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Defuniak Springs, Florida, November 4, 2023

A man who has been suspected of committing a series of thefts in DeFuniak Springs and surrounding areas ran away after a traffic stop. The manhunt ended 30 minutes later when three residents held the suspect at gunpoint.

According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to pull over McMillian near County Highway 192 after noticing he was driving a stolen vehicle.

Deputies say McMillian was driving a stolen red Dodge Ram that he attempted to paint black to throw off law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office says during the traffic stop, McMillian stopped the truck and ran away on foot.

About 30 minutes later, the sheriff’s office says deputies were led to Campbells Rest Road where three residents were holding McMillian at gunpoint…

The sheriff’s office adds, McMillian was also being sought for questioning related to multiple thefts in DeFuniak Springs and surrounding areas.

Kelly Sierra, “Residents hold car theft suspect at gunpoint, ending manhunt in Walton County,” WEAR-TV, November 4, 2023.

Phoenix, Arizona, October 1, 2023

A victim that the suspect allegedly tried to rob on a Phoenix bus was hit and killed by a vehicle while fleeing. When the suspect tried to walk away from the area, an armed bystander in a different vehicle demanded him to stop. The bystander shot the suspect in the leg after he approached the bystander and the driver while holding up a knife. The armed bystander was interviewed and released.

A man faces first-degree murder charges after he was accused of attempting to rob another man with a knife and chasing him into a Phoenix street, where he was fatally hit by a car.

On Sunday night, Phoenix police were called to 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road for reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Frank Avila, 28, with a serious gunshot wound that was not life-threatening. He was taken to a hospital.

Police also found 26-year-old Martin Anaya north of the intersection on 35th Avenue. He had been struck by a car and was critically injured, according to police. He was later pronounced dead.

Maricopa County court records indicate that Avila had threatened to rob Anaya while on a city bus with a knife and attempted to stab two others. After the bus stopped, Avila chased Anaya as he tried to run away and was hit by a truck. Avila also tried to stab another individual after he walked away from the scene, according to court records…

After Anaya was struck by the car, a person in a different car saw Avila walking away from the area. While he was telling him to stop, court records state that Avila approached him and the driver with the knife raised above his head. The person who told Avila to stop then pulled out a handgun and shot Avila in the leg, according to court records.

Phoenix police spoke with the man who shot Avila and later released him…

Elena Santa Cruz, “Man was fleeing from attempted robbery when fatally hit by car in Phoenix, court records show,” Arizona Republic, October 3, 2023.

Kingsland, Georgia, April 28, 2023

The suspect robbed a gas station in Florida before fleeing to Georgia, stealing a car, ramming it into another convenience store, and getting shot approximately eight times by the store clerk. The police chase spanned two states and five counties.

The incident began Friday just north of Orlando, Fla. and ended in Kingsland, Ga.

Investigators say it started when Quinntavus Kwame Jordan, 32, robbed a Shell gas station in Flagler County, taking $90 in cash…

Jordan’s car was spotted traveling north on I-95. He was followed until he passed into Georgia…

The Kingsland Police Department used a stop stick to end the chase. But then Jordan ran to a nearby Friendly Express, taking the clerk’s car keys and then the vehicle.

Authorities say he tried to leave but crashed the car into the front of the store.

A fight ensued with the clerk, leading to the clerk shooting Jordan several times…

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly released a statement which read, “I commend the Georgia store clerk that put a swift end to this dirtbag’s crime spree. If he survives his injuries, he should spend a long time in prison.”

WJXT Staff, “Police chase across 2 states, 5 counties ends with Georgia store clerk shooting suspect 8 times,” WJXT, May 1, 2023.

Houston, Texas, April 15, 2023

An armed passerby who witnessed an alleged ATM robbery stepped in to defend the victim, shooting the suspect several times in his lower extremities. It later turned out that the suspect was wanted for murder out of Louisiana.

On Sunday, ABC13 learned that the suspect was wanted for murder out of Louisiana.

Investigators said the stranger saw the robbery as it was happening at a Chase Bank in the 10400 block of Westheimer Road.

A man pulled into the bank to withdraw money from the ATM when the armed suspect came around the corner and ordered him to hand over money, according to police.

Detectives said the victim reportedly began to comply until the suspect began to pistol-whip him.

That’s when police say someone driving by saw the crime happening and pulled out a gun to defend the victim.

The man shot the suspect in the leg and foot after several shots were fired. The suspect was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to Houston police…

Courtney Carpenter, “Robbery suspect who was shot by witness at Chase ATM was wanted for murder, HPD says,” KTRK, April 16, 2023.

Las Vegas, Nevada, March 23, 2023

An armed bystander intervened and assisted security guards who were trying to apprehend a man, allegedly wielding a knife at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas.

According to an arrest report from Las Vegas police, officers responded to the Fashion Show Mall at about 3:15 p.m. on March 23 after receiving a call that employees of Abercrombie & Fitch were reportedly being threatened by a man with a knife.

When officers arrived at the store, Las Vegas police wrote in the report that the suspect, later identified as Letrelle Calhoun, had left the area. While police were assisting the store employees, police said the same male was seen flashing a knife in the Plaza area of the mall…

While the suspect was threatening the officers, the arrest report says that multiple bystanders started running away. However, according to the report, one bystander who observed the incident pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Calhoun.

“This gave the security officers the opportunity to disarm Calhoun and place him in hand restraints,” police wrote in the arrest report…

Caitlin Lilly, “Police: Armed bystander helps security at Las Vegas mall take knife-wielding man into custody,” FOX 5 Vegas, March 30, 2023.

Marengo, Ohio, February 26, 2023 

The suspect shot and killed a woman, who was pumping gas at the Shell gas station on Ohio 61. He then turned and fired at a U-Haul van whose driver returned fire, killing the suspect. It was later learned that the suspect had committed a series of criminal offenses in Columbus in the hour prior, including stealing multiple vehicles.

A man who was shot and killed in Morrow County Sunday night went on a crime spree in Columbus just an hour before the fatal shooting, according to Columbus police.

Police said that for about 30 minutes, Keith D. Moser, 25, committed a series of crimes throughout the city. Moser was killed when he tried to steal a vehicle at a gas station in Marengo, Ohio, just before 7 p.m. Sunday.

Columbus police said that at 6:28 p.m. Sunday, Moser fired a gun into an unoccupied Chevrolet, which was locked and left running at a gas station on the 4000 block of Kenny Road. Moser left behind a Toyota and fled the scene in the Chevrolet. No injuries were reported.

At 6:36 p.m., police said Moser abandoned the Chevrolet on Starret Road. People on the 200 block of West Henderson Road called 911 to report shots fired during an attempted robbery/home invasion. Moser stole a BMW X3 from the area. No injuries were reported.

At 6:47 p.m., Moser allegedly tried to rob a food delivery driver on the 400 block of Glenmont Avenue. Again, shots were fired, but no one was injured.

Then, just before 7 p.m., the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office said Moser tried to steal a car on the ramp off of State Route 61 and Interstate 71. After shooting at the car, Moser went to a Shell gas station, where he tried to steal a minivan. Moser allegedly fired his gun, shooting Megan Stanford, of Greenville, South Carolina, and killing her, the sheriff’s office said.

Moser then allegedly shot at a U-Haul van. The driver of the van returned fire and a fight broke out between several people, the sheriff’s office said. Moser was shot several times and died at the scene.

Daniel Griffin, “Morrow County suspect embarked on Columbus crime spree before fatal shooting: police,” NBC4i.com, February 28, 2023.

Eddy County, North Dakota, February 22, 2023 

The three-day manhunt for the 45-year-old suspect accused of killing another man inside a small-town bar ended when a local farmer saw the suspect walking near his farm and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

The “extremely dangerous” man at the center of a nearly three-day manhunt has been arrested Wednesday. 45-year-old Nicholas Poitra was apprehended around noon Wednesday on a county road in Eddy County, according to law enforcement…

Valley News Live has confirmed a local farmer spotted Poitra walking near his farm, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. The farmer declined to comment on his heroic act, but said he’s glad the situation is over and hopes for closure for the family…

Bailey Hurley, “Farmer held Sheyenne bar murder suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived, authorities say,” Valley News Live, February 22, 2023.

Chicago, IL, December 5, 2022

Two teenagers of an armed robbery crew were shot by a licensed concealed carry holder after they committed a series of holdups in Wicker Park on Monday morning.

The robberies began around 5:25 a.m. when three men stepped out of a black sedan and robbed a woman at gunpoint in the 2300 block of West North Avenue, according to a preliminary Chicago police report.

Six more robberies followed, with crews traveling in a stolen Kia and a second car, possibly an Audi…

Then, at 5:53 a.m., the stolen Kia that was used in some of the robberies rolled up on a man who was inside his vehicle on the 4700 block of West Arthington in the Austin neighborhood.

Three men got out, and one of them pointed a firearm at the man while demanding his belongings, according to a Chicago police statement. The would-be victim, who is a licensed concealed carry holder, drew his weapon and fired several rounds, striking the driver of the getaway car in the temple and another robber in the shoulder, according to police.

The stolen car traveled a short distance, then crashed, causing a passenger in its back seat to suffer a broken leg, the CPD statement said.

A total of four suspects are in police custody, all are believed to be males between 15- and 18-years-old, police said…

CWB Chicago Staff, “Breaking: Concealed carry holder shoots 2 suspects in Wicker Park robbery spree; 4 people in custody,” CWB Chicago, December 5, 2022.

College Park, GA, November 28, 2022

An armed manager at a food bank in College Park helped police catch an armed car thief by holding the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Feeding GA Families’ security cameras captured the heart-pounding moments when a volunteer rushed into the break room and told manager William Joyner that a guy had just bolted through their parking lot with a gun…

He grabbed his gun, chambered it, and went out there.

“I told him to go to the ground, the police are on their way. Just go to your knees with your hands up,” Joyner recalled to FOX 5’s Rob DiRienzo.

Joyner said the suspect, later identified by police as Jordan Shelley, 20, refused to show his other hand.

“The whole time his hand was sliding down towards the gun,” Joyner said. “I was telling him, don’t make me kill you, because I will.”

In the nick of time, the security video shows a College Park police officer rounding the corner, with his taser out…

Rob DiRienzo, “Georgia food bank worker holds armed car chase suspect at gunpoint until police show,” Fox 5 Atlanta, November 29, 2022.

Theodore, AL, November 25, 2022

A pair of Alabama shoplifting suspects were thwarted and subdued at Tractor Supply when customers intervened, including one who opened fire on the suspect’s SUV.

The scene unfolded before 9 a.m. on Black Friday in the town of Theodore, a few miles south of Mobile, when suspects Troy Brown and Toby Priest allegedly attempted to steal expensive merchandise from the agriculture and hardware store, according to the outlet.

Witnesses say a customer on the lot noticed the men allegedly wheeling the cart of goods to an SUV and confronted them. The customer managed to pull one of the suspects from the car while the other suspect got the car in gear and tried to leave the parking lot…

The car wasn’t able to go far, however, due to a different customer pulling out a firearm and shooting out one of the getaway car’s tires…

The car was later found abandoned with at least one flat tire on U.S. Highway 90, according to WPMI…

Emma Colton, “Alabama Tractor Supply customers thwart alleged shoplifters, open fire on getaway car’s tires,” Fox News, November 29, 2022.

Ardmore, AL, November 14, 2022

Authorities say a man suspected of two robberies was fatally shot by an armed good Samaritan, who witnessed the second alleged hold-up taking place. The good Samaritan ordered the suspect to drop his weapon and fired the shots when the suspect didn’t obey.

A man suspected in two Monday night robberies was shot and killed by a witness, according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

James Lee Henry, 53, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, is accused of robbing a Circle K in Athens before heading to a service station in Ardmore and ordering the clerk to give him money at gunpoint.

According to the sheriff’s office, “a Good Samaritan (former U.S. Marine), legally armed with his personal protection weapon, observed the robbery outside the front door. Upon Henry exiting the store, the Good Samaritan gave several verbal commands for Henry to drop his gun; however, Henry did not comply. Instead, Henry pointed his weapon at the Good Samaritan and, upon doing so, was immediately shot.”…

Citizens in Ardmore are thankful for the veteran’s quick actions. One worker at a nearby restaurant told WAAY 31 that he feels safe knowing people can use their right to bear arms to protect others…

Josh Rayburn and Nicole Zedeck, “Former Marine shoots, kills man suspected of two Limestone County robberies,” WAAY 31 ABC, November 15, 2022.

Seattle, WA, November 5, 2022

A 20-year-old woman was saved by an armed ride-share driver who engaged in a gunfight with a violent sex trafficker. The ride-share driver not only rescued the young woman but also may have brought down a multistate trafficking enterprise.

A young woman made two harrowing attempts to escape a violent pimp — including jumping out a third-story window — before being rescued by a ride-share driver who engaged in a gunfight with the man, prosecutors in Seattle said…

The 20-year-old woman who escaped had been taken from California to Seattle to perform sex acts for money, prosecutors said in charging documents in King County Superior Court. She first tried to escape Burt by jumping nearly naked from the high window, they said. She finally succeeded after running from his car and sitting topless on a highway until the ride-share driver helped her…

The ride-share driver stopped and told H.A. to get in his van. Burt pursued them, shooting at the van, Gauen wrote. The ride-share driver was also armed and fired back over several blocks until he was able to get onto Interstate 5 and meet police at a gas station. No one appears to have been struck by the bullets, but the van’s windshield was riddled with holes.

Police arrested Burt as he was leaving the rental home with the other women, the documents said. He faces charges that include human trafficking, promoting prostitution, assault and drive-by shooting, but given the “expansive reach of the defendant’s egregious behavior,” additional charges are likely, Gauen wrote…

Gene Johnson, “Police: Ride-share driver gets into shootout with pimp while saving trafficking victim,” Local 12, November 13, 2022.

Shreveport, LA, October 8, 2022

A female employee’s boyfriend knocked the restaurant owner unconscious during a confrontation. A passenger of the vehicle shot the boyfriend in the ankle, stopping him from driving off.

Two people were injured Saturday night after an altercation at the restaurant Hunter Crab on E. 70th St. at E. Kings Highway.

Officers learned a female employee and the restaurant owner had a confrontation before the employee’s boyfriend arrived on the scene and also participated in an argument with the owner. According to KSLA, a physical fight broke out between the owner and the boyfriend and during it, the boyfriend knocked the owner unconscious.

Other restaurant employees attempted to stop the boyfriend from driving off. While they were trying to stop him a passenger shot the boyfriend in the ankle.

Both the restaurant owner and the boyfriend have non-life-threatening injuries and no arrests have been made at this time.

Meredith G. White, “Shreveport Police respond to a shooting at Hunter Crab restaurant,” Shreveport Times, October 9, 2022.

Detroit, MI, September 1, 2022

The suspect, fleeing from Detroit Police after a hit-and-run, was shot and wounded by a woman when he ran onto her porch. The 24-year-old was arrested by police for fleeing and alluding and resisting arrest and obstruction.

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.

Atlanta, GA, August 15, 2022

A fatal stabbing outside an Atlanta gas station led a witness to take action into his own hands to help arrest the suspected killer. The witness followed the suspect and shot him multiple times when the suspect launched at the witness with a knife.

Atlanta police told Channel 2 they responded to a stabbing and shooting call next to each other on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive around 6 a.m. Monday…

According to police, a driver stopped at the gas station and came back to his SUV to find a man inside it. Police said the man stabbed the driver multiple times and took off.

A witness to the stabbing decided to follow the man down the street. Police said the two got into a confrontation and the stabbing suspect lunged at the witness with a knife. Police said the witness fired his gun at the suspect and shot him at least once…

WSBTV.com News Staff, “Witness follows, shoots suspect after seeing him stab driver to death at Atlanta gas station,” WSB-TV, August 15, 2022.

St. Charles, MO, July 16, 2022

A 26-year-old man was on a violent crime spree of armed robberies across three St. Charles gas stations. He was eventually stopped by a customer who had reportedly witnessed the third and final robbery. The customer saw the suspect inside the station holding a knife to the clerk’s throat. Being concealed carry, the customer got his 9 mm handgun from the vehicle, entered the store, and confronted the suspect. When the suspect charged him, the customer fired four shots and killed the suspect. The armed citizen was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The crime spree started at a Mobile On the Run in the 1400 block of S. Fifth Street at around 2:58 a.m. on July 16. The 26-year-old suspect had a knife when he went into the store and told the clerk he was robbing her. He then held the knife to the clerk’s throat while she opened the register. Police said the man pushed the clerk to the floor and stole the money before dragging her toward the back of the store asking where the safe is.

The clerk was not able to access the safe. The man then dragged her back to the front counter where she opened a second register before he stole the money and fled. Officials said the clerk was later taken to the hospital for lacerations on her left wrist, right hand, and neck.

St. Charles police officers were on their way to the scene of the armed robbery when a call for an alarm going off came in at Mid-Town Phillips 66 in the 500 block of First Capitol at around 3:14 a.m. Officers said they found broken glass which meant a burglary had taken place.

While police were investigating the burglary a report of another armed robbery came in at around 3:20 a.m. at QuikTrip in the 2200 block of First Capitol with shots fired. Police said they arrived at the scene and found the 26-year-old suspect, identified Sunday as Lance Bush, of St. Louis City, shot by a witness during the robbery. He was taken to the hospital where he later died…

“He grabbed a backpack and ran inside, looking for I guess the clerk. I saw him grab her and drag her to the front to the counter, something wasn’t right when I saw that, so me being concealed carry, I had my gun on me and I just waited,” the customer added in a comment to local outlet CBS News 19…

“I walked up to the door and I saw him with a knife to her throat. She was emptying out the cash register and I took a step in and peeked my head in to ask if everything was okay. I couldn’t see his face, but he was saying yes, but I could see her face she was saying no, she was scared,” he continued.

According to the gun owner’s account of events, Bush then ran from around the counter to attack before the customer fired approximately four shots, dropping him to the ground…

Kelsee Ward, “Man cleared of wrongdoing by St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office after robbery suspect killed,” KCTV 5, August 3, 2022.
Timothy H.J. Nerozzi, “Missouri shopper shoots, kills armed robber holding knife to clerk’s neck,” Fox News, July 20, 2022.

Houston, TX, June 21, 2022

A suspect, armed with a sharp object, was shot and killed by an employee after attempting to rob two businesses, including a gun shop.

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.

Austin, TX, June 14, 2022

A 17-year-old suspect is linked to at least 11 crimes across Austin. His busy crime spree was cut short while trying to rob a couple at gunpoint in the Neiman Marcus parking lot in The Domain. The male victim involved pulled his gun out as the suspect focused on the woman victim and then shot him in the leg.

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.

Killeen, TX, January 18, 2022

The man was wanted in connection to a string of robberies in the area and has an active warrant out of Dallas for aggravated robbery. When police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant at the suspect’s house that morning, the man entered a vehicle and fled the scene, leading authorities on a high-speed chase into Harker Heights, Nolanville, and back into Killeen. After the man wrecked his car, he attempted to carjack a driver at gunpoint. The armed driver shot the suspect several times in self-defense.

On January 18, 2022, a Central Texas driver shot Jones after the wanted fugitive attempted to carjack the driver.

Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble told KWTX it all started when police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant at the suspect’s house that morning. At the time, Jones was wanted in connection to a string of robberies in the area and has an active warrant out of Dallas for aggravated robbery, Kimble said.

Jones entered a vehicle and fled the scene, leading authorities on a chase into Harker Heights, Nolanville and back into Killeen.

Police said Jones then wrecked the Nissan he was driving and then proceeded to the intersection of Rosewood and the Central Texas Expressway access road, where he attempted to carjack a driver at gunpoint.

The driver was also armed and shot the suspect several times in self defense, police said…

KWTX Staff, “Carjacker shot by armed Central Texas driver released from hospital, booked into jail,” KWTX, January 26, 2022.

Chicago, IL, September 27, 2021

A Chicago man was so annoyed that another man was spitting while he talked during a card game at a South Side hookah lounge. He followed him outside during a smoking break and shot him multiple times. The man allegedly continued to fire outside the lounge, when a lounge patron in possession of a concealed carry license proceeded to open fire on the shooter, wounding his left arm. The concealed carry holder then followed the man and pointed him out to the police, who arrested the man about a block away.

McKissic was with his girlfriend and playing cards with Meshach Richardson and his brother early Monday when McKissic expressed frustration at the spit coming from Richardson’s mouth, prosecutors said.

When Richardson stepped outside for a cigarette, McKissic followed, grabbed a gun from his waistband and fired at Richardson while his back was turned away, prosecutors said.

McKissic then stood over Richardson’s limp body and allegedly continued to fire outside the lounge in the 700 block of West 77th Street, prosecutors said.

When the gunfire stopped, a security guard and another person from the building opened the front door and saw McKissic standing outside pointing the gun in their direction, prosecutors said.

A concealed carry license holder standing next to the guard in the doorway pulled out his own weapon and fired once, striking McKissic in the arm, prosecutors said.

McKissic took off running but the concealed carry holder followed him and pointed him out to police, who arrested McKissic about a block away, prosecutors said…

Sun-Times Media Wire Staff, “Man killed for spitting while talking during card game: prosecutors,” Fox 32 Chicago, September 29, 2021.

Carmichael, CA, June 21, 2021

The chaotic incident, in which three people were injured and one person dead, started with a deadly hit-and-run crash and ended in a gun battle in Carmichael. The wife of one of the victims brought things to an end by shooting the suspect.

A witness tried to help after the truck rammed a person in the parking lot. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect then circled back and hit the good Samaritan, too.

Authorities said the first person who was hit died. The suspect sped away, but later crashed into a car a block away near Cypress Avenue and Hackberry Lane.

The suspect then got out with what looked like a crowbar and started hitting the car and a third victim. The victim was able to get away with the help of a private security guard nearby.

Deputies say the suspect then turned into the parking lot of the Elks Lodge on that street. The suspect then allegedly took out a gun and approached a man in a trailer. The two got into a fight and the gun went off.

The fight then ended when the victim’s wife came out of the trailer and shot the suspect…

CBS13 Staff, “Carmichael Rampage Suspect Identified As Jorge Armando Zepeda, 39,” CBS Sacramento, June 29, 2021.

Beech Grove, IN, April 17, 2021

An armed good Samaritan came to the aid of a park ranger after a suspected shoplifter threatened the ranger with a gun. A man who was licensed to carry drew his firearm and shot at the suspect, who fled. Another good Samaritan tackled the suspect outside and detained him until police arrived.

Police were called to the Walmart store in Beech Grove this afternoon after shots were fired. The store is located at 4650 S. Emerson Ave. which is just south of I-465.

IMPD said it started with a scuffle over shoplifting. A park ranger was working his off-duty job for security at Walmart. He called for other officers when the suspect resisted and police were already responding when things escalated.

According to IMPD, the suspect pulled out a gun and aimed it at the park ranger. That’s when a good Samaritan in the store, who was licensed to carry, pulled out his gun and started firing at the suspect…

The suspect then ran from the store, where he was later tackled by another good Samaritan outside and held until police arrived…

WTHR.com staff, “Police: Man licensed to carry fired shots at armed shoplifter in Beech Grove Walmart,” WTHR.com, April 17, 2021.

Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2021

An armed citizen stopped an attempted burglary at a Chick-fil-A and held the robbery suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.

Police received a call after 3 p.m. about a man who entered the restaurant inside Colony Square with a gun and demanded cash…

As the man ran from the restaurant, Sgt. John Chafee said several people nearby saw what was going on and attempted to stop him.

One of them fired two shots and held the robbery suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.

No one was injured in the shooting. No charges at this time are expected against the citizen…

WSBTV.com News Staff, “Armed citizen stops robbery suspect at midtown Chick-Fil-A, police say,” WSB-TV 2, March 9, 2021.

Denver, CO, December 24, 2020

A man allegedly involved in two Denver carjackings was shot by the second victim, a ride-share driver.

It started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday with a carjacking at Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. The man who was involved in the carjacking then tried to carjack another driver in the area of Buchtel Boulevard and Downing Street, according to police…

The second carjack victim, a ride-share driver, told police he was taking a passenger to the hospital when he was cut off by a dark-colored pickup truck, the PC statement says.

The truck’s driver then got out of the truck and came toward the ride-share driver and his passenger, according to the PC statement.

The suspect ordered the ride-share driver to get out of his car or he would shoot him, the PC statement says.

The ride-share driver, however, got out of his car armed with a gun and fired multiple rounds at the suspect after the suspect had gotten into the driver’s seat of the ride-share driver’s car, the PC statement says.

The suspect had been shot in the leg, the ride-share driver told police. The suspect then got out of the car and ran back to the truck, speeding east on Buchtel Boulevard, according to the PC statement…

Darren Whitehead, “40-year-old man arrested after being shot while trying to carjack ride-share driver on Christmas Eve,” 9 News, December 29, 2020.
Blayke Roznowski, “Driver shoots man during attempted Denver carjacking; witness shares account,” Denver 7, December 24, 2020.

Rochester, NY, December 23, 2020

A string of armed convenience store robberies that started in Victor ended in Rochester when an employee of Angelo’s Grocery and Deli shot the suspect.

Investigators say the suspect began by robbing a Kwik Fill in Victor and then robbed a FastTrac on West Ridge Road and a Family Dollar on Dewey Avenue. They say the suspect was shot while attempting to rob Angelo’s Grocery…

While attempting to the last of the robberies, RPD officials said the store owner produced a legally owned hand gun and fired at the suspect, striking him. The store owner stayed on scene until police arrived…

Rochester First Staff, “String of armed robberies ends with suspect shot at corner store in Rochester,” RochesterFirst.com, December 23, 2020.

Jacksonville, AR, December 7, 2020

A man is dead after three separate robbery attempts Monday night in Jacksonville. During the third robbery attempt, the man’s intended victim shot back in self-defense.

On Monday, December 7, at 10:40 p.m., officers with the Jacksonville Police Department responded to South Bailey Drive, in response to someone attempting to commit aggravated robbery.

Once on scene, officers found a man dead that matched a description of the suspect from an earlier robbery at the Jacksonville Stop and Shop, which is located on South First Street.

According to police, the suspect attempted to rob another victim outside of her home roughly two hours later.

The third attempt turned fatal for the suspect, as one of the victims shot in self-defense after the suspect had reportedly shot at them…

THV11 Digital, “Suspect shot, killed by victim after 3 separate robbery attempts in Jacksonville,” THV11, December 8, 2020.

Wilderville, OR, November 19, 2020

When an alleged drunk driver stopped his van on the side of a highway, several people also pulled over to detain him until police could arrive. When the obviously impaired driver tried to speed away, another driver—who was hit by the van—drew a gun and fired, striking the driver once and preventing him from endangering others.

According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded around 6 p.m. to Redwood Highway near Elliott Creek Road to reports of a shooting.

The driver of a Chevrolet van was “driving all over the road,” and witnesses believed the driver to be intoxicated, OSP’s initial investigation found. As troopers were responding, the van’s driver stopped alongside of the road and several people tried to detain him until police arrived.

31-year-old Bryan Fitzgerald of Rogue River, later identified as the van driver, tried to leave — hitting 32-year-old Harley Tyrie and 31-year-old Brandy Newell, both of Grants Pass, OSP said.

Tyrie pulled out a gun and fired into the van, hitting Fitzgerald. Neither Tyrie or Newell were seriously injured by Fitzgerald’s vehicle, OSP said…

Emergency crews took Fitzgerald to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound. His blood-alcohol content was .30 percent, according to police…

Jamie Parfitt, “OSP Investigating after ‘Bizarre’ DUII Crash and Shooting on Redwood Highway,” KDRV.com, November 20, 2020.

Johnson City, TN, October 27, 2020

The suspect was stopped by the clerk’s husband, a valid handgun carrier with a permit after two armed robberies in Johnson City.

Before the Scotchman incident, police responded to Tri City Wholesale Tobacco, 2518 S. Roan St., on a report of an attempted armed robbery. In that incident, police said a man demanded money from the clerk, but he left with nothing. Police said that at some point in the robbery the man fired a pistol inside the store. No one was injured in that incident.

Police had a description of the would-be robber and were looking for him.

Around 10:15, officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery at the Scotchman.

In that incident, the clerk complied with the man’s demands while being threatened with a firearm and controlled by the man, police said.

The clerk’s husband, who has a valid handgun carry permit, intervened and shot the man two times in self-defense after the man pointed the weapon at him. Witnesses gave the police a description of the man, which matched the alleged robber from the first attempt…

Becky Campbell, “Updated with arrest: Police say clerk’s husband stopped robbery with gunshots,” Johnson City Press, October 28, 2020.

Port Arthur, TX, May 5, 2020

A possible suspect in two attempted robberies several miles apart was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with an intended victim in the street along a Pleasure Island highway.

Police responded to a reported robbery at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Island Grocery on Pleasure Island.

Investigators say the suspected robber left the grocery and continued on Highway 82 heading east. According to police, the vehicle he was in had been reported stolen in Louisiana…

He says the suspect got into a confrontation with a man and woman from Beaumont who were crabbing. Police say the suspect pointed a rifle at the couple and demanded money and other property. Chief Duriso says the man who was crabbing was able to get to his truck, retrieve his handgun, and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The suspect died at the scene. The man and woman were not hit by gunfire…

KFDM Staff, “UPDATE: Man who was crabbing shoots, kills robbery suspect on Pleasure Island,” KFDM, May 5 2020.

Charlotte, NC, February 4, 2020

The suspect involved in a series of robberies and shootings was stopped by a Good Samaritan with a firearm.

Police have arrested a pair of teenagers — one of them a convicted felon — after police said the two were involved in a series of robberies and shootings early Tuesday morning in south Charlotte…

Detectives learned the 17-year-old had approached a woman in her driveway, took out a gun and stole her keys. During the carjacking, the victim’s husband ran out of the house and tackled the suspect.

Neighbors heard the commotion and also ran outside. At least one of them was armed and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon, police said.

When the suspect refused, one of the neighbors shot him.

Those neighbors then held down the teenager until police arrived. He was taken to the hospital but will be OK, according to CMPD…

WSOCTV.com News Staff, “Man tackles teen trying to carjack wife in Ballantyne; neighbor shoots suspect,” WSOCTV.com, February 4, 2020.

Allentown, PA, January 24, 2020

A masked man robbed a beverage distributor at gunpoint and then went next door to hold up the pizza shop. The owner of the first business confronted him there and the robber pointed a gun at him and was turning to flee when the first victim fired a legally possessed semiautomatic handgun.

A robbery victim was justified in shooting and killing a 27-year-old Bethlehem man who committed armed robberies at a strip mall Thursday night, the Lehigh County district attorney’s office said…

Mussa first robbed Pennsylvania Avenue Cold Beer and Beverages at gun point. Immediately afterward he went into Drake’s Pizza and committed a second armed robbery, the DA’s office said.

A beverage facility employee who was a victim in the first robbery confronted Mussa inside the pizza shop while Mussa was committing the second robbery, the DA’s office said.

Mussa turned and pointed a gun at the beverage facility employee, the DA’s office said.

The beverage facility employee, who was armed with a lawfully-possessed semi-automatic pistol, shot Mussa when Mussa pointed the gun at him as Mussa was turning and about to flee from Drake’s, the DA’s office said… 

Bo Koltnow, “DA: Man was justified in shooting, killing robber at strip mall,” 69 News, January 24, 2020.

Louisville, KY, December 16, 2019

A Good Samaritan confronted and detained porch pirates at gunpoint until police arrived.

The sound of Bill Rockwood’s saw was Interrupted Monday afternoon when he looked out the front window of his home on Harris Place….

He told WAVE 3 News he saw three teenagers pilfering the packages a few doors down.

“They opened the box, took out the content and threw the packing box down on the ground and took off walking down the street,” Rockwood said.

He said they all made eye contact and the thieves took off.

“I knew that they had taken something, so I said, ‘well, I’ll go see if I can’t retrieve it,’” Rockwood said

So he jumped in his car and followed them down the street.

“They threw down the package and went down the alley right between these houses right here,” Rockwood said.

He said he confronted them on Marquette Drive.

“I showed them I had a weapon and I said get on the ground,” Rockwood said. “Don’t make this any harder than it has to be.”

Rockwood said two of the suspects took off. while another got on the ground. He said he held the teen there until St. Matthews Police came and arrested him…

Nick Picht, “Armed man confronts, detains porch pirates in St. Matthews,” WAVE 3, December 17, 2019.

Alpharetta, GA, March 16, 2019

A Good Samaritan was able to hold a suspect, accused of fatally shooting a woman, at gunpoint until officers arrived on the scene.

A man has been charged with killing a woman outside a Wells Fargo bank in North Fulton County on Saturday.

Police tell Channel 2 Action News they received a 911 call around 11:40 a.m. about a possible shooting at the Wells Fargo off Main Street.

Channel 2’s Michael Seiden was at the scene, where police said they found a woman shot in the parking lot. The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died…

Police are now praising a brave driver who stopped Inniss from leaving the scene after he shot Evans.

Investigators believe there could have been additional victims if it weren’t for the heroic actions of a stranger.

Police said a man driving by the bank heard gunshots, stopped his car and grabbed his gun. He raced toward Inniss, forcing him to drop his weapon.

Witnesses said he held Inniss at gunpoint until officers arrived…

WSB-TV Staff, “Victim, suspect identified after woman shot to death in Wells Fargo parking lot,” WSB-TV, March 17, 2019.