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As reported by The Washington Post:
Secret Service Officer Thwarts Armed Robbers
By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, June 29, 2008; Page C04
Armed robbers tried to take a motorcycle last night from an off-duty officer in the uniformed division of the Secret Service, but the officer fired a shot to thwart the attempt, a Secret Service spokesman said.
The officer was unhurt in the confrontation, which occurred in the Largo area of Prince George's County, but the vehicle in which the robbers fled was later found bloody and abandoned, the spokesman said.
The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. at a restaurant area on Capital Centre Boulevard. Four men in a sport-utility vehicle drove up to the officer, and two got out, one of them with a gun. He ordered the officer to lie down while the other took the motorcycle. The officer fired his pistol at the gun-wielding robber. Abandoning the motorcycle, the robbers fled in the SUV, which was found later in the District.
The story can be found at; washingtonpost.com
Kudos...but I left wondering how it would of played out with legal if it was a CCWer that took the shot.
Clearly a result of the Heller decision. Had SCOTUS not overturned the District's ban on handguns, the thugs in question could not have been armed.........
Bloody vehicle found. I wonder if the perps abandoned their friend or took him to the hospital. I hope he gets to meet his maker.
When I shoot the first round is immediately followed by a second one,less chance of BG returning fire and helps with the blood flow
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
If one round stops the threat then you would not be justified in firing a second round.
Also, with more than one adversary you should be putting one round in each adversary and then coming back to repeat as needed. I'll bet the Agent fired one round and then assessed the other threats. In that time the bullet recipient ceased being a threat, so he was not justified in shooting the "threat" again.
Read my post again, I edited it.
Not even a week after Heller and "blood is running in the streets of DC". It's OK if BG blood runs in the streets isn't it?
I'm sure the BGs never gave it a thought that their about 'to be vic' was a packing LEO. Just imagine; what if we all packed?
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An unarmed populace are called subjects.
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For folk who are not of or from the local area, MD does _not_ support citizen carry aside from a very few especially fortunate/wealthy/connected persons as per official allowance upon review and permission of the State Police.
The victim in this case is a Federal law enforcement officer who happened to be authorized per his position to carry across all jurisdictions and into MD.
Had this person been an every day Joe or Jane such as me or anyone else, he would have been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, carry of a concealed weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, and if there was a formal residences around within 500' then that would be discharge of a firearm near a residence. Aside from possession all of the above are felonies in MD.
An infamous MD case toward this scenario played out 5 yrs. ago when a resident who was not a LEO used a firearm to successfully defend his car from robbers. He wound up being hit with numerous charges including murder (one robber died) and he was sent to prison.
So once again it's only the privileged few who are allowed to carry in MD, and thus endorsed toward defending themselves and/or their property by means of arms. Had this story been a civilian citizen the bent and reporting would be different as would the law enforcement result. Assuming the victim would have stuck around to tell his tale or report the incident at all.
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I wonder if he will get into trouble over this at work. Sometimes, law enforcement officers have to be particularly careful if they use their gun off duty.
I hope all goes fine for him.
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