Stories That Happened In IL

  • November 03, 2015 | Comments
    Concealed Carrier In Chicago Takes Out Armed Robber At Corner Store

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — One man is dead after he tried to rob a store at gunpoint Saturday night on the Southwest Side of Chicago. The man, identified as 55 year old Reginald Gildersleeve, was shot and killed by an armed patron who happened to be at the store during the robbery. Citing preliminary information, police said a man walked into a store around 7 p.m. in the 2700 block of West 51st Street in the Gage Park... Read More »

  • September 22, 2014 | Comments
    Woman in Chicago Suburb Holds Intruder at Gunpoint Who is Wanted in Multiple Thefts

    A woman in Chicago was just defending herself and her home when she held an intruder at gunpoint late last week. However, she also ended up capturing a suspect who was responsible for numerous thefts in the area. According to the Daily Herald, a 34 year old woman came home to find a man, identified as Noah I. Perlman, wielding a hammer and a large screwdriver in her bedroom. The woman feared for her life, grabbed... Read More »

  • September 04, 2014 | Comments
    Mother Shoots 1 of 2 Homeless Home Invaders Who Kicked in Her Door

    CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS - A mother was forced to defend herself, her children and her home when two homeless men, identified as Brandon Mendez and Nicholas Porcayo kicked in her door. Fortunately, the woman was able to arm herself with a .25 caliber handgun and stop the threat. According to the Northwest Herald, She had been asleep when a ruckus [bonus points to the local media for using the word ruckus in a news... Read More »

  • July 08, 2014 | Comments
    Self Defense Roundup for July 8, 2014 – 17 Documented Defensive Gun Uses

    OK folks, it's that time of the week again. Time to tackle some of the backlog of defensive gun uses we have sitting in queue. Today we have stories from many different regions in the country encompassing different venues, weapons, and types of crimes stopped. For many defensive gun use stories there is simply not enough information to write a full article, or we get backlogged due to a high number of stories, so we... Read More »

  • July 07, 2014 | Comments
    Concealed Carrier in Chicago Stops Possible Mass Shooting Outside of Party

    It looks like it's a pretty heavy news day in Chicago today (see this story and this story), but this time we have some good news. This isn't the first story we've reported in Illinois about a concealed carrier who stopped a crime, but this one may have resulted in the most lives being saved by a legal carrier thus far. According to the Chicago Tribune, a man, identified as Denzel A. Mickiel, outside of a party... Read More »

  • May 09, 2014 | Comments
    DGU: Elderly Illinois Homeowner Fires One Shot at Home Invader, Kills Him

    Once again we have an example of guns being used a force equalizer. The elderly are often the targets of burglaries and home invasions due to their limited ability to physically defend themselves. However, a firearm in the hands of a law abiding citizen, regardless of age, levels the playing field. In this case a man in his 70's, who lives alone, told police that he heard someone breaking into his home and fired... Read More »

  • April 05, 2014 | Comments
    BREAKING: First Defensive Gun Use in Chicago Illinois by Carry Permit Holder!

    It has begun in Chicago! The law abiding citizens of Chicago will no longer sit idly by as criminals and thugs take over their city. Here we have the first ever documented defensive gun use in Chicago by a carry permit holder! According to The Chicago Tribune, a 53 year old man legally used deadly force to defend himself, The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared... Read More »

  • March 25, 2014 | Comments
    Homeowner in Illinois Shot Man Who Broke Into His Home

    A homeowner in Illinois refused to be a victim when he shot Michael Huston, 26, after Huston allegedly broke into his home. Huston's wounds are not life threatening and according to The Beacon News, he is facing charges following his release from the hospital, An intruder shot by a homeowner after breaking into a home near St. Charles was charged with residential burglary after being released from the hospital,... Read More »

  • February 05, 2014 | Comments
    Man on Crutches Shoots, Kills 1 of 2 Burglars to Protect Daughter, Is Then Charged With Expired FOID

    Only in Illinois (well maybe California, New York and New Jersey as well) could the victim in a home invasion end up being charged with a crime. However, that is exactly what happened when a Chicago, Illinois man used a firearm to defend himself and his 18 year old daughter. According to The Chicago Tribune, The 44-year-old homeowner was sleeping when his frightened 18-year-old daughter woke him up, then told... Read More »

  • December 12, 2013 | Comments
    Chicago Clerk Shoots, Kills Recently Paroled Armed Robber Who Served 20 Months of 13 Year Sentence

    A Chicago store clerk refused to be a victim yesterday evening. According to a Chicago Tribune article, 25-year-old Demarcus Brandon tried to rob a cell phone shop using a firearm sometime after 6pm yesterday. The clerk, also armed, got into a gunfight with the suspect, which resulted in the suspect being shot and killed. A bystander broke his ankle trying to escape the store. It is unclear if the clerk was injured. Brandon... Read More »