TTAG has belabored the fact that police officers are under no duty to protect you, and as an armed citizen, you need to take a long hard look at what circumstances will motivate you to clear leather. Part of that long hard look needs to involve careful study of the laws in your area surrounding the use of deadly force. An un-named Chicago resident seems to have forgotten pretty much everything a responsible gun owner is supposed to know by chasing a robber out of a cell phone store on Chicago’s south side over the weekend . . .
The Tribune has the full story here.
A man with a concealed carry permit shot at an armed robbery suspect who was running from a cell phone store in Crestwood, prompting an officer who was also chasing the suspect to take cover, police said.
The man with the permit told police he was about to step inside an AT&T store at 4756 W. Cal-Sag Road around noon Saturday when he noticed the store was being robbed, Crestwood police said in a statement.
The man said he stayed outside to prevent anyone from entering, police said. After he saw the suspect leaving through a back door, he entered the store and ran out the back too, according to police.
Meanwhile, an officer had been flagged down by several people who told them the store was being robbed, police said. The officer spotted someone running from the rear of the building with a large duffel bag and a gun in his hand, police said.
As the officer began chasing the suspect, the man with the concealed carry permit saw the suspect and fired two shots, police said.
Props to the cop for not plugging the concealed carry holder, a fear that pretty much everyone on the anti-gun side brings up whenever they can. It also appears that the permit holder did some ballistic backpedaling in speaking to the cops violating another rule by failing to STFU.
The man with the permit later told police he ran through the store and fired at the suspect because he had seen the officer run behind the building.
“He was concerned for the safety of the police officer that he saw go behind the building,” police said in the statement. “It was at this time that he ran into the store and out the back door and fired two shots in the direction of the suspect who was running towards the canal”
Crestwood and Palos Heights police set up a perimeter along the Cal-Sag Canal and arrested the suspect as he ran from the woods, police said.
No injuries were reported.
The suspect, Demetrius Merrill of Chicago, was charged with armed robbery and ordered held on $1 million bail.
All’s well that ends well as the robbery suspect is behind bars and held on a very large bail. Once the permit holder’s name is released, TTAG will be sure to send him a shiny new trophy for his mantle along with a copy of some basic rules to limit liability and keep him out of the court system for the next decade. Here’s what we’ve put together so far.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target
- Be sure of your target and what lies beyond
- Do not shoot at fleeing suspects
- Do not attempt to pursue or arrests a suspect
- Do not shoot wildly such that police officers in the vicinity feel the need to take cover
Feel free to drop a comment below to let us know what else we should add to the list.