Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 24 Cases During July 2023

Oct 24, 2023 | Defensive Gun Use

Wichita, Kansas, July 2, 2023 (KWCH)

No charges will be filed against the man who was arrested and accused of firing shots inside City Nightz nightclub on July 2. He’s set to be released from jail Thursday afternoon.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett released information stating that it appears Brandon Young was acting in self-defense in response to shots fired by two different gunmen within the bar located in Wichita’s Old Town entertainment district. Bennett said the decision not to charge Young follows days of analyzing video surveillance from inside the club…

KWCH Staff, “Sedgwick Co DA: Man arrested in City Nightz shooting ‘acted in self-defense’,” KWCH, July 6, 2023.

Lorain, Ohio, July 4, 2023 (The Chronicle-Telegram)

Capt. Michael Failing said two men got into an argument over fireworks shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of G Street.

The pair’s argument escalated, and one man attempted to run over the other with his truck. The man who was the target of the vehicle managed to get out of the way and began shooting at the man driving the truck, Failing said.

A bullet went through the windshield of the vehicle and struck the man driving in the head. He was treated and released, Failing said.

Failing said neither man had life-threatening injuries, and no charges had been filed.

The Chronicle-Telegram Staff, “No serious injures in dispute over fireworks,” The Chronicle-Telegram, July 6, 2023.

Jennings, Missouri, July 4, 2023 (FOX 2 Now)

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Jendale Court. The St. Louis County Police Department reports that Peter Cooper, 35, of Florissant, died in the shooting. Another woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to court documents obtained by FOX 2, Cooper and the woman were walking to a barbecue event on Jendale Court when they reportedly saw Speed yelling. Investigators say Speed ran out from his home moments later and started firing shots from a handgun.

While outside on his porch, Speed reportedly threatened to kill Cooper and the woman over various reasons. Neighbors noticed the two in the street and tried to render aid. Speed then fired more shots, striking the woman in the arm.

The boyfriend of the female victim then pulled out a handgun and fired shots in self-defense. Speed went back inside his home and barricaded himself. Per court documents, a brief standoff ensured and Speed live-streamed the incident on Facebook…

Joey Schneider, “Man charged, victim ID’d in deadly July 4th shooting in Jennings,” FOX 2 Now, July 6, 2023.

Chicago, Illinois, July 5, 2023 (WGN-TV)

A robbery suspect was shot early Wednesday morning in West Ridge by a concealed carry holder.

Just after 3:30 a.m., police said three men, ages 26, 33 and 31 were standing near their vehicle when they were approached by a man displaying a gun.

The man demanded the men’s property. At some point, the 26-year-old man, who has a concealed carry license, shot the robbery suspect multiple times.…

Andy Koval, “Robbery suspect shot by concealed carry holder on North Side,” WGN-TV, July 5, 2023.

Houston, Texas, July 6, 2023 (KHOU)

A man was shot Thursday after attempting to steal a car in north Harris County, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

This happened in the 14100 block of Sunwick Street, which is just west of the Hardy Toll Road. The sheriff tweeted about the incident shortly after 8:15 p.m.

The sheriff said the attempted robber was confronted by the car owner in the process of the robbery. That’s when the attempted robber pulled out a gun and shot at the car owner.

The car owner too had a gun and shot at the attempted robber, hitting him…

Chloe Alexander, “Man shot after attempting to steal car in north Harris County, sheriff says,” KHOU, July 6, 2023.

San Antonio, Texas, July 7, 2023 (KSAT)

A man shot and killed two people he says tried to rob him at a South Side ATM, according to San Antonio police Chief William McManus.

The shooting happened before noon on Friday at a Chase bank near SW Military Drive and Interstate 35, not far from South Park Mall.

McManus said a man drove up to an ATM to withdraw money and saw two people approach him, who he believed were trying to rob him.

The man then shot the two men, killing them…

McManus said they are speaking with the man, and no charges are expected to be filed at this point…

Rebecca Salinas, Sal Salazar, and Eddie Latigo, “Man shoots, kills two men who allegedly tried to rob him at a South Side ATM, Chief McManus says,” KSAT, July 7, 2023.

Nashville, Tennessee, July 8, 2023 (WSMV)

The shooting happened just before 3:30 a.m. at Corner Mart on 2600 Clarksville Pike. MNPD said they are investigating a self-defense claim following the fatal shooting of 25-year-old DeCarlos Groves.

Police said a review of the store’s video surveillance showed Groves pulled out a handgun during an apparent robbery attempt. Groves then jumped over the county, landing on top of the store clerk, 20-year-old Peter Fang, police said.

Fang then got a weapon from his shirt pocket which discharged as Groves landed on him, striking Groves, police said.

According to police, as the struggled continued, additional shots were fired from Fang’s gun and Groves fell to the floor. That’s when Fang called the police…

Carmyn Gutierrez, “Police investigate self-defense claim after fatal shooting at Nashville gas station,” WSMV, July 8, 2023.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 8, 2023 (Murfreesboro Police Department News)

Officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Cook Out restaurant on Memorial Blvd. at 1:03 a.m., Saturday, July 8.  They found 31-year-old Tony Fuller with a single gunshot wound.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel with Rutherford ­­County Emergency Medical Services.  His 18-year-old brother, Jacob Hawkins, was also shot and taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. 

The preliminary investigation shows Fuller and Hawkins first approached the car, with the shooter inside, at a McDonald’s drive-thru on S. Rutherford Blvd. The driver of the car quickly left the scene to get away from them.  According to the investigation, the brothers spotted the same car in the Cook Out drive-thru line. Fuller and Hawkins approached the car, and the three men began to argue. The brothers started assaulting the 21-year-old as he sat the in the backseat.  He took out his gun and fired, striking them both; he claims in self-defense.  The shooter was one of those who called 9-1-1 to report the shooting…

“There were several bystanders, who didn’t know any of those involved, who voluntarily told detectives what they witnessed, and some provided video,” said Criminal Investigations Division Crimes Against Persons Unit Lieutenant James Abbott, “The witnesses’ account is consistent with the shooter’s claims and with the evidence we collected at the scene.” 

No charges were filed against the shooter at this time pending further investigation.

Staff, “Shooter claims self-defense in overnight double fatal shooting,” Murfreesboro Police Department News, July 8, 2023.

Geneva, Ohio, July 9, 2023 (FOX 8, Star Beacon)

Geneva police were called to the intersection of Sherman and East Tibbits streets at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Investigators said it all started as an argument between two men. Ultimately, it ended in gunfire…

According to a news release from Ashtabula County Prosecutor Colleen O’Toole, the grand jury determined that a Geneva man acted in self-defense when he shot another Geneva man, 30-year-old Matthew Lambert, in the chest during a confrontation in the street. Lambert was pronounced dead at the scene…

Celeste Houmard, “Victim identified in deadly Geneva road rage shooting,” FOX 8, July 11, 2023.
Warren Dillaway, “Geneva shooter will not face charges,” Star Beacon, August 29, 2023.

Dothan, Alabama, July 12, 2023 (WDHN)

On Wednesday, July 12, officers rushed to the Marathon Gas Station in the 600 block of North Oates Street in Downtown Dothan…

According to Dothan Police, McDaniel had attempted to set up a meeting with the mother of his children, but she refused. McDaniel and the mother have been estranged for some time.

Police say at some point today, the mother and her acquaintance noticed McDaniel was following them, and while stopped in traffic, McDaniel exited his vehicle and approached them armed with a large knife.

The acquaintance, who was legally armed with a firearm, warned McDaniel to leave, but he swung the knife, and the acquaintance shot McDaniel, according to Police…

Richard Everett and Michael Rinker, “Man shot in face during Dothan domestic dispute, DPD,” WDHN, July 12, 2023.

Waco, Texas, July 15, 2023 (KWTX)

A man is dead after police say a bystander shot and killed him when he heard three women calling for help inside a room at Hotel Indigo on 211 Clay Ave. The shooter cooperated with police and was not arrested.

Police say it started around 3 a.m. when a man staying at the hotel heard people yelling for help in the hallway.

He found a room where a man was in a fight with three women. Police say in a press release, the bystander tried to help, but it upset the “original aggressor”.

The original aggressor attacked the bystander, which prompted the bystander to fire one shot at the original aggressor…

Megan Boyd, “New Details: Man shoots, kills aggressor attacking three women in hotel,” KWTX, July 15, 2023.

Visalia, California, July 16, 2023 (FOX 26 News)

According to the Visalia Police Department, officers were called Sunday just before midnight to Dinuba Boulevard and Riggin Avenue regarding a shooting.

Officers say they found a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his leg.

During the investigation, the Visalia Police Department learned that the boy tried to rob a man at gunpoint but was instead shot in the leg by the victim…

FOX 26 News Staff, “Teen suspect shot during failed robbery attempt in Visalia,” FOX 26 News, July 17, 2023.

Greenwood, Mississippi, July 16, 2023 (Breitbart News)

Eighteen-year-old Kyler Matthews died after being shot during an alleged attempted armed robbery of a “lawfully armed” man in Greenwood, Mississippi, Sunday.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reported that the incident occurred just after 4:00 p.m. “in front of W.J. Bishop Apartments on Clay Avenue.”

Leflore County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Bill Staten told Breitbart News that the would-be victim was walking down the street on his way back from a convenience store, and Matthews allegedly took up a position where the two would come into contact.

Staten said, “Matthews confronted him, asked him for a smoke or a cigarette lighter, and the man said he didn’t have one. Matthews then turned away and turned back around suddenly and shoved a gun in the guy’s chest.”

He noted, “The guy immediately reacted by pushing Matthews’ gun away.”

Staten indicated that Matthews did not know the would-be victim was “lawfully armed.” The would-be victim pulled his gun and fired one shot, striking Matthews in the shoulder…

Awr Hawkins, “Man Dies After Pulling Gun on ‘Lawfully Armed’ Man During Robbery Attempt,” Breitbart News, July 18, 2023.

Washington, District of Columbia, July 17, 2023 (DC NEWS NOW)

The incident occurred in southeast D.C. in the 2300 block of R Street around 6:30 a.m. The suspects were in a vehicle when they approached the victim who was near his car. Thompson took out a gun and demanded the victim’s car. The victim then took out his own gun and shot Thompson…

Detectives say the victim had a valid conceal carry permit in the District and his firearm was registered…

Anna Chen, “Victim shot man for attempting to steal car, police looking for additional suspect,” DC NEWS NOW, July 17, 2023.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18, 2023 (6 ABC)

A pizza delivery driver shot a suspect during a carjacking and attempted robbery in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

Police said the incident happened as the 21-year-old pulled up to the Village at Chestnut Hill apartments on the 7700 block of Stenton Avenue late Tuesday night.

Two masked men with guns forced the delivery driver back into his vehicle, police said.

Police said the delivery driver from Queen B’s eventually got out of the car and one suspect followed him. That’s when the shooting occurred.

“It appears that this was a robbery carjacking. And our delivery man, the victim of the robbery, was able to pull his weapon. He was in a shootout with one of the perps. And that perp was shot in the lower back,” said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The delivery driver was not hurt and has a license to carry, police said….

“He’s got all the right in the world to defend himself,” said Michael Coley from Chestnut Hill…

Police also stated that the driver would not be facing any charges.

6abc Digital Staff and John Paul, “Pizza delivery driver shoots suspect during carjacking, attempted robbery in Chestnut Hill,” 6 ABC, July 19, 2023.

Dallas, Texas, July 22, 2023 (FOX 4 News)

This happened just after 2 a.m., in the 2400 block of Hillburn Drive.

Investigators found that Alfonso Delgado Morales, was arguing with a female, and he started hitting her.

Another man saw Morales assaulting the female, and police said he shot Morales…

FOX 4 Staff, “Man shot by another man while assaulting woman, Dallas police say,” FOX 4 News, July 22, 2023.

Marion, Indiana, July 22, 2023 (FOX 59)

Two adults and a juvenile face charges after a shooting in Marion Saturday morning, according to the Marion Police Department.

Officers responded to the 2800 block of South Brownlee for a shooting call around 11:18 a.m. Saturday and located a man who stated he was changing a tire when a black Chrysler sedan pulled up next to him.

The man told investigators that three people exited the vehicle, two of which pulled handguns and started shooting at him. The victim went behind his vehicle for safety and returned fire at the people.

The victim’s friend heard the gunshots and saw on his security camera that his friend was being shot. The resident retrieved his gun and fired one round at the suspect vehicle…

No charges were filed against the victim or the victim’s friend as they acted in self-defense.

Mike Coutee, “3 charged in connection with Marion shooting,” FOX 59, July 24, 2023.

Charlotte, North Carolina, July 24, 2023 (WCNC)

Two men were hurt in a shootout at a gas station in east Charlotte late Monday night, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a reported shooting at the BP gas station at the corner of East W.T. Harris Boulevard and Milton Road a little after 11 p.m. According to the police report, a 41-year-old man was shot multiple times by a suspect before returning fire and injuring the suspect…

Meilin Tompkins, “Two injured in shootout at Charlotte gas station: CMPD,” WCNC, July 25, 2023.

Fayetteville, North Carolina, July 26, 2023 (WRAL News)

According to police, 51-year-old Michael William Floyd of Hope Mills got into a verbal dispute with an employee at one of the restaurants in the food court.

After the altercation, police said Floyd left the mall and later returned to the food court with a handgun.

Floyd then entered a designated employee area, when an altercation with an employee ensued. Police say during the altercation Floyd’s gun went off and the employee was able to disarm him.

WRAL News spoke with the man who apprehended Floyd. Robert Williams, an Army veteran, said he saw Floyd walk in with gun in hand…

Williiams said he followed Floyd to his car back to his car to subdue him until police arrived.

“When I followed him, I waited until he was in a clearing in the parking lot where there were no civilians and no one sitting in their vehicles,” Williams said. “Right when I saw he was by himself and no one was around, I pulled my gun on him. I said ‘get on the ground!’ I said ‘Let me see your hands. get on the ground. get on the ground now.'”…

Police later arrested Floyd…

WRAL Staff, “Shot fired at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, person in custody,” WRAL News, July 26, 2023.

Cassopolis, Michigan, July 27, 2023 (16 News Now)

An attempted armed robbery at a gas station in Cassopolis was halted by a customer who shot the suspect, according to police.

Officers were called just before 10 p.m. Thursday to the Stone Lake Marathon Gas Station in the 200 block of S. Broadway Street. When they arrived, they found a male who had been shot several times and another male holding him at gun point.

Investigators believe the man who had been shot tried to rob the store’s clerk, but was shot by a customer who had a valid Michigan concealed pistol license

16 News Now Staff, “Suspect shot by customer while allegedly trying to rob Cassopolis gas station,” 16 News Now, July 28, 2023.

San Antonio, Texas, July 27, 2023 (KENS 5)

A shopper noticed his vehicle was missing early Thursday afternoon, so he tracked it to another side of South Park Mall, officials with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) said.

Police say two people were inside the stolen vehicle: a man in the driver’s seat, later identified as 34-year-old Kevin Eric Garcia, and a woman in the passengers seat. The owner attempted to order the suspected thieves out at gunpoint.

That’s when the suspected thief, Garcia, shot the owner, investigators said.

According to SAPD, the owner returned fire, killing Garcia and critically injuring the woman.

“Certainly a case of self-defense, is what we have,” McManus said. “We would prefer that they call the police before taking that into your own hands, but he did what he felt he needed to do.”

Based on preliminary information from investigators, defense attorney Nico LaHood says the owner’s actions were justified under the Texas Penal Code.

“Citizens have a right to prevent the consequences of a theft,” said the former Bexar County district attorney. “In that prevention of consequences, you can use force to prevent a theft. You can use physical force, but the law also says you can display a weapon. That is considered force, but it’s not considered deadly force.

“What made this different,” LaHood continues, “was the suspect actually used deadly force against the vehicle owner. At that time, he had the right to use deadly force to prevent his own injury. He should not be facing any charges from this incident.”…

David Lynch, Allysa Tellez, Hannah Tiede, “SAPD: Man tracks down his stolen vehicle, shoots suspect dead,” KENS 5, July 27, 2023.

Tampa, Florida, July 28, 2023 (WFLA)

A Tampa jewelry store employee shot at three armed robbery suspects on Friday afternoon, according to the Tampa Police Department.

A gray Nissan Altima drove around the parking lot at Liberty Jewelers on West Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard before a woman got out and entered the store, police said.

As the woman was leaving after walking around for a few minutes, she held the door open for two men, one who was armed with a hammer, according to police.

The man with the hammer smashed a display case and grabbed multiple items, police said. The second man stood in the doorway and pointed a gun inside at employees and customers.

The store employee shot at the suspects, who left the area. A bullet hit an unoccupied car in the parking lot that belonged to someone who was not involved in the robbery, according to the Tampa Police Department…

Kevin Accettulla and Justin Schecker, “Tampa jewelry store employee shoots at armed robbery suspects, police say,” WFLA, July 28, 2023.

Atlanta, Georgia, July 29, 2023 (11 Alive)

A fight over food turned violent at a center for people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta on Saturday, according to police.

Atlanta Police officers responded to the Gateway Center at 275 Pryor St. SW just after 4 p.m. after receiving calls of a person shot. When they got there, they found a man who had been shot in each of his arms.

An argument between two men over food escalated into a 32-year-old man finding a large stick where he began to start swinging it at the other man, police said. The suspect then began hitting the man with the stick, when the victim took out a gun and shot the man with the stick several times, according to APD.

Officers said the victim shot the suspect out of self-defense and will not face any charges. The 32-year-old man was arrested and charged. Both men were taken to the hospital to be treated, but were reported to be stable…

Reeves Jackson, “Man shoots suspect in self-defense after being beaten by stick over food argument: APD,” 11 Alive, July 29, 2023.

Humble, Texas, July 30, 2023 (FOX 26 Houston)

Deputies received a call about the shooting at the intersection of Pablo Trail and Visceral Lane just after nine o’clock Sunday night.

The HCSO reports that responding patrol units found Javier Alvarado, 22, dead from gunshot wounds. After investigating the incident, it was revealed that Alvarado confronted the shooter about their driving in the neighborhood.

Authorities say Alvarado had a handgun with him and pointed it at the other person, who responded by firing their gun. The shooter drove away from the scene but later contacted HCSO to report the shooting.

The shooter’s account of events was supported by witness statements and physical evidence gathered by deputies, including Javier’s recovered firearm. The shooter cooperated with the investigation and is not currently facing charges…

FOX 26 Digital, “Harris County crime: Man fatally shot amidst driving dispute,” FOX 26 Houston, July 31, 2023.

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