Killing Of Hatchet Wielding Robber Determined To Be Justified

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Hatchet-Wielding Assailant Shot Dead
Hatchet-Wielding Assailant Shot Dead
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

Las Vegas, NV –-( The Seattle Times reports this week (9/10/2016) in Burien, Washington a customer was drinking coffee at a 7-Eleven store at 5:40 a.m. March 13 2016 when an assailant entered, masked and armed with a hatchet. The assailant chased the clerk toward the cash register.

As he passed the 60 year old customer, he swung his hatchet near the customer’s head. That customer has a valid concealed pistol license and pulled his .357 Magnum revolver, firing once. That round grazed the assailant’s shoulder.

The assailant continued to attack the clerk, now behind the store’s counter with the hatchet. The customer fired twice more striking the intruder in the chest and face. That ended the attack. The 43 year old assailant died a short time later.

The incident was captured by a video-surveillance camera and several independent witnesses provided statements to police. The case was forwarded to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

This week, prosecutors confirmed that the customer used lawful force when he shot the assailant in order to stop an armed robbery and assault.

In a “decline memo,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Brian McDonald wrote that under state law, a homicide is justifiable if the slayer reasonably believes the person slain intended to commit a felony, kill another person or inflict great personal injury and that there was imminent danger that such harm would be accomplished.

Further, the slayer “employed such force and means as a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar conditions.”


A true wacko, who robs a store with a hatchet? Good call by the D.A. The CCW holder had the right to defend the clerk and himself for a clear and immediate threat.

Good guys 1, bad guys 0, game over.

When intervening in defense of another party you must be sure who’s who. Mistakes are easy to make. In this incident, having the hatchet swung at his own head, who the bad guy was became quite clear to this citizen hero!

Note to self, never bring a hatchet to a gunfight……

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Jim Macklin

Masked and attacking with a hatchet. A hard call for the DA.

PTSD is less likely since the Good Samaritan is 60 years old and wasn’t arrested and tried in the media and court, like George Zimmerman.


Liberal newspapers usually omit the name of any ethnic minority VCA*. This dead VCA doesn’t look Scandinavian, or of any white ancestry.

*Violent Criminal Actor

chicken little

Who cares about ethnicity??? Sounds like you may be racist.

Wild Bill

Who cares about racist??? Sounds like you may be a thought control advocate.

Chicken Little

it works on you, WB. LOL


Excellent outcome. It is too bad the criminal didn’t take the hint of being grazed by a bullet, to re-think his attack on the clerk and customer. I just have concerns for the shooter possibly having PTSD.

Clark Kent

Who cares what he had? Now he has RIP……


He’s an older gent, unlikely to be too bothered over the death of a dirtbag. The moral standards in our society have changed over the past half century. Be a thug get a slug was justice when he was a lad. Nowadays the bleeing hearts will cry and moan that he was just getting his life turned around and was ready to start college to make someting of himself, and did not “deserve” to die. No, the ones who did not deserve to die are they who were not imposing the threat of death to innocents. I’m glad the perp… Read more »

chicken little



I’ve had my comments censored on other web sites because I’ve said good riddance to bad rubbish, but it is true. We are given a choice in life, and if you choose to become a bad guy, then you also choose the penalties that come with choice. This is one of those penalties. I will not mourn the loss of a criminal, I will mourn the mental scarring that the innocents got from being confronted by this dog.