My bank was robbed - merged, updated & crime solved
Today I was planning on going to the bank to transfer some funds from one account to another. I considered going through the drive-through, but decided I would probably go inside since these were new accounts and I wasn't sure how smoothly it would go at the drive-through. Thanks to what I've read on this forum, I now plan to go through the drive-through whenever possible, but I thought this time I might need a human right in front of me to make sure I didn't get the accounts mixed up.
As I was considering my options for the trip to the bank after work, for a moment I considered disarming to go inside the bank because... well, mainly because I forgot it wasn't illegal for me to carry in the bank :redface: :embarassed: :twak:, but also because nothing bad has ever happened there :twak:(we've lived in this neighborhood 12 years--bank is two blocks away), it's in a wide-open area:twak:, no places to hide nearby:twak:, blah blah blah :twak: :twak: :twak:. But the thought occurred to me that a bank is precisely where I need to carry since banks seem to attract armed thieves on occassion. So I confirmed my decision to carry inside, though mentally telling myself it probably wasn't needed and it was paranoia/overkill on my part.
Not two minutes after I had this conversation with myself, I heard on the radio my bank had been robbed.
Shame on me for even considering not carrying. Good on me for studying this forum and realizing "anytime, anyplace", and "always carry."
Note: I wasn't near the bank at the time. Come to find out it had been robbed yesterday but I hadn't heard about it until today. But here's the rest of the story: I had planneded to go to this bank yesterday after work, but I had some errands come along that needed doing after work, so I put the trip to the bank off for a day.
In addition to this close call, when I saw the mug shot of the guy robbing the teller, the picture showed the exact place where my wife and I had been 3 weeks ago opening an account. The EXACT floor space where we had stood.
It was a lone robber who handed the teller a note. I don't believe a weapon was shown. I've gone over in my mind what I might have done given that scenario, or a scenario if a gun had been shown. Assuming I would have been aware of a robbery going on (unlikely in this instance), I wouldn't want to splatter an unarmed(?) man... yet I've observed enough to know not to ever trust in the mercy of a bad guy because compliance can still result in being killed, depending on the mood of the bad guy. In this situation, I probably would not have been aware of the robbery even if I had been standing at another teller, or perhaps even behind the robber. And I sure wouldn't want to draw on someone who just happened to be withdrawing large sums of his own money. I'd have to be certain it was a robbery before I would even consider drawing.
Lone robber in bank, back to me and my wife, and I see a gun... Leaving the bank quickly might be an option, but to do so at this bank would require us turning our backs on the robber and walking 30 feet or so, or backing out, which might draw attention. If I can get my wife out safely by leaving quickly, that's the best option. But if at that moment I don't feel it's safe to turn our backs to him, my instincts would be to draw while moving away from my wife, prepare to fire if necessary, and deal with the legal system once the shooting stops. I hope that never happens, but I've read too many times of people not resisting and getting shot anyway.
I don't think I would shoot the guy in the back... right or wrong, my initial reaction probably would be to move away from my wife and to a point where the teller wasn't directly behind the robber, and yell something like "freeze or I'll shoot!" Aiming at him, of course, and ready to fire if he jerked around or did anything other than freeze. I realize this would be giving away some of my advantage, so maybe I need to rethink this.
Though it would likely cost me thousands in legal fees, and perhaps my freedom if the jury is not sympathetic to my actions, I am not inclined to trust my wife's life and my life to the mercy of an armed gunman by just HOPING he leaves quietly without hurting anyone.
I think that's the bottom line. I'm no Rambo, and I don't want to shoot anyone, but I refuse to trust in the mercy of an armed criminal. The Wichita Horror comes to mind, plus several recent bank robberies where innocent people were shot even though they were complying.
Someone critique me, please. If there are better ways to handle this, I need to know. Apparently it's possible I may be tested on this scenario at some point.