Maintenance Man with CCW Thwarts Church Break-in

Maintenance Working with CCW Thwarts Church Break-in

Maintenance Working with CCW Thwarts Church Break-in

In Tampa, FL yesterday morning, a local news reporter and photographer were heading to another story when they saw a man with his hands up and another man holding him at gunpoint.

The maintenance worker, Ed Clayton, we going to the church to board up the doors as they had been broken into earlier. He decided to bring his concealed weapon just in case.

A witness had told him that the suspect ran away but the suspect came back. Once he saw the maintenance worker he ran off and hid.

Clayton said this is the first time he’s had to pull his concealed weapon on someone.

“As soon as I hit the sidewalk over there, I took my weapon out just in case. I didn’t know where he was,” he said.

Police quickly showed up on the scene and took the suspect into custody. They don’t think Clayton will be facing any charged since he has a right to protect himself and the property and he also had a concealed carry permit for his gun.

You can view the video below where the news reporter videoed Clayton holding the suspect at gun point. The police show up and handle the situation from there.

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Well, as a citizen you don’t have the right to protect property with a gun and how was the caretaker in imminent danger of loss of life or great bodily harm? We hope the DA will take into consideration that the gun was not discharged, which, warning shots, and brandishing are also illegal ( an interesting case not long ago on warning shot) Here in Florida we enjoy our right to defend ourself and the right to stand our ground but we don’t have the right to act as law enforcement. Interesting case. Lets keep an eye on it.


While I don’t know the Florida laws, I do know the NH laws, and what this caretaker did was in a real gray area that probably would not end well for the CCW holder.
Anyone else have issue with the grip he has on his gun? More importantly, appears as though his finger is on the trigger.


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Florida statutes
776.012 Use of force in defense of person.—

A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:

(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.

776.08 Forcible felony.—“Forcible felony” means treason; murder; manslaughter; sexual battery; carjacking; home-invasion robbery; robbery; burglary; arson; kidnapping; aggravated assault; aggravated battery; aggravated stalking; aircraft piracy; unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb; and any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.

Seems FL law supports his actions.