Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 21 Cases During June 2022

Aug 12, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Pittston Township, PA, June 1, 2022 (WNEP, Times Leader)

Christopher Carmona from New York City is charged with shooting a woman outside her car in the Walmart parking lot in Pittston Township on June 1.

Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said Monday the man was inside the nail salon business with family when he heard gunshots outside.

“He exited the nail facility and confronted the gunman and fired what we believe were three shots,” Sanguedolce said…

“He was legally carrying a sidearm,” Sanguedolce said, noting no charges were filed against the man calling his actions justifiable…

WNEP Web Staff, “DA: Armed citizen returned fire during parking lot shooting,” WNEP, June 13, 2022.
Ed Lewis, “DA: Shooting by bystander justified,” Times Leader, June 13, 2022.

Pittsburgh, PA, June 5, 2022 (CBS News)

Gunshots rang out at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday near the bar Finn McCools as late-night revelers lined the sidewalks of Carson Street. Officers responded to 15th Street and found two gunshot victims, one of them being Young, according to his arrest report.

As the victim was walking away, surveillance video obtained by KDKA-TV appears to show Young firing shots and the victim falling to the ground. A friend of that victim, described in the affidavit as “Victim 2,” shoots back, hitting Young multiple times, according to the affidavit. That friend can later be seen dragging his friend to safety.

When police arrived at the scene, they detained “Victim 2,” who had stashed his gun and that of the other victim in a nearby alley. But the guns were registered, and he showed police his permit to carry a concealed weapon. Neither man will apparently face charges, as police say Young was the aggressor and “Victim 2” acted in self-defense…

Andy Sheehan, “Man arrested in late-night shootout near busy Carson Street,” CBS News, June 10, 2022.

Memphis, TN, June 5, 2022 (WREG)

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1200 block of Perkins Terrace. Court documents said a man was walking his dog when three men stopped their vehicle, got out, and ran towards his neighbor’s home.

The man told officers he asked the men what they were doing and the suspects began shooting at him. MPD said the man returned fire. He is not facing charges at this time…

Officers made the scene and found two of the suspects, Ashton Hairston and Chedrick Webber. Hairston admitted that he and his friend were breaking into cars and taking what was inside of them…

Destinee Hannah and Andrew Ellison, “Man gets in shootout with accused car burglars,” June 5, 2022.

Oklahoma City, OK, June 7, 2022 (News 9)

Police responded just after 1 a.m. to the Travelers Inn near Interstate 40 and MacArthur Boulevard…

The front desk clerk told police that Carter was attempting to kick in one of the hotel room doors. The employee told Carter to leave but instead said Carter demanded a free room…

The clerk told officers he called the business’ security company and went back out to see if Carter left. Witnesses told the employee Carter was still on the property.

According to the report, Carter ran at the man, coming within feet of him and allegedly threatened his life. The employee told police he was in fear for his life and fired at Carter several times…

Jennifer Pierce, “Southwest OKC Hotel Clerk Claims Self-Defense In Overnight Shooting,” News 9, June 7, 2022.

Phoenix, AZ, June 8, 2022 (FOX 10 Phoenix)

A suspect has been hospitalized after reportedly being shot during an attempted carjacking in west Phoenix.

Phoenix Police say the incident happened on June 8 near 83rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

During the attempted carjacking, citizens intervened, and one of them reportedly shot the suspect…

FOX 10 Staff, “Citizens intervene, stop attempted carjacking in west Phoenix: police,” FOX 10 Phoenix, June 8, 2022.

Highland, IN, June 8, 2022 (

A man told police he was exiting his vehicle Wednesday night in the 2300 block of Teakwood Circle when a masked gunman shot at him several times, leaving him injured, Highland Police Chief Peter T. Hojnicki said.

The injured man reportedly told officers he returned fire, yet is unsure if he struck the masked gunman and/or his vehicle as he fled the scene…

The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot, the chief said. The masked gunman appeared from a dark or grey-colored SUV vehicle, possibly a Dodge Durango…

Bob Kasarda, “Man injured by masked gunman; Highland police seeking videos of shooting,”, June 9, 2022.

Gastonia, NC, June 10, 2022 (WCNC)

Gastonia police said a 17-year-old was leaving the mall when he saw an 18-year-old man and 21-year-old woman going inside. Investigators said the 17-year-old and 18-year-old got into an argument, which led to the 17-year-old pulling out a handgun and opening fire at the couple. A 42-year-old man who happened to be outside the mall was also hit by gunfire, police said.

Police said the 18-year-old, who was armed, pulled out a handgun and shot back at the first shooter before he and the 21-year-old ran to the food court. They were treated for injuries inside the mall when paramedics arrived. The 17-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, ran into the woods where he was later captured by responding police.

The shooting happened around noon on Friday, June 10. Gastonia police officers responded to reports of a shooting at the mall around 12:10 p.m. Two guns were recovered, including the one used by the 18-year-old, which was in the food court. The 17-year-old’s weapon was found in the woods near where he was arrested.

The 18-year-old won’t face charges in connection with the shooting because he was acting in self-defense, police said. The 17-year-old was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and injure…

Madelyn Ricket, “Eastridge Mall shooting suspect met with 3 charges,” WCNC, June 13, 2022.

Detroit, MI, June 11, 2022 (FOX 2 Detroit)

The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in the block of Griggs, which is near Lyndon and Wyoming.

Police say two suspects met up with the victim and attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The victim pulled out a weapon, and a shootout occurred, police said.

All three were privately conveyed and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police say two suspects are currently in police custody at the hospital.

Ibrahim Dabaja, “3 injured after shootout during robbery attempt in Detroit,” FOX 2 Detroit, June 11, 2022.

Deland, FL, June 13, 2022 (

Britten Polk, 30, confronted a woman outside of C’s Waffles at 413 S. Woodland Blvd. due to rumors about something she may have said about him, police said.

According to police, the two had previously been in a romantic relationship.

As Polk approached the woman, she pulled out a handgun, holding it toward the ground, records show.

Reports indicate that a struggle ensued between the two, leading to the firearm going off and a round hitting Polk in his right leg…

Polk faces charges for felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor battery.

Anthony Talcott, “Deland man shot in the leg, arrested after confronting woman, police say,”, June 17, 2022.

Austin, TX, June 14, 2022 (KXAN)

According to the arrest affidavit, Reed has an “extensive criminal history of aggravated robbery” and is a suspect in robberies that happened in the last few weeks.

At 4:11 p.m. the suspect came up behind two people who were walking through a parking lot at 3400 Palm Way, which is in The Domain shopping center, according to an arrest affidavit. The victims told police he had a black shirt wrapped around his face and pointed a gun at the two as he took a shopping bag and a backpack from one of them.

The suspect started getting into a car and pointed a gun at one of the victims who was yelling and walking toward him, the other pulled out a concealed pistol and shot the suspect…

According to an affidavit related to one of the people accused of being in the car, Reed dropped the gun he had at the scene. Police later said it was stolen.

The suspect left in the car, but didn’t get far before a passenger called 911 for help and police responded. The victims’ property was found in the vehicle, the affidavit said…

Kate Winkle, “Victim shoots robbery suspect at The Domain, Austin police say,” KXAN, June 15, 2022.

St. Louis, MO, June 14, 2022 (KSDK)

Police said the shooting happened on the 1400 block of Commercial Street in the city’s Near North Riverfront neighborhood at around 4:40 a.m. …

Police said an initial investigation found the man who was killed tried to enter the suspected shooter’s tent when he was shot. Police said they interviewed the suspected shooter and released him pending further investigation…

Sam Clancy, “Man found shot to death in tent near Mississippi River in St. Louis,” KSDK, June 14, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 14, 2022 (WSMV)

Police are investigating a claim of self-defense after a man was fatally shot on Tuesday night at a storage unit in Germantown…

The woman claimed Washington put her in a chokehold during an argument in their car. The woman retrieved her firearm and shot Washington once before getting out of the vehicle…

Mary Alice Royse and Chuck Morris, “Police: Shooter claims fatal shooting in Germantown area was self-defense,” WSMV, June 14, 2022.

Olympia, WA, June 17, 2022 (tcscannernews)

The shooting that occurred the evening of Friday, June 17, at the Drexel House Apartments in the 600 block of Pattison St SE, at this time appears to be a self-defense shooting as police say the shooter is not in custody…

Police say the man was highly agitated and was causing a disturbance outside, then entered the lobby of the apartment complex where he drew a large knife and charged a man sitting in a chair. The man sitting in the chair drew a pistol and shot him twice…

Tcscannernews Staff, “Shooting at Drexel House appears to be self-defense, shooter not in custody,” tcscannernews, June 19, 2022.

Des Moines, IA, June 19, 2022 (KCRG)

The woman who fired a gunshot in a Des Moines Hy-Vee on Sunday morning may not face criminal charges.

Police said Kapri Francis violently attacked a woman unprovoked, blindsiding her and putting her in a headlock.

Police said the woman then shot Francis in the leg. Another nearby person was hurt by either the bullet or debris.

“Iowa law allows for the use of reasonable force to stop someone from hurting you, or someone else, and that includes deadly force under certain circumstances,” said Katherine Sears, a criminal defense attorney.

She said it’s unlikely the woman who fired the gun will be charged for injuring the other person as well. Sears said that’s because a state statute says a person who reasonably uses authorized force is immune from criminal or civil liability caused during the force.

KCCI Staff, “Woman who fired gun in Iowa Hy-Vee may not face charges,” KCRG, June 21, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 20, 2022 (WKRN)

A 47-year-old man is charged with attempted criminal homicide after a shooting early Monday morning at an East Nashville gas station.

The shooting happened at 12:43 a.m. outside the Citgo gas station located in the 500 block of Main Street…

Two victims who work at the gas station were outside when House approached them wanting to return items he claimed to have purchased Sunday night, according to Metro police. When the 23-year-old told House he’d have to wait for the manager to return, House allegedly pulled out his Glock pistol and threatened both men.

The 39-year-old tried to disarm House and during a struggle between the men, House fired twice. The 23-year-old returned fire and shot House multiple times. The 39-year-old was struck once during the shooting…

Alicia Patton, “Man shoots at clerks who refused returns at East Nashville gas station,” WKRN, June 20, 2022.

Houston, TX, June 21, 2022 (Click2Houston)

A suspect was shot and killed by an employee after attempting to rob two businesses, including a gun shop on Tuesday, according to the Houston Police Department.

The incident was reported around 3:17 p.m. at Carter’s Country, located in the 11800 block of South Wilcrest Drive and Southwest Freeway.

Before the man entered the gun shop, witnesses told police he entered a Suit Mart next door and tried to steal some items…

Leaving the Suit Mart empty-handed, police said the man then entered the gun shop with a sharp object, opened the cash register and stole the money. The employee told officers he shot the suspect in self-defense as the suspect was leaving the business.

“Once he went there (the gun shop), he actually went behind the counter (and) started ruffling through the cash register,” HPD Lt. Larry Crowson said. “He was confronted by one of the employees, at that point, one of the employees felt in fear of their safety and fired two shots, at least one struck.”…

Brittany Taylor and Deven Clarke, “Suspect shot, killed by employee after robbing gun shop in southwest Houston, police say,” Click2Houston, June 21, 2022.

Jackson, TN, June 24, 2022 (WBBJ-TV)

On June 24, the police department was dispatched to the Days Inn on the Highway 45 Bypass around 9:20 a.m. Police say when they arrived, two people were found suffering from gunshot wounds, and one of the individuals died at the scene.

Jackson police say upon further investigation, the incident was an attempted robbery. The victim shot and killed the robber, and the District Attorney has ruled it self defense…

Ashley Luningham, “Jackson police share update on recent crimes,” WBBJ-TV, July 6, 2022.

Nashville, TN, June 24, 2022 (WSMV 4)

Under an hour later, around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to shooting at the Mapco station on Harding Pike in White Bridge.

Police said 41-year-old Jonathan Distefano was being taken by his family to the hospital for treatment during a mental health episode. They were driving on Harding Pike when Distefano jumped out of the vehicle and charged at oncoming traffic. He jumped onto a moving car, which stopped immediately, causing him to roll onto the street.

The report states that Distefano then ran to the nearby Mapco where 26-year-old Emion Ensley, an employee, was on break in his parked car. Ensley told officers that Distefano tried to get into his vehicle and wanted his keys, so he got out and attempted to flee the situation by going inside the station store. Distefano followed him inside.

Once inside, Ensley repeatedly yelled for Distefano to leave the store. Distefano then noticed Ensley was carrying a pistol and tried to take it away from him, threatening to shoot him with his own gun. While the two wrestled behind the counter, Ensley pulled his pistol and fatally shot Distefano.

Police said no charges have been filed and the District Attorney’s office will determine the self-defense merits of the case…

Tony Garcia, “Arrest made in deadly Greyhound bus shooting in Nashville,” WSMV 4, June 25, 2022.

Shreveport, LA, June 25, 2022 (KTBS)

No arrests are expected in the road rage incident on Saturday in a busy grocery store parking lot that sent one man to the hospital, Shreveport police said Monday in a news release.

Shreveport police identified Harry Dubin as the one responsible for shooting Donald Gonsoulin.

Detectives said the incident started at a red light on Line Avenue when Gonsoulin got out of his vehicle and charged at Dublin’s car. Gonsoulin then confronted Dublin a second time in Brookshire’s parking lot. Gonsoulin attempted to get inside Dublin’s vehicle and that’s when Dublin shot Gonsoulin from inside, police said.

Gonsoulin’s injuries were describes as non-life threatening.

KTBS Staff, “No arrest expected in Saturday road rage that left one man shot,” KTBS, June 27, 2022.

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

The 28-year-old man was walking to his car around 1:08 a.m. in the 300 block of North Avers Avenue when a gunman approached and demanded his belongings, police said.

The man, who is a concealed carry holder, pulled out a gun and they both exchanged gunfire, police said.

The man got in his car to leave when he discovered he had been shot once in the abdomen, police said. He drove himself to West Suburban Hospital where he was listed in good condition, according to officials.

The attempted robber was also shot in his thigh and hand. He was taken by paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, police said…

FOX 32 Digital Staff, “Concealed carry holder, robber both wounded in East Garfield Park shootout,” FOX 32 Chicago, June 30, 2022.

Lufkin, TX, June 30, 2022 (KTRE)

Sheriff Greg Sanches said he received a call around 5:30 a.m. Thursday regarding an incident involving trespassers at the mill. It is believed they were in the act of stealing copper.

Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said a man who was trespassing on the property was shot by employee of the property owner. Sheriff Sanches confirmed that one of the suspects, Kenneth Holley, 56, of Houston, was found dead on the property…

Gary Bass, “Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting death at old paper mill,” KTRE, June 30, 2022.




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