"Somebody was walking down the street," Dwyer said Friday. "All of a sudden he started saying 'Yo, yo.' Then he comes on up and pulls a 9 mm out and says, 'This is a robbery, yo.'"A shot was fired, but because of the way he had grabbed the gun, the shell could not be expelled - jamming the gun.
That's when Dwyer's expertise with weapons kicked in. "I reached down and grabbed the gun by the upper receiver," he recalled.
But by then, his two sons, Robert Jr., 27, and Christopher, 25, had heard the commotion and left the house to come to his aid.He did what any parent should do, at that point.
Christopher tackled Marte, Dwyer said, and he and Robert Jr. subdued the assailant and kicked the gun away while a neighbor called police.
"My children got into the fray, so I had to get back into the fray," he said.You see I believe that self-defense is a human right, but I also believe that parents have a duty to protect their kids.
Anyway the bad guy is in custody, charged with half a dozen crimes: "attempted first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit."
Self-defense is a human right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.