Detroit Gun Owner Takes On Multiple Armed Robbers

A concealed carry holder in Detroit was forced to defend himself against multiple attackers who tried to rob him on a city street Thursday night.

Officials said the 49-year-old CPL holder was in the 8200 block of Woodlawn Avenue on Detroit’s east side when he saw three men in a black Buick around 9 p.m. Thursday.

The men were trying to rob someone when they noticed the 49-year-old, police said. They tried to rob him, but he pulled out his gun and started to fire shots at them, according to authorities.

The mini-crime spree was stopped once the armed citizen fired at the robbers. The trio got back into their vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Or rather, they attempted to get away. Turns out they drive about as well as they rob.

While fleeing the area, the men put their car in reverse and crashed into a building, police said. They ran away but were later found in a vacant house in the 8100 block of Knodell Street just blocks away in Detroit.

A Grosse Pointe Farms K-9 unit helped Detroit police track the men to the vacant house, officials said.

Three men were taken into custody by police at the vacant home. Two of the three were found with gunshot wounds; a 26-year old suspect was shot in the leg, and a 25-year old had been shot in the torso.  The third suspect, also 25-years old, was uninjured.

The two injured suspects were taken to a local hospital, and they’ll join their buddy in jail once they’ve recovered from their injuries. Police are still investigating the case, but at the moment it looks like a clear-cut case of self defense.

It’s worth noting that Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been vocal about his support for armed citizens, which is rare for a big city police chief. I’ve actually spoken with Chief Craig in the past about his advocacy, and why so many of his colleagues stay silent or echo the views of the anti-gun politicians who appoint them. You can check out one of those past interviews below, and we’ll try to get the chief on Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. in the near future.