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By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -( This story in Arizona follows a classic defense of others scenario.

A suspect pulls a gun and points it at an unarmed security officer.

A former Marine, 61 years old, sees the situation and pulls his own gun.  He is concerned not only for the security officer, but his wife, who has just left the store and arrived at the scene.

He orders the suspect to “freeze“, but the suspect points her gun at the former Marine, who fires.

The suspect and confederate then flee the scene on a motorcycle.   It is not known if the suspect was hit, but no one else at the location was injured.  From

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A man who opened fire at two shoplifting suspects outside of the Sears at Arrowhead Towne Center told 3TV he pulled out his gun to protect himself, his wife and a loss-prevention officer.

“They chose to point the gun at me; (they) messed with the wrong Marine,” Mervin Brewer said.

In the news stories that I have heard and read, there has not been any mention of a concealed carry permit, but Arizona has constitutional carry, so it does not matter.   It is also of interest that no one considered putting the shopping center in lockdown, or calling a swat team to the parking lot where the shooting occurred.  Glendale is part of the Phoenix metroplex.

As of last reports, the police believe that they found the motorcycle used by the suspects, but no arrests have been made.  The suspects were described as a white male with a “scruffy” beard and a white female.

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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973.  He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 8 User comments to “AZ:61-Year-Old Ex-Marine Fires at Suspect who Threatens Him & Security Guard”

    1. if the ex marine had used more range time
      they would not be looking for a suspect.

    2. Constitutionalist on January 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM said:

      No such thing as an ex-Marine. This article needs a new title.

    3. The local media out here is trying to make the shooter out to be a gun happy nut. He did not hit any one but did some damage and is now under fear of arrest for unlawful discharge of a weapon.

    4. Bill Baker on January 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM said:

      Story is inaccurate: Once a marine, always a marine.

    5. ElderAmbassador on January 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM said:

      Another sad story of “No good deed shall go unpunished” in this case by the media and local LE.

    6. I live in Arizona and even though we are one of the most gun friendly states, it only takes an antigun prosecutor and/or judge and a jury full of idiots to ruin your life for simply exercising your right to defend yourself. Harold Fish comes to mind. May he rest in peace.

    7. Dave is 100% right, too many prosecutors have their sights on the Governors office and will not let a crisis go to waste.

      They will jump at the chance to prosecute a case like this and use it to their political advantage.

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