Good Samaritan Who Was Changing a Tire Was Shot During Robbery, but Managed to Return Fire

October 6 2014
by GSL Staff
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An unidentified good Samaritan in Cleveland, Ohio is in critical condition after being shot in the chest during an armed robbery attempt.

It all started when the man tried to help two women change a flat tire. According to a local media report:

The victim, who police say was assisting two females change a tire, was shot in the upper body, after suspects drove up in another vehicle, asking the trio asking [sic] for directions.

Officers state that as the victim provided directions, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and began to rob the victim and the two women.

At some point during the robbery the victim drew his own weapon and he and the suspect exchanged gunfire striking each other.

The victim was shot once in the chest and the suspect was shot multiple times in the leg. Police were able to apprehend all suspects involved and they are currently in custody.

All of the suspects are said to be juveniles.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is the 72nd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Ohio and the 1,310th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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