Police in Detroit revealed this week that a concealed carry permit holder (AKA a good guy with a gun) brought a premature end to a would-be thief's armed robbery attempt:
According to a court filing, ShotSpotter picked up gunshots in the parking lot of Carmen's Delicatessen just after 9:50 p.m. Feb. 8. When officers arrived, two people flagged them down. One man, Victim 1, had his hands over his head and said he had a concealed pistol license.
Just as an aside here, the good guy did a smart thing in "[holding] his hands over his head." Cops responding to shots fired are understandably on high alert. If the danger is passed and you want to identify yourself as holding a firearm, you want to make sure you're not appearing threatening in the slightest. You want to make sure you won't accidentally be mistaken for an armed bad guy.
Also a good idea: Training yourself to properly use a firearm and keeping it on you in case someone tries to harm you and/or your loved ones.
The pair told police that they went to the store and saw two men standing outside. One of those men was later identified as Joshua Fordham. They went into the store and were followed by Fordham and the other man.
Once they walked outside, Fordham, who was armed, allegedly followed the victims and threatened to kill Victim 2 if Victim 1 did not give him everything he had. Victim 1 said he gave Fordham his wallet. As Fordham was patting down Victim 1, he pulled out a gun and shot Fordham in the chest, the court filing said.
That'll bring a swift closure to any robbery incident. The alleged criminal was found nearby with a firearm that "appeared to have malfunctioned," thank goodness. The crook "is a felon with previous convictions for armed robbery and firearms violations, is now charged with felon in possession of a firearm."
So, he didn't die, and he's going to prison (hopefully) for a long time.
And for the doubters out there who might be uncertain about whether or not this story played out the way the victims said it did:
Surveillance video confirmed what the victims told police.
Thank goodness for gun rights and the people who utilize them responsibly.