Vet Stops Armed Robbery

From NRA-ILA Daily alert:

Army veteran Don Rogers was inside a gas station in Sycamore, Ga. when a robber armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. Rogers responded to the threat by drawing a pistol and firing at the thief, striking him twice and causing him to flee. The robber made it to a waiting getaway car, but a short distance later the thief and his accomplice stopped the car and called for medical attention.

Police captured the pair a short time later. Following the incident, Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester commented to a local media outlet, stating, “People are just sick of people running them up… And robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that’ll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize- it ain’t always gonna fare to their favor, just because they’re a predator.” Rogers told the same outlet, “I was hoping nothing like this would ever happen, but I was glad I had my weapon with me.” Rogers added that he thinks every lawful gun owner should carry.

WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

My thoughts after every one of these reports:

If anything like this ever happens to me I must remember to be aware that the active turd I see may have a passive accomplice turd lingering somewhere close by that I don’t see. The accomplice might become active and shoot me if I don’t see him first. In this case the other turd was outside in the getaway car. I must always be aware of the location and demeanor of every other person on the premises.

I must be sure of my target and what’s beyond. I will be no hero, my day will be badly ruined if an innocent bystander is hit with a bullet from my gun.

Looks like Mr. Rogers did everything right. He did miss the turd with one shot, though. He’s lucky that one didn’t harm anyone else. It’s also not clear from the news report whether shots two and three were justified. Those shots could form the basis of a civil suit. The legal standard by which a person acting in self defense will be judged in these cases is whether what he did is what any reasonable, prudent person would have done knowing what he knew at the moment he acted. Knowing what he knew includes everything he actually knew and everything he should have known in the totality of the circumstances.

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