As reported, a 74 year old man, whose name has not been released, was parked in front of his house, waiting to take his wife and daughter to the airport. An assailant, believed to be 18 years old, approached the man when he opened the car door, put a knife to the man’s throat, and threatened his life as part of a carjacking attempt. The man was able to grab his gun and shot the attacker twice in the chest. The attacker then fled. On a nearby street, a suspect suffering from two gunshot wounds to the chest was found unconscious, and taken to a nearby hospital. Police interviewed the 74 year old man, and do not expect to file any charges against him in this justified self defense shooting.
This is just one of the approximately 2.5 million self defense gun uses that occur each year, and because this man had a gun, he was able to save his own life from attack by a violent carjacker. Had this man not had a gun, it is entirely possible that the carjacker could have cut his throat right then and there, leaving his family to find him dead in front of their home. Or, the carjacker could have abducted the man’s wife and daughter when they emerged from the house, inflicting unspeakable harm upon them. Fortunately, this man was armed and able to defend himself and his family. As a result, they were unharmed, and the suspected carjacker is in custody.