Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 20 Cases During September 2022

Dec 2, 2022 | Defensive Gun Use

Detroit, MI, September 1, 2022 (FOX 2 Detroit)

Police were trying to pull over the car Thursday night after a hit-and-run but the 24-year-old refused to stop and led police on a slow-speed chase. It eventually ended on a homeowner’s porch on Cherrylawn near Santa Clara in Detroit when he got out and started running…

Her family told FOX 2 that they felt threatened and couldn’t tell what was in the man’s hand so she shot him…

Police said the 42-year-old woman was questioned and released. The 24-year-old is under arrest for fleeing and alluding and resisting arrest and obstruction. He’s currently in temporary serious condition in the hospital…

Hilary Golston and FOX 2 Staff, “Man running from Detroit Police shot by woman after running onto her porch,” FOX 2 Detroit, September 2, 2022.

Houston, TX, September 2, 2022 (ABC 13)

The shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. at 2401 Preston Street near Emancipation Avenue. According to HPD, the driver and the passenger, both women, were driving when they allegedly got into an argument.

The woman in the passenger seat then began to choke the driver. The driver told police that is when she pulled over, pulled out a pistol, opened fire, and struck the other woman twice in the leg, Lt. Willkens said…

Wilkens said the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with the police.

ABC 13 Staff, “Woman expected to survive after being shot by driver who she strangled during argument, HPD says,” ABC 13, September 2, 2022.

Harrisburg, PA, September 3, 2022 (PennLive)

Police said the attempted robbery and shooting happened around 3 a.m. Saturday at 14th and Kittatinny Street.

The robbery victim shot the man who tried to rob him with a firearm he legally owned, according to Harrisburg spokesman Matt Maisel…

Maisel said District Attorney Fran Chardo declined to file charges against the shooter. However, Maisel said the man who was shot is charged with attempted robbery and prohibited firearm possession. His identity was not immediately available.

Jenna Wise, “Shooter won’t be charged after injuring man trying to rob him: Harrisburg police,” PennLive, September 6, 2022.

Fairhope, AL, September 9, 2022 (, FOX 10 TV)

Shots rang out Friday night near Pelican Point in Fairhope. Baldwin County officers said they responded to the scene, discovering two people shot…

Investigators believe there was an altercation at the boat ramp, involving Johnson and an unidentified female. When another man tried to intervene, Johnson pulled out a handgun and shot the man in the head, authorities said. The other man had his own firearm and shot back at Johnson, who was struck multiple times and died…

No one has yet been charged in the case…

Mary Colurso, “Altercation at Fairhope boat ramp leaves an Alabama man dead, another shot in the head,”, September 10, 2022.
Ashlyn Nichols, “Resident speaks out after shooting in Fairhope,” FOX 10 TV, September 10, 2022.

Chicago, IL, September 11, 2022 (ABC 7 Chicago)

The teen was allegedly seen breaking into a Kia just after 2:30 p.m. in the 3700-block of S. Langley Avenue when he was confronted by the owner, police said.

The vehicle’s owner, who is a valid CCL holder, fired shots toward the teen, striking him in the leg…

A weapon was recovered from both the 13-year-old and the vehicle’s owner, police said…

ABC 7 Chicago Digital Team Staff, “13-year-old shot by CCL holder while allegedly breaking into vehicle, Chicago police say,” ABC 7 Chicago, September 12, 2022.

Chicago, IL, September 13, 2022 (ABC 7 Chicago)

The boy and his uncle were returning to a family party in the 1800-block of West 21st Place in the city’s Heart of Chicago neighborhood when they saw three cars circling the area, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told reporters at police headquarters Wednesday.

Detectives said the trouble began around 10:30 p.m., shortly after the elementary school student and his 21-year-old uncle walked back to the party after going to a nearby store to buy a game and noticed the vehicles.

Two people then fired shots from a nearby alley, striking the boy…

The boy’s uncle, who is a conceal carry license holder, returned fire but doesn’t think he shot anyone…

Investigators say neither the boy nor his uncle have any gang affiliations.

Evelyn Holmes, “Mother speaks out after 13-year-old shot in head in ‘random’ SW Side shooting,” ABC 7 Chicago, September 16, 2022.

San Antonio, TX, September 14, 2022 (KENS 5)

It happened around 10:30 p.m. in the 6800 block of Seco Creek near Loop 1604…

Police say it all started when the man’s daughter caught someone staring at her through her bedroom window, and she immediately left her room and told her dad.

The father went outside and caught the man near his daughters window. He told police that the ‘peeper’ pulled out a knife and lunged at him.

The father said he pulled out a gun and shot towards the suspect several times. According to police, they didn’t find anyone with gunshot wounds…

Police say the father is not expected to face any charges…

KENS 5 Staff, “Man shoots at ‘peeping Tom’ he caught looking at daughter through bedroom window,” KENS 5, September 15, 2022.

Henderson, NV, September 15, 2022 (FOX 5 Vegas)

Henderson police are investigating a shooting that took place just after 8:30 p.m. near Stephanie Street and American Pacific Drive Thursday evening…

As part of a preliminary investigation, police believe the suspect assaulted the victim and then a struggle ensued between the two individuals.

The struggling victim then discharged his firearm which struck the suspect, police said…

Cody Lee, “Victim shoots attacker after struggle, Henderson police say,” FOX 5 Vegas, September 5, 2022.

Ridgeland, MS, September 17, 2022 (WJTV)

A 16-year-old girl was shot and is behind bars after an incident at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland on Saturday, September 17.

Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers said the shooting happened around 5:20 p.m. when Za’Lill D’Chelle Patterson, 16, of Jackson, tried to shoplift from a popcorn store inside the mall. She allegedly pulled a gun on the store owner, who Myers said shot Patterson in the leg in self-defense…

Rachel Hernandez and Brandon Raines, “Teen charged in Northpark Mall shooting,” WJTV, September 17, 2022.

Miami, FL, September 17, 2022 (NBC Miami)

A man who opened fire on a crowd outside a Miami-Dade bar leaving two other men wounded was shot in the arm by a bystander who returned fire and is now facing attempted murder charges, police said.

The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Chicagoan Bar at 10702 Northwest 7th Avenue in Pinewood…

Sears was initially thought to be a victim and said his only involvement had been breaking up a fight, the report said.

But when detectives reviewed surveillance footage it showed Sears shooting into a crowd outside the bar, injuring the two victims.

The video also showed a bystander returning fire to try to protect people in the crowd, the report said.

The bystander had approached officers at the scene with the rifle and identified himself as one of the shooters, the report said…

Brian Hamacher, “Man Fired Into Crowd Outside Miami-Dade Bar, was Shot by Bystander: Police,” NBC Miami, September 20, 2022.

Pompano Beach, FL, September 20, 2022 (Local 10)

The shooting was reported just after 1:15 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Envy apartment building at 425 SE First St.

BSO spokesperson Miranda Grossman said that an investigation revealed that the shooter and a witness were in the building’s lobby when three armed and masked criminals attempted to rob them.

The robbery victim then pulled out a gun and shot at the robbers, hitting one of them, Grossman said. One of the gunshots also damaged a nearby salon…

Chris Gothner, “BSO: Man shot, killed at Pompano Beach apartment complex tried to rob shooter,” Local 10, September 27, 2022.

Lubbock, TX, September 21, 2022 (

A Lubbock business owner shot and killed a burglary suspect identified as 27-year-old Joe Anthony Flores late Wednesday night, according to the Lubbock Police Department.

The owner of the business told he was working late when Flores tried to break in. The two got into a fight and the owner shot Flores and accidentally shot a motorcycle…

Mikayla Holmes, “Lubbock business owner says he shot suspect during burglary attempt,”, September 22, 2022.

Collingdale, PA, September 23, 2022 (The Delaware County Daily Times)

A man turned the tables and shot a would-be robber during an early morning robbery attempt on Oak Lane in Collingdale…

Arriving police spoke to man who advised police he was walking on Oak toward MacDade heading to work when a black Honda occupied by several people passed by with its headlights off.

As he approached MacDade, three people — all dressed in dark clothing, hoodies up and masks on — walked toward him. The man told police he walked into the street to avoid them but the group blocked his path.

He stated that one of the trio pulled what he believed was a handgun from the pocket of the hoodie. The victim then drew his legally owned firearm and fired several times.

The three robbers ran with two getting into the Honda and the other continuing to run…

Pete Bannan, “Man about to be robbed pulled own handgun and shot suspect, Collingdale police say,” The Delaware County Daily Times, September 29, 2022.

Jacksonville, FL, September 25, 2022 (News4Jax)

Three men are in custody after a string of car burglaries led to a shooting early Sunday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office…

Sergeant Josh Catir with JSO said it all started a little before 6 a.m. Sunday. Several neighbors told News4JAX their cars were broken into that were parked on both Price Park Drive and Sundrop Way in the Sunbeam neighborhood.

Investigators said as three men were breaking into cars on those streets, one of the victims saw them burglarizing his car. Catir said the thieves started shooting at the man when they noticed he got into his car shortly after and started following them. The man then fired back, JSO said…

Police said the man followed the burglars more than five miles to Powers Avenue, where they continued firing at each other.

Catir said as the man fired back at the burglars there, he shot the driver of the getaway car. Detectives said the two other men jumped out of the car and ran across the street into the Pointe Sienna apartment complex…

Currently, the man who followed the suspects and shot one of them is not facing any charges and is cooperating with investigators.

Aaron Farrar, “Man chases after suspected car burglars leading to shootout on Southside, 3 in custody: JSO,” News4Jax, September 25, 2022.

Saint Louis, MO, September 25, 2022 (KSDK)

St. Louis Metropolitan police officers were working in Ballpark Village at 1:30 a.m. Sunday when they saw two men exchanging gunfire in the 600 block of Walnut Street.

A 38-year-old man said he saw the suspect in a “verbal altercation” with a 21-year-old woman and he tried to intervene.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the suspect responded by shooting the man.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm. He then got his own gun and shot back at the suspect…

Clarissa Cowley, “2 injured in shooting at Ballpark Village early Sunday,” KSDK, September 25, 2022.

Pensacola, FL, September 28, 2022

A 57-year-old man will not be charged after shooting and killing a 40-year-old man last week at an Escambia County homeless camp…

According to Sheriff Simmons, Carstarphen got into an altercation at the homeless camp with his girlfriend. He allegedly was beating her and cut her with a knife.

“Another transient seen this and she went to go get a gentleman by the name of Harry Jefferson,” Sheriff Simmons said.

Sheriff Simmons explained that Jefferson came to the woman’s defense, which is when Carstarphen pulled a knife on him. Jefferson then shot him in self-defense.

“Harry Jefferson felt his life was in danger or lives of others were in danger, and he fires a single round at Carstarphen,” he said…

WEAR Staff, “No charges for shooter in killing at Escambia County homeless camp,” WEAR-TV, October 4, 2022.

Greenfield, WI, September 28, 2022 (CBS 58)

A chaotic scene as Greenfield police responded the morning of Sept. 28. From store surveillance we see a blue Toyota 4-runner. A husband and wife in it were leaving Meijer in search of her favorite hash browns…

Her tells police the man, identified in reports as Eliut Cruz-Cruz, yelled at her husband, Steven Dunlap, claiming Dunlap disregarded a crosswalk…

A fight ensued right outside the doors. Meijer’s camera doesn’t show it, but Dunlap says Cruz-Cruz was kicking him in the face, ribs and arms. A witness called 911 and told dispatch, “There were two guys who were fighting, and a woman came out with a gun and shot one of them.”…

Her says she shot Cruz-Cruz to defend her husband. The gunshot, startling witnesses in the parking lot.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office reviewed the case, deciding to dismiss it with no charges to anyone. The woman, clearly shooting in self-defense. She had a CCW permit with her in the 4-runner.

Michele Fiore, “Police release new body cam video of September shooting at Greenfield Meijer,” CBS 58, November, 2022.

Baytown, TX, September 29, 2022 (The Baytown Sun)

No charges were filed in a multiple shooting incident about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 2500 block of Massey Tompkins Road after an investigation determined the shooter was acting in self-defense, Baytown police spokeswoman Ana Fernandez said.

The female shooter had been struck with solid objects by a man and a woman, police reported, before firing a gun at them to get them away from her…

Baytown Police Department Staff, “Police beat – Shooting called self-defense,” The Baytown Sun, September 30, 2022.

Birmingham, AL, September 29, 2022 (

Adarius Jamar Peterson, 29, Birmingham was shot to death Sept. 29 at Parking Enforcement Services at 2605 5th Ave. South.

“Investigators presented the information gathered to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office for review. Following the assessment, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office ruled the actions justifiable,” police said…

Mauldin said Peterson, who had a car at the lot, was involved in an argument with a parking enforcement employee that escalated into shots being fired.

A 31-year tow truck driver was detained after the incident but will not be charged.

Jeremy Gray and Carol Robinson, “Man shot to death by Birmingham tow truck driver ruled justifiable homicide,”, October 5, 2022.

Eastpointe, MI, September 30, 2022 (Click on Detroit, Macomb Daily)

No charges will be filed in a deadly road rage shooting that happened Friday night at an intersection just off of 8 Mile Road near Kelly Road in Eastpointe.

Ty Hale, 18, died from his injuries. A 60-year-old man claimed self-defense in the shooting…

“Based on witness accounts, the guy on the minibike made some statements to the people in the pickup truck to the point where, unfortunately, it resulted in a fatal incident,” Koenigsmann said Tuesday.

The two people in the truck “both expressed they were in fear for their lives based on what was going on,” he added…

Koenigsmann said the Dodge Ram driver had no criminal record and was a valid CPL holder

Pamela Osborne and Brandon Carr, “‘Justice for Ty’: No charges in deadly road rage shooting of 18-year-old in Eastpointe,” Click on Detroit, October 4, 2022.
Mitch Hotts, “No charges issued in Eastpointe road rage fatal shooting incident,” Macomb Daily, October 4, 2022.