A shootout between a retired police captain and four armed robbers leaves the victim in critical condition and one suspect dead.
This incident happened last week at 1 PM on a Thursday. AKA broad daylight. The retired police officer pulled up to a gas station in his white Porsche. As he was pumping gas, a black car pulled up, and three armed suspects got out. The suspects brandished their firearms and attempted to rob the retired police captain.
After a close confrontation, the victim was able to make some space from the attackers. As one of them opens his passenger door, he sees his window of opportunity and draws his concealed carry gun.
From the gas station surveillance video, it seems like he fires at the suspect closest to him, who was wearing the red hoodie. He also fires at the suspect that opened his car door, who then drops to the ground.
As the victim engages with the other suspects, they return fire, hitting and critically injuring him. The suspects then try to drag their accomplice into the car but leave him to die on the pavement as they drive off.
This is a hard story to read. Luckily, the retired police captain is in stable condition and was reported to be in good spirits the following day. A man who spent 28 years as a police officer serving the public gunned down by some cowards trying to steal his wallet and/or car. But take a step back and see what we can learn from this incident.
It was reported that the “suspects were armed.” We don’t know if all four of them were armed or just one or two. Regardless, the victim is outnumbered three against one. That’s starting with a disadvantage. While the victim drew his gun and hit one, possibly two of the suspects, he still had two or three more to deal with.
Could this have been avoided if he had just given them his wallet, keys, or whatever they were asking for? Possibly. Possibly not. But in general, we don’t recommend using a firearm to protect property from being stolen. The risk of losing your life over a wallet or car just isn’t worth it.
And I know there will be comments about letting criminals walk all over you or, by doing so, you are being a coward. The decision is ultimately yours on when you will use a firearm in self-defense. It is up to you to figure out if it is worth it or not.