[Video] WV Sunday School Teacher Arrested For Warning Shot After Being Accosted by 8+ Suspects

October 13 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: wtov9.com Archive: WebCite.org

A WV Sunday school teacher, Chris Harris, who was on his way home from church with his girlfriend is now facing serious criminal charges after firing a warning shot into the air.

According to WTOV,

“It was one of the most scariest experiences I have ever been though,” said CC Roxby, Harris’ fiancé. “They surrounded me saying some pretty vulgar things like they were going to rape my wife in front of me, cut me,” Harris said. Roxby said she called 911, but one man continued to be aggressive.

“The kid kept advancing on me, saying it wasn’t a real gun, and I would much rather shoot a shot into the air to prevent them from attacking me rather than them attacking me and me shooting someone,” Harris said.

“The cruisers were coming down the street at that point and the young men ran away,” Roxby said. “Instead of them following the gang, the officers arrested Chris for firing a shot into the air.”

We’re still filing this one as a defensive gun use as it does seem that the presence of the firearm stopped the possibly violent behavior of the suspects.

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.

This is the 12th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of West Virginia and the 1,317th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

We generally don’t suggest people fire warning shots in a defensive situation. They can be dangerous, against the law in some cases, and waste valuable ammo when you may need it the most.

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