91-Year-Old CPL Defends Self from Robber

91-Year-Old CPL Defends Self from Robber

91-Year-Old CPL Defends Self from Robber

What’s that old saying? “God made men, but Sam Colt made them equal.”

A 91-year-old Detroit man proved this old saying correct again when he shot a would-be robber with his concealed handgun, The Detroit News reports.

The victim, who probably wasn’t using a Colt Peacemaker, was getting out of his car in a Rite Aid parking lot Monday morning when the suspect approached him.

“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 robber, a man in his late 20’s, was shot in the neck. He fled the scene but was soon found and 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.”

Ultimately it was his erratic behavior that caused the victim to draw his weapon.

“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.”

That was when the old man opened fire.

The CPL holder went to the Eastpointe police station after the incident to give his statement, Sgt. 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.

What do you think: does the incident seem pretty clear cut to you? Let us know in the comments!

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Anybody accosting a 91 year-old deserves whatever he gets…

Ray Eldridge

They sure do!

james lagnese

What’s wrong with a colt peacemaker? A 45LC makes a very good man stopper.

Ray Eldridge



And yet Obama and Hillary want to take the 2A eights away from the elderly. As well as every other law abiding citizen. And they have and will have armed security for the rest of their lives. And won’t have to worry about being robbed.

Ray Eldridge

A 45LC is a pretty big weapon to carry especially for a 91 year-old man! A 380 loaded with lead free RIP copper bullets would be a better choice. It is so SAD that here in America folks have to carry a weapon to protect themselves for this PROGRESSIVE ENTITLED WELFARE TRASH and THUGS!

james lagnese

Depends on the 91 year old. Get one of those Cimarron Thunder’s with a 3.5″ barrel. Not a huge gun, but it will do the job.


How do you know that this person was ” PROGRESSIVE WELFARE TRASH AND THUGS! “? I see this type of talk all over gun community web sites. We need to be about call this event what it was which was a act of criminality. Having said that, there in no one who gets more upset when I read stories like this. My 82 year old mother was mugged and my 70 year old neighbor was a victim of a home invasion. To this day, those individuals are on this neighborhoods personal WANTED LIST. I have no problem with this 91 year old protecting his life by shooting this “criminal” because I would have done the very same thing to protect my mother and neighbor.


So, if the Democrats had passed the law to make it illegal for the elderly to own guns, this would have read… “a 91 year old man in Detroit was murdered and robbed.”

james lagnese

Or 91 year old man arrested for murder and illegal gun possession.

Mighty Fine

Unfortunately, There’s no such thing as an open & shut case when it comes to handguns used for anything including personal defense.
That said, these circumstances sure lean toward a speedy & favorible investigation outcome.


A clear case of self defense. Case closed.


Going to the police station and giving a statement of any kind without a lawyer is NOT the thing to do. I have legal insurance through Firearm legal Protection. If you’read involved in a shooting NEVER talk to the police except to give them your name. Let your lawyer do ALL of the talking. What you tell the police can and will be held against you in court and could land you in jail…

Soul Rebel

Thank God he wasn’t hurt and was able to defend himself.
There should be no tolerance for criminals who victimize or attempt to victimize vulnerable people.


He mistakenly thought that the would-be robbery victim was vulnerable. Looks like he found out differently.

Soul Rebel


Mighty Fine

Many states do just that. There are laws on the books that hand out stiffer sentences for crimes committed on the elderly.

Soul Rebel

Thank you 🙂

Mighty Fine

Here in NY there’s a law on the books that punishes crimes against seniors more seriously.