True Self Defense Concealed Carry Shooting Reports


St Petersburg, FL – Retired banker Hall Palmer heard a noise and got up to investigate. As soon as he opened the door, the 70-year-old was face-to-face with a man dressed in all black and armed with a pistol. The suspect ordered Palmer to sit on the bed. He wanted the PIN for a bank card he’d found downstairs. Palmer said the card was expired, but he could give him some money. The suspect bound Palmer’s hands with twine, led him downstairs and found his billfold. The suspect then bound Palmer’s feet, gagged his mouth and went outside. But he’d underestimated his victim. Palmer wriggled free and retrieved his late father’s .38-cal. Colt Army Special revolver. When the suspect returned, Palmer fired a shot, causing him to flee. The suspect had been carrying a pillow; Palmer wonders if it was intended to muffle the sound of his execution. , The Armed Citizen/St. Petersburg Times, 01/20/2011

Lakeland FL – Denard Joe was stopped in his car at an intersection when a man wearing a red bandana tapped on the window and pointed a gun at him. Joe, a Florida concealed weapons permit holder, drew a handgun and opened fire through the window, striking his assailant twice in the chest. The carjacker, who had just been released from prison, ran a short distance and died. – The Armed Citizen/Lakeland Ledger, 04/06/2011

Daytona Beach, FL – Charles Place was walking in a restaurant parking lot when a man snuck up behind him, grabbed him and reached for his wallet. Unfortunately for the suspect, the 83-year-old man was in no mood to become a victim. Police said he resisted and was knocked to the ground. That’s when Place drew his .25-cal. semi-automatic handgun, for which he has a permit to carry. He showed his assailant the gun and demanded to be left alone. The suspect fled but was followed by a witness who helped police make the arrest. The Armed Citizen/Daytona Beach News Journal, 09/26/10

Lansing, MI – A couple in their sixties were awakened by loud, repeated banging on their apartment door. They went downstairs and the husband opened the door-and an intoxicated 28-year-old man pushed them aside and entered the home. The suspect shoved the husband and repeatedly claimed to live in the apartment, ignoring the couple’s insistence to the contrary. The couple tried to push the man back out the door, but he punched the man in the groin and shoved the woman. That’s when the husband informed the intruder he had a gun and would shoot him if he didn’t leave; however, the intruder remained relentless in his assault. The husband fired a shot, killing him. – The Armed Citizen/Lansing State Journal, 5/12/2011

Pittsburgh, PA – Though Rocco Bombara’s legs were amputated due to a medical condition, he is far from helpless. “He’s not someone to mess with,” said his daughter Nicco. “He’s pretty tough. He does everything on his own.” Rocco also understands that sometimes evil men perceive the physically challenged as easy prey. One such individual attempted to break into Bombara’s apartment while his son, daughter and several of their friends were watching television. The intruder crawled halfway inside the window and randomly fired two shots from a rifle. Bombara drew a handgun from his wheelchair and returned a more precise shot, killing the intruder. The Armed Citizen/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 01/03/11

Albuquerque, NM – When 70-year-old Watson Green discovered a man attempting to break into his home late one evening, he immediately called 9-1-1 and got his handgun. Green advised the 9-1-1 operator that he was armed. The operator told him to put the gun away and wait for the police but Green chose to do otherwise. In fear of his life, Green fired a single shot, killing the suspect. Two weeks prior to his death, the suspect was arrested for burglary in a separate incident. “We’ve had a lot of break-ins in Hobbs lately,” said Hobbs, N.M., Police Officer Mike Stone. “The residents of the home were probably scared.” The Armed Citizen/KRQE-TV, 02/23/11

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