True Stories — February/March 2019

House Call: Armed Georgia Citizen Stops Robbery at Waffle House

An armed man announced a robbery to the employees of a Waffle House in Villa Rica around 12:30 a.m. Unbeknownst to the robber and the employees, one of the restaurant’s patrons was legally armed. Seeing the robbery going down, the citizen drew his pistol and shot the robber, putting him to flight and ending the incident. There has been no comment so far from Waffle House corporate officials, who have a policy forbidding firearms on restaurant premises except for law enforcement and security officers.

The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia

Washington State Man Defends Against Road-Rage Attack

A Joyce man was driving home when another car passed him and then stopped in the middle of the road. After the man drove around the vehicle and continued on, the other vehicle sideswiped him, causing him to crash his car. As the victim exited his vehicle after the crash, the other driver assaulted him about the head and shoulders. Fearing for his life, the victim drew his legally carried pistol and fired on his attacker, wounding him in the arm. Investigating police say the victim’s actions look like self-defense and will recommend charges against the attacker.

Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Washington

Battered California Woman Shoots Captor With His Own Gun

A Thousand Oaks woman was held at gunpoint and sexually abused for several hours. While her captor was briefly distracted, the woman acquired his gun and shot him with it, allowing herself an opportunity to escape. Responding police found the assailant with a serious gunshot wound and later found his victim, who had taken refuge in a nearby apartment complex. The captor will face multiple felony charges upon his release from the hospital.

USA Today

Armed Texan Fights Off Motor Vehicle Assailant

When someone tried to run him over with a car, a Brazos River Acres man didn’t take it lying down. He drew a pistol and fired on the driver, hitting him and ending the attack. Responding police airlifted the attacker to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-lethal injuries after his intended victim performed first aid on him.

Hood County News, Texas

Michigan Mother Kills Husband in Defense of Son

A family quarrel turned deadly when a Detroit man brandished a pistol and pointed it at his stepson. The boy’s mother tried to intervene in defense of her son, but her husband fought her off. Seeing her husband’s finger on the trigger of the pistol that was pointed at her son, the wife used her own pistol to shoot her husband several times, killing him. Investigators say the shooting appears to be self-defense.

Fox TV Channel 2, Detroit, Michigan

Colorado Homeowner Defends Against Home Invader

A Colorado Springs woman was downstairs one evening when she noticed a strange man at the rear of the house. She alerted her husband, who was upstairs, and then reported the home invasion to local police. Her husband, meanwhile, grabbed a shotgun and responded to his wife’s call for help. The home invader attacked the husband, who defended himself with the shotgun. Responding police had to use a Taser to subdue the wounded assailant for transport to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. Police indicated the shooting appeared to be self-defense.

KKTV Channel 11, Colorado Springs, Colorado

New Mexico Homeowner Shoots Burglar in Early Morning

An Albuquerque man was roused early one morning when his alarm system indicated that the garage door had been opened. The homeowner took up a gun to investigate and was subsequently forced to shoot when a burglar confronted him inside the home. Responding police found the burglar dead in the driveway. Investigators will refer the case to the district attorney’s office for review.

KREEK-TV Channel 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico

West Virginia Mom Shoots Rapist

Hearing a commotion in her 12-year-old daughter’s room at about 2 a.m., a Morgantown mother armed herself with a shotgun and proceeded to investigate. Upon entering the daughter’s room, she found a strange man struggling with her daughter. When the assailant turned to face her, the mother fired one blast from the shotgun, catching him full in the face and taking off most of his head. The daughter was physically unharmed, though traumatized by the attack. Authorities described her attacker as a notorious pedophile with a string of known offenses against young victims. West Virginia is a Castle Doctrine state, and charges against the defending mother appear unlikely at this point.

ABC14News.com

Armed Bystander Saves Florida Woman From Sexual Assault

A Clay County woman was shopping in a Walmart when a young man approached her, threatened her with a knife and asked her for sex. Fortunately, a Florida concealed carry permit holder was nearby, heard the threat and drew a pistol, causing the aggressor to flee the store. Responding police caught and arrested the subject within 10 minutes. The woman was extremely grateful for the intervention of the legally armed citizen.

Breitbart.com

Florida Man Defends Against Gas Station Robbers

A West Palm Beach man was returning to his car after paying for gas at around 7 one morning when three men approached him and demanded money. Rather than comply, and fearing for his life in the face of three assailants, the would-be victim drew his legally carried pistol and fired on the trio, hitting one and putting all three to flight.

The Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

House Call: Armed Georgia Citizen Stops Robbery at Waffle House

An armed man announced a robbery to the employees of a Waffle House in Villa Rica around 12:30 a.m. Unbeknownst to the robber and the employees, one of the restaurant’s patrons was legally armed. Seeing the robbery going down, the citizen drew his pistol and shot the robber, putting him to flight and ending the incident. There has been no comment so far from Waffle House corporate officials, who have a policy forbidding firearms on restaurant premises except for law enforcement and security officers.

The Telegraph, Macon, Georgia

Washington State Man Defends Against Road-Rage Attack

A Joyce man was driving home when another car passed him and then stopped in the middle of the road. After the man drove around the vehicle and continued on, the other vehicle sideswiped him, causing him to crash his car. As the victim exited his vehicle after the crash, the other driver assaulted him about the head and shoulders. Fearing for his life, the victim drew his legally carried pistol and fired on his attacker, wounding him in the arm. Investigating police say the victim’s actions look like self-defense and will recommend charges against the attacker.

Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Washington

Battered California Woman Shoots Captor With His Own Gun

A Thousand Oaks woman was held at gunpoint and sexually abused for several hours. While her captor was briefly distracted, the woman acquired his gun and shot him with it, allowing herself an opportunity to escape. Responding police found the assailant with a serious gunshot wound and later found his victim, who had taken refuge in a nearby apartment complex. The captor will face multiple felony charges upon his release from the hospital.

USA Today

Armed Texan Fights Off Motor Vehicle Assailant

When someone tried to run him over with a car, a Brazos River Acres man didn’t take it lying down. He drew a pistol and fired on the driver, hitting him and ending the attack. Responding police airlifted the attacker to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-lethal injuries after his intended victim performed first aid on him.

Hood County News, Texas

Michigan Mother Kills Husband in Defense of Son

A family quarrel turned deadly when a Detroit man brandished a pistol and pointed it at his stepson. The boy’s mother tried to intervene in defense of her son, but her husband fought her off. Seeing her husband’s finger on the trigger of the pistol that was pointed at her son, the wife used her own pistol to shoot her husband several times, killing him. Investigators say the shooting appears to be self-defense.

Fox TV Channel 2, Detroit, Michigan

Colorado Homeowner Defends Against Home Invader

A Colorado Springs woman was downstairs one evening when she noticed a strange man at the rear of the house. She alerted her husband, who was upstairs, and then reported the home invasion to local police. Her husband, meanwhile, grabbed a shotgun and responded to his wife’s call for help. The home invader attacked the husband, who defended himself with the shotgun. Responding police had to use a Taser to subdue the wounded assailant for transport to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. Police indicated the shooting appeared to be self-defense.

KKTV Channel 11, Colorado Springs, Colorado

New Mexico Homeowner Shoots Burglar in Early Morning

An Albuquerque man was roused early one morning when his alarm system indicated that the garage door had been opened. The homeowner took up a gun to investigate and was subsequently forced to shoot when a burglar confronted him inside the home. Responding police found the burglar dead in the driveway. Investigators will refer the case to the district attorney’s office for review.

KREEK-TV Channel 13, Albuquerque, New Mexico

West Virginia Mom Shoots Rapist

Hearing a commotion in her 12-year-old daughter’s room at about 2 a.m., a Morgantown mother armed herself with a shotgun and proceeded to investigate. Upon entering the daughter’s room, she found a strange man struggling with her daughter. When the assailant turned to face her, the mother fired one blast from the shotgun, catching him full in the face and taking off most of his head. The daughter was physically unharmed, though traumatized by the attack. Authorities described her attacker as a notorious pedophile with a string of known offenses against young victims. West Virginia is a Castle Doctrine state, and charges against the defending mother appear unlikely at this point.

ABC14News.com

Armed Bystander Saves Florida Woman From Sexual Assault

A Clay County woman was shopping in a Walmart when a young man approached her, threatened her with a knife and asked her for sex. Fortunately, a Florida concealed carry permit holder was nearby, heard the threat and drew a pistol, causing the aggressor to flee the store. Responding police caught and arrested the subject within 10 minutes. The woman was extremely grateful for the intervention of the legally armed citizen.

Breitbart.com

Florida Man Defends Against Gas Station Robbers

A West Palm Beach man was returning to his car after paying for gas at around 7 one morning when three men approached him and demanded money. Rather than comply, and fearing for his life in the face of three assailants, the would-be victim drew his legally carried pistol and fired on the trio, hitting one and putting all three to flight.

The Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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