We report on many defensive gun use stories here. Many of them could have been avoided simply by not confronting the other party. That includes going outside to investigate a noise. Or, like this story, tracking down a car thief yourself instead of calling the police.
A Dallas man had his car stolen on Tuesday earlier this week. He was able to track and locate the vehicle, which he found parked outside of a restaurant.
The vehicle owner confronted the suspect, which escalated into a verbal argument which then escalated into the suspect trying to ram the owner’s other vehicle, which then escalated into the owner shooting the suspect in self-defense.
Yea, I know that is a run-on sentence, but it gets the point across. The man could have avoided this conflict if he had just let the police handle it. Would he have gotten the result he wanted? Maybe. Maybe not. But he wouldn’t have had to shoot and kill someone in self-defense. That is something he will have to live with now. He will also have to deal with whatever legal issues that may come his way.
Always avoid conflict and de-escalate. The good guy won the fight here, but I’d rather not be in a fight in the first place. Especially over a stolen car that you have insurance on.