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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Mountain News in Arrowhead, CA reports 07-18-19 a 29-year-old resident of Crestline was shot July 11 at Lake Drive and Lake Gregory Drive moments after he began to assault a 27-year-old male victim. This is according to an incident report and a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives responded to a residence on Lake Gregory Drive to conduct the investigation. They learned that three men had approached the victim around 9 P.M.
The victim recognized one of the approaching men as an associate of a suspect who had beaten him up him back in January. That assault resulted in the victim being hospitalized.
As the three men approached, the victim felt threatened by them and their verbal taunts. He made his way toward his car.
The most aggressive suspect, age 29, apparently grabbed the 27-year-old victim’s shirt and punched him multiple times.
The victim was still able to retrieve his firearm from a compartment in the car. He fired the gun ending the assault around 9:15 P.M.
An off-duty nurse who was nearby, was administering medical aid to the 29-year-old when deputies arrived. The nurse informed deputies of the gunshot wound to the lateral left chest, about one inch above the pectoral muscle.
At that time, 9:22 p.m., a reporting party told a 911 dispatcher that the 29-year-old was awake and in pain. An ambulance transported him to St. Bernadine’s Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information, are asked to contact Detective Eric Ogaz, (909) 387-3589. The incident will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
The reason for the assault is not detailed in the reports. Cleary the victim here had reason to fear great bodily harm as he was beaten badly enough to be hospitalized by associates of these men 6 or 7 months earlier.
No mention is made of the firearm in the car being permitted under CA law.
The first rule of self-defense is don’t get killed. This especially applies when you get killed because you are trying to obey the some firearm law. Only survivors get to defend themselves in court.
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 KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.
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.