My wife's "Awkward" robbery attempt
This happened about eight years ago. Can't remember if I've related this before but couldn't find it doing a search.
She was in Portsmouth, VA (not the greatest town BTW) at a Walgreens around 2100 when a suspicious man walked up to her, right up against the building not 20 feet from the entrance just as she got to the front of her car, and asked for some change. This is not at all uncommon for this neighborhood.
She opened her purse and wallet (yeah, I know) and pulled out some change. He spotted a $10 in there and ' asked' for it. She of course said, "No." About this time she dropped her keys on the ground and he quickly picked them up and and more forcefully demanded the money, while leaning into her against the wall.
My wife has several health problems, including fibromyalgia, and is not capable of physical resistance. At this point she slipped her hand into her purse and got a grip on her H&K USP 40.
The situation was about to get real bad when a car pulled up in the next stall and a very loud siren yelped. It was a marked cruiser. The BG relinquished the keys and walked off. The LEO told my wife that he had observed the situation from the stoplight and figured she needed some help.
She told me she would have been hesitant to shoot him since he was unarmed and 'just holding my keys.' My opinion was that it was a robbery, it was about to escalate, and in her condition, she had the perfect right to defend herself.
Glad it all ended well beause I'm sure it would have been dragged through the courts for quite a while.