Guess It Does Work – Armed Felon Flees Store After Clerk Racks Pump Shotgun

July 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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Personally, when people ask me about shotguns for home defense, I tell them they should keep the gun stored with 1 in the chamber (for drop-safe models) as you don’t want to have to deal with making a gun ready with adrenaline flowing after being stirred from sleep by your home’s security system.

Despite that, many people still believe that the mere sound of racking a pump action shotgun will send a bad guy fleeing with his tail between his legs. In this case, it looks like that actually worked.

According to, a clerk at a Michigan store employed just that maneuver to stop a violent encounter,

Authorities claim [David Shawn] Beamon had entered the store about two hours prior to his arrest, but he was kicked out of the market after a store employee allegedly caught him attempting to steal merchandise.

As the employee kicked him out, Beamon allegedly told the employee that he would return to the store with a gun and shoot the employee in the head…

Beamon allegedly returned to the store and pulled a handgun on the store employees… However, Beamon allegedly fled the store after a store employee pulled a shotgun from under the counter and racked it.

As I said, I wouldn’t want to lose that valuable time in a life or death situation, but in this case, things seemed to have worked out for the employee.

The suspect, who is a convicted felon, is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

This is the 50th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Michigan and the 1,229th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. 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.

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