News stories of civilian self-defense seldom receive adequate media coverage. After all, armed good guys stopping violent felons does not make headlines like the lives of innocents being taken. Bias and agendas play their part, but the media does not cover an event that did not happen, such as a case where a good guy stopped a violent event before it resulted in the loss of innocent life. However, these are exactly the type of stories we need to highlight to educate non gun owners before they head to the voting booth.
CHICAGO, IL — A concealed carry holder shot and critically wounded someone who approached him with a gun Monday in Little Village on the Southwest Side.
He was walking into the alley next to an apartment building about 4:15 p.m. when a man approached him in the 2500 block of South California Avenue and took out a handgun, Chicago police said.
The man, 25, took out his own gun and shot the 20-year-old in the head, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
The older man was uninjured and showed officers a valid Firearms Ownership Identification Card (FOID) and concealed carry license, police said.
Area Central detectives are investigating.
New York Man Facing Illegal Weapons Charge After Killing 2 Burglars In His Home
A 64-year-old New York state man who was arrested for possession of an illegal handgun after he fatally shot a pair of prowlers rooting through his home Tuesday afternoon reportedly told the district attorney the weapon he used in self-defense was his dead father’s and he forgot to register it.
Ronald A. Stolarczyk was charged with felony possession of an illegal handgun, New York State Police said in a news release.
At about 2:40 p.m., officials say Stolarczyk interrupted a man and woman burglarizing his home in Deerfield, New York, located about four hours north of New York City. Stolarczyk then shot the two suspects, according to police.
But the 64-year-old was later arrested after authorities said they determined the handgun used in the shooting was illegally owned.
One of the alleged burglars, identified by state police as 57-year-old Patricia Anne Talerico of Utica, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second alleged intruder, her nephew, 27-year-old Nicholas Talerico of Utica, was transported to a hospital and died of his injuries.
“The word that we had originally was a possible home invasion, possible suspect running at large,” New York State Police Trooper Jack Keller told WSYR-TV. “We were able to quickly identify who those people were identified as…but also we were able to determine quickly that there was no one else and the public was not in danger at all.”
Police said they found items belonging to Stolarczyk at Nicolas Talerico’s home, indicating he may have burglarized his home before, WCSI reported. It’s unclear if Stolarczyk knew him.
Stolarczyk was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm and was transported to the Oneida County Jail, where he’s awaiting centralized arraignment, according to state police.
The District Attorney’s office and police continue to investigate Stolarczyk and the potential motive of the burglars.
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