Great-grandmother who shot robber says ‘God was with me’

Columbus, Ohio:

When an armed robber barged into a North Side motel room Wednesday night and ordered the six people there to the floor, he put a 70-year-old woman closer to her handgun.

The great-grandmother knelt between the beds, reached into her purse on the floor and pulled out her .357 Magnum pistol.

She fired one shot at the robber, who staggered from the room, collapsed in the parking lot and died.

‘Lying in a heap on Amelia Avenue’

Uncle sent Murdoc the heads up on a pizza guy story. In this case, it wasn’t a delivery driver held up…it was the store owner in the store:

[John] Hayes, 37, was behind the counter Tuesday night when 20-year-old Patrick Finney, wearing an orange ski mask, walked in and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at his head just before 8 p.m.

A customer, an older woman from the neighborhood, was seated at the counter watching the Cavaliers game while waiting for a stromboli.

”He said, ‘Give me the [expletive] money. This is an [expletive] robbery,” Hayes said.

Hayes cooperated, giving the robber a stack of $10 bills. The robber wanted more and pointed the shotgun within inches of Hayes’ head, he said.

”As soon as I gave him the money, I pulled my gun out from my hip, pointed it and fired four shots,” Hayes said.

The perp managed to get back up and three more shots were fired. He managed to get out of the parlor but collapsed “in a heap on Amelia Avenue.” The gun was a 9mm pistol and it doesn’t say how many of the shots struck their target. A photo with the story shows a hole in the front glass of the store.

The guy’s myspace page is a treat.

I found this bit in the story particularly interesting:

Resident Dave Mariani said he’s owned his house on Burton Avenue just off West Exchange Street since 1973, and this is the first time something of this nature has happened in this part of the neighborhood.

What he apparently means is that this is the first time the robber has been shot in this part of the neighbor hood, because

It was the fourth robbery at the shop since 2007.

It’s not particularly news-worthy when the bad guys get away with it, but it’s a huge media event when the good guys shoot back.

It’s also interesting that the owner initially “played ball” with the robber, giving him “a stack of $10 bills.” Isn’t that what everyone says you’re supposed to do? Cooperate with the criminal? But, shockingly, the criminal wasn’t satisfied with a stack of someone else’s $10 bills, so he demanded more. This is the sort of thing you’ll often see when losers see that people will cave in to their unreasonable demands.

So the owner shot him. That’s the sort of thing you’ll see when reasonable people get fed up with unreasonable bad guys.

Murdoc’s thinking that this might be the last robbery at this shop for a while.

Tough week for pizza guys

Got google alerts for all of these stories today:

South Haven, MI: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

Portsmouth, VA: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in Portsmouth

New Castle County, DE: Delivering pizzas downright dangerous

Akron, OH: One of the females made arrangements for a pizza delivery driver to be at a location so the male could rob him

Raleigh, NC: Pizza shop worker shot in robbery attempt

Columbus SWAT

Last week I had a couple of posts about SWAT teams and the way they’re being used these days. One of them was about a Lima, Ohio, SWAT team, but here’s another story where an Ohio tactical unit seems to have done the job:

A man carrying a high-powered assault rifle was shot and killed during a standoff with police yesterday morning [December 7] after he threatened to kill them and himself.

At about 5 a.m., Bexley police responded to a 911 call from 2778 Bellwood Ave. A resident told them that Christopher Marcum, 43, was upset with his girlfriend and had several weapons.

Police found Marcum locked inside a bedroom with his girlfriend. He told officers he would shoot them and kill himself, and police could hear him loading a gun.

Though Murdoc bristles at the “high-powered assault rifle” description, it seems (from this story, at least) that things went down right. The girlfriend was apparently beaten but was okay.

Ohio: Time running out for passage of HB450


Time is running out for Rep. Bruce Goodwin’s House Bill 450, which passed the Ohio House more than six months ago with an overwhelming 90-3 vote, and your help is needed TODAY!

PROBLEM: Current Ohio law prohibits persons under the age of 21 from buying a handgun. There is an exemption for persons aged 18-20 who are properly appointed or employed as a law enforcement officer, but no such exemption exists for members of the armed services or Ohio National Guard.

“If we can’t allow the military these rights, then shouldn’t those rights be taken away from law enforcement on the same grounds they are being denied to the military?” Buckeye Firearms Association Legislative Chair Ken Hanson observed rhetorically.

HB450 would give active and reserve military personnel the same rights.

See the Buckeye Firearms Association for more.

Death by SWAT

Collateral raid damage:

In January 2007, a SWAT team in Lima, Ohio, shot and killed Tarika Wilson, a 26-year-old mother, during a drug raid at the home of her boyfriend, Anthony Terry. When the unarmed Wilson was shot, she was kneeling on the ground, complying with police orders. She was holding her 1-year-old son, Sincere, who was also shot, losing his left hand. A subsequent investigation revealed that Officer Joseph Chavalia heard another officer shooting Terry’s two dogs, mistook the noise for hostile gunfire, panicked, and fired blindly into the room where Wilson was kneeling. Chavalia was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted.

There are times and places where tactical units are called for. But that doesn’t mean rules don’t apply. (via Instapundit)