Robber Shot In Chest By Victim

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.

Keith Dawson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Keith Dawson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( WDRB TV reports 07-20-2017 in the Louisville, Kentucky, an armed robber has been arrested for a November 2016 robbery wherein police say he was shot in the chest by the man he was trying to rob.

According to an arrest warrant, police say a man called them to report that he’d just shot 19-year-old (now 20-year-old) suspect after an armed robbery. The victim told them, the robber walked up to him, pulled a handgun and demanded cash.

At that point, the victim said, he gave the robber $200, and the robber then pistol-whipped him. The victim then pulled his own handgun and fired several shots at the assailant, hitting him in the chest.

The robber was transported to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Police later determined that the gun he used to commit the robbery had been reported to nearby Shively Police Department as stolen.

According to the arrest warrant, which was issued on Jan. 31, 2017, the victim was able to identify the perp through a photo.

The robber was taken into custody by Louisville Metro Police. He is charged with receipt of stolen property (a firearm) and first-degree robbery and is currently held in Louisville Metro Corrections.


The victim certainly tried to avoid shooting this punk by submitting to the robbery and giving up his cash. The $200 was a good deal less than the expense and aggravation of defending your property. A lot of citizens would make the same choice if they understood the time and money it costs the victims who shoot criminals.

When he gets pistol whipped anyway, plan B emerges. With a physical assault in progress, the victim is now at risk of a serious, even crippling injury or death.

In this incident, gunfire is more than an option, it is clearly necessary!

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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Old Curmudgeon

I’m glad the victim here survived this attack and the bad guy is going to jail. Just a thought from am old retired cop: be careful what you write on these comment sections. If you’re ever in a situation where you need to use deadly force and you are unlucky enough to come up against a rabidly anti-gun prosecutor, everything you write may come back to bite you in the behind. It can and has happened in the past. Be safe!!

The Revelator

Thank you!

More than a few idi….. Err, individuals here have pulled that on several of Bob Irwins articles. As the son of a now retired lifetime law enforcement officer, thanks for your time spent in uniform. I sincerely wish you a peaceful, hazard free retirement.

God Bless.

Old Curmudgeon

Thank you!! And wishing the same for you and yours…

Barry Hirsh

I didn’t see a charge of aggravated battery on the list.

Why not, I wonder?

Samuel Stephens

Can you shoot a dummy with dumdum bullets? If you are going to shoot someone make them count cause good ammo is costly.


WHY do they keep using the same photos over and over for these armed robber gets shot stories? Oh, wait, those ARE different perps. My bad,, didn’t look closely enough the first time. I don’t know, there IS something to be said for this line of thinking: Perp has gun, out and aimed at victim. Victim hands over cash… on WHAT basis can victim be certain perp will not decide he (perp) is safer if no one can describe him (perp)? Maybe it was a matter of timing, dynamics, whatever, but if I were confronted by a perp with a… Read more »


Way to much common sense for the average prosecutor to understand.


Just another fine example of the minute by minute actions of multitudes of “highly evolved” humans dealing with life’s challenges and problems. Need money, welfare spent, too lazy to work, ahh…just steal a gun and Rob the next easy target that comes by. Get caught, default to hundreds of excuses and social reasons justifying your anti-social behavior. The only problem with this story is aim for the forehead. And to think, if only we could judge this fine young man by “the content of his character “.

Mark Are

He must have been using some under powered pistol for the perp to be shot in the chest several times and living. I wonder what caliber it was. Most likely .22 or .25 auto. If it had been a .45 we would be reading a slightly different version of this post. Per shot DEAD would be more appropriate and just think of all the “taxpayers” that wouldn’t have to pay prosecute the POS.


@mac Are: Start reading articles twice before commenting. It didn’t say the perp was shot several times in the chest. It says several shots were fired “at” the suspect. Caliber doesn’t necessarily have a thing to do with it. You can be shot in the chest with virtually any caliber and survive depending on WHERE in the chest you are shot.

JR Bailey

Yep, shot placement is key! A 22 long rifle 35 grain bullet in the heart will kill someone just as dead as a 45 ACP 230 grain bullet any day of the week! Same thing for 25 ACP, 32 ACP, 380 ACP, all are indeed “underpowered” compared to a full 9mm, 45ACP, 40 S&W, 357 Magnum, etc., but when put in the right place on a Target they will get the job done! I’ve been told by countless folks both online and in-person, who declare unabashedly, that they would never carry those underpowered calibers! However, when I’ve offered to test… Read more »

Barry Hirsh

Can’t much criticize the vic’s shot placement considering that he’d just been clubbed in the head with a pistol.


Shoot in the head, I don’t think they make bulletproof masks!

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

Too bad he didn’t put the dirt bag’s lights out for good – he would have been justified in doing so due to the heat of the moment. Another case of sh*t locks on parade.