The Armed Citizen® November 2010

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posted on October 20, 2010
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*A gas station clerk was working the register when a man walked in and confronted him. He slid a note to the clerk with the words "money now" inscribed on it and demanded the safe be opened. The clerk ran from the store and attempted to phone police, but his assailant quickly caught up with him. The suspect savagely beat the clerk, continuing even after his nose was broken. That's when a man driving by witnessed the assault and ran to the clerk's aid. "The Good Samaritan ... pulled out a gun to threaten the robber," said Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "He is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. I applaud the Good Samaritan for getting involved." The robber fled, but was arrested because the witness wrote down his license plate number. (The Delaware County Times, Primos, PA, 08/19/10)

*When an alleged intruder broke a window and began entering the home of 80-year-old Stephen Boyechko, he knew what to do-he hastily retrieved his .32-cal. Walther PPK pistol. "Why did you break my window?" Boyechko asked. Instead of answering the question, the intruder climbed inside and ran at the homeowner, who shot him twice and held him for police. The intruder is a suspect in a number of burglaries. Apparently in his latest heist he did not know with whom he was dealing. Boyechko is a veteran of World War II, but he did not fight for the United States. "I was in the Ukrainian underground," he said. "I was 14. We fought the Germans and the Russians." (The Leader, Corning, NY, 08/22/10)

The Armed Citizen Extra

(The following account did not appear in the print version of American Rifleman.)

Scott Knight was alarmed when he heard a knock at the door at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday. When he asked who it was, a young woman responded, claiming she had car trouble and requested to use his phone. As a precaution, Knight grabbed a .22 caliber pistol before answering the door and it's a good thing he did. When he opened it, two armed men jumped at him, trying to force their way inside. The two men began firing and Knight fired back, killing the woman and causing the two men to flee the scene. Knight did not obtain any injuries. (Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, TN, 05/08/10)

From The Armed Citizen Archive

November 1974: One of the four men who entered the Bronx grocery of George Ramirez shortly after midnight levelled a shotgun in a holdup attempt. Ramirez pulled his own revolver. In a panic, the gunman fired and wounded Ramirez in the right arm, then ran. Ramirez held the other three men at gunpoint, despite his wound, until policed arrived. (The New York Daily News, New York, NY)

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