Concealed Carrier Saves Young Woman From Attacker/Rapist in Broad Daylight

October 13 2014
by GSL Staff
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A 21 year old woman in Flint, MI was brutally attacked and possibly sexually assaulted in broad daylight as she walked home from an area store.

The victim was walking home from a store near her home around 2pm when a man forced her into an abandoned home and violently assaulted her.

Fortunately, the girl was able to jump out of a window of the home and scream for help. According to MLive, that’s when several good Samaritans jumped into action,

Several area residents offered the 21-year-old woman clothing and comfort while a man who holds a valid concealed pistols license ordered the suspect out of the house at gunpoint, according to Flint police.

The man took off running but was chased down by the gun-wielding citizen who, with the help of an undercover auto theft police officer, tackled and held him down until police arrived.

The victim suffered from severe bruising and swelling around her eyes, bruises on other parts of her body, and several loose teeth following the assault.

The suspect, Jeffery McSwain Jr., is facing numerous felony charges which could land him in jail for a decade.

The neighborhood is pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal. One neighbor told MLive, “I still can’t sleep because of the way she was screaming.” Another neighbor boarded up the abandoned house once police were finished.

This is the 53rd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Michigan and the 1,316th 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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