[Video] 89 Year Old WW2 Vet Shoots Armed Robber, Credits Gun With Saving His Life

August 26 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location: Unknown
# of Suspects: Unknown Shots Fired: Unknown
Suspect Killed: Unknown State:
Source: palmbeachpost.com Archive: WebCite.org

We end up documenting a lot of defensive gun uses that involve the elderly. They are often targeted in crimes and are often unable to physically defend themselves against younger, stronger, faster assailants. However, most of them can still shoot.

Arthur M. Lewis, of Florida, is a World War II veteran. He says he never fired his gun during his service overseas, but he certainly had to this past weekend.

According to The Palm Beach Post,

Lewis was working behind the counter at The Jewelry Exchange at 900 N. Federal Highway when he was approached by a gun-wielding man around 3 p.m., according to an arrest report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis said he immediately grabbed the suspect’s revolver and pulled out a .38-caliber handgun from his own pocket.

The two men wrestled for several minutes and fired shots at each other. Despite battling someone half his age, Lewis got the best of it. A man identified by the sheriff’s office as Lennard Patrick Jarvis, of Miramar, was shot six times by Lewis, including four times in the chest. Lewis’ left arm was grazed by a bullet, but he was otherwise unscathed.

Lewis said that if he had not had his gun, he would be dead.

This is actually the second defensive gun use Lewis has been involved in. He also exchanged fire with a would be armed robber in 2010.

This is the 119th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Florida and the 1,270th defensive gun use we’ve documented.

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