A tritium front sight can be a lifesaver in low-light conditions.
EIGHT STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT
Out on parole, the driver of the black Nissan Altima had six robbery convictions and one for facilitating a kidnapping under his belt when he pulled into the parking lot of a Nashville, Tennessee convenience store late one Tuesday night. Donning a mask and pulling a gun, he barged into the store and demanded that the clerk hand over all the money.
The clerk complied, and the robber turned and headed for his car. When he did so, the clerk picked up both the telephone and his own pistol. Something caused the robber to turn and head back toward the clerk, who opened fire, striking his assailant and causing him to flee. After colliding with a tree and a fire hydrant, the robber’s vehicle came to a rest and police apprehended him. He has been charged with aggravated robbery.
SOURCE: The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, 1/21/15
SURVEY SAYS—“NOT TODAY”
Two surveyors working for an engineering firm in Plantation, Florida were caught off guard by a man who approached them on a job site, pulled a gun, and demanded money. When one of the intended victims replied that he didn’t have any money, the robber demanded his cell phone and ordered him to get down on the ground.
As he pretended to comply with the criminal’s demands, the surveyor drew his own legally carried pistol and opened fire on the stickup man, wounding him. The criminal was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The owner of the engineering firm told reporters that surveyors are a frequent target of robbers because of the expensive gear they use in the field.
SOURCE: WTVJ, Miami, Florida, 1/22/15
In the early morning darkness, a pedestrian on a Dallas, Texas street saw a car roll up to him. The driver lowered the window and pointed a gun, demanding money. A scuffle ensued and, instead of complying, the pedestrian pulled his own handgun and fired at the driver, hitting him several times.
The would-be holdup man, a 19-year-old who police say fits the description given by other robbery victims in the area, sped off in his car and crashed into a bus stop. He was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. The case will be referred to a grand jury per Texas law, but the intended victim is unlikely to face any charges.
SOURCE: KXAS-TV, Fort Worth, Texas, 1/22/15
Late one Friday night in North Branch, Michigan, an 11-year-old girl who was home alone heard a pounding on the front door. When she didn’t answer, the person doing the knocking moved to the other doors of the house, knocking repeatedly and trying the knobs. Apparently satisfied that nobody was home, the man kicked in a door and entered the house.
The girl ran upstairs, armed herself with a shotgun, and locked herself in a bathroom closet. The intruder moved through the house, closed in on her hiding place, and eventually forced open the closet door. When he found himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun, he turned and fled. He was eventually arrested, along with an accomplice in a nearby town.
SOURCE: WJRT-TV, Flint, Michigan, 2/2/15
[Editor’s Note: Sharp-eyed readers will note that the first three incidents occurred within one day of each other. The national news media? Crickets.]