Another gun saves a life.
How is this for an armed citizen story?! A 91-year-old man in Michigan shot a man who tried to rob him on Monday in a parking lot at a local Rite Aid pharmacy. As the suspect walked closer, the man told him he holds a concealed pistol license (CPL), but the suspect didn’t care.
When the suspect aimed something at him, the elderly man whipped out his gun and shot him:
“The person who fired the shots had a CPL and was lawfully carrying a handgun,” said [deputy Chief Eric] Keiser. “He said he defended himself when he was attacked.”
The Detroit News reported:
“He attempted to rob (the victim) and (the victim) had a CPL and ended up shooting the suspect,” [Sgt. Martin] Campbell said. “It’s as simple as that.”
The would-be robber was struck in the neck and fled across Gratiot, where he was arrested by responding officers.
“Two detectives found him walking over there,” Campbell said. “He had a gunshot wound to the neck but he was talking and acting erratic.”
The erratic behavior initially prompted alarm bells for his intended target, Campbell said.
“The suspect approached and began to act erratic. (The victim) told him he had a gun, he warned him three or four times and even had the gun pointed at him,” Campbell said. “But the suspect kept coming and pointed an unknown object at the victim.”
The police could only find the elderly’s man gun, but they said the man acted in self-defense:
The CPL holder went to the Eastpointe police station following the incident to give his statement, Campbell said. He is cooperating with authorities, who currently are treating the incident as self-defense.
“Nothing’s ever clear cut but that’s what we’re calling it right now: an attempted robbery shooting,” Campbell said.
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