Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 28 Cases During February 2024

May 30, 2024 | Defensive Gun Use

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, February 2, 2024 (6abc Action News)

Upper Darby police say at about 12:30 a.m., a white Kia sideswiped another car in the 300 block of Richfield Road. The victim followed the car, looking to have a word with the driver when they were stopped at a light at the intersection of Marshall and Hampton roads.

“That’s when the rear passenger got out and confronted him and tried to carjack his vehicle and there was an exchange of gunfire,” Bernhardt said.

One of those shots hit the alleged carjacker in the back, and authorities said he jumped back into the Kia which sped off. An Upper Darby officer heard the gunfire and called for backup…

The victim in this case is a 38-year-old man from Upper Darby. Police don’t yet know if he fired the shot that hit the carjacker, but they do say the victim is licensed to carry

6abc Digital Staff, “Carjacking investigations ends in crash outside Lansdowne police station,” 6abc Action News, February 2,2024.

Rosedale, Maryland, February 4, 2024 (FOX Baltimore)

The shooting happened at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday evening on Marquette Road near St. Regis Road in the Garden Village Park area in Rosedale.

According to charging documents, obtained by Fox45 News, an argument between the victim and 19-year-old suspect Alexis Valencia–with the other juvenile suspects–triggered the gun violence.

After the victim was shot, according to charging documents, Valencia told the female suspect to “shoot the boy (the victim) in the head.” She did not–but did, according to police, strike the victim in the head multiple times with the handgun.

We’ve learned a neighbor who heard the gunshot grabbed his firearm and ran to the scene of the shooting, According to charging documents, he arrived at the playground area, saw the female holding a gun near the victim, and ordered her to put down the gun. Investigators say she threw it in his direction…

The suspects ran off, then sped away in a car. The neighbor with the gun was able to get a license plate number. That helped police track the suspects to the house on Glenarm Avenue where police arrested them…

Keith Daniels, “Charging docs reveal dramatic details in shooting of 16-year-old boy; suspects arrested,” FOX Baltimore, February 5, 2024.

Marysville, Washington, February 4, 2024 (KING 5)

According to the Marysville Police Department, officers responded to 911 reports of gunfire in the 8400 block of 41st Drive NE.

Police said three armed suspects arrived at the location in a stolen vehicle and confronted a homeowner who had just arrived home. Gunfire was exchanged between the two parties leading to the suspects fleeing the area on foot.

Police said multiple nearby homes and vehicles were struck by gunfire. Fortunately, no one was hurt…

KING 5 Staff, “Police investigating after 3 suspects, homeowner exchange gunfire in Marysville,” KING 5, February 5, 2024.

Greensboro, North Carolina, February 5, 2024 (WFMY News 2)

We are learning more information on the shooting that happened Monday morning at Batteries Plus on Battleground Avenue.

WFMY News 2 obtained 911 calls from the robbery. In one of the calls, an employee is heard telling the dispatcher that gunfire was exchanged between him and the suspect…

Greensboro police did confirm gunfire was exchanged between a worker and the suspect.

The robbery happened just after 8:30 a.m. Monday when a man in a ski mask went inside the store and shot at the worker who was opening up. The man ran out of the store with approximately $900 and the windows of the store were also shot out, according to police…

Teyah Glenn, “’He did shoot at me,’ Batteries Plus worker details gunfire exchange with robbery suspect on 911 call,” WFMY News 2, February 6, 2024.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 6, 2024 (6abc Action News)

It happened just before 4 p.m. outside of an auto shop on the 5300 block of Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia…

Surveillance video of the incident showed that a shooter opened fire in the area. Moments later, another man is seen pulling out a gun and firing back.

That second man is the father of the boy who was injured. He told Action News he was defending his son…

Officers told Action News that the 43-year-old, who is a mechanic, was the target of this shooting…

Investigators believe the 12-year-old was caught in the crossfire…

Seeing his son injured is what prompted the father to fire back. He says he then grabbed his son and drove off to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center…

No arrests have been made but police say a weapon was recovered at the scene…

6abc Digital Staff, Beccah Hendrickson, and Corey Davis, “Father describes firing back after 12-year-old son shot while caught in crossfire in SW Philadelphia,” 6abc Action News, February 7, 2024.

Fort Worth, Texas, February 7, 2024 (FOX 4 KDFW)

Police responded to a call on South Creek Drive at around 1 a.m.

Witnesses told officers that a group of three dogs had bit one individual and were trying to attack others.

A person who saw what was happening, and shot and killed one of the dogs, according to police.

That person called police and cooperated with investigators. The shooter is not expected to be charged…

FOX 4 Staff, “Dog shot and killed by witness after attack, Fort Worth police say,” FOX 4 KDFW, February 7, 2024.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 8, 2024 (WAFB 9News)

The shooting reportedly happened on Thursday, Feb. 8, just before 10 p.m. apartment complex on 72nd Avenue in Baton Rouge.

According to arrest records, Johnson dropped a woman off to wash clothes, and when he returned, he started yelling at her and grabbed her by the back of her neck while she was trying to put clothes in the trunk of her car, which her 17-month-old was also in.

Arrest records state he walked up to the door, cursing and yelling for her to “hurry up.”

Officials said another woman and a man attempted to “settle down the argument,” which led to a fight, and Johnson got a gun from the vehicle and shot at them, hitting the man in the hand.

The person who was injured shot back at Johnson, hitting him in the stomach, added officials.

WAFB Staff, “BRPD: Man arrested after allegedly shooting person trying to ‘settle down argument’,” WAFB 9News, March 18, 2024.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 9, 2024 (The Fitler Focus)

According to witnesses, two men entered the park through the Schuylkill River Trail and began shooting toward the basketball court, striking the 17-year-old victim once in the left arm. The victim was transported by police to Jefferson University Hospital, where he remains in recovery.

At the time of the shooting, a children’s Valentine’s Day event was being held at Markward Recreation Center on park grounds. Several children were in attendance at the event, as well as three rec center employees…

Witnesses stated that gunfire was returned from the basketball court; it is unknown whether the victim or another individual returned fire. Police recovered four firearms from the scene…

James Young and David Aragon, “Feb 9 Schuylkill River Park Shooting Unfolded Near Children’s Valentine’s Event,” The Fitler Focus, February 19, 2024.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, February 11, 2024 (Las Cruces Sun-News, KFOX)

District Attorney Gerald Byers will not prosecute the man who stopped a fatal attack on a Las Cruces Police officer, a decision announced Feb. 29…

Hernandez was dispatched to the intersection of Valley Drive and Road for a trespassing call…

During the conversation, Silva pulled out a knife and approached Hernandez.

As Hernandez turned to avoid Silva, he tripped.

Silva then jumped on top of Hernandez and stabbed him several times.

About 15 seconds later a witness, who police identified as Issiah Astorga intervened…

According to a statement from Astorga that was released on Thursday, he saw that Silva had control over the officer. That prompted him to use a personal handgun that was in his vehicle and run toward the altercation.

“Due to the severe bleeding from the officer, I knew that the individual approaching me had a weapon. Fearing for my life, my girlfriend’s life, and the officer’s life, I fired my handgun,” Astorga said in a released statement. “When I felt that it was safe to do so, I tried my best to aid the injured officer.”…

Jessica Onsurez and Jason Groves, “Man who intervened in killing of Las Cruces Officer Jonah Hernandez won’t be charged,” Las Cruces Sun-News, February 29, 2024.
KFOX Staff, “Police release video of New Mexico officer’s deadly stabbing,” KFOX, March 1, 2024.

Surprise, Arizona, February 11, 2024 (Arizona’s Family)

Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the fast food restaurant near Prasada Parkway and Waddell Road, near Loop 303, after reports of a person with a gun. Police say that 24-year-old Adrian Garduno was in his vehicle in the drive-thru when an argument broke out with two others in a separate vehicle. As the argument escalated, Garduno got out of his vehicle, pulled a gun and pointed it at the other people, according to police. That’s when a man in the other vehicle shot Garduno multiple times.

The shooting happened while officers were still en route, and Garduno was later pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the man who shot Garduno stayed on the scene and cooperated with the investigation. He was later released without any charges…

Kit Silavong, “Man shot dead at Surprise Taco Bell drew gun first, police say,” Arizona’s Family, February 12, 2024.

Houston, Texas, February 13, 2024 (KTRK)

Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene in the 300 block of Parramatta Lane near Imperial Valley Drive at about 3:12 a.m. after a man called saying he had shot someone, police said.

The suspected shooter was sleeping in the back seat of his four-door pickup truck when another man, believed to be armed, entered the truck and tried to rob him, Gonzalez said.

“The decedent was apparently burglarizing a number of vehicles in the parking lot – climbed into the reportee’s pickup truck. The reportee was armed with an AR-15 rifle,” HCSO Sgt. Ben Beall said.

The burglary suspect was shot several times and died on the scene…

Courtney Carpenter, “Man sleeping in truck shot and killed intruder who allegedly tried to rob him: Sheriff,” KTRK, February 13, 2024.

Hialeah, Florida, February 14, 2024 (NBC Miami)

According to Miami-Dade Police, officers responded to the area of Northwest 79th Avenue and 194th Street just after 2:30 a.m. regarding a person being shot.

Authorities said the suspect was breaking into a vehicle when he was confronted by the owner of the car and an altercation ensued. The car owner then pulled out a gun and shot the suspect, police said…

Monica Galarza, “Car owner fatally shoots burglar outside NW Miami-Dade home: Police,” NBC Miami, February 14, 2024.

Cheyenne, Wyoming, February 15, 2024 (Wyoming News Now)

On Thursday, February 15, 2024, around 2:00 p.m. Cheyenne Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 3300 block of Dunn Avenue. Responding officers determined that three men had been shot.

Police say that 24-year-old James Gulley and another person were parked in a vehicle when 22-year-old Mauricio Dominguez and 18-year-old Leandro Dominguez pulled up next to them. Mauricio Domingo got out of the vehicle brandishing a large pipe wrench in a threatening manner. Gulley also exited the vehicle, pulled out a gun, and allegedly shot at Mauricio Domingez multiple times, killing him. Gulley called 911 to report the incident.

According to police, Leandro Dominguez then drove to his nearby home, got a gun, and returned. Leandro Domingez allegedly pointed the gun toward Gulley and the passenger and shot at Gulley. Gulley shot back.

Both shooters were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Although there were several bystanders in the area, no other injuries were reported. One person was nearly struck by the bullets…

Wyoming News Now Staff, “Suspect arrested in Cheyenne shooting,” Wyoming News Now, February 16, 2024.

Kent, Washington, February 16, 2024 (KOMO News, Kent Reporter)

A 29-year-old man was fatally shot while riding a King County Metro bus that was traveling through Kent Friday afternoon.

Kent police said officers responded to a 911 call around 1 p.m. that reported a shooting that occurred on a King County Metro bus, which had stopped at the 200 block of Central Ave. S.

Rayford had reportedly attacked a 35-year-old man on the bus. The man suffered minor injuries and cuts and bruises to his face…

Rayford got on the bus at an unknown location, according to Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla in his Public Safety Report Feb. 20 to the City Council. He went to the back of the bus, confronted the victim and physically assaulted him by hitting him in the head until he nearly passed out, Padilla said.

“The man pulled out his handgun and shot one time,” Padilla said.

No information was released about why Rayford attacked the man.

The man was lawfully allowed to be in possession of the firearm, Padilla said. King County prosecutors reviewed the case and decided no charges would be filed against the man.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” Padilla said. “But under the law it’s defined as self-defense.”

KOMO News Staff, “29-year-old shot and killed on King County Metro bus in Kent,” KOMO News, February 16, 2024.
Steve Hunter, “Man, 29, fatally shot on Metro bus in Kent identified,” Kent Reporter, February 23, 2024.

Riverside, California, February 17, 2024 (KTLA)

What began as a regular work day turned into a chaotic one at Geneva Jewelry at Canyon Crest Town Center in Riverside.

At around 11 a.m. Saturday, two robbers wearing masks and hoodies followed a customer into the store and began smashing the display cases with hammers while loading up the merchandise into their bags…

Torchia’s father was working at the counter when the suspects entered and began smashing the display cases. That’s when he walked over to a back room and retrieved his firearm. He then several fired shots into the floor to scare off the thieves.

“Once they got scared, they fell to the floor,” Michaelangelo said. “They ran out.”…

Jas Kang, “Shots fired by owner in Riverside jewelry store smash-and-grab,” KTLA, February 17, 2024.

Swansea, Massachusetts, February 19, 2024 (

The incident report says police were called to BayCoast Bank on Swansea Mall Drive just after 12:40 p.m. Monday for a robbery in progress. The courier, a 25-year-old man, said he was dropping off cash that he had just picked up the dispensaries. He later told police he believed a “large sum of money” was stolen, estimating it to be no less than $37,000.

In recounting the robbery, the courier said he was at the dropbox outside the bank when he was approached by the two suspects. One of them pushed a handgun into his torso, he said, then cable-tied his hands before starting to take the bags of cash…

One of the suspects tried to disarm the courier, who had a gun in a hip holster, but he resisted and was pepper-sprayed. Police noted that the courier had a license to carry.

The report says the courier eventually freed his right hand and fired three shots at the suspects, who drove off in a U-Haul van, which police later learned was stolen out of Abington…

Shaun Towne, “Courier: At least $37K was stolen during Swansea armed robbery,”, March 1, 2024.

Palm Beach, Florida, February 22, 2024 (Palm Beach Daily News)

A mid-afternoon road rage incident in a busy area of Palm Beach resulted in charges for a Wellington man who police say pointed a gun at another motorist who had two children in his car.

Police said the incident happened about 3:15 p.m. Thursday on South Ocean Boulevard near Worth Avenue…

When the older man pulled alongside the Honda, the woman confirmed that the Wellington man raised his gun and pointed it toward the other car, police said. She told officers that they drove away when the front vent window suddenly shattered…

Investigators found that the 37-year-old Hyundai driver acted in self defense when he shot toward the Honda, because “he believed his life and the lives of his children were in danger” when the Wellington man pointed his gun at them, the arrest report states…

Kristina Webb, “Police: Road rage between men led to self-defense shooting; one charged in Palm Beach,” Palm Beach Daily News, February 23, 2024.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 24, 2024 (Downtown Pittsburgh News)

Akil Raheem Tennyson, 31, was thrown out of the 703 Social Club in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood at about 2 a.m. Saturday because he was fighting with another man, according to a criminal complaint.

Shortly after leaving the Brighton Road establishment, Tennyson returned to the street outside the bar and opened fire, shooting at Warren Thompson, another bar patron, at least 15 times, police say.

As Tennyson fled down Brighton Road, a witness fired a shot in Tennyson’s direction, according to the complaint…

Pittsburgh police charged Tennyson on Saturday with criminal homicide, two counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person, and firearms charges, court records show…

Justin Vellucci, “1 man charged, another dead in Marshall-Shadeland bar shooting,” Downtown Pittsburgh News, February 28, 2024.

Austin, Texas, February 24, 2024 (KXAN)

APD responded to the shooting on Feb. 24 around 2 p.m. after a caller said they “shot someone in self-defense,” the release said…

Detectives and crime scene specialists determined that Hernandez was slashing the callers’ tires with a knife. When the caller confronted Hernandez, police said Hernandez threatened the caller with the knife. The caller then shot Hernandez, the release said.

Police said the caller remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, according to the release. APD is investigating this case as Austin’s 10th homicide of 2024…

Andrew Schnitker, “Man tells APD shooting in ‘self-defense’ after tires slashed,” KXAN, February 28, 2024.

Chicago, Illinois, February 24, 2024 (ABC7 Chicago)

The attempted robbery and shooting happened Saturday just before 11 a.m. in the 0-100-block of North Wabash Avenue in the Loop, Chicago police said.

The offender entered a Loop business and unsuccessfully attempted to take property, police said. Another person with a FOID card and a Concealed-Carry License drew their firearm and shot the offender.

The attempted robbery suspect fled the scene, but was located by police nearby and arrested. They were taken to a hospital where they were initially reported to be stable with a gunshot wound, police said…

ABC7 Chicago Digital Team, “2 suspects released without charges in Loop attempted jewelry store robbery on Wabash,” ABC7 Chicago, February 26, 2024.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 24, 2024 (6abc Action News)

Police say it started as a robbery on a Broad Street Line train near the Hunting Park Avenue stop.

The victim of the robbery was armed and opened fire on the attackers.

The man, who had a permit to carry, pulled out his gun during the struggle.

Police say the gun went off during the altercation, missing the attempted robbers but striking a 22-year-old bystander. He was rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police have not charged the shooter at this point but have since identified 23-year-old Marquan Best and 21-year-old Trevon Gordon as the robbery suspects and took them into custody.

6abc Digital Staff, “SEPTA shooting: 2 arrested in Feb. Broad St. Line attempted robbery after bystander shot by victim,” 6abc Action News, March 8, 2024.

Denver, Colorado, February 25, 2024 (9NEWS)

The shooting happened Feb. 25 at a former TJ Maxx that is being converted into a supermarket near Wadsworth Boulevard and Belleview Avenue in southwest Denver…

The manager told police he was checking up on the site because of recent issues with copper thefts and that he took his .40 caliber gun with him “because he was unsure of what/who he may encounter upon entering.”

The manager said a man and a woman “who were robbing him came at him with duct tape, the male party was wearing a mask, and they both had construction vests on.”

The manager fired several shots, hitting Timothy Walker, 40, who died on the scene. Patience McFall, 37, was shot once. McFall was ultimately pronounced dead at the hospital…

Last week, a spokesperson for Denver’s District Attorney indicated charges would not be filed against the construction manager because “there is a significant claim of self-defense on the part of the shooter.”…

Jeremy Jojola, “New documents describe what happened before fatal shooting at construction site,” 9NEWS, March 19, 2024.

Memphis, Tennessee, February 25, 2024 (WREG)

Officers responded to the shooting at 1865 Rile Street at 9:13 a.m. Police say the man was located and transported to Regional One Hospital in critical condition.

A member of the church says the pastor, identified as 70-year-old Clemmie Livingston Jr., was shot while attempting to stop two men from stealing a Sunday school teacher’s car…

A second person, who was outside of the church, reportedly fired shots back at the suspects after Livingston was shot…

Megan Fayard and Quametra Wilborn, “Pastor shot, critically injured at South Memphis church,” WREG, February 26, 2024.

Nashville, Tennessee, February 26, 2024 (

Detectives said a preliminary investigation indicates the rideshare drive called 911 twice Monday, first at 9:57 p.m. from the 1100 block of Broadway, where he reported that he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by an individual in his vehicle, but the call disconnected before additional information could be obtained.

He then called 911 again at 10:14 p.m., reporting he had just shot a man who robbed and kidnapped him. He said he was at the Herman Street and 16th Avenue North intersection.

Gardner was found unresponsive on the ground as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He then died at the scene, according to police. A loaded pistol was located on the sidewalk near him while the driver’s pistol was found in the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet Tahoe.

MNPD said the rideshare driver fully cooperated with Homicide Unit detectives and gave a detailed statement at police headquarters. According to the driver, he gave Gardner a ride to a public housing area when Gardner became agitated, pulled a gun and began making threats.

The driver was released after giving his statement, police said…

Alicia Patton and Erin McCullough, “Police investigating deadly shooting near North Nashville intersection,”, February 27, 2024.

Birmingham, Alabama, February 26, 2024 (

No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Raul Angel Cajigas Jr., who may have been in the course of committing a robbery when he was shot Feb. 26, said Birmingham Police Officer Truman Fitzgerald.

The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. Feb. 26 in the 200 block of Third Avenue S.W. That location is the University Crossings apartments, formerly known as Montello Gardens, in the Titusville community…

Once on the scene, police found Cajigas on the sidewalk near the road. He was rushed to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead later that night…

Howard Koplowitz, “Hoover man killed in Birmingham may have been committing robbery while he was shot; death ruled justifiable,”, March 8, 2024.

San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2024 (NEWS 4 San Antonio)

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday off Caribou Creek near Farm-to-Market 78 and Woodlake Parkway on the East Side.

The homeowner told police that he saw two people trying to break into his car. He confronted both of them and opened fire.

One of the suspects was shot in both legs…

SBG San Antonio Staff Reports, “Homeowner shoots burglary suspect during attempted car break-in on East Side,” NEWS 4 San Antonio, February 27, 2024.

Sterling Heights, Michigan, February 27, 2024 (FOX 2 Detroit)

A woman assaulted by a mother and daughter – and who is a concealed pistol license holder – pulled her pistol and shot both attackers…

The incident happened when the mother and daughter inside a Jeep Compass followed the victim inside her Dodge Durango going to Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Schoenherr.

The Durango driver stopped at a stop sign in the shopping plaza near Carrabbas when the mother and daughter got out of their SUV, went to the driver’s side, and began physically assaulting her…

On March 12, the Warrant Unit denied charges against the driver of the Durango citing self-defense.

David Komer, “Road rage shooting: No charges for woman who wounded mother, daughter in Sterling Heights,” FOX 2 Detroit, March 12, 2024.

Atlanta, Georgia, February 28, 2024 (Atlanta Police Department News)

On 2/28/24, around 12:46am, officers responded to 2299 Beecher Rd in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers learned the male shot had fled the scene and transported himself to Grady. Preliminary investigation indicates the male was involved in an ongoing dispute with his ex-girlfriend and confronted her and her family outside of her home. The male discharged a firearm into the air in front of the home while confronting his ex-girlfriends family members. After demanding the male to leave multiple times, the mother of the ex-girlfriend then discharged her firearm striking the male aggressor…

Staff, “Aggravated Assault: 2299 Beecher Rd,” Atlanta Police Department News, February 28, 2024.