Armed Bystanders Hold Suspect At Gunpoint After He Shoots Another

Bob Irwin dissects the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. What went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.

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Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-( The Albuquerque Journal reports this week (5/19/2016) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Officers arrested a local 32 year old who shot another man in the leg. Two bystanders held the shooter at gunpoint until police arrived.

According to a spokesman for the Police Department, the 32-year-old and another man were fighting over drugs near the 7-Eleven at Wyoming and Candelaria when the suspect fired several rounds at his opponent. He hit his opponent and nearly hit several bystanders.

When police arrived they found the victim had been shot in the leg, and two other men were holding the shooter at gunpoint.

The wounded man was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital. The others involved were taken into custody until detectives determined the two pointing their guns at the shooter were assisting in stopping the confrontation. The 32 year old shooter was arrested.

The police spokesman said “The other two subjects who were originally detained were good Samaritans, armed with their own firearms, who tackled the shooter and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.”

It turns out the 32 year old shooter is a convicted felon, and will be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and numerous counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The BATF may charge him federally him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. (During a drug crime, that charge adds another 10 years)

Albuquerque detectives are still determining if the victim [wtf??] will be charged with any narcotics related offenses.


The “victim” is a drug buyer, the shooter is a drug seller and the good guys are a pair of heroes, armed citizens who saved the day! With this jerk firing his gun in an area full of random people, intervention was clearly necessary. These gentlemen should get a medal from the Mayor!

The danger here is when police respond, be aware that they cannot tell who the good guys are. Everybody will get detained until the police sort it all out.

Guns should be put away or better yet, put your weapon on the ground and back away from it. Show them your empty hands!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Chris Mallory

“The “victim” is a drug buyer,”

So, you mean he was victimized both by the shooter and the government. It is well past time to end the War on (some) Drugs.


The BATF “may” charge him on federal charges??? May??? Go after the source of the violence committed by thugs with guns and not the pieces of metal they hold on their hands! If guns kill people then mine must be broken.

Josey Wales

DB. I have the same problem with my weapons. They must be malfunctioning similar to yours cause they havent shot anybody yet! I LIKE YOUR LINE “mine must be broken” Can I borrow that one?

Chris Mallory

Where in the Constitution is the Federal government giving any general police powers. The BATF should not be charging any one with a crime, they were meant to be a tax agency. We need to disband the ATF and the FBI.

JR Bailey

I understand your point concerning the need to let responding LEO’S do their jobs, especially when it involves a shots fired call. But I’m damn tired of law-abiding citizens being treated like immediate targets by LEOS, under all circumstances. What is occurring in real world terms, during such circumstances, is it all the Bill of Rights get checked out the window, because Leo’s have been trained to become unthinking automatons, ready to shoot anyone and everyone. Last time I checked, there is no suspension of the Bill of Rights because cops are no longer trying to think for themselves: only… Read more »


Wow, even here in NM they kept that one quiet. Figures, this state is so full of liberal idiots they sure don’t want word of responsible citizens taking correct acton getting out and spreading. Might encourage others to do it too!


Gee – why didn’t I see this report in the LameStream EneMedia?


What, they didn’t seek to “shelter in place” like the sheeple in California? Awesome that we still have Americans taking their citizenship seriously these days.