After Being Tied Up & Beaten During 2011 Robbery, 69 YR Old Liquor Store Owner Was Armed This Time

June 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock Gun Photo - mak59rightIn 2011, now 69 year old Arturo Taveras, was tied up with electrical tape and pistol whipped several times during an attempted robbery of his liquor store in Lawrence, MA.

After that, the business owner decided he wouldn’t be a victim again, and armed himself.

Those actions paid off recently when a masked gunman entered his and demanded that Taveras turn over all of his money.

Acting quickly, and refusing to be a victim, Taveras drew his own gun and pointed it right at the suspect, who immediately fled when he realized he was facing an armed victim.

According to The Eagle Tribune, Taveras tried to be mentally prepared for the incident,

“I was shocked to see him, then I realized right away that it was an attempted robbery because he came into the store with a gun in his hand. I think I reacted well because he turned around and left … When I find myself in situations like this, I always think ‘the coward one dies first’ so I push all fears aside,’” he said.

Police are continuing to search for the suspect who is described as being around 6′ tall, athletic build, wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt and spoke English with no discernible accent.

This is a great example of a defensive gun use in which no shots were fired and no one was harmed. Because of those facts, this case will likely not make it into most self defense and justifiable homicide statistics. Most defensive gun uses end this way, and many are not even reported in the media (nothing happened doesn’t usually make for a good story).

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