Robber With Fake Gun Meets Store Owner With Real Gun

September 15 2014
by GSL Staff
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An armed robber in Massachusetts was unsuccessful in his efforts to rob a Springfield store.

According to WJHL,

Police were called to 108 Walnut St. about 10:20 p.m. after 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer stormed into the store and confronted the owner, Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said.

“Don’t move,” Pelzer told the owner as he attempted to pistol whip him, according to Delaney.

A struggle subsequently ensued, but ended quickly when the store owner, who is also a licensed gun owner, pulled out his properly registered gun, Delaney said.

It turns out that the would be robber’s gun wasn’t even real. The owner held Pelzer at gunpoint until authorities arrived and took him into custody, charging him with armed robbery.

This is only the 6th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Massachusetts, but it’s the 1,284th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, 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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