Rocky Road: Texas Cyclists Defend Against Motorist Assault
A Houston couple were riding bicycles when a driver pulled up and told them they could not be riding in that area. The motorist drove off but returned a few minutes later and used his vehicle to hit the woman, knocking her off her bike. The woman’s male companion used a gun he carried to fire on the driver in defense of himself and his companion, hitting the driver twice and stopping the attack. Responding police arrested the attacking motorist for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
KTRK-TV Channel 13, Houston
Maine Man Defends Against Knife Attack
A man got into an argument with a Somerville resident, who drew a knife and stabbed him. The wounded man drew a pistol and fired on his attacker, causing him to flee. The attacker later died of his injuries. The Maine State Police will consult with the attorney general regarding whether to charge the shooter.
Florida Man Shoots Armed Robber
Two Lehigh Acres men on an evening stroll were confronted by an armed man who demanded money at gunpoint. One of the intended victims drew his own pistol and fired on the robber, mortally wounding him, but not before the assailant shot one of the victims in the exchange.
Alabama Auto Shop Worker Defeats Armed Robber
When a Birmingham auto repair shop worker opened for business at around 7:45 one morning, an armed young man accosted him in an attempt to rob the shop. The employee drew his own gun and fired on the robber, killing him and ending the incident.
Florida Homeowner Shoots Car Thief
A Cantonment homeowner heard noises outside his home at around 3 a.m. Arming himself with a handgun before investigating, he found a man inside his vehicle and ordered the man out of the car. The thief then tackled the homeowner. In the ensuing scuffle, the attacker was shot several times and fled the scene. Responding police found the perpetrator in a nearby wooded area, wounded in the legs and abdomen. He was arrested on several felony charges after his release from the hospital. The county sheriff said the defending homeowner would not be charged for defending himself.
Pensacola News Journal, Florida
Delaware Man Defends Against Knife Assailant
A Hartly man was at home with three guests early one morning when one of them suddenly became violent and assaulted the others with a knife, wounding several. One of the wounded victims took up a shotgun and shot the assailant in the leg, stopping the attack. Responding police transported the perpetrator to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Virginia Good Samaritan Apprehends Fugitive
A Newport News man wanted on several charges, including assaulting a police officer, was being chased by police when he fired on his pursuers. As the fugitive headed toward an embankment to an overpass, an armed citizen who had observed the exchange stopped the fugitive and held him at gunpoint for police. The unnamed armed citizen was praised by the local police chief for detaining the fugitive and likely saving lives.
West Virginia Family Defends Against Home Invaders
Two men, one of whom was armed with an ax handle, broke into the home of a Berkeley Springs family at around 6:30 a.m. In the ensuing melee, the homeowner and his mother were assaulted with the ax handle, the homeowner suffering a fractured skull. The victim’s mother took up a rifle and fired on the intruders, putting them to flight. One burglar was later arrested at his home by responding police, while the second is being sought on an arrest warrant stemming from his involvement in the incident.
Morgan Messenger, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
Pennsylvania Argument Over Car Leads to Domestic Violence
A Mount Oliver woman had her car damaged by her ex-boyfriend at roughly 9 a.m. The incident led to the ex-boyfriend trying to force his way into the woman’s apartment. He was stopped in his break-in attempt by a young man who was a friend of the woman. The friend shot the intruder in the leg, causing him to flee. Investigating police were able to apprehend the intruder nearby and arrest him. Police are working with local prosecutors to determine what, if any, charges will be filed.
KDKA-TV Channel 2, Pittsburgh
Armed Illinois Bystander Defends Against Mass Shooter
An armed Chicago citizen watched in horror as a man opened fire on three people. The citizen drew his own legally carried firearm and shot the offender, wounding him in the hip and arm and allowing the police to subdue and arrest him.
Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois
Tennessee Homeowner Resists Armed Robber
One afternoon, an armed man and two accomplices forced their way into a Knoxville couple’s home and demanded money at gunpoint. Rather than comply, one of the homeowners took up a gun and shot the armed robber, killing him. The other two intruders, a man and a woman, fled the scene and were apprehended later by responding police.
WBIR-TV Channel 10, Knoxville, Tennessee
Georgia Delivery Driver Shoots Knife-Armed Robber
When a Brunswick pizza-delivery man arrived to a vacant mobile home to deliver a pizza at around 11 p.m., a man armed with a knife confronted him and demanded money. The driver pulled his handgun and shot the robber, who died at the scene. No charges will be filed against the pizza driver, who was defending himself, and so far there is no word from the corporate pizza chain about whether the driver will face termination.
WJXT-TV Channel 4, Jacksonville, Florida