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I was out in the middle of nowhere this morning, checking oil wells in the rain, when I got a little surprise. It had rained here all last night, so the roads were very bad and I was having trouble getting up this road to one of my wells, but I noticed a set of very fresh tracks of someone that had gone in ahead of me. It being Deer season here, I just figured it was a hunter who had decided not to let the weather keep him home today.

As I got almost to the location, I saw a guy run from where my gas compressor is located and jump into a mini van; it was still dark, but he had ran in front of his head lights. By this time, I had two thoughts going through my head; one was, how did he get that mini van in here and the other was, I hope he's not dumping a body.

The guy was blocked in by my truck as there is only one way in and out of the location and the road is very narrow; not to mention slick with deep mud. I had come to a stop to consider my options at this point, as there was no way to back down the road as muddy as it was and I was doubtful that there was enough room for us to pass each other. I knew one thing for sure, I really didn't like the idea of getting near his van for fear of getting shot.

About then, guy decided to make the decision for me and was going to get by me at all costs. I had to make the decision as the weather I was going to drive and try to minimize my exposure to this guy or draw my weapon and deal with a possible confrontation with him; the road was too bad to even consider doing both. I chose to drive like hell and try to avoid a shoot out with this guy, if at all possible. So I hammered down my work truck and slid by him in the ditch, missing his side mirror by inches and staring him directly in the eyeballs as we passed window to window.

The guy was no doubt your typical crack head and was up to no good, so after we passed each other, I got his tag number off his rear plates. As I pulled onto the location, I called the County Sheriffs department and gave them a good description of the vehicle as well as the driver. I then checked the location and found no body laying around or anything missing, but I figured I had pulled up on him before he had a chance to steal anything.

At this point, I considered the very real possibility that the guy had slid off the road and had me blocked in; so I was real careful coming back out in case the guy was stuck, but he had managed to get it back out to the main road.

I went ahead and pulled into my next well location and found that he had been there and stolen $400 worth of batteries, from the compressor on that location. So I contacted the sheriffs department again, to let them know that the guy had in fact stolen equipment from me. They informed me that they had not found the guy yet, but were still watching for him.

Later, when I finally got back to civilization, a deputy met with me to fill out an incident report. When we shook hands, I gave him my drivers license along with my Concealed Handgun License as I introduced myself. The deputy glanced at my CHL and handed it back to me; never asked where the weapon was or or even mention it during the whole encounter. I was very pleased with the professionalism of the deputy and I'm confident they will get the guy, as when they ran the plate number I gave them, it came back as valid, on a mini van that fit the description of the one I saw.

This is one of those situations I fear the most while working out in the boonies by my self; at least it didn't turn into a situation that I felt my life was threatened. I sure would of hated shooting somebody over $400 worth of batteries; but had the guy threatened my life, this story would of had a much worse ending.
 

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I sure would of hated shooting somebody over $400 worth of batteries; but had the guy threatened my life, this story would of had a much worse ending.
Good decisions all around, especially getting his license plate. I rarely have the presence of mind to look for that when I'm driving.
 

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I agree....good response to the overall situation. Sounded to me like maybe, because of the remote work situation, you have previously run different scenarios through your mind, as a way to prepare yourself for such an event? Anyway, it's a good practice, I think, to do so.
 

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Do you keep a long gun in the truck? Working in that area I would (if possible, I know you said it was a work truck).
 

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Later, when I finally got back to civilization, a deputy met with me to fill out an incident report. When we shook hands, I gave him my drivers license along with my Concealed Handgun License as I introduced myself. The deputy glanced at my CHL and handed it back to me; never asked where the weapon was or or even mention it during the whole encounter.
The way it should be. I take it that TX is a must inform state.
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That was creepy. I hate it when regular people are out doing their job and some nit-wit thief puts them in a bad situation like you found yourself. I think you did a great job handling this and i too hate being scared while just working. A suggestion, if you already don't have one, get a second cell phone. Your truck and phone did all your "heavy-lifting" as far as your defensive equipment in this incident. Be careful and safe. john
 

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excellent - a reasoned response to a threat and presence of mind to remember
details.

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Your employer should give you a raise!

Good work and glad your non-confrontational nature prevented anyone from getting shot. Stay safe...
 

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A lot of people don't realize how many people actually work out in the boonies 24 / 7 / 365.
There are oil and gas feild workers out in the most remote areas
by themselves at all hours of the night .
I have run across everything from drunks , crack heads looking for something to steal to out and out weirdos .
A set of headlights coming up a location road at 3 in the morning is very rarely a good thing .
All you " hands" out ther be careful .
 
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Good job buddy,bad things happen in remote areas in Tx,most of the time the BG's just run back across the border after committing their crimes
 

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If possible I would carry a long gun with me. It would be nice to have something that would slow/stop a vehicle if needed.

The missing piece of the puzzle is you don't know what the BG is capable and willing to do not to get caught.

While your side arms make look small under those conditions, I bet you were glade to have it along.

Happy for you that you came back safe.....


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Well done...glad you're OK.:bier:

Stay armed...stay in yellow and choose your options carefully:yup:...stay safe!
 

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Commendable actions on your part set a good example for all. I thought they called a 308 a speed summons down there.
 

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Too bad they could not get him stopped with the batteries. That is going to make the case a little more difficult.
 

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Good job and great responce!!
 

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When I was growing up in WV, my best friend's Dad serviced Gas Wells. I went with them in his real army surplus jeep several times, dropped the tubes in the wells and stuff shot out the top of the well. I'm still not sure what that was! The only trouble I ever heard from him had to do with bears, and winter driving, not people. That was in the days before crack cocaine and meth. You had good presence of mind, both to identify the situation and to take the actions you took.
 

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Do you keep a long gun in the truck? Working in that area I would (if possible, I know you said it was a work truck).
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I'd consider two -- a M4 version of an AR and a legally short pump 12ga.

OTOH -- You did good and what you should have, even if you had long guns, IMHO. Albeit, you being from Texas, you did have other options, which I don't have under Virginia law.

No one wins in a gun fight -- some just loss more than others.

BTW -- do you have a company radio in the truck?
 

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At the very least get a Good pair of binochulars>spelling :embarassed:
 
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