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.
Crash Car, Flee Cops, Get Shot
A Florida politician shot an alleged intruder who crashed his vehicle into another house while attempting to flee police officers, officials said.
Palmetto city commissioner Brian Williams opened fire after seeing Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez, 22, hiding in his garage and trying to enter the kitchen, Miami Herald reported.
“He was lawfully defending home and family,” Police Chief Scott Tyler said.
Officers attempted to pull over Vasquez-Perez about 10 p.m. Thursday after they spotted him driving recklessly and suspected he was impaired, police said. Vasquez-Perez sped off, crashed into a home in Palmetto and fled the scene with another passenger.
Cops caught the passenger a short time later, but Vasquez-Perez was able to get away and climbed a fence leading to Williams’ backyard. Williams, armed with a gun, confronted Vasquez-Perez in his garage. The suspect attempted to push past and punch Williams, who then pulled the trigger, striking Vasquez-Perez twice.
Vasquez-Perez was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover from his wounds. He faces charges of resisting arrest without violence, burglary and battery, and traffic citations.
“I am glad that everything turned out the way it did. I guess he is doing OK and we are happy and glad that no one in my family was hurt,” Williams said about the incident, according to the Miami Herald.
Williams will not face charges in the incident because he acted in self-defense, police said.
7-Eleven Clerk Shoots Suspect During Armed Robbery
Phoenix, AZ – Police say a clerk shot a suspect during an armed robbery at a Phoenix 7-Eleven early Monday morning.
According to Phoenix police, the shooting happened near Seventh Avenue and Indian School at 2 a.m. when two suspects attempted to rob the convenience store.
Police say a 7-Eleven clerk fired at the suspects, striking one of them. The injured suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
He will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital.
The other suspect is believed to be a juvenile and remains on the loose.
Prior to this incident, both suspects were involved in two other armed robberies on the same day. During the first armed robbery, the suspects robbed a convenience store near 12th Street and Maryland Avenue at 1:16 a.m.
Police say during this robbery, one of the suspects struck a store clerk in the head with a handgun.
The suspect then committed a second armed robber at another convenience store near Seventh Street and Bethany Home Road at 1:45 a.m. No one was injured during this armed robbery.
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