FL: 1 Career Criminal Shot Dead When He Attempted to Rob 2 Legally Armed Men

Image Mug Shot of Otis Brown, from Lee County Sheriff’s Office, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On May 31st, 2021, at about 6 p.m. at 3101 N. Miami Avenue, it has been reported that Otis Brown, a career criminal, attempted to commit an armed robbery of two men as they were walking their dog outside of the Midtown Mall.

The temperature at 6 p.m. was 82 degrees with an ENE breeze of 13 mph with humidity of 72%.  Sunset would not be until 8:07.  Looking at the images from Google maps, there is graffiti in the neighborhood.

One of the men grappled with Brown. It appears to have been an attempted disarm by the victim. Disarms are a dangerous and desperate tactic. As Brown and the victim struggled, the victim was shot in the shoulder. From Wink news:

According to detectives, two men were walking when they were confronted by Otis Brown Jr. of Lehigh Acres. He attempted to rob the men at gunpoint, police said, and one of the victims exchanged gunfire with Brown, shooting him.

Brown was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died. One of the victims was also taken to the hospital, but his condition has not been released.

Brown, 38, was a registered felon in Florida with numerous arrests in Lee County going back to 1998.

Brown had a long series of arrests as an adult, starting when he was a teenager. He had recently been released from prison. It appears the gunfight happened very quickly. First, the robbery attempt, then grappling for a handgun, when the first victim is shot. At that point the second victim engages Brown, using a Glock pistol and hitting Brown eleven times!

From Miamihearald.com:

Monday evening’s shooting at Midtown unfolded outside a parking garage on the 3100 block of North Miami Avenue. The two men walking their dog live in the area, and were returning home when they were confronted by Otis Brown, 38, of Leigh Acres, who tried to rob them.

 According to a source, Brown and one of the men began grappling. The other man, who was legally armed with a Glock, hid briefly behind a post and heard his friend get shot in the shoulder. He emerged from behind the post and exchanged gunfire with Brown, who was hit 11 times.

The dog ran off, but was later rescued. The robbery victims both had their weapons legally, and are not expected to face charges. Investigators believe they acted in self-defense.

Google maps image of North Miami Ave in the vicinity of the gunfight.

Without further details, this correspondent can only speculate the second victim took cover as the first grappled with Brown. It often makes more sense to seek cover than to stand in the open while drawing a handgun. WSVN.com reports the second victim was grazed by a bullet just before he opened fire on Brown.

One of them was shot in the shoulder.

The other was grazed by a bullet, and then pulled out a gun in self-defense, shooting the man.

It seems likely the second victim drew his pistol from behind cover, as the first shots were fired. The second victim then ended the gunfight with eleven hits from his Glock pistol. The reports do not tell us how many shots Brown fired.

The police reports do not tell us how many victims Brown interacted with during his criminal career. The reports do not tell us how many years of Brown’s life he spent behind bars.

We are left with the conclusion it took two armed victims to conclusively stop Otis Brown’s criminal career by effectively resisting his attack on May 31st 2021. Otis died as a result.

One of the benefits of an armed population is: it makes criminal conduct more dangerous. This case highlights how legally armed individuals reinforce each other.

It is possible Otis Brown could have turned his life around, but the odds are against it. To paraphrase Massad Ayoob, Otis Brown made a fatal mistake in the victim selection process. It is impossible to know how many future crimes were prevented by the death of Otis Brown.

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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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“It is impossible to know how many future crimes were prevented by the death of Otis Brown.”
It may not be possible to KNOW…. but the odds are, it is a bunch! Career criminals seldom change their spots. At least until their habits get changed FOR them, as happened here.


The left will be upset when they find out that they have one less voter. I can hear it now, a call to the border for a replacement.


He was probably a democrat. He’ll get to vote forever.


“Awww man, he was a good guy! Prolly turning his life around until they killed him. Look, someone even gave him a star where his third-eye should be.”


A target !


Who’s to blame for this thugs demise?
The system didn’t correct him, his upbringing didn’t instill values and the laws didn’t dissuade him.
It’s obvious that our system is extremely flawed and democrats want more laws to disarm us. The bottom line is society is safer when criminals don’t know who’s armed, but the government is trying to change that by letting these punks believe we are.


Otis…that’s who is to blame. He has been in and out of jail his entire life, I’m sure he had MANY chances to make a different decision about his life and where it was headed. You can’t fix stupid…the system id flawed, but ultimately they are not responsible. Each day Otis chose to lead a life of crime….fortunately for us, he chose poorly on this day.


Would one be safe to assume he had mental deficiencies ? And why was he released before he was treated, if possible ? And did he ever see a psychologist while incarcerated ? And if so is this going to be the same psychologist that will have the authority to remove your 2A right ? WTF was he doing in society ?And now we have more statistics to push more gun laws against the innocent. Imagine that.

Last edited 1 year ago by Arny
crazy joe

a doc can’t fix stupidity you chose it and live with it. good riddance.


I just love a happy ending!

Old Vet

They just never learn. If they would just watch the evening news and see how many perps are biting the dust, It might give them pause…..or not?


this is the best likely outcome perp dead no further cost to society ,hope the guy who shot him is ok, mentally and psychically


shoot until the threat is eliminated. just sad he had to waste that much ammo to do so.
my in-laws have a time share there and are going soon, glad he is off the street and they are a little bit safer.

Last edited 1 year ago by gregs

It had a good outcome. Trying to disarm your attacker is very dangerous. At the police academy we were told to expect to be shot if we tried to disarm the bad guy. The disarming moves were to deflect the muzzle away from center mass, so less vital areas would take the shot. It looks like the first victim did that. I think the second victim, and good shot, should have acted faster to draw and shoot. But we don’t know how many seconds actually passed from the initial struggle and the defining 11 rounds. A good shoot.


As the adage goes, “Empty the magazine!”


And shove in another!


Out-F’ing-Standing! One down, a good start, many, many more to go.


Bye bye, Otis!

Dry gulched

I thought the air smelled a little better when i woke up this morning. That’s because there’s one less dirty stinking rat amongst us.


Why eleven..??!! because he was carrying a ten round magazine +1

Seeriously. Great shooting if he only had 11 rds…!!


Florida doesn’t limit you to 10 round mags.

Last edited 1 year ago by JSStryker

You mean they didn’t have time to call a social worker !


One less post criminal. Good shooting


‘…striking the suspect 11 times!’. Sounds like what my academy instructors called a ‘panic dump’.


Maybe he kept twitching.


11hits! Hot Damn! Attaboy!


should have been robbing democrats , oh wait a lot of them are buying guns now