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 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.
Uber Driver Shoots and Kills Man Who Chased Him
The Uber driver called 911 and tried to help the dying man who had threatened him, dash cam video shows.
A Florida Uber driver shot and killed a man who was chasing his car with a pickup truck and threatened him, authorities said Wednesday.
Jason Boek, 34, was fatally shot at around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning after leaving a bar in Dundee, Florida, and chasing Uber driver Robert Westlake, 38, in his pickup truck, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Wednesday.
Boek apparently saw his girlfriend and a bartender help another woman into an Uber and mistakenly thought his girlfriend had gotten into the car, Judd said.
Boek became enraged and sent his girlfriend, who was still at the bar, a series of text messages, Judd said.
“The boyfriend is explosive. He’s stalking his girlfriend, he’s angry with her and he tells her ‘I’m going to F up the Uber driver'” Judd said.
In dash cam video released by the sheriff’s office, Boek can be seen cutting off Westlake’s car before stopping in the middle of the road and getting out, walking towards the vehicle.
“I say something?” Westlake asks.
“You know I got a pistol?” Boek responds, approaching Westlake’s car while holding his cell phone like a gun. “You want me to f—ing shoot you?”
A gunshot is then heard and Westlake and the passenger separately exclaim “Oh my God!”
In a 911 call, Westlake can be heard saying Boek “ran me off the road, jumped out of his vehicle, I couldn’t get away.”
Westlake shot Boek once in the chest, police said.
“He came towards me, shouting he’s got a pistol reached toward his waistband,” Westlake says on a 911 call made public by the sheriff. “I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped his cell phone I kicked it away, I didn’t realize it was a cell phone at first.”
Armed Bystander Takes Down Gunman at Titusville Back-to-School Event
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – An armed bystander shot a man who opened fire on a back-to-school event at a Titusville park after a fistfight, police said.
The shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m. when the shooter, whom police have not identified, returned to the park after a fistfight and began firing, investigators said.
A bystander, who was licensed to a carry a firearm, shot the gunman, police said. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The bystander who shot the man waited for officers and was cooperative with the investigation, police said.
“We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse.”
A flyer posted on Facebook and Instagram said a back to school event called “Peace in the City” was going on at the park at the time of the shooting.
Dwight Harvey, who is the father of the event’s organizer, was streaming the event live on his Facebook page when the shooting occurred.
In the video, many children and parents are sifting through backpacks stuffed with school supplies under a pavilion at the park when 12 rapid-fire shots ring out.
After consulting with the State Attorney’s Office, detectives said they do not expect to file charges against the bystander since his actions were within the law, according to the preliminary investigation, police said.
Harvey said he and his family planned the Peace in the City event after his cousin, Tony Butler, was found dead in a burning car in Mims in July.
“We were just trying to do something positive for the community,” he said.
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