Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 30 Cases During November 2023

Feb 23, 2024 | Defensive Gun Use

Knoxville, Tennessee, November 1, 2023 (WBIR)

An investigation revealed that Matthew Green was actively assaulting a person in the parking garage at 2120 Clinch Avenue around 9:30 p.m. His son shot him in the leg after giving him multiple warnings to stop the assault, KPD said…

Green was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was charged with domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping and will be taken into custody upon his release from the hospital, according to KPD…

WBIR Staff, Chrissa Loukas, “KPD: Son shoots father in the leg for assaulting person in hospital parking garage, father facing domestic assault charges,” WBIR, November 2, 2023.

Orlando, Florida, November 1, 2023 (

Police told News 6 that the shooting happened around 10:40 p.m. inside the Wawa store John Young Parkway at the intersection of Silver Star Road.

The Orlando Police Department said a man, identified as 45-year-old Derek T. Wilson, went up to individuals in the store “in a threatening and erratic manner.”

“The victim was acting in self defense when he shot at the suspect. Multiple witnesses on scene confirmed this,” police said in a release…

Wilson faces charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

Anthony Talcott and Brenda Argueta, “Man shot at Wawa gas station in Orlando,”, November 1, 2023.

Mesquite, Texas, November 2, 2023 (New York Post)

A Texas store owner is still reeling after getting into a shootout with two would-be robbers…

One of the men pulled out a gun, which prompted Tran to take his own handgun out from the back of his pants and open fire, surveillance footage of the incident showed.

Tran fired a warning shot, and the suspect fired three rounds in return before fleeing – leaving bullet holes in the walls and a display case, WFAA reported.

No one was injured, but the shooting also tore a hole in Tran’s golf bag and shattered his sunglasses, which he only noticed the next day at a golf tournament with his teenage son…

Olivia Land, “Armed Texas store owner gets in wild caught-on-video shootout with would-be robbers,” New York Post, November 8, 2023.

Grifton, North Carolina, November 3, 2023 (WITN)

Grifton Police Chief Deric Dennis says the shooting last Friday night happened at Creekside RV Park.

Dennis says officers were called to the park around 7:45 p.m.

At the park, police say the victim, 42-year-old Luis Force, was swinging a chain and threatening residents. Investigators say Force has a history of mental illness and being uncooperative.

The owner of the RV park, 83-year-old Thomas Suggs, confronted the man and was also threatened, according to the police chief.

Grifton police say Suggs fired two bullets and one hit Force in the neck. Force was taken to ECU Health and released Sunday.

Witness statements from the RV park say the shooting was self-defense, according to police…

Dennis says at this point, no one has been charged with the shooting.

WITN Web Team, “Grifton police provide update in Friday night shooting investigation,” WITN, November 8, 2023.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2023 (6 ABC Action News)

According to Philadelphia police, the incident happened around 8 p.m. at George’s Pizza on Oxford Avenue in the city’s Frankford neighborhood.

Officers say two suspects entered the pizza shop armed with firearms and attempted to rob the store.

Gunfire was exchanged between the two suspects and the store’s employee.

One of the suspects was shot multiple times in the head and upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second suspect fled from the pizza shop on foot.

Police say nothing was taken from the store and no other injuries were reported. They also recovered the suspects’ firearms at the scene…

One man at the scene told Action News he spoke with the store employee who fired at the suspects. The employee said the shooting was in self-defense…

6abc Digital Staff and Bryanna Gallagher, “2 would-be robbers shot at, 1 fatally, in Philadelphia pizza shop,” 6 ABC Action News, November 4, 2023.

Los Angeles, California, November 4, 2023 (FOX 11 Los Angeles)

The terrifying incident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. The homeowner is seen on camera walking up to his house, drink in hand, taking his keys out of his pocket.

Then, a person dressed in all-black clothing is seen rushing up to him from behind. The homeowner told FOX 11 that he was wearing earbuds at the time “which I never should have done, and I just felt someone run up behind me. Put a gun to me.”

The video shows it all happened within seconds. The homeowner threw his drink at the suspect, who ran off. The homeowner was seen on camera then pulling a gun out of his waistband and opening fire. He said he has a concealed carry permit.

Another camera angle showed there were actually two alleged perpetrators. They jumped the home’s front yard fence as the homeowner was walking from his car to his front door. The shots scared them both off…

FOX 11 Digital Team, “Mid-City homeowner fires on would-be robbers,” FOX 11 Los Angeles, November 5, 2023.

Defuniak Springs, Florida, November 4, 2023 (WEAR-TV)

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.

Shelby, North Carolina, November 6, 2023 (FOX News)

The Shelby Police Department said at about 6 p.m. last Monday, a man identified as Unterio M. Jolly, 33, got into a verbal altercation with another man along Smith Street in Shelby, the Shelby Star reported.

Capt. Seth Treadway said the two men eventually went their separate ways, but about 30 minutes later, Jolly reportedly tracked down the other man and confronted him with a gun.

Jolly then allegedly shot the other man in the face, police said…

The unnamed bystander then stepped in to defend the injured man, police said.

“Right after he does that… a concerned citizen shoots back trying to protect (the man) and hits Jolly about five times. She shoots him five times,” Treadway told the outlet.

The woman was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit, police said…

Jolly was found to be the aggressor and is now facing charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, firearm by a felon and assault by pointing a gun.

“We will consult with the District Attorney’s Office later in the day to see if those charges need to stay the same,” Treadway said. “I do not expect any charges on the person that returned fire.”…

Emma Colton, “Armed woman steps in to defend man shot in the face from aggressor,” FOX News, November 13, 2023.

Chicago, Illinois, November 6, 2023 (CWB Chicago)

The robbery began around 10:31 p.m. at California Liquors, 6343 North California Avenue.

Police said two offenders demanded money from the register while pointing guns at the 44-year-old cashier. During a struggle with the employee, one of the robbers hit the victim in the head with a glass bottle he grabbed from the store.

At that point, the cashier pulled out a gun and exchanged shots with the robbers, who fled…

CWB Chicago Staff, “Shootout erupts during North Side liquor store robbery,” CWB Chicago, November 7, 2023.

Chicago, Illinois, November 8, 2023 (CWB Chicago)

CPD said it began when a 29-year-old concealed carry license holder crashed his car shortly after 9 p.m. in the 700 block of South Desplaines, just south of the West Loop.

While he was dealing with the crash, a robbery crew rolled up in a black Dodge Charger, and three gunmen got out, police said. The victim pulled out his weapon and engaged the robbers in a gunfight. An officer who responded to the scene said more than 30 rounds were fired during the shootout, which left the victim with gunshot wounds to both legs and one of the robbers shot, too…

CWB Chicago Staff, “Gunfight leaves armed robber, victim injured downtown,” CWB Chicago, November 9, 2023.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, November 9, 2023 (Rocky Mount Telegram)

A man found shot late last week outside the South Rocky Mount Community Center now faces charges for firearms-related offenses tied to the incident that led to last week’s shooting.

Zykeveon Holden, 21, was arrested after being hospitalized, police said on Tuesday, and is suspected of being the initial aggressor in the shooting incident…

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, officers responded to the community center in reference to calls about a man who had been injured by gunfire, police said.

A preliminary investigation led police to believe that a dispute between Holden and other people started at the adjacent Rolling Meadows apartment complex and led to the shooting.

Police said the dispute escalated and moved to a grassy area outside the community center. An exchange of gunfire occurred and Holden suffered a shooting injury to one of his ankles. No one else was shot or injured…

Rocky Mount Telegram Staff, “Police say injured man was initial aggressor in shooting near community center,” Rocky Mount Telegram, November 14, 2023.

Baltimore, Maryland, November 11, 2023 (FOX Baltimore)

Sources confirm the teens were shot during an attempted armed robbery that had occurred minutes beforehand and about one mile from Johns Hopkins Hospital, on North Patterson Park Avenue, and may be connected to up to three crimes that occurred in the southeastern district…

The first crime was an attempted armed robbery near Eastern and South East Avenues around 8:30 p.m..

Then, the group of suspects allegedly struck again about a mile west, on Fait Avenue, off Boston Street.

Minutes later, police responded to a shot spotter alert on North Patterson Park Avenue…

BPD has not yet said what, if any, charges the 14 and 13-year-olds are facing, and if anyone else was taken into custody and charged.

Alexa Ashwell, “Sources say two teens shot during attempted robbery, may be connected to other crimes,” FOX Baltimore, November 13, 2023.

Pocatello, Idaho, November 13, 2023 (Idaho State Journal)

Police said the shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. Monday during an altercation in the pedestrian tunnel between Gonzales and another local man.

After the other man shot Gonzales in the face with a pistol, Gonzales fled the scene, police said. The other man called 911 to report the incident and cooperated with the responding officers, police said.

Pocatello police began searching for Gonzales and soon found him in a nearby alley…

The name of the man who shot Gonzales has not been released and as of Tuesday night no charges had been filed against him…

Kyle Riley, “Police: Man arrested after being shot in face during altercation at Center Street underpass in Pocatello,” Idaho State Journal, November 13, 2023.

Lumberton, Texas, November 15, 2023 (12 News Now)

The fatal shooting happened just before 8 p.m. outside the Papa John’s Pizza in the 200 block of Main St.

Palmore walked out of Papa John’s and got into an altercation with another customer that was about to enter the pizza shop according to Sullins…

Palmore “had words” with the other man just outside the door and after he pulled his gun the man’s son “stepped around and defended his dad,” Sullins told 12News on Thursday.

The son was lawfully carrying a concealed gun in a holster Sullins said…

Currently police are not anticipating that any charges will be filed, but they will still do a complete investigation he said…

Lupita Villarreal, Scott Eslinger, Kayla Choates, and Sierra Kondos, “Police: Shooter ‘defended his dad’ in fatal Lumberton shooting Wednesday night,” 12 News Now, November 15, 2023.

Borger, Texas, November 17, 2023 (ABC 7 News)

Around 3:40 p.m. Friday, Borger police responded to a “disturbance” in the 1200 block of Indiana Street.

Before they arrived, the 911 caller said the suspect and victim had left the scene and that the female was possibly being held against her will.

Officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one the suspect was driving when they left the scene.

Police tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver took off towards Fritch.

The chase ended near the Hutchison-Potter County line.

According to Chief Donnie Davis, “the male driver had been shot by a firearm that was inside the vehicle.”

A source told ABC 7 News, the victim pulled the trigger…

Jamie Burch, “Police chase ends when victim shoots man who took her hostage,” ABC 7 News, November 18, 2023.

Houston, Texas, November 18, 2023 (FOX 26 Houston)

The shooting was reported just before 2 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of W. Rankin Road near Spears-Gear Road.

Security guards reported that a group of men had tried to get into a club but were denied entry, police say. As they were walking back to their pickup truck, the suspect reportedly walked up from Rankin and tried to rob them, police say.

Police say the suspect and one of the men in the group both shot at each other. The suspect and one of the men in the group were struck by the gunfire…

FOX 26 Digital Staff, “Houston attempted robbery ends with suspect, man shot on W. Rankin: police,” FOX 26 Houston, November 18, 2023.

Chicago, Illinois, November 19, 2023 (FOX 32 Chicago)

Charges have been filed after a teenage boy exchanged gunfire with a CCL holder in Chicago’s Tri-Taylor neighborhood over the weekend.

A 27-year-old man was driving in the 1900 block of West Congress Parkway at about 12:55 a.m. Sunday when an offender in a blue vehicle fired shots at him. Police say the victim shot back…

Police say the shooter was identified as a 14-year-old boy. They arrested him in the 1900 block of W. Ogden on Wednesday.

The juvenile was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery/discharging a firearm and a misdemeanor for aggravated battery with the use of a deadly weapon.

Fox 32 Digital Staff, “Chicago police: Boy, 14, charged with shooting CCL holder in Tri-Taylor,” FOX 32 Chicago, November 30, 2023.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 19, 2023 (FOX News)

A man fired in self-defense during a fight Sunday night at a Philadelphia transit station outside City Hall, law enforcement sources told local media.

Philadelphia police officers responded to reports of shots fired at 15th Street Station around 10 p.m., Fox Philadelphia reported.

Law enforcement sources told the news outlet that several teenagers were attacking a man when he pulled out a gun and opened fire…

No injuries were reported…

Louis Casiano, “Man fires at teens in Philadelphia transit station in self-defense during attack: report,” Fox News, November 20, 2023.

Mesa, Arizona, November 20, 2023 (12 News)

The Mesa Police Department is investigating a possible shooting reported early Monday morning near Broadway and Dobson roads.

Officers were dispatched at about 3:45 a.m. to reports of a man who thought he had been shot in his chest. Upon arrival, officers discovered the man in his vehicle and he had actually be cut by broken glass. His injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, police said.

The man told Mesa police he was shot at by a group people in another vehicle and he returned fire with his own weapon. Police are checking the surrounding area for additional victims and the other involved vehicle has not been located…

Kevin Reagan, “Mesa police investigating shooting reported near Loop 101,” 12 News, November 20, 2023.

Las Vegas, Nevada, November 21, 2023 (8 News Now)

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials said on Nov. 21 at approximately 1:36 p.m., dispatchers received a report that a man, later identified as Robert Hoy, 69, had been shot in the 7200 block of Arroyo Crossing Parkway in the southwest Las Vegas valley, or Spring Valley.

Detectives investigating the shooting determined that the man, a retired LVMPD employee, was in his vehicle when Hoy parked directly behind the retired employee. Investigators say Hoy approached the retired employee’s vehicle with a firearm. The former LVMPD employee got out of his vehicle and fired at Hoy…

Investigators determined that the retired LVMPD employee should be released on the scene due to the evidence they obtained and the self-defensive nature of the shooting…

Justin Walker, “Charges to be determined for retired LVMPD employee in self-defense shooting, police say,” 8 News Now, November 29, 2023.

Bartlesville, Oklahoma, November 21, 2023 (FOX 32 News)

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said a bystander shot and killed a man in a truck after seeing it dragging an Osage Nation police officer Tuesday morning…

McKee said the driver of the truck, who they’re calling a suspect, was in the truck when the officer tried to speak to him about a stolen credit card.

“While that officer attempted to stop him, the suspect continued driving, dragging that police officer when the officer was trying to stop him,” McKee said.

McKee said another man, who is not an officer, saw what was happening, stepped in, and shot the suspect, killing him…

The OSBI says no one has been arrested and that the officer who was dragged by the truck is expected to be OK and wasn’t taken to the hospital…

Alex Cash, News Staff, “OSBI says bystander shot and killed man in truck dragging Osage Nation police officer,” FOX 32 News, November 21, 2023.

Tucson, Arizona, November 23, 2023 (

30-year-old Rudy Ochoa was involved in a serious argument with a woman he had previously been in a relationship with and a 23-year-old man.

Witnesses say Ochoa made threats he had a firearm.

All parties left in their cars and Ochoa started following them.

While they were driving, Ochoa continued to make threats and swerved his car towards them through the streets of midtown Tucson. 

The involved parties were able to get away from Ochoa near the 2500 block of East 21st Street. 

Ochoa soon arrived afterwards and another altercation ensued.

Ochoa approached the 23-year-old and the other woman as they sat in their car.

Ochoa continued the confrontation and was shot.

Detectives did not charge the 23-year-old man…

Sarika Sood, “Authorities release new details on Thanksgiving Day shooting,”, November 27, 2023.

Hendersonville, North Carolina, November 24, 2023 (FOX Carolina)

The Hendersonville Police Department has determined that a deadly shooting that took place in November was out of self-defense.

On Nov. 24, the department said a man was found shot to death in the head in the parking lot of Orchard Bar & Grill at Henderson Crossing around 2:36 a.m…

The man was identified as 30-year-old Elijah Edward Timmons III.

During a preliminary investigation, officers said they discovered Timmons was engaged in an altercation with a suspect before he was shot. They also found a gun that is believed to belong to Timmons.

After an extensive review review of evidence and consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, on Dec. 12, officials said the shooting death of Timmons is a case of self-defense.

As a result, murder charges will not be sought for the shooter, according to police…

Alvieann Chandler, “Police rule November deadly shooting in Hendersonville as self-defense,” FOX Carolina, December 12, 2023.

Hampton, Virginia, November 25, 2023 (WAVY)

A man suspected in two carjacking incidents in Hampton went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot by one of the victims, police confirmed…

Around 3:30 a.m., police were notified that a 37-year-old Hampton man had just been carjacked in the 3300 block of Commander Shepard Boulevard. He told police a suspect approached him at gunpoint and demanded his vehicle. Police located the stolen vehicle a short time later a couple miles away, in the 1600 block of Hardy Cash Drive.

Just after 5 a.m., police got a call about another carjacking incident in the 200 block of Marcella Road. In this case, the 29-year-old victim told police he was sitting in his vehicle, when a suspect demanded it at gunpoint. An altercation ensued, during which the victim fired his personal firearm at the suspect, police said.

A few minutes later, a gunshot victim showed up at Sentara CarePlex with life-threatening injuries. Investigators determined he was the suspect in the carjacking incidents…

Jane Alvarez-Wertz, “Suspect in two Hampton carjackings shot during second incident, police say,” WAVY, November 28, 2023.

Detroit, Michigan, November 25, 2023 (FOX 2 Detroit)

A Detroit gas station clerk acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a teen over the weekend, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Yaqoub Nagi, 17, walked into a gas station in the 9100 block of Dearborn Street just after 1:05 a.m. Saturday and walked behind the counter.

Authorities say Nagi was holding an object with his hands together pointing as if he had a handgun when confronted by the clerk. Because of this, the clerk fired at Nagi multiple times, killing him.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the clerk was defending himself under Michigan law.

“Last summer, there were a series of shootings at Detroit gas stations – some of them resulted in a loss of life. This case is yet another deadly shooting in a gas station, but the facts are very different. The evidence in this case shows that the actions of the store clerk were in lawful self-defense and as a result this office will not be charging him with any crime,” Worthy said.

Amber Ainsworth, “Shooting ruled self-defense after Detroit gas station clerk fatally shoots teen,” FOX 2 Detroit, November 29, 2023.

Odessa, Texas, November 27, 2023 (OA Online)

According to an Ector County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies received a disturbance call from West 42nd Street and Highway 302 around 5 p.m. Nov. 27.

When deputies arrived, a man said when he parked near the Aghorn lease road to call his boss about a suspicious vehicle, the driver of the vehicle pulled up next to his truck and began to beat the truck with a golf club, the report stated.

The man told deputies he thought the stranger was “trying to get to him anyway he could and hurt him,” so he shot the man from inside his truck, the report stated.

The man, later identified as Christopher Lynn Wiley, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Ector County jail…

Odessa American, “Man arrested in golf club attack,” OA Online, December 20, 2023.

New Orleans, Louisiana, November 27, 2023 (

Police have arrested a man they say instigated a shooting at the edge of the Marigny Monday afternoon that left three injured amid a hail of dozens of bullets.

Authorities say Rakheem Kenner and a friend pulled up in a white SUV just after 4 p.m. and opened fire on a man standing at Henriette Delille and St. Anthony streets, according to an affidavit seeking a warrant for Kenner’s arrest.

The man told police he shot back at Kenner in self defense, and surveillance footage shows the gunfire struck Kenner’s alleged accomplice, who died later at the hospital.

Kenner, 20, who was also wounded in the shooting, was booked Tuesday with attempted murder and second-degree murder in the crime. Investigators allege his friend’s death was “caused by (their) actions by initiating the incident by shooting,” the documents said…

Missy Wilkinson and Gabriella Killett, “New Orleans police arrest man for murder in Marigny shooting that left one dead, two injured,”, November 28, 2023.

Yorktown, Virginia, November 28, 2023 (WAVY)

Sheriff Ron Montgomery is expecting robbery and abduction charges against the suspect, who is from Newport News. He told 10 On Your Side that the suspect announced he was there to rob the store, took money, then started bringing the clerk to a bathroom. This is when the clerk got out a handgun and shot the suspect twice — once in the leg, and once in the abdomen…

We asked multiple Virginia attorneys about this case, on- and off-camera. They universally agree that the clerk had the legal right to defend themself…

She added that the justification of deadly force means there must be an active threat. Since the sheriff said the clerk shot the suspect while being abducted, the attorneys believe the clerk will likely face no charges for the shooting…

Nick Broadway, “Attorneys weigh in on legality of store clerk shooting a robbery suspect,” WAVY, November 29, 2023.

Memphis, Tennessee, November 28, 2023 (WREG)

No charges will be filed against a Dollar General employee who shot and killed a man during an alleged robbery at the store last month, the district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Robert Canada was identified as the suspect who was killed when a bystander, identified as an employee, opened fire on an armed robbery in progress at the Winchester Road store on Nov. 28.

The D.A.’s office said Canada and another man walked into the store and immediately robbed a female store clerk at gunpoint inside the store.

Another on-duty employee shot Canada once in the back, killing him.

After reviewing the surveillance video and the employee’s statement, the D.A.’s office determined that he acted in justifiable homicide defending himself and others…

Lisa Dandridge and David Royer, “No charges for Dollar General worker who shot robbery suspect: D.A.’s office,” WREG, December 7, 2023.

Red Springs, North Carolina, November 28, 2023 (CBS 17)

According to Captain Blakely with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place along Red Springs Road at approximately 7:35 p.m.

A juvenile boy was trying to steal a man’s car and shot him, Capt. Blakely said, when the man defended himself and shot back…

Ashley Anderson, “2 hospitalized after carjacking turned to double shooting in Hoke County, sheriff says,” CBS 17, November 29, 2023.