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The Armed Citizen® June 8, 2014

The Armed Citizen® June 8, 2014

Tariq Bell and his 13-year-old daughter had just left a music store when they were approached by a 40-year-old stranger. The man had just robbed someone at a nearby hotel and was being pursued by police. The fugitive grabbed Bell from behind, jumped into the driver's seat of his vehicle and demanded the keys. With his daughter already in the backseat of the vehicle, Bell acted quickly. He drew his firearm and ordered the man to get out of his vehicle. When the fugitive saw Bell's gun, he fled. It was reported that he then tried to carjack another victim who sped away. He was, however, successful in carjacking a third victim and led police on a high speed chase. He was ultimately apprehended and faces charges including armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and aggravated assault on a police officer. Neither Bell nor his daughter was injured during the incident. (WSB Radio, Snellville, Ga., 11/13/13)

Around 9 p.m., a resident was approached by two men outside of his home. The men carried firearms and ordered the resident into his own home. The man was pistol whipped by the suspects as they demanded money from him. While inside the home, the resident was able to get his own firearm and fired in self-defense. One suspect reportedly returned fire, but missed. Both suspects then fled the scene. Police caught up to the assailants soon thereafter. One suspect was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, but later died of his injuries. The second suspect was arrested and charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. (WBTV, Charlotte, N.C., 5/13/14)

From The Armed Citizen® Archives

February 1960: After buying $2 worth of gas at a service station near Bowie, Md., the customer pointed a gun at attendant Gilbert Roy Gertz and said, "Give me what you've got in your pocket." Gertz reached in, pulled out a cal. .25 pistol, and killed the bandit with a single shot. (The Washington Daily News, Bowie, Md.)

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