Denny's customer shoots @ armed robbers

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Denny's customer shoots @ armed robbers

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Post by RHenriksen » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:29 pm

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Not a lot of details about this one, yet.
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Post by AEA » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:33 pm

One detail evident........customer that pulled/returned fire needs more range time.
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Post by RoyGBiv » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:01 pm

At least he hit the van.
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Post by RHenriksen » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:13 pm

Garden variety bad guys (ie, not the Zetas) REALLY don't like two way ranges. Even if he didn't hit them, he definitely gave them something to think about.
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Post by thatguy » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:26 pm

It makes my stomach churn at the thought of innocent by-standers.... :shock: I believe thats what motivates me to practice the most.
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Post by rp_photo » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:35 pm

RHenriksen wrote:Garden variety bad guys (ie, not the Zetas) REALLY don't like two way ranges. Even if he didn't hit them, he definitely gave them something to think about.
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Post by Oldgringo » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:43 pm

Good on the customer! Denny's serves good value meals.


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Post by mrvmax » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:56 pm

Not sure if I would have done that, I guess it depends on the details we do not have. I keep thinking about hitting a bystander both in the restaurant and in the parking lot.

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Post by sugar land dave » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:59 pm

There is no telling how a 5am robbery may go in Houston. Robbers in this area have been know to execute the victims. I don't quite know how I feel about firing outside of the restaurant not knowing if the robbers were still a threat, but all in all I support the customer's actions in defense of self and the others.
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Post by Oldgringo » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:01 pm

mrvmax wrote:Not sure if I would have done that, I guess it depends on the details we do not have. I keep thinking about hitting a bystander both in the restaurant and in the parking lot.
:iagree: but I still don't want nobody messin' with my breakast/lunch/dinner unless they's payin'. Know what I mean?


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Post by tazz0018 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:24 pm

:iagree:


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Post by KD5NRH » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:22 pm

AEA wrote:One detail evident........customer that pulled/returned fire needs more range time.
Depends on the situation; I've tried doing some no-shoot-blocking-the-target and hostage-shot drills, and often miss the target to the side away from the no-shoot because of the tendency to pull that way too much in avoiding the "innocent bystander." IMO, it would take a lot more range time than most people can afford to overcome that.


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Post by mrvmax » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:03 am

My wife was asking me what I would have done if I had been there. BTW, I normally carry my STI Trojan in 45 ACP and two extra mags (if I am wearing cargo shorts like I do most of the year, I sometimes carry two more magazines in my cargo pockets for a total of four extra mags). This time of year when I wear pants I also carry my LCP in an ankle holster with an extra mag. To be honest, I would be reluctant to do anything until I was convinced they were going to harm someone. I know it may be hard to tell since they can shoot someone in a split second, but I'm not taking the chance of hitting an innocent person unless I am forced to. I also realize I am not a police officer and I am not a superhero so I am not obliged to protect the world. There are just too many "what ifs" to sit here and say what I would have done. The first thing I would have done was to shield my family and draw my gun under the table. I guess it would be a stressful waiting game after that for a few seconds until I determined what to do. Maybe others think this is an easy decision, but for me it is a difficult call.


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Post by Piney » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:08 pm

The details of what transpired are still limited.
To me, the poor judgement on the citizen's part may have been him engaging the BGs. I agree with other posters that one doesn't know what to expect from a bg so perhaps he acted prudently. I wasnt there, looking towards a barrell. Poor judgement certianly occured in the decision made about following them out into the parking lot, firing on them as they drove away.
From KHOU == The suspects returned fire before fleeing the scene in a white minivan. The customer ran outside and fired at the suspects’ van, but they got away.==

This "following the BG outside....." activity is a too frequent part of such a report. I ask myself why in the world would I chase someone out into the open to engange them furthur. I consider that past the legal (and perhaps moral?) definition of self defense and shooting to stop the threat. As one sees the BG driving off or his/her backside out the doorway- the threat is effectively stopped.

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Post by sugar land dave » Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:16 pm

One might follow them to the doorway to make sure they are not merely retreating to get bigger weapons such as a shotgun. If they are driving off, I think it's time to call police.
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