March 14th, 2007 11:57 AM
Robbery foiled by a CCW carrier
Man with concealed weapon shoots alleged robber
By Bill Bryan
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Wednesday, Mar. 14 2007
Riccardo Crossland used a pellet gun to rob a man legally carrying a real gun
outside a Bridgeton motel Tuesday morning and ended up shot, police said.
Crossland went off to a hospital with wounds of the hand and leg; the victim
went on his way with the congratulations of police.
"Here was a robbery where we have a good ending for once," said Bridgeton
Police Major Don Steinman, who said the shooting was clearly self-defense.
The 23-year-old victim holds a concealed-carry permit from his home state of
Florida, which is honored in Missouri, officials said.
"He had his gun aimed at my face," the robbery victim said in an interview
granted on the condition that his name and hometown not be used. "I definitely
thought he was going to shoot me, so I started firing."
Crossland's weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that resembled a .45-caliber
handgun, police said. The victim had a real .45 in his waistband.
Crossland, 39, of the 7100 block of Beulah Avenue in Jennings, was taken to
DePaul Health Center, police said, for treatment of his wounds, which were not
considered life-threatening. He was charged with first-degree robbery and armed
Police said Crossland is on probation for a drug-related offense, and has
convictions for robbery, burglary, stealing and drug-related crimes.
The victim gave this account:
He had stayed several days at the Motel 6, near Interstate 270 and St. Charles
Rock Road, while looking at a race car engine to buy from a man in St. Louis.
About 3 a.m. Tuesday, he took his pit bull on an errand for food. Just outside
the motel, he encountered two men who asked questions about the dog before one
of them pulled out what looked like a gun and announced a holdup.
"The one guy started to pat me down, and I didn't want him to find my gun, so I
was handing them over everything I could," the victim said. "I was just waiting
for the right opportunity to get my gun."
The robbers then started to depart with the man's wallet, necklace, ring and
"The guy with the gun was walking away with the gun at his side, but then he
turned around and aimed it at my face," the victim said. "I definitely thought
he was going to shoot me, so I pulled my gun out and started firing."
He fired seven shots and the pair fled.
Crossland was found about a quarter of a mile away, hiding on a parking lot in
the 12900 block of St. Charles Rock Road, police said. The accomplice was not
The victim said he had the concealed-carry permit for two years but had never
used the weapon. Missouri has no tracking system for cases in which people with
concealed-carry permits use their weapons.
March 14th, 2007 12:23 PM
Crossland went off to a hospital with wounds of the hand and leg; the victim went on his way with the congratulations of police.
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
March 14th, 2007 12:27 PM
"There is no such thing as too much ammo. Unless you're swimming!"
March 14th, 2007 12:29 PM
Good for him, but where was his trusty fearsome pitbull during all this?
March 14th, 2007 12:38 PM
I live near Bridgeton and attend gun shows there right down the street from where this happend. I've never had any dealings with Bridgeton PD but from this incident it seems they have the right attitude about civilian use of firearms for self defence.
I'm also glad to see a reletively straight forward story written by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. That is not there reputation.
"Some people go to bed with Lucifer..........then cry, cry, cry when they don't greet the day with God."
March 14th, 2007 01:33 PM
I sure am glad that dirt bag decided to turn arround with the pellet gun. That was what I call justice .
March 14th, 2007 01:40 PM
I am somewhat amazed that the perp was not in a body bag!! Seven shots, at I assume close range!!
Crossland went off to a hospital with wounds of the hand and leg
Anyways still a good result - ''toy'' guns do not cut it when a victim is armed.! Gun is a gun! Good PD response too seemingly.
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March 14th, 2007 01:49 PM
pellet gun that resembled a .45-caliber VS real .45 MMMMMMMMMMMM......
March 14th, 2007 02:43 PM
March 14th, 2007 02:49 PM
Nice ending ... but I still am wondering...
Do BG's usually rob ppl when they have a PIT BULL? And all they have is a FAKE 45... They have to know the dog don't give a crap about no gun. And 7 shots with a 45 and both perps alive? And no mention of dog bites.
If they got as far as robbing me with my Pit Bull and when leaving turned to point gun...Well my Pit would be chewing on the ass of the only perp left alive... Just a thought.
March 14th, 2007 03:12 PM
Anybody catch this part?
Originally Posted by ShowMeState1977
Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.-Seneca
"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. If I have a gun, what do I have to be paranoid about?" -Clint Smith
"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." -Jeff Cooper
March 14th, 2007 03:32 PM
Not all Pits are killers by nature. Some have very stable temperments, especially when they haven't been oberbred within bloodlines, or fought regularly for gambling earnings. And a permit holder is likely to be as responsible with the upbringing of his pets as he is handling his firearm(s). Cause generally we law-abiding, concealed carrying citizens do all we can to avoid legal trouble. That includes raising our dogs to be social, tempered creatures.
Originally Posted by SIXTO
I'd bet if the same dog had arrived with the perps instead of the vic it would have been raised a killer a long time before the fateful day we're discussing.
2nd Amendment: because personal violence never
makes an appointment.
Evil resides in the heart of the individual, not in inanimate objects.
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March 14th, 2007 03:34 PM
Guess that solves the caliber debate between REAL .45s and pellet .45s.
March 14th, 2007 03:34 PM
It's a good thing that he didn't try to go up against a .45 pellet gun using only a 9mm or .40 . . . Those anemic guns would've been no match for even a .45 pellet gun! LOL!
That whole "handing over everything I could hoping for a chance to draw my gun" thing is a real concern . . . We have to assume that the BG has a real gun pointed at us. We can't always assume that we'll get a free chance to reach for, draw, aim and fire our own CCW. . . This man got very lucky.
March 14th, 2007 03:35 PM
You're right. They probably also have no system to keep track of how many times women use a knee to the balls to avert being raped.
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