Knife-Wielding Homeless Man Shot Dead

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

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Robert Steven Rock : Police have still not found next of kin of the deceased to notify.
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- VeroNews.com reports 10-13-16 in Vero Beach, Florida, a local driver went to the Sunoco Station in 1900 block of U.S. 1, around 11:40 on Wednesday evening to assist a family member with changing a flat tire.

As the driver finished changing the flat tire, a 53 year old homeless man, who was sleeping on the property, woke up and started accusing the driver and his wife of “stealing his stuff.

The driver got back into his vehicle but the homeless attacker grabbed his arm through the open window and tried to stab him. That’s when the driver grabbed his gun, which was near the driver’s seat. He fired one shot, striking the attacker in the upper torso.

A homeless man was the aggressor in the attack, according to Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey. He was declared dead at the Indian River Medical Center at 12:21 a.m. according to Vero Beach Police Spokeswoman Officer Anna Carden.

Witnesses say the homeless man was making “stabbing motions” at the time of the shooting.

The person who shot him has been identified as a Fort Pierce, concealed weapons permit holder. All interviews have been completed and no arrests have been made. Police have still not found next of kin of the deceased to notify.

Comments:

Perfect, the intended victim tries to withdraw but the aggressive knife wielder continues the attack through the car window. Cleary a completely valid self-defense shooting.

Keeping a firearm in your car is a wise thing to do as most carry rigs are hard to draw in the confines of a vehicle. If using your carry gun as an in car defense, try it with an empty firearm to be sure you can actually reach your firearm when confined by your seatbelt.

You may find you must release the seatbelt first. Practice, practice, practice!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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MR. CHARLES

I PREVIOUSLY HAD A CARRY PROBLEM IN A VEHICLE. I SOLVED THE PROBLEM BY USING THE CENTER CONSOLE BY PUTTING THE FIREARM BETWEEN THE CONSOLE AND SEAT THAT I WAS SITTING IN OR THE PASSENGER SEAT – HANDLE UP AND REACHABLE FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT – I FOUND OUT THAT USING AN EXTRA HOLSTER SAVED THE FIREARM FROM SCRATCHES AND SECURED IT BETTER. I HAVE EVEN USED A SEAT BELT TO HOLD ON TO THE HOLSTER BY THE BELT LOOP OR IWB SPRING CLIP TO KEEP IT IN PLACE. ANOTHER OPTION IS ATTACH A SEPARATE HOLSTER LOW UNDER THE DASH… Read more »

Tionico

Hmmm.. some great idea there. I do have one more that you might find useful….

get a second carry gun like the present one. One stays in the car-rig, the other in your IWB rig. Never have to remember to switch rigs when you leave the car.

CHARLES N HERSOM

OF COURSE THERE IS ALWAYS MORE OPTIONS FOR ACCESS TO A FIREARM IN THE VEHICLE WHILE CARRYING ONE ON YOU – JUST USE ANOTHER FIREARM YES – COULD BE A DIFFERENT FIREARM AS WELL. LET’S SAY YOU HAVE A .45 FOR VEHICLE AND ANOTHER .38 CAL REVOLVER, YOU CARRY THE 38 AND PUT THE 45 IN THE CAR HOLSTER. GOOD THINKING TIONICO AND I’M SURE THAT THERE ARE STILL MORE WAYS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM BUT I’M JUST GOING TO READ THE REPLY’S TO THIS WITHOUT MUCH COMMENT AS I THINK MANY PERSONS ARE NOW THINKING OF WAYS TO ACCOMPLISH… Read more »

subguy

Jeeeez, Gil, I hope they don’t let you have any sharp pencils, etc. in that institution!

Jacob M. Oppeman

I have practice with my carry in the car and I have found out the most problem I had was trying to get it out from under my shirt or coat hanging over it. What I do now it when I get into my vehicle I put the shirt tail behind the weapon so as not to get in the way. I do have to say that when you get out of the car you will have to remember to pull your shirt from behind the weapon to conceal it again. It has become a habit with me to do… Read more »

William

The homeless man left his “ground” and he cannot use deadly force against a person (the car owner) who presented no physical threat. Gill, stay away from guns because you are clueless!

Jarhead 80

Well in any case I see one good and one bad. The bad is not bringing a knife to a gun fight and the good is with the high price of ammo one shot shooting saves money. I only have one question Who is Gil?

Wild Bill

89, If you were or are a Marine, then thank you for your service. Gil posted the second comment. See supra.

Gil

Wouldn’t know it from other AL articles.

Gil

Gee what of the homeless guy’s right to protect himself from a potential thief?

Gil

Gee, what of the homeless guy’s right to stand his ground and confront a potential thief?

Colonialgirl

MORON Thanks for spewing your load of idiocy as usual.

Gil

Other articles here welcome the so-called “citizens shootings” of escaping thieves.

SuperG

Good advice. It is something I need to focus on, as you just never know from where or when an attack will come.