This is a discussion on Encounter at the Sunoco on the way home last night within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was driving home from dropping off money to my brother who lives in a not so friendly part of Philadelphia and noticed my gas ...
I was driving home from dropping off money to my brother who lives in a not so friendly part of Philadelphia and noticed my gas light was on...Idk how I let this slip my mind because I never let my tank go below 1/2, so I pulled into the Sunoco on Washington Lane and Germantown avenue...Put my cc in the pump and began pumping...it was closer to midnight so not many people were on the road...I turned my back on the pump for one second to get my phone and when I turned around there was an African American male standing there with a knife telling me to "Give him my wallet" I quickly responded by pulling my Glock 23 out and asked him If he really wanted to go down this road...he turned and ran away and the owner seeing all this called Philly PD...They came and took my statement and told me I did the right thing..checked to see if I had my permit to carry and all that good jazz and told me to have a good night...Idk what I woulda done without my gun...
Lucky for you. Sounds like the police were cool. Some will argue that giving up your wallet and hoping he doesn't kill you anyway would be the way to go. But no one was hurt and maybe a criminal is rethinking his line of work today.
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How close was he?
Did you just draw, or did you draw and cover him with your weapon?
I am NOT armchair QB-ing you...just looking for info.
It sounds like you did a good job, and I am glad you didn't HAVE to shoot, and that you made it home to post this.
That was the perfect response and actions with ideal results.
You should have told him to give you his wallet. :)
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When I turned around to see him there he was right up on me...I reached like I was grabbing my wallet and pulled my gun instead...he took 3 or 4 steps back while the gun was pointed directly at him and thats when I asked if he really wanted to go down that road..when he turned and ran i just reholstered and continued pumping gas until the owner came out to ask if i was okay and then talk 2 the police
The next victim may not be so lucky! If someone pulls a knife on me, I'm not disposed to discuss the situation with them, BANG!
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Glad you are alright and I'm impressed with the clever verbal response while under duress.
thank you for posting your real experience.
I respect the way you handled the situation. Congratulations.
That close with a knife....man...I shoot and retreat if possible. If no retreat possible, I just unload with right hand and watch the knife hand/use left hand to potentially block accepting getting cut.
I so respect what damage knives inflict.
I wonder if you can answer the following:
How fast after you indexed on perp did he back down?
Did you have the ability to retreat or create distance? (again, I respect your decision)
How close was your G23 to the perps knife, free hand, and body when you indexed?
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My back was against the driver side rear panel...when I pulled the g 23 the knife was at his side because he assumed he was getting what he wanted...and the gun was inches from his forehead...it was maybe 2 seconds after i asked If he wanted to go down that road did he take a step back and take off...if there was any doubt in my mind that he was going to use the knife there would have been no hesitation before the bang bang that followed...
Thanks for sharing the encounter story. Hopefully the BG learned a valuable lesson.
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Woah, glad you got out of that one in one piece and didnt have to take a life.