Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 20 Cases During March 2021

Las Vegas, NV, March 1, 2021 (FOX 5 Vegas)

According to police, the shooting happened around 6:45 p.m. on March 1 in the 3300 block of South Jones Boulevard, near West Desert Inn Road.

A suspect allegedly attempted to steal a vehicle from the Panda Auto shop and was confronted by shop employee, police said.

The employee and suspect got into a fight while the vehicle was moving, according to police. The employee fired his gun at the suspect and the vehicle stopped in the parking lot.

The suspect was “held at gunpoint” at the auto shop until police arrived, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Brian Boxler. The suspect was taken to University Medical Center and was expected to recover.

Byron Teach, “Auto shop employee shoots car theft suspect, Las Vegas police say,” FOX 5 Vegas, March 1, 2021.

Phoenix, AZ, March 1, 2021 (FOX 10 Phoenix)

Phoenix police say the shooting happened just after 11 p.m. on March 1 at a Chevron station near 44th Street and McDowell Road.

Investigators say a man threatened to harm customers and when the clerk tried to intervene, the man armed himself with a baton and attacked the clerk who then shot him…

FOX 10 Staff, “PD: Gas station clerk shoots, kills man in Phoenix,” FOX 10 Phoenix, March 2, 2021.

Winder, GA, March 2, 2021 (Gwinnett Daily Post)

Maj. Ryan Sears said Julio Rivera, 20, Alphonzo Gonzalez, 19, Jose Barrera, 19, and Erika Contreras, 19, attempted to rob an unidentified victim who was in a vehicle on Beech Creek Circle on Tuesday. The victim was armed, however, and Barrera and Contreras were shot and killed during the attempted robbery.

Rivera and Gonzalez have been arrested on criminal attempt to commit armed robbery and aggravated assault with the intent to rob charges…

Curt Yeomans, “Two suspects dead, two others arrested in attempted robbery in Barrow County,” Gwinnett Daily Post, March 5, 2021.

Scottsdale, AZ, March 4, 2021 (

On Thursday, the Department of Public Safety responded to a possible road rage incident on Loop 101 near Chaparral Road.

According to DPS, a driver, identified as 33-year-old Adam Dorfman was driving aggressively when he threw an unknown object at another vehicle.

The object cracked the front windshield of the victim’s vehicle.

Dorfman then drove next to the victim’s vehicle, pointed a gun, and fired at least two shots.

DPS said one bullet struck the inside of the victim’s vehicle and another bullet hit a tire.

Dorfman then moved in front of the victim’s vehicle with the gun in hand.

In fear for his life, the victim fired several shots back at Dorfman’s vehicle in an attempt to get away from him… Staff, “Man arrested for shooting road rage incident on Loop 101 in Scottsdale,”, March 5, 2021.

Massapequa, NY, March 6, 2021 (News 12)

Police say Aidan Doober approached a 56-year-old man in front of 95 Unqua Road and demanded the victim’s cash and keys.

They say a 51-year-old man who was nearby attempted to help the victim, when Doober threatened that 51-year-old man with a knife.

According to a police release: “In fear of his safety, the victim discharged his firearm and struck defendant Dooher once in the leg. The defendant fled the scene on foot, running northbound on Unqua Road. Police located him soon after and were able to place him under arrest.”

Doober was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment. He faces two counts of attempted robbery, two counts of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon…

News 12 Staff, “Nassau PD: 21-year-old shot, arrested in Massapequa attempted robbery,” News 12, March 6, 2021.

Houston, TX, March 7, 2021 (City of Houston News)

Houston police are investigating the shooting of a man following an assault at 3860 South Gessner Road about 6:45 a.m. on Sunday (March 7)…

Mr. Montiel is a security guard at a night club at the above address.  According to witnesses, the suspect was involved in an altercation outside the club and left to get his vehicle.  He then returned and struck Montiel with his vehicle.

According to a second male victim, 32, the suspect then turned his vehicle toward him.  The second victim then discharged his firearm, striking the suspect in the left hand.  The second victim (shooter) was not injured…

City of Houston News Staff, “Investigation into Shooting at 3860 South Gessner Road,” City of Houston News, March 8, 2021.

Colorado Springs, CO, March 8, 2021 (KKTV)

Police in Colorado Springs were investigating a shooting Monday evening. The call came in just after 6 p.m. in the 2300 block of E. Platte Avenue near Boulder Street tied to a robbery. The neighborhood is just east of N. Union Boulevard.

According to police, two suspects dressed in all black went into a Family Dollar store. One person reportedly demanded money from the clerk while the other suspect attempted to take a customer’s purse. Police say the clerk took out a handgun during the incident. During a struggle one shot was fired…

Tony Keith and Nicole Heins, “One suspect in Monday night shooting off Platte Avenue still on-the-run,” KKTV, March 8, 2021.

Atlanta, GA, March 8, 2021 (WSB-TV 2)

Atlanta police responded to a midtown Chick-Fil-A where they say an armed citizen stopped an attempted burglary.

Police received a call after 3 p.m. about a man who entered the restaurant inside Colony Square with a gun and demanded cash…

As the man ran from the restaurant, Sgt. John Chafee said several people nearby saw what was going on and attempted to stop him.

One of them fired two shots and held the robbery suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.

No one was injured in the shooting. No charges at this time are expected against the citizen… News Staff, “Armed citizen stops robbery suspect at midtown Chick-Fil-A, police say,” WSB-TV 2, March 9, 2021.

Chicago, IL, March 9, 2021 (CBS Chicago)

Police said the three offenders walked up to a 69-year-old man and tried to rob him on 106th and Leavitt streets around 10:40 p.m.

The 69-year-old, who has a concealed carry license, took out him gun and shot one of the offenders in the knee.

The three offenders got into their car and drove away. They eventually crashed near 89th Street and Vincennes Avenue and fled the scene…

Mugo Odigwe, “3 Men Arrested After Attempted Robbery, Shooting And Car Crash In Beverly,” CBS Chicago, March 11, 2021.

Houston, TX, March 10, 2021 (Click 2 Houston)

The shooting was reported about 2:45 p.m. in the 4500 block of Shelton Road.

Gonzalez said a person was eating lunch in his car when two other people walked up and tried to rob him. He said that was when the person pulled out a gun and shot the two people trying to rob him.

Gonzalez said the person jumped out of his car and fled the scene in the car believed to be driven by the two people attempting to rob him. He said the person later returned and is cooperating with investigators…

Tierra Smith and Aaron Barker, “2 killed when person they were trying to rob opens fire, sheriff says,” Click 2 Houston, March 10, 2021.

Newnan, GA, March 14, 2021 (FOX 5)

Officers tell FOX 5 that they received a call about shots fired at the McDonalds on Bullsboro Drive Sunday night shortly after 9.

According to investigators, a female driver identified as Kadiedre Keith was waiting for food in the drive-thru lane when 25-year-old Brandon Lee Causey walked between the restaurant and Keith’s car.

Police say Causey put his food and drinks on top of Keith’s vehicle and began to argue with her “for no apparent reason.”

When the woman tried to get out of her car, officials say Causey reached inside her vehicle and choked her.

In her attempt to get free, Keith punched the man in the mouth and fired two shots from a pistol into the air. No one was injured in the shooting.

Officers charged Causey with aggravated assault with possible other charges pending an investigation…

FOX 5 Digital Team, “Police: Man choked woman in Newnan McDonald’s drive-thru,” FOX 5, March 15, 2021.

Lake Saint Louis, MO, March 20, 2021 (

The St. Charles County Prosecutor’s office has decided not to file charges against the man who shot another man several times during a suspected road rage incident in Lake St. Louis.

The shooting happened on March 20 just before 7 p.m. outside a popular shopping plaza at the intersection of Hawk Ridge Trail and Ronald Reagan Drive. St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said it was clear both drivers were involved in road rage.

“At one point, the driver in front stops his car, he exits his vehicle, he has a weapon. The driver in the second car sees the weapon and he notifies the first driver that he has a weapon too and the first driver made a sort of an assertive action toward the car that was occupied by the second driver and his family and as a result, he discharged his weapon in an effort to protect himself,” said St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar…

“Based on all the evidence, we believe the shooter was justified in firing his weapon and as a result, we’ve chosen not to file charges,” said Lohmar…

Kim St. Onge, “No charges against man who shot driver in Lake Saint Louis road rage incident,”, May 12, 2021.

Houston, TX, March 24, 2021 (KHOU)

A store worker told police he feared for his life when he shot a homeless person outside his business in northwest Houston late Wednesday.

The shooting was reported before 10 p.m. outside a discount corner store in the 6400 block of W. 43rd…

He was questioned by police at the scene. He told investigators he was taking out the trash when the person charged at him.

At this time no names have been released, and no charges have been filed.

Doug Delony, “HPD: Store worker feared for his life when he shot homeless man who was charging at him,” KHOU, March 25, 2021.

Amarillo, TX, March 24, 2021 (News Channel 10)

APD officers responded to a business in the area near Amarillo East Boulevard on a deadly shooting.

Officers spoke with the business owner and he told the officers that a man was inside his fenced business.

The owner yelled at the suspect causing the man to advance towards the owner with a weapon in his hand.

The business owner shot the 33-year-old man who was pronounced dead at the scene…

Tamlyn Cochran, “APD investigating shooting resulting 1 man dead,” News Channel 10, March 24, 2021.

Toledo, OH, March 24, 2021 (WTOL)

A suspect has been indicted in a road rage incident last week where two men exchanged gunfire on Monroe Street in west Toledo…

Justin Langlois, 25, of Sylvania, told Toledo Police the driver of a white Chevrolet sedan exited his vehicle and started shooting at his Honda sedan. Langlois informed police he is a CCW holder and returned fire with his weapon.

Langlois’ two children, ages 4 and 2, were inside his vehicle at the time of the incident…

WTOL Newsroom, “Man indicted in Monroe Street road rage incident involving gunfire,” WTOL, March 31, 2021.

Philadelphia, PA, March 27, 2021 (FOX 29 Philadelphia)

Police say two teens, ages 14 and 15, called for a Lyft ride on the 6600 block of North 7th Street, and when the driver arrived things quickly turned violent. According to police, the two attempted to take the 50-year-old driver’s car.

One of the two teens pulled a gun and threatened the Lyft driver, but he had a license to carry and pulled out his own weapon, according to investigators.

Police say the driver shot the 14-year-old suspect in the leg. The 15-year-old stayed at the scene as police arrived. Investigators recovered the gun the teens used and it turned out to be a BB gun.

The Lyft driver was not injured during the incident…

Dave Schratwieser, “Victim in attempted carjacking shoots 14-year-old suspect, Philly police say,” FOX 29 Philadelphia, March 29, 2021.

Chicagom IL, March 27, 2021 (CBS 2 Chicago)

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a 26-year-old man was with two other people in the 5000 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood, when a 30-year-old man pistol-whipped the two other people and then shot the victim in the buttocks. Police said the victim, a concealed carry license holder, returned fire, also shooting his attacker in the buttocks. The victim took himself to West Suburban Medical Center for treatment. The attacker was later arrested and was being treated at Stroger Hospital…

CBS 2 Chicago Staff, “At Least 4 People Killed, 32 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago,” CBS 2 Chicago, March 29, 2021.

Columbus, OH, March 27, 2021 (

Columbus police were called to the shooting scene in the area of Vine Street and Kilbourne Street, near the Arena District, at 3:21 a.m.

According to police, 19-year-old Cameron Kates and others approached a 22-year-old man who was driving down the street.

Police said Kates punched the man and reached for his waistband.

Police said the man, who has a concealed carry license, took out his gun and shot Kates…

No charges have been filed…

10TV Web Staff, “Police: Man with CCW permit fatally shoots 19-year-old man after being punched near Arena District,”, March 27, 2021.

Roanoke, VA, March 29, 2021 (

Police announced Thursday morning a teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with a shooting in southwest Roanoke last Monday.

According to the Roanoke Police Department, a call came in at approximately 12:15 a.m. on March 29 about shots fired in the 1400 block of Chapman Avenue SW. As officers were on the way to the scene, they were advised that a person may have been shot…

During the course of the investigation, the department determined 18-year-old Anthony Muhammad, Jr. of Roanoke, was trying to rob a person along Chapman Avenue SW at the time of the incident.

According to officials, that person engaged in a physical struggle with Muhammad, which is when Muhammad was struck by gunfire… Digital Desk, “Police: Teen charged after reportedly hit by gunfire while trying to rob person in southwest Roanoke last week,”, April 8, 2021.

Manhattan, KS, March 31, 2021 (WIBW)

Riley Co. Police say they were called to Manhattan Town Center’s northeast parking lot at 5:18 p.m. on reports of shots fired.

Riley Co. Police say a man, 21, and a woman, 20, were in an isolated altercation with a 33-year-old man, who was found suffering gunshot wounds near the intersection of 3rd and Kearney.

RCPD Director Dennis Butler told 13 NEWS that the shooting stemmed from an apparent road rage incident, and the man was approaching the couple with a crowbar when he was shot.

Butler said the 21-year-old man, who was the car’s driver, opened fire in self-defense…

Sarah Motter, Becky Goff and Bryan Grabauskas, “Man wielding crowbar shot in Manhattan road-rage incident,” WIBW, March 31, 2021.

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