Friday, July 21, 2006

Knife Attack Stopped by Witness with a Gun - Employee in Custody After Stabbing 8 Grocery Store Co-Workers This guy wasn't carrying concealed, but had to get his gun out of his truck, he still stopped the guy cold.
The attacker, chasing one victim into the store's parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Higgins said.

Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim "like something in a serial killer movie."

"When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground," Cope told The Associated Press. "He saw my gun and that was pretty much it."
The threat of force stopped the attack. No shots were fired.

The goblin was arrested by police a few minutes later.
Five victims, one in critical condition, were admitted to the Regional Medical Center, the main trauma hospital for the Memphis area. Three others were less badly hurt and treated at another hospital.
I wonder if the official store policy of the place where all eight victims and the attacker worked excludes guns from the workplace. What would the outcome have been if one or more of the employees had been able to defend themselves? We will never know.

The best defense against crime is an armed populace. [Hat tip to NRA-ILA]

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