Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 20 Cases During June 2023

Oct 15, 2023 | Defensive Gun Use

Allentown, Pennsylvania, June 4, 2023 (69 News)

Edgar Gonzalez, 22, suffered a gunshot wound while involved in an altercation on June 4 in the parking lot of the AutoZone at 1871 South 5th Street in Allentown, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office…

An investigation revealed that two groups of people had an altercation and confrontation on at least two occasions leading up to the shooting, the DA’s office said…

A physical altercation started and the investigation showed Ortiz produced the same handgun he had at the Taco Bell and started shooting at the occupants inside the Nissan pickup truck, the DA’s office said. Several shots were fired and at least one bullet struck the Nissan, but no one in the vehicle was hit by this gunfire.

The man identified as John Doe was in legal possession of a handgun and fired back at Joshua Ortiz, according to the DA’s office…

No charges will be filed against him.

The death of Edgar Gonzalez occurred while John Doe was justified in using deadly force and his death, although a homicide, is being ruled by DA Jim Martin as a justifiable homicide under the laws of Pennsylvania…

John Doe was interviewed after the shooting and provided investigators with the gun used and the documentation establishing his ownership of the gun and his right to carry the gun, according to the DA’s office…

Grace Griffaton, “DA: Fight between 2 groups led to deadly shooting of 22-year-old man at AutoZone in Allentown,” 69 News, July 5, 2023.

Charleston, South Carolina, June 3, 2023 (ABC News 4)

The man who police say was shot over the weekend in the parking lot of a Publix in West Ashley is now facing charges…

Saturday evening at around 9 o’clock, officers responded to the Publix grocery store located at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. for reports of a shooting, police say…

A spokesperson for the Charleston Police Department says detectives learned through their ensuing investigation that Robinson had played a role in the incident. Police obtained warrants for his arrest on the two counts of pointing and presenting firearms at a person, and he was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center Thursday morning…

According to CPD, the shooter was determined to have acted in self-defense and will not face charges.

Joseph Erickson, “Victim of shooting at West Ashley Publix charged; shooting judged to be self-defense,” ABC News 4, June 9, 2023.

Alton, Illinois, June 6, 2023 (KMOV)

A woman who was shot after she reportedly went into an Alton store and hit an employee in the head with a gun is facing charges…

Barrett entered the Rent-A-Center on Homer Adams Parkway around 10 a.m. on June 6 to confront a relative who worked there, Police Chief Jarrett Ford said. There was reportedly an active order of protection prohibiting contact with her relative and from being at the store…

An argument between the two escalated into a physical fight. During the fight, Barrett hit the employee in the head with a gun, Alton Fire Battalion Chief Derrick Richardson told News 4. Another employee then shot Barrett three times…

Prosecutors declined to charge the employee who shot Barrett.

Stephanie Usery, “Woman shot after allegedly hitting employee with gun inside Alton store is charged,” KMOV, June 20, 2023.

Birmingham, Alabama, June 8, 2023 (Birmingham Police Department Press Releases, WVTM 13)

At approximately 11:45 PM, North Precinct officers were dispatched to the 1600 Block of 18th Place North on report of a Person Shot.

Officers arrived on the scene and observed Demetrius Harris unresponsive in a parking lot…

East Precinct officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 5100 Block of Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North on report of a Person Shot. Officers arrived on the scene and observed an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound…

The preliminary investigation suggests Demetrius Harris was involved in an argument with the second male in the 1600 Block of 18th Place North. The two men exchanged gunfire…

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.

Staff, “Media Release 121- Homicide Investigation- 18th Place North,” Birmingham Police Department Press Releases, June 9, 2023.
Riley Conlon and Taylor Lang, “Fatal shooting at Birmingham apartment building ruled justifiable,” WVTM 13, July 6, 2023.

Baltimore, Maryland, June 10, 2023 (FOX Baltimore)

Two vehicles exchange gunfire in a shootout injuring a 21-year-old man in the Parkside neighborhood in northeast Baltimore, according to Baltimore City Police Department…

Preliminary investigation showed the victim parked his sedan vehicle in the 5100 block of Sinclair Lane when a black male walked up to the vehicle and began shooting at the vehicle.

The sedan driver then returned gunfire and fled the area, said police…

Sinéad Hawkins, “Two vehicles exchanges gunfire in shootout injuring 21-year-old man in northeast Baltimore,” FOX Baltimore, June 10, 2023.

Dacula, Georgia, June 13, 2023 (Patch)

The fatal shooting of a Lawrenceville man this week was done in self-defense and was the result of an altercation, Gwinnett County Police said Thursday.

Police said in the past Steven Thomaston, 35, died in the Stanley Road shooting that took place around 10 p.m. Tuesday. He was found dead at the scene.

Thomaston knew the unidentified accused shooter and engaged in a dispute with the person, police said Thursday. It was not released how the two people knew one another.

No charges are being filed in the case at the time, police said.

Amanda Lumpkin, “Fatal Dacula Shooting Ruled Self-Defense, Resulted From Dispute,” Patch, June 15, 2023.

Hartford, Connecticut, June 13, 2023 (FOX 61)

An investigation is underway after a robbery at a Hartford jewelry store Tuesday morning led to one of the would-be thieves being shot by a store employee…

During the investigation, it was revealed that the victim and another currently unidentified man entered the Exquisite Pressure Shop, located at 523 Park Street, where they pistol-whipped and attempted to rob the employee at the store. The employee opened fire on the males, striking one of them. The second suspect has not yet been located…

Doug Stewart and Samaia Hernandez, “Jewelry store attempted robbery ends in shooting; 1 suspect shot, another on the run: Police,” FOX 61, June 13, 2023.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 14, 2023 (6 ABC)

Philadelphia police are investigating a double shooting that left a mother and her daughter injured on Wednesday night.

Officers say it happened around 8 p.m. on the 100 block of East Albanus Street in the city’s Olney neighborhood…

Officers believe the victims were caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two groups…

Sources tell Action News that a neighbor with a gun permit fired back at the suspect in defense of the victims. That person was brought in to talk with police as part of the investigation…

6abc Digital Staff and Bryanna Gallagher, “Mother, 2-year-old daughter caught in crossfire of Philadelphia shooting: Police,” 6 ABC, June 15, 2023.

New Orleans, Louisiana, June 16, 2023 (NOPD News)

The suspect approached the victim at the gas station and fired several shots. The victim returned fire and the suspect was struck in the hand. The suspect relocated to a local hospital via private conveyance.

Staff, “SUPERINTENDENT’S MAJOR OFFENSE LOG,” NOPD News, June 17, 2023.

Severn, Maryland, June 17, 2023 (CBS News)

A stolen Hyundai was used in a drive-by shooting in Severn that left a person injured Saturday night, Anne Arundel County police said.

Officers responded around 11:15 p.m. to the area of Marlton Court and Stillmeadow Drive, where they found a large group of people along with five cars and five houses struck by gunfire…

Investigators believe the Hyundai drove into the area before the occupants of the car opened fire on a group of people in the area. People in the group allegedly fired back at the vehicle.

One person was shot in the leg and the arm. Two others were hit by cars while they were running away. They’re all expected to be OK…

Jessica Albert, “Stolen Hyundai used in drive-by shooting in Severn, police say,” CBS News, June 19, 2023.

Washington, District of Columbia, June 18, 2023 (WJLA)

Police said Brice-Hayes and additional suspects attempted to carjack a victim at around 4 a.m. near the 2500 block of Sherman Avenue, Northwest.

According to police, there was an exchange of gunfire between the victim and at least one of the suspects during the carjacking attempt. Police said the victim and another suspect were being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds at local hospitals…

Sununu BahMon, “Arrest made, other suspects sought in armed carjacking incident in Northwest DC: Police,” WJLA, June 19, 2023.

Immokalee, Florida, June 21, 2023 (FOX 4 Now)

On June 21 around 11 a.m., deputies responded to the call on Durso Court in Immokalee…

CCSO’s investigation later revealed that Trevino and Abrigo were involved in an armed robbery of two victims who had traveled to Immokalee to sell an iPhone, which they had advertised on Facebook Marketplace.

During the transaction, Trevino pulled out a handgun from his backpack and pointed it at the backseat passenger. Abrigo stood by with an assault rifle.

Fearing for his life, the passenger fired his own weapon in self-defense, killing Trevino…

Investigation determined the passenger’s use of deadly force was legally justifiable as self-defense. The passenger also had a legal concealed carry permit

Kaitlyn Snook, “Immokalee teen arrested after robbery leads to deadly shooting,” FOX 4 Now, July 19, 2023.

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2023 (FOX News)

A gunman wearing a helmet and carrying an “AR-15 style rifle” was caught on camera at the entrance of an upscale Las Vegas apartment complex before an armed employee of the building opened fire and stopped him in his tracks. ..

At about 3:15 pm Friday, June 23, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call regarding a shooting at Turnberry Towers Las Vegas, which is located about a 10-minute walk from the Strip.

The suspect, identified as Andrew Warrender, walked toward the main lobby of the apartment complex at 3:13 p.m., according to the arrest report citing surveillance footage, and allegedly shot his weapon at an employee. He attempted to fire another shot but appeared to have a malfunction. He aimed his weapon again at the employee, but no bullet was discharged.

Warrender then walked toward the front entrance to leave the apartment complex, but was shot by the employee. The employee held Warrender at gunpoint with his Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun until police arrived, saying he “felt everyone’s life in the area was in danger” and “he used deadly force to protect innocent citizens.”…

Emma Colton, “Armed Las Vegas worker stopped likely mass shooter in his tracks but received little attention: expert,” FOX News, July 4, 2023.

Houston, Texas, June 24, 2023 (City of Houston News)

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call outside a business at the above address and found a male in the parking lot.  He had sustained a gunshot wound.  Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the man deceased…

A preliminary investigation determined the shooter and his family member had left a business and were walking back to their vehicle.  As they arrived at their vehicle, a black male suspect inside a white vehicle pointed a gun at them and demanded money.  Fearing for his life, the shooter pulled his own weapon and fired, striking the suspect trying to rob them…

Staff, “Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 5076 Griggs Road,” City of Houston News, June 26, 2023.

Long Beach, California, June 24, 2023 (FOX 11 Los Angeles)

A Long Beach homeowner allegedly shot and killed a woman who was attacking a neighbor.

Police believe the woman, 44-year-old Andrea Powell, was walking up and down the street in the 600 block of Roycroft Avenue trying to enter homes, screaming and confronting people…

A resident says Powell charged at him after he tried to stop her from attacking a neighbor in front of his house…

The resident who shot Powell has since been questioned and released by police…

Christina Gonzalez and FOX 11 Digital Team, “Woman seen attacking Long Beach neighbors shot dead by homeowner,” FOX 11 Los Angeles, June 25, 2023.

Chicago, Illinois, June 24, 2023 (CBS Chicago)

At 9 p.m. Saturday, in the 5600 block of South Fairfield Avenue, police responded to a person shot and found a 37-year-old man who was shot in the thigh. The victim was in an argument with an unknown man who drew his firearm and shot the victim. The victim, who is a licensed carry conceal holder, drew his weapon and returned fire but did not strike the offender. The victim was shot in the leg and was taken to Advocate Christ in fair condition.

CBS Chicago Team, “Chicago weekend shootings: 3 killed, 23 hurt,” CBS Chicago, June 25, 2023.

Anderson, South Carolina, June 26, 2023 (WYFF4)

A newly released police report shows what led up to a deadly road rage shooting in Anderson, South Carolina, and why authorities said it was a justified homicide.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said the shooting was reported at about 4:25 p.m. Monday on Bellview and Concord Avenue…

The shooter told officers that he feared for his life after Neese came to his window and assaulted him in the face several times and that he pulled his handgun and shot the man.

The officer found the shooter’s handgun in his truck, and it was secured…

“Based upon all facts the Solicitor has deemed this a justifiable homicide due to the immanent attack by Kevin Neese,” the chief said in a news release.

Stephanie Moore, “Report reveals what led to deadly road rage shooting in South Carolina and why it was a ‘justified homicide’,” WYFF4, June 30, 2023.

Grovetown, Georgia, June 26, 2023 (The Augusta Press)

Grovetown police have cleared a man who shot at another driver Monday evening when the suspect repeatedly rammed him during an impaired series of wrecks.

Shondarius Freemon, 24, was driving his 72-year-old grandmother on Wrightsboro Road 7 p.m. Monday when suspect Yony-Alberto Mendez repeatedly rammed them at a stoplight near Leven Street, police said.

“Mr. Freemon stated that before he could ascertain what had happened, his vehicle was struck two more times intentionally by Mr. Mendez,” Grovetown Police Chief Jamey Kitchens said in a press release. ”Mr. Freemon then stated that he was unable to move forward due to the traffic in front of him and was in fear for his and his grandmother’s life as Mr. Mendez appeared to be preparing to strike them again. Mr. Freemon then produced his legally owned handgun and fired several rounds at Mr. Mendez’ vehicle in an attempt to stop the assault. Mr. Mendez’ vehicle was struck several times by the rounds at which time the assault ceased.”…

“Based on evidence gathered and statements from third party witnesses, Mr. Freemon’s actions appear to be consistent with acting in self-defense of himself and his grandmother, and therefore no charges were brought,” Chief Kitchens said.

Greg Rickabaugh, “Grovetown police clear man who shot at ramming car,” The Augusta Press, June 27, 2023.

Houston, Texas, June 27, 2023 (KTRK)

A man was shot by a nine-month pregnant woman and her husband after surveillance video shows him attacking the couple in front of a north Houston gas station Tuesday evening…

The shooting happened at about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at 8605 Fulton Street.

The couple asked ABC13 to conceal their identities, fearing retaliation. The woman said she parked in front of the All Season Food Store on Fulton Road, near Berry, to deliver food for her husband, who works at the store. Two armed men were inside a silver SUV parked nearby.

“I got out of my car, and immediately, the guy in the passenger seat of the silver car got out with an AR and told me that I startled him. You know, he said it in a more vocal way,” the woman said…

The husband said the man, who police have since identified as 39-year-old Mario Duque, repeatedly asked him, “Do you want to die tonight?” Surveillance video shows the couple ignoring Duque, who pointed a gun at them multiple times.

The video also shows Duque approaching the husband and pistol-whipping him. The wife pulled a gun out of her bag and shot Duque, who continued pointing his weapon at the couple. The husband also shot him.

“Thank God we had our guns. I’ve never been happier to be a gun carrier,” the woman said.

The couple held Duque at gunpoint until medical attention arrived…

Shannon Ryan, “N. Houston gas station assault suspect charged after armed husband and wife fight back,” KTRK, June 29, 2023.

Richmond, Kentucky, June 30, 2023 (LEX 18)

A road rage incident sent two men to the hospital in Richmond on June 30 shortly after noon.

Police say they responded to Jason Drive and Lowell Avenue for two gunshot victims. A male at Lowell Avenue was suffering from a shot to the abdomen, while a male at Jason Drive was shot in the arm, hand, and abdomen…

According to police, 29-year-old Aaron Estell-Bradshaw went to Jason Drive, where he confronted and shot the victim. The victim then returned fire and shot Bradshaw three times. Bradshaw left the area and went to Lovell Avenue.

Both individuals have been in the hospital and are expected to recover.

Bradshaw was released on July 14 and placed under arrest. He is charged with first degree assault, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, first degree criminal mischief, and second degree criminal mischief…

Web Staff, “Police: Two injured in suspected road rage incident in Richmond,” LEX 18, June 30, 2023.
Cherish Simpson, “Road rage incident sends two men to hospital in Richmond,” LEX 18, July 14, 2023.

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