Hotel Guest Shoots Attacker to Avoid Getting Forked Up

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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Hotel Guest Shoots Attacker to Avoid Getting Forked Up
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( FOX TV-17 reports 07-30-2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, a local resident and his friend arrived to the Suburban Lodge on Central Pike after church Sunday afternoon.

They then entered the elevator along with 48-year-old man who it turns out did not have a room at the hotel. The victims told police they exited the elevator and went towards their room while the 48 year old also exited and walked in the opposite direction.

The 48 year old returned to their door and tried to gain entry. He appeared to have a metal object in his hand and tried to stab the local resident.

Believing it was a knife and fearing for his life, the resident knocked the would-be intruder down. That allowed the resident time to retrieve his Glock 19 handgun from the table. He shot at the 48 year old hitting him in the left bicep.

The 48 year old tried to run off with the knife, but the resident was able to stop him. He held the intruder at gunpoint until police arrived.

The local resident has a valid Tennessee carry permit.

No charges were filed against the victims as the shooting was in self-defense. Police arrested the 48 year old on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


Clearly a valid shooting in most jurisdictions. The resident showed great restraint in firing only one shot.

Holding the perp for the police was fine. I expect if he tried to escape again, the resident wouldn’t have pursued. When you are safe, stay safe!

The metal object thought to be a knife was later recovered and turned out to be a fork. My guest, Attorney Clark Patrick, on the live YouTube broadcast, commented that the shooter being armed, was able to prevent being forked.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KSHP 1400 AM radio (Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.) As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.

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I live and work in Nashville and it is full of the mentally ill and/or drug infested animals running lose. Its why I carry a gun.

The worst part is Nashville’s mayor Berry believes that if a mentally ill person want to attack you, you have to let them. She is doing everything she can to take guns away from citizens in good standing and increase gang crime at the same time. She drinks the liberal Kool-Aid. She would put a fork in every crazy persons hand if she thought it would get rid of guns.


I agree. I live in Hendersonville, work in Nashville, and ALWAYS carry (with at least one spare mag). Being adjacent to Nashville, we get a lot of city deviants who think “rubes” outside of the city are easy pickin’s. They usually get a rude awakening.

Seems that big cities are magnets to thugs and liberals. Maybe we should build walls around them.


Brian and JDL yes I hear what you are saying. Tennessee is having a problem with electing democrats for mayors and other positions of importance. Our governor has turned absolutely RINO against all of us. The mayor of Knoxville is a democrap and it shows with the restrictions she trying to put on the people and acting like a nanny.
Vote for changes in the left leaning races and bring us back to the Volunteer state. WE are becoming the pu**y state.


Apparently the attacker didn’t realize the motto “never bring a knife to a gun fight” applies to all silverware as well.


Too bad the victim was not a little better of a shot, and landed at least 2 shots center-mass, but hey, the good guy won either way right~