‘He reached around toward the deputy’s gun, and I just jumped him…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The National Rifle Association identified a number of recent incidents in which gun owners protected themselves and other innocent civilians.
In four cases, armed samaritans were able to thwart criminals without firing a shot.
A 70-year-old Arizona woman did not even have to shoot the suspect for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office to give her the “Lifesaving Award.”
Sherry King said a 34-year-old suspect, Darren Bruce Boone, pulled into her small business on July 2, St George News reported.
Deputy Jeff Davis followed behind Boone and asked for his driver’s license.
Boone did not cooperate and Davis tried to taser him.
King said she saw the suspect grab the taser then reach for the officer’s firearm.
“He reached around toward the deputy’s gun, and I just jumped him,” she said.
King said Boone pushed her down, at which point she pulled out her weapon and fired a warning shot into the air.
Boone fled the scene and a manhunt began.
The suspect later turned himself in, and he was charged with two felonies, aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest with physical force.
King said she has had a concealed carry permit since she was 25.
“My dad was a cop. I grew up on a firing range,” she said.
A grandson in Cleveland, Ohio protected his 79-year-old grandmother with a firearm on Wednesday, July 11, Cleveland.com reported.
A teenager approached the elderly woman, aimed a gun at her and said, “get out, I’m taking your car,” according to the incident report.
The grandson noticed the incident outside, grabbed his own firearm, and ordered the carjacker to leave his grandmother alone.
The teenage carjacker fled the scene.
A convenience store customer in Boonville, Missouri held a 26-year-old robber, Elijah Carter, at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him on Friday, July 6, Fox4KC reported.
In Milwaukee, an armed waitress defended her co-worker who was assaulted by pointing her weapon at the attacker until he ran, Fox News reported.
Alderman Bob Donovan released footage of the incident that occurred at the George Webb restaurant.
“I thank God the other waitress had a concealed carry weapon, has a permit… I shudder to think, had she not been there and had she not had this weapon, what this guy might have done,” Donovan said.
Police have not arrested the attacker.
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A few incidents this month required the armed citizen to use deadly force.
On July 2, a retired law enforcement officer used 2 AR-15s to stop a criminal on a rampage in Douglas County, Colorado, PoliceOne.com reported.
Police officers pursued 29-year-old Austin Benson, who had stolen a vehicle and shot randomly at passing cars during the chase.
Benson came to a campground, where retired officer Wesley Mattox was camping with his wife.
Benson pointed a rifle at Mattox before the retired officer pulled out an AR-15 and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon.
Benson fled in a vehicle while shooting at Mattox.
Mattox said he returned fire until Benson crashed.
The retired officer said he used all his ammunition, so he pulled a second rifle from his car and fired a single shot at Benson to see if he was conscious.
The suspect did not react.
Manitou Springs police arrived to find Benson alive but shot multiple times in the face and arm.
Benson faces six counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Police got into a high-speech chase with a man in Janesville, California on July 9, News 4 reported.
The suspect crashed his vehicle and fled on foot in a residential area.
He broke into a home, stole car keys, and began to drive away in a stolen vehicle.
The homeowner came outside with a handgun, and the suspect tried to run him over with the stolen vehicle.
The homeowner fired one bullet and killed the suspect.
Citizens use firearms for self-defense about 1.5 million times per year, according to a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.