As reported, a 50 year old man in Tuscon, AZ was washing his car at the self-service car wash on East 22nd Street, near South Beverly Avenue at about 4:30 PM. An armed robber is said to have approached the man, pulled out handgun, and threatened the man’s life. The victim reportedly drew his self defense gun and shot the robber, causing the robber to flee to a get-away vehicle driven by a suspected accomplice. Shortly thereafter, a suspect arrived at a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound matching that of the robber. The injured suspect, and the person who drove him to the hospital, are in custody. The robbery victim was unharmed.
When law abiding citizens are armed, and therefore able to defend themselves, this is how robberies can end – with the victims unharmed, and the suspect in custody. Rather than being shot for not having enough money, or being shot just because the robber felt like hurting him, this 50 year old man will go home uninjured. It is also quite possible that by defending himself, this man saved many future robbery victims from the terror of being held at gunpoint by a violent criminal.