Customs & Border Protection Officer Jumped In Robbery by Teens, 1 Suspect 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.

15 Year Old Darius Smith
One of two teenage suspects shot by the officer died from his injuries. That 15-year-old robber was pronounced dead shortly after 5 in the morning at a local hospital.
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( CBS TV 2 in Los Angeles reports 05-27-2017 in Arcadia, California a male individual was walking along the sidewalk on First Avenue, just south of Colorado Boulevard, when he was attacked from behind by the three teenage boys, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department reported.

The incident happened just after 8 in the evening. One of the suspects hit the victim in the head several times while another pointed a handgun and demanded his property. Turns out the chosen victim was an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer.

Sherriff’s Spokesperson Deputy Caroline Rodriguez said “The victim thought the subjects were going to rob and shoot him so he retrieved his department issued handgun. The victim shot at the subjects in an effort to defend himself.”

One of two teenage suspects shot by the officer died from his injuries. That 15-year-old robber was pronounced dead shortly after 5 in the morning at a local hospital. His 14-year-old partner also suffered gunshot wounds but is expected to survive.

A third teen suspect, another 14 year old, who fled when the shooting started, was in custody following the incident. The officer was not shot but did suffer some bruising to his face and head during the attack. He was treated at the scene and released.

The Officer works at San Francisco International Airport and lives in Arcadia. The suspects’ names were not released because they are juveniles.


Three young criminals pick the wrong victim. The Officer showed great restraint in not shooting all three young street criminals immediately. No one really wants to shoot at children but the decision is to risk your own life?

A valid shooting by all standards!

Statement from the dead robber mother:

The teen who was killed was identified by family as 15-year-old Darius Smith. The boy’s mother Reshawna Myricks said she cannot believe he’d be involved in a robbery.

She said the officer should have fired warning shots — instead of aiming at the boys.

“It’s not right. And I want to know what happened because the story you said ain’t the truth,” Myricks said. “The crazy part is they let you walk on … my baby is not walking on no more.”

Uhh? Like the warning they gave the victim before they hit him in the head several times?

The Customs and Border Patrol Office of Professional Responsibility says it is working closely with the Investigating agencies. No doubt to be sure policies were not violated by the victim’s self-defense.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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Craig A

Another member of the Diddu Nuffin’ club


Roy D you want me to dazzle you some more with my brilliance? Okay… And no, I don’t know the laws of every state or jurisdiction and I am not saying someone shouldn’t use lethal force when imminent. I’m not saying what to do or what not to do. All I can say is from cases I have studied,read. For instance, I admit, I forgot what state this happened in. This comes from an actual case, a man owned an auto shop, a disgruntled customer came in and started arguing and picked up a tire iron and started beating the… Read more »

Don Bailey

@Rkn, I agree with everything you’ve said, with the exception of shooting the guy who has dropped the knife and backed away. There is nothing in that statement that justifies pulling the trigger. Yes, I have seen those individuals who were provided the solid foundations of childhood by parents who did everything right, their kid was a bad seed and refused to live their life the way they were taught. In the military, if you have your rifle sighted in on a target and you know it is a “righteous kill”, then you take the shot, otherwise your conscience will… Read more »


Hi Don, I am glad we can comment each other. When I said about if the guy drops the knife and backs away, or should I have said given up, as a civilian we must stop. Some times just the sight of a firearm will make them stop. I have spoke with my brother who was in The Mogue and the battlefield is a little different. For instance, if we as civilians pull a firearm and they run and hide behind a wall or car that means we must stop and run away if we can then always best to… Read more »


Hi Don, I just want to add. All these protests when police shoot someone in the back. If someone is crazy enough to try and kill a cop or take their firearm what is this person going to do when they run away and hold someone hostage? People need to think when they come to conclusions that a cop may have just saved someone’s life by shooting them in the back. Same with us, if we’re in a store and someone comes in and starts shooting and killing everyone they see we can either run or try to stop them.… Read more »

Roy D.

I’m sorry Rkn, the more you write the more I realize that either English isn’t your first language or you are culturally or mentally handicapped. In either case it is wrong of me to expect you to converse about any subject, much less this one, with a semblance of knowledge of the subject. Once again, my condolences.

Don Bailey

Rkn, Discussing the “what if game” and attempting to be prepared for just about any given situation, can almost become circular in thinking. You do make valid points, but in the end, during those moments when the adrenaline is pumping, it comes down to judgement and making a good call. As I said earlier, you can make a decision that you may have to live with for the rest of your life.

Roy D.

Well off hand I would say that “Exaggerated Udderance” would indicate a female with big breasts. Now if you meant to write “exaggerated utterance” that would be a statement made under excited condition, or something like that. For your amusement I’ll tell you a true story: Four years and one month ago a black male aged 21 snuck in a roundhouse right fist to the left side of my head. As I turned to the right I retrieved my LCP from my right rear pocket and chambered a round. As this was happening the thug saw the gun and made… Read more »


Yes, utterance. I have a tough time spelling I have what’s called left brain thought – speech impairment, I will try and explain after my comment of utterance. sometimes and sometimes some words spell different than I want. Anyway I was referring utterance in reference to when someone calls 911 or talks too much to police, for example when calling 911 when involved in a shooting instead of just stating I was a victim of an attack, my name is… I am wearing whatever color clothes, shots fired send police and ambulance, then if can hang up. So I was… Read more »

BillyBob Texas

Remember four words when and if you have to use deadly force. It was taught to us at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Artesia, NM:


Period. Dot. End of discussion.No bragging. No trying to answer, WHY?. Same response to EVERY question from the police, the reporters, the public, the parents, the court.

Wild Bill

Bob Texas, are you a Border Patrolman or former Border Patrolman? I went to FLETC, Glenco, GA.


To boil it down, 90% of the time these “thugs” don’t carry the same last name as the “mamma” or “daddy”.or newest current “daddy”. Could this possibly be a cause? I will bet out of these three wonderful examples of morally grounded “beings” this will be the same state. Continuity in responsibility as a parent absent. The behavior of just “breeding”. What a sad joke BLM, just a vehicle for angry irresponsibility with little if any evolved behaviors.


I think they were turning their lives around, oh wrong excuse, aspiring artists no wrong again, were is blm to explain what went wrong on our part or the victims fault

Don Bailey

No, you’ve got it all wrong. These were good kids who were never any trouble to anyone. They were out on the town when they saw this cocky dude was wearing the wrong colors and they immediately got stirred up. It was the supposed victim’s fault. See, you can create all kinds of fiction to fit the narrative. But, aside from that, what a shame for everyone involved.


Yo, Mama, you listening? Warning shots have been being fired all across the nation for many years and many generations. Is is YOUR responsibility to have taught your son to heed the warnings. YOU failed your son. And you’ve failed our nation. You killed your son, not the victim or the gun. Nobody owes you anything. You owed it to your offspring to be a parent. FAIL!


It was in Los Angeles County so the two survivors will be supported by the taxpayers. These two thugs were juvy’s so they will be free to rob and kill in a couple of years. Yo momma, you done raised your boy to be a thug and he performed as raised. Warning shots my a$$. Did they warn the victim they were going to beat him to death. The victim should have killed the other two to save court costs. Maybe momma should be jailed since she trained that boy to be a thug.

Rich in Mo

He did fire a warning shot, right into your thug son. It’s a warning to every other would be dirt bag; the next victim you choose might just be the “Angel of Death”.


“No one wants to shoot at children”? They weren’t children. They had a gun and they attacked. They were feral dogs and the survivors will attack someone else in the future. The officer would have done society a favor by killing all three.

John R Pyles 111

momma should a been a better mother than just a drive by momma.

Don Bailey

As someone who has retired from the criminal justice system, it did not take long early on to understand that the offenders coming into the system, never had a chance before they were even born. They came into the world destined to be losers, it was their lot in life because there would never be a role model for them, no one to tell them right from wrong, but they would have everything provided for them by our government to allow them to live feral their entire lives until the rules and regulations that they refused to abide by, came… Read more »

Clark Kent

The only ‘multi-headed and faceted’ concern is WHY DON”T BOTH MOM AND DAD TEACH THEIR KIDS MORALS? That is the solution.

Don Bailey

@Clark, That in a nutshell, is a solution, a cultural solution that seems obvious to many of us.


Because ‘dad’ is most often just a genetics donor. And that is unlikely to change.

BillyBob Texas

Don Bailey: U R Exactly Right. Sad, honestly. Yes, we’d like ALL thugs put down, some of them permanently. But it IS sad we have come to this. A whole group of people – NOT being responsible for themselves nor their young kids.And THAT is sad.


Too bad momma, yo son be a POS.

Jim Macklin

California Felony Murder law should put the two surviving teenage muggers who were armed with at least one firearm, in prison at least 25 years.
Did the mother have pictures of her child at church in his vestments, saying prayers?
Does the mother have a picture of the father? Is that picture a mug shot?


I love a happy ending.


Please folks, I am not trying to preach or think I know it all so please don’t take this comment wrong. Remember, on social media what we comment stays forever, therefore, when comments like “They all should die” or comments related, if something happens and we have to use lethal force, what we comment can and will be used against us. These comments could be argued that if you are a concealed carrier an attorney could try to prove that the reason you have a firearm is because you want to kill. With using lethal force by law you are… Read more »

Roy D.

I’ll tell you what Rkn, I am not afraid of posting anything that I post. It is too bad they all didn’t end up dead. There, I’ve written it twice. You can try to sell that to some here and, where some of these people live, your concern may have some merit. I am not concerned. The test is whether or not deadly force was justified. Where I live and am likely to go, that is all that matters. It is nice to live in a state that voted solid red in 2008 and 2012 and 2016. That’s Oklahoma for… Read more »


I agree with you Roy. It matters whether deadly force was justified. Yet in some, many cases it could cost the victim thousands of dollars. I am not saying I would rather be six feet under, what I am saying is if an anti gun prosecutor has a political agenda they will try to dig up anything, for instance, say I have to use lethal force and my attacker ends up dead and I am clearly justified a District Attorney can and will look at my social media to find my character. So if I am constantly posting, I would… Read more »

BillyBob Texas

Rkn is right.


Thank you Billy Bob. Finally someone who understands what I’m talking about. I think what many don’t realize even if it an open and shut justified self defense and that win a criminal investigation then there will most likely be a civil lawsuit and even if they win a criminal case they could lose at civil. So, in my opinion many posts I read about how thugs should die or they would have killed the thug if I were a prosecuting attorney I could argue that this person posted all over social media that they would kill a thug that… Read more »

Roy D.

You really believe that Billy Bob? Rkn displays his ignorance of the law where I live regarding the possibility of a civil case after a finding of innocent on criminal charges. It just can not happen; that’s the law. Perhaps Rkn will dazzle us some more with his stellar knowledge and you can agree with him, again.


Au contraire. Righties have successful have watered down the lethal test for shooting others dead legally. Hence you are no longer restricted to taking someone’s life via self-defense and can also legally cite property defense in some States.

BillyBob Texas

Roy D. Do you expect Rtn – or ANYONE to be able to state what the Law will do to everyone – in every jurisdiction – with every DA – and every jury? Come on, man! You MAY be right – or think you are, But what he is talking about is applicable to a whole lot more places than your singular place. Don’t attack him just because YOU have a Local Law Degree. It’s different rules, judges, DA’s, juries everywhere – and his is good advice. YOUR emails, blogs, etc., etc, WILL be dug up and used against you… Read more »

Clark Kent

Hate to burst your bubble, but if the suspect dies during a defensive shooting that is the fault of the ER doctor(s), not the shooter. So no need to lose any sleep. P.S. The concern regarding living a long life should be with the VICTIM, not the SUSPECT.

Jim Macklin

California Felony First Degree statute The felonies that support a charge of first degree felony murder are arson, rape, carjacking, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, mayhem, train wrecking, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts on a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration. (See Pen. Code, § 189.) 540A. Felony Murder: First Degree – Defendant Allegedly Committed Fatal Act The defendant is charged [in Count ______] with murder, under a theory of felony murder. To prove that the defendant is guilty of first degree murder under this theory, the People must prove that: 1. The defendant committed [or attempted to commit] ; 2. The… Read more »


OK Clark I don’t want to start a debate all I am saying is you shoot to stop and if they die in the process so be it. Also where someone lives if a DA or someone in law enforcement has an anti gun political agenda they can turn a defensive encounter around into murder real fast. I certainly don’t want to be six feet under yet people also need to be ready to spend money defending themselves. It’s not what the law is its how the law works. Comments like they all should die, OK, say I shoot one… Read more »


There’s something to be said about committing a crime versus getting convicted.


Hey MODERATORS… there used to be a set of “share” buttons at the bottom of every article. They’ve been gone last couple of days. What gives? Can we have them back? Pretty please……….


This thugpunk is dead for precisely the same reason Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and a few of their ilk are also dead…. their DADDIES never taught them to respect other people OR their stuff.

Simple as that.

And with his pappy gone out of the scene, Mama never manned up and taught him those things either.


1) Sign at the USBP range at F.L.E.T.C, Glynco, Georgia “If more than one, go for your gun.”
2) Try the others as adults.
3) Since a life was lost during the commission of a felony, the surviving hoodlums should be charged with murder in the FIRST degree.


No response from the father?


Who dat?


the sperm donor? He be long gone, long gone, like a toikee t’ru de coan…. wid ‘is long clothes on.


The family will say this turd and his pos friends were just walking down the street minding their buisness when they were attacked by a crazed officer with a gun for no reason. And that the bruising the officer has sustained must of been inflicted by his own hands to cover up the ” MURDER” of these wonderful teenagers. I say good riddance to worthless trash

Old Man's Club - VE veteran

The teen picked the wrong line of hobby to get into, Guess that puts to bed the theory about good guys with guns being a danger to other bystanders.

James M

Unfortunately a group of teens decided to rob and harm someone. Highly doubt this was the first time. One having a firearm while another assaulted the victim. Even worse yet. The two that got away have now learned not to underestimate the victim. At which point they might choose the higher road and be productive human beings. (Highly doubtful). As we train and practice, learning how to defend ourselves and loved ones. In our spare time. Raising our ability to stop threats. There are predators​ being shaped and hardened. Constantly learning skills needed to survive, steal, evade capture, inflict harm,… Read more »

Tim Cox

Always the same old story, my child is a very good kid and would never do anything like that, should not have shot at him should have waited till he shot you first then fire a warning. Fact is if the parents knew where and what their kids where doing and actually were parents there wouldn’t be as many of these stories. Anyone remember the old ads that asked it’s 10 pm do you know where your children are?


Hi Tim. No doubt. Also obviously the mother doesn’t know lethal force laws either. Warning shots will put you in jail. Self defense by use of lethal force one thing must be intentional and sights on target. So, if he fired warning shots and a round hit an innocent bystander then what? Like you said, same ol’ song and dance, my boy is a good boy… I am sure we need to get ready for riots now from peaceful innocent people…

Ranger 1

Someone should inform Mother Myricks that if she had raised her boy not to be a street thug…. he’d still be alive., But, as it is, his leaving this world is classified as: DSAF!


These thugs will no longer threaten or harm any one else. Hope they put the survivors in max security where some big stinky barn boss takes responsibility for their welfare.

Roy D.

Just taking out the trash. Too bad they didn’t all die.

Darren P.

The best thug is a dead thug! Plus all the money saved on trial, lawyers and incarceration. Plus future victims. Job well done sir. You have our gratitude.


Sadly there are still two thugs that will live to attack additional victims, and those victims will likely be unarmed.


WOW! I do believe this is the first time I have ever heard this much down right honesty and clarity from a Negro concerning the true un-evolved nature of his kind. I will not believe that every single Negro living upon our Earth fits into this slot of human depravity. There are exceptions of which I am grateful for. Yet this gentleman presents some very truthful and (events occurring in that time frame) were factual down and dirty comparisons. Katrina effected ALL races and nationalities of people. The storm knew no “color”. Why do we not have evidence of “other”… Read more »


There is a reason that negros do not act like any of the other races and that explanation is found in the Bible. Sadly, man (especially Christians) has been indoctrinated, during the last 500 years, to believe that negros are part of their ancestry and ignore God’s word by not giving up that belief for fear of being labeled racist, bigot, hater, and/or white supremacist. God doesn’t lie!