Another story of a good guy with a gun saving the day is hitting the media — this time though, the situation is a little different than usual. The details of the incident aren’t what we typically see in altercations like this. Thankfully, one man was prepared in spite of the unexpected scenario and was able to save his 4-year-old little boy’s life as well as his own.
According to ABC 13, the incident happened at around 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at a League City, Texas McDonald’s location in a densely populated area. The man — who is not named — was forced to shoot an assailant three times after the would-be robber approached his Ford F-150 pickup truck and pointed a gun at him in an attempted robbery in broad daylight.
KHOU 11 reports that when the assailant pointed his gun into the truck, the driver reacted quickly. He drew his own weapon in an effort to protect his 4-year-old little boy who was in the back seat. He ended up shooting the robber three times. Authorities say the unidentified assailant — who at this time is only being described as being a 37-year-old black male — later died at an area hospital from his wounds.
The man’s attorney, Robert Pelton, said that his client is very shaken up over the incident and is currently surrounded by his friends and family pending further investigation. The man is legally licensed to carry a concealed firearm, and it’s a good thing he had it with him that day. It seems as though it will be treated as a clear-cut case of self-defense by authorities.
“He’s thankful he’s alive and that his son’s alive,” Pelton said Saturday night. “He was trying to get his son, protect his son and I think he obviously saw his chance then to defend himself because he was afraid he was going to get shot,” Pelton explained. “Never would have dreamed in a million years that a McDonald’s drive thru, like blocks from the police station in broad daylight, 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon, something like this would happen.” Pelton said.
“I think he would want other citizens to know they have a right to protect themselves. You have to be cautious all the time, wherever you are,” Pelton remarked about his client’s feelings over the incident.
Indeed. Not only do we have a right to protect ourselves, we also have a responsibility to keep our families safe. If this man had not made the decision to carry his gun, he and his little boy could very easily have been murdered over a few bucks and some change in the center console. It seems that criminals are becoming more desperate and more brazen. The time of day and the location of this incident is a clear indication of that. Now, more than ever, we need to arm ourselves and be ever vigilant against these types of opportunistic predators.