There is this gas station I stop by on my way to work in Skyway just before my night shift. I work nights about 3 times a week these days. I was carrying at 4:30 IWB at the time.
So I park, scan the area, notice a couple of people filling gas and a nervous guy pacing the entrance.
So I am on alert as I walk in. I was wearing an overcoat since it was getting chilly. When I am just about to pour coffee, I notice someones hand trying to get into my coat pocket on the side where I had just placed my car keys. I turned around almost in a blink of an eye throwing the guy off balance. My elbow met the side of his head. He tripped and fell onto the side stopping his fall by taking a few packs of beef jerky with him. He then started apologizing and asked if I had a quarter. He got up and started coming towards me. It was the same nervous guy who I had seen outside.
My adrenaline was going through the roof at the time and he noticed it. My hand subconsciously was on my Glock although I didn't draw. I didn't even realize I was doing that. The store owner noticed it and began yelling at the guy on the floor to leave his store telling him I was a cop.The guy took off as soon as he heard that. He then asked me if I was a cop. I said I wasn't and told him the guy may have tried to steal my car keys.
I wasn't sure what to do at this time. Should I have called 911? Should I have tackled him and then called 911?
I stopped by a Sheriff's cruiser down the street and told him the incident. I have given up calling 911 because it takes me an hour to explain to them what happened.