Nelson—was carrying a rifle, and his girlfriend was armed with a tire iron, deputies learned after reviewing surveillance video from outside the business.

A witness at the laundromat said the pair confronted another woman inside, with Nelson’s girlfriend swinging a tire iron at the victim’s head. During the fight inside the business, Nelson allegedly fired several shots from his rifle, hitting a bystander.

Cameras outside the laundromat showed the victim running out the door with a gun in hand, firing back toward her attackers. Nelson was then seen walking outside and firing his rifle at the woman, who fell to the ground.

Both Nelson and his girlfriend—who was shot in the exchange—were seen fleeing the shopping center in their vehicle, which was later stopped by responding deputies…

Nelson was booked Friday evening on charges of attempted second-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm…

WBRZ Staff, “3 people shot after armed couple went into laundromat looking for a fight, deputies say,” WBRZ, May 6, 2022.

Tucker, GA, May 7, 2022 (CBS46)

DeKalb County Police say at 8:23 p.m., officers responded to the 4100 block of Wingfoot Court in reference to a person shot and located a male in his 40s behind the Kroger on Flat Shoals Parkway and Flakes Mill Road with an apparent gunshot wound. He later died from his injuries.

DKPD says upon further investigation, this homicide was determined to be justified. They say during a gathering at a residence, the two individuals got into an argument. The man who was killed, identified as 40-year-old Linus White, produced a firearm and shot at the victim, who then returned fire with his own handgun, killing White.

Police say no charges are expected at this time.

CBS46 News Staff, “Fatal shooting on Wingfoot Court in DeKalb County considered justified,” CBS46, May 8, 2022.

Phoenix, AZ, May 8, 2022 (FOX 10 Phoenix, 12 News)

Phoenix police are investigating after a deadly shooting reportedly broke out at a QuikTrip gas station near Interstate 17 and Camelback on the morning of May 8…

An investigation found that Cruz was in an argument with the shooter over someone they both knew. At that point, police say Cruz pulled out an airsoft gun and pointed it toward the man who then responded by shooting Cruz in the chest with a handgun.

The shooter, who hasn’t been identified, isn’t facing criminal charges right now. He stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police…

FOX 10 Staff, “Shooting at Phoenix QT: Man pulls out replica gun, killed by another man with a real gun, police say,” FOX 10 Phoenix, May 8, 2022.
12 News Staff, “Man shot to death in Phoenix after pulling out airsoft gun,” 12 News, May 8, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, May 8, 2022 (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The incident took place just before 7:30 p.m. May 8 at the transit station on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. According to police, two men were involved in a dispute that escalated to gunfire. The victim, later identified as 38-year-old Earl West Jr. of Fort Valley, died at a hospital.

Days after the shooting, investigators asked for the public’s help to identify the shooter and released two surveillance videos recorded on a MARTA bus. The videos showed the man boarding and exiting the bus wearing a distinctive backpack with a shark design…

“After completing a thorough investigation, and consulting with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, homicide investigators were able to determine that the shooter in this case acted in self-defense,” a police department spokesperson said in a statement.

No charges will be filed against the shooter, whose name was not released.

Henri Hollis, “Deadly shooting at MARTA station was self-defense, police say,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 17, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, May 10, 2022 (CBS 46)

According to police, two teens, ages 15 and 17, were allegedly breaking into cars near the Skylark Apartments on 1099 Boulevard SE when they were confronted by a resident.

Police tell CBS46 gunfire was then exchanged between the teenagers and the resident…

An officer on scene told a CBS46 news crew that the shooting appeared to be a case of defense for the neighbor, who found the teens near his car and was threatened by them.

Georgia’s Stand Your Ground Law says citizens can use deadly force to defend themselves or property if they believe such force is necessary to prevent death, bodily injury, or a felony.

Mariya Murrow, “Teen allegedly caught breaking into cars shot to death in southeast Atlanta,” CBS 46, May 10, 2022.

Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2022 (FOX 29)

A 24-year-old man was smoking a cigarette outside his house on the 2200 block of South 6th Street when a man approached on a bicycle, according to police.

He told police he pulled his gun on the robber as he got off his bike and announced a robbery. Police say he has a valid permit to carry the gun.

One shot was fired, hitting the 30-year-old robber in the head.

The robber also allegedly pulled his gun firing one or two shots, which did not strike the victim…

Two semi-automatic guns were recovered from the scene, as well as the suspect’s bicycle. The robbery victim reportedly remained on scene after the shooting, and is cooperating with police.

FOX 29 Staff, “Armed robber on a bike killed by man he was trying to rob in South Philadelphia, police say,” FOX 29, May 12, 2022.

Chicago, IL, May 11, 2022 (FOX 32 Chicago)

A concealed carry holder shot a woman in the shoulder after she pointed a gun at him on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday night.

The incident occurred in the 4800 block of South Michigan.

At about 10:25 p.m., a 27-year-old woman confronted a 26-year-old man who was walking toward his residence, and pointed a handgun at him.

The man, a CCL holder, drew his firearm and shot at the woman, striking her in the shoulder, police said.

The man then ran into the house and called police…

FOX 32 Digital Staff, “Concealed carry holder shoots woman after she pointed gun at him during domestic incident: police,” FOX 32 Chicago, May 12, 2022.

Memphis, TN, May 11, 2022 (WREG)

A man is in the hospital after a shooting on Summer Avenue Wednesday afternoon…

A witness we spoke with claims the shooting happened when a man tried to stop thieves from stealing his trailer. He claims that the man was walking out of a store in a shopping center at Summer and White Station when he spotted several other men hitching the trailer from his truck onto theirs. He raced to confront them and then allegedly started shooting at them as they sped away and tried to run him over…

It’s doubtful the man who allegedly shot at the thieves will face charges. Investigators say he fired in self-defense when they tried to run him over…

Autumn Scott and Andrew Ellison, “Man hurt after shooting on Summer Avenue,” WREG, May 11, 2022.

Rockford, IL, May 12, 2022 (

According to police, at 7:36 p.m. on Thursday night, officers were called to the Mart Westside Shop, at 937 School Street, for reports of a shooting. Police found shell casings at the scene and took two men into custody for interviews…

Detectives watched surveillance video from the Mart Westside Shop shooting and saw a man get out of a Lexus SUV and go into the store. When he left the store, the man walked toward three men standing near a Chevrolet Suburban in the parking lot, pulled a gun from his waistband, and started shooting at them.

A shootout occurred between the three men and the suspect, with the suspect being shot in the leg. Police said as the suspect got into the passenger seat of the Lexus, his pants had fallen down enough to see that “they were very distinct as they were white and pink in color with a blank waistband,” detectives wrote…

John Clark, “Police identify suspect in Rockford shootout by his underwear,”, May 13, 2022.

Groveland, FL, May 12, 2022 (

Police said they were called to the We Are The Future Academy on Groveland Farms Road on the afternoon of May 12 for reports of a physical fight between two men that escalated into a shooting…

Police also released 911 calls from the day of the shooting. In one call, a person who identified himself as the shooter can be heard claiming he acted in self-defense when he fired.

“I was attacked by somebody. I was in fear for my life,” the caller says. “He was choking me. He was hitting me, and I defended myself.”

No arrest was made in the case. A joint investigation by the Groveland Police Department and members of the State Attorney’s Office backed the initial findings that the shooting was a justified act of self-defense… News Staff, “Body camera video shows police response to deadly shooting at Groveland daycare,”, June 14, 2022.

Alexandria, VA, May 13, 2022 (NBC Washington)

Poteat, 18-year-old Mikell Morris and two 15-year-old boys tried to carjack a man at an Exxon station in the 2300 block of Richmond Highway in the Potomac Yard area at about 3 p.m. Friday, city police said.

The teens used a gun to try to get the driver to give up his keys, police said. But the driver had a gun too.

Poteat was shot and died on the scene. One of the 15-year-olds was shot and wounded.

Multiple bullet holes could be seen in the driver’s side window of a white car.

Poteat’s mother said a 15-year-old found the gun after a fight at school and gave it to her son. She said she still could hardly believe what had happened…

An investigation by Alexandria police is ongoing. Morris and the 15-year-old boys each face charges in the alleged carjacking attempt. No charges have been filed against the man who opened fire.

Pat Collins, “‘He Wasn’t Thinking’: Mother Mourns Son Killed in Alexandria Carjacking Attempt,” NBC Washington, May 18, 2022.

Hammond, LA, May 14, 2022 (WBRZ)

A 17-year-old was brought to a hospital after the person he tried to mug shot him in the chest.

According to a Facebook post from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of shots fired on Klein Road in Hammond on May 14. Further investigation showed that Ermonee Bell, 17, had tried to rob someone, which led to a struggle and the shots being fired.

When they arrived, deputies saw Bell, 17, on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest. Bell was taken to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries before he was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder, and illegal carrying of a weapon…

Sarah Lawrence, “Mugging victim shoots armed robber; teenage suspect and mother arrested,” WBRZ, May 25, 2022.

Atlanta, GA, May 15, 2022 (FOX News)

Atlanta police revealed Monday that the female ride-share driver who shot a man in a Target parking lot overnight actually may have saved her own life, as the wounded individual will now face criminal charges for allegedly posing as a police officer and following the woman until she thwarted his efforts by whipping out her firearm.

Legitimate officers responded around 11:35 p.m. Sunday to the Buckhead Target on Peachtree Road to a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, they found an adult man had been shot, and a female was still on the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed the female was working for a ride-share company and had dropped a passenger off at a motel on Cheshire Bridge Road when the man, later identified as 21-year-old Tyriq Qwadere Wiggins-Younger, allegedly attempted to use his vehicle to block her in. 

The female fled and Wiggins-Younger pursued in his vehicle, finally forcing the female to crash near the Target parking lot. Wiggins-Younger then approached the female who, fearing for her safety, shot him, police said. Wiggins-Younger claimed to be an off-duty police officer attempting to make a traffic stop in his private vehicle. Initial reports incorrectly identified the wounded man as an off-duty security guard…

Danielle Wallace, “Atlanta ride share driver shoots alleged police impersonator making phony traffic in Target parking lot,” FOX News, May 16, 2022.

Mcconnelsville, OH, May 15, 2022 (FOX 28 Columbus)

The sheriff’s department said deputies received a call just after 11 p.m. Sunday night from a man requesting police and EMS at the Windy Hill Observatory on State Route 83.

Deputies said the victim said he was in his van at a campsite in Jesse Owens State Park watching the lunar eclipse when he was approached by a person on foot. The caller said the man wanted a ride and when he refused to give him a ride, the man became enraged and pulled out a hatchet and attacked the caller.

Deputies said the victim received several cuts from the hatchet before he was able to retrieve his gun and fire several shots at the attacker before he ran away…

Jarrod Clay, “Suspect shot after attacking man with machete at Jesse Owens State Park, deputies say,” FOX 28 Columbus, May 19, 2022.

Houston, TX, May 18, 2022 (ABC 13)

Police said they received a call about a shooting at about 3:56 a.m. in the Legends Poker Room parking lot in the 9200 block of Richmond Avenue.

It all started when the suspect tried to rob a man who was at Cafe Awtar, a late night Mediterranean restaurant in the same strip of businesses, according to HPD.

Police said the suspect was heard telling the man, who had a new model Chevy Corvette, “Give me your car.”…

That man, however, was armed and shot the suspect in defense, police said.

“He felt his life was in danger and was able to return fire and shoot the decedent two or three times,” Campbell said…

Jeff Ehling, “Man who tried taking Corvette was shot by owner, HPD says,” ABC 13, May 18, 2022.

Oakland, CA, May 18, 2022 (The Mercury News)

The shooting was reported about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of 17th Street.

Police said the two suspects were trying to steal some tools from a van when they were confronted by the owner.

One of the suspects pulled a gun; shots were exchanged before the two were able to get into a nearby car and were driven away, police said. They were dropped off moments later at a hospital and the driver who brought them there fled in the vehicle, police said.

Police said the two men are suspects in other downtown vehicle break-ins…

Harry Harris, “Oakland: Suspected thieves wounded in downtown shoot-out,” The Mercury News, May 19, 2022.

Lubbock, TX, May 18, 2022 (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

Lubbock police were called to the 2300 block of Glenna Goodacre Boulevard at 10:01 p.m. on Wednesday for reports of a disturbance.

Through the initial course of the investigation, police believe Moore, along with 19 year-old Jaden Brown, arrived at the location to purchase a gaming console from 20 year-old Jose Seguin. During the transaction, police say both Moore and Brown attempted to rob Seguin of the console, at which point Seguin produced a weapon and began firing as the two fled the scene, at which point Brown was struck…

Adam D. Young, “Lubbock police: 19-year-old killed in shooting stemming from possible robbery,” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, May 19, 2022.

Baton Rouge, LA, May 22, 2022 (CenLANow)

Authorities made an arrest in connection with a Sunday, May 22 shooting in an Albertsons on George O’Neal Road…

According to authorities, 22-year-old Jonathan Young Jr. was loading groceries into his vehicle when he began to argue with a nearby man who was in a vehicle that contained two children under the age of ten.

Detectives say that as the argument escalated, Young retrieved a gun from his vehicle and wielded it.

The man claimed that Young said, “I will shoot you,” while holding the weapon.

The man alleged that this triggered him to grab his own gun from his vehicle’s console and fire at least one shot at Young…

Young was arrested Wednesday and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Paula Jones, “Alleged victim of Albertson’s shooting arrested for aggravated assault,” CenLANow, May 29, 2022.

Nashville, TN, May 24, 2022 (WSMV)

According to police, a man was inside his home on Brick Church Pike early Tuesday morning when he saw a man breaking to vehicles outside. The man went outside and confronted the burglar.

Police said the resident ended up shooting the burglar, who was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment. The burglar’s condition is unknown.

Police did not arrest the homeowner but are still investigating the incident.

Tony Garcia, “Resident shoots car burglar in North Nashville,” WSMV 4, May 24, 2022.

Charleston, WV, May 25, 2022 (

Police say a woman’s actions may have prevented a mass casualty event following an altercation about a man speeding through a neighborhood…

Charleston police said it all started when 37-year-old Dennis Butler was speeding up and down a parking lot inside the Vista View apartments.

He was approached by people attending a graduation party and a birthday party, who asked him to slow down, as children were playing.

Witnesses said Butler seemed agitated and left but returned to the complex shortly after, armed with an AR-15 style rifle, and started shooting at the crowd.

Police said a woman pulled out her pistol, shooting and killing him.

“This lady was carrying a lawful firearm,” Hazelett said. “A law abiding citizen who stopped the threat of probably 20 or 30 people getting killed. She engaged the threat and stopped it. She didn’t run from the threat, she engaged it. Preventing a mass casualty event here in Charleston.”…

NBC News Channel  Staff, “Woman credited with stopping mass shooting at apartment complex in West Virginia,”, May 30, 2022.

McLean County, IL, May 25, 2022 (KWQC)

WEEK reports authorities released an 11-minute video that shows trooper Matthew Niehaus conducting a traffic stop involving a driver, later identified as Randy Turner, for speeding near Chenoa.

Turner was pulled over after Niehaus reported he was traveling 109 mph in a 70-mph zone.

In the video, Niehaus said to Turner that he wasn’t going to arrest him but would write him a ticket and call a tow truck since Turner’s license was expired…

Suddenly, Turner lunges at Niehaus and tackles the trooper, with the struggle lasting for about a minute, according to the video. Niehaus was hit in the face multiple times and then sprayed with his own pepper spray.

After radioing for help, a passerby stopped and came to Niehaus’ aid. Authorities said the passerby was armed and licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

Turner then tried to escape in the tow truck that was called to tow his vehicle, but he was eventually brought down and arrested…

Alex Gaul, Jason Howell and Jordan Gartner, “VIDEO: Driver caught speeding attacks trooper to ‘avoid going to jail’,” KWQC, June 9, 2022.

Houston, TX, May 26, 2022 (ABC 13)

The shooting was initially reported just after 3 p.m. Thursday in the 3900 block of Fondren.

Police say a man was selling hair extensions to a customer at the Chevron gas station. During that transaction, a suspect approached the man and tried to rob him.

That’s when, according to police, the first man grabbed his own gun and a shootout ensued.

As the shootout began, police say the suspect made a run for it…

Miya Shay, “Man killed during robbery attempt and wild shootout scene at SW Houston gas station,” ABC 13, May 26, 2022.

Tuscaloosa, AL, May 26, 2022 (WBRC)

According to witnesses, Kayla Figgers pulled into a parking lot and confronted a man and his girlfriend, believing they had cut her off in traffic. Figgers reportedly pointed a gun at the man and he fired a weapon in return, hitting her vehicle.

A Tuscaloosa Police officer was in the parking lot at the time and heard the shots. The officer confronted the man and took him into custody. After investigating what happened, Figgers was taken into custody and charged with menacing. Her bond was set for $1,000.

It was determined that the man who fired the shots acted in self defense and was not charged.

WBRC Staff, “Woman waves gun in road rage incident, man fires back in self defense,” WBRC, May 27, 2022.

New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2022 (FOX 8 Live)

Two people were shot Friday night (May 27) near two Uptown New Orleans schools on Nashville Avenue…

Over on Nashville, a 30-year-old man reported seeing his vehicle being burglarized at 9:01 p.m. on the street between Ursuline Academy and Eleanor McMain Secondary School. That man told police he saw the crime taking place and heard a gunshot, so he returned fire, striking both alleged car burglars. The man reporting the vehicle burglary was not injured…

Ken Daley, “Two wounded in alleged Nashville Avenue shootout, NOPD still investigating without arrests,” FOX 8 Live, May 28, 2022.

Phoenix, AZ, May 28, 2022 (FOX 10 Phoenix)

Phoenix Police say they received a call of a man who had been shot in the chest at around 6 p.m. near 39th and Grovers Avenues…

“An adult male was detained on scene and was interviewed by detectives, ultimately making a claim of self-defense,” Sgt. Vincent Cole said in a statement on May 29.

Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements, the man was released. Police say their investigation will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.

Brent Corrado, “Man claims self-defense in north Phoenix homicide: police,” FOX 10 Phoenix, May 29, 2022.

Oklahoma City, OK, May 28, 2022 (KOKH)

Oklahoma City police said they responded to the 7-11 at 4045 NW 39th Street just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

According to a police report, the victim told officers he and another worker, Tayvin Taylor, got into a tussle and Taylor stabbed him in his right shoulder before he shot Taylor in his right leg…

Taylor, 19, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

KOKH Staff, “Oklahoma City man arrested following workplace shooting incident,” KOKH, May 31, 2022.

Macon, GA, May 30, 2022 (41NBC)

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted commercial armed robbery that took place at around 10:15 p.m., Monday night, at the American Faves and Mo, located at 2420 PioNono Avenue.

It was reported that a masked male wearing dark clothing, entered the store with a gun. He jumped over the counter and demanded money from the cash register. The store’s manager, who was also armed with a handgun, saw what was taking place and ran towards the robber. He confronted the masked male and got into a physical altercation with the male robber. Another store employee came to the manager’s aid while the physical confrontation was taking place. During the altercation, the male robber was shot in the leg and the second store employee was shot in the shoulder…

41NBC Staff, “16-year-old shot while attempting to rob restaurant,” 41NBC, May 31, 2022.




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