A 60-year old concealed carry holder in Miami, Florida says he was forced to defend himself and his family when a man armed with an AK-47 tried to break into the van where his family was sleeping in order to rob them.
Donovan Stewart says he was prepared to act on Monday morning when the door to his van suddenly opened and a stranger appeared.
“I am from Kingstontown in Jamaica,” he said, “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”
He demonstrated what he did for CBS4.
“Well, he opened the door like this and pointed his AK-47 and I reached around like this and got my gun. That is how I did this to him,” he said.
“So I thought you are you going to kill me so now I have to act quickly because I am trained,” he said. “You know I have a security license, I have a G license and I have a state firearms license and a concealed weapons permit and I have a gun and I am a member of the NRA.”
Miami police say they’re still investigating, but right now everything indicates this was an act of self-defense. Interestingly enough, while the CBS4 reporter was on the scene, a woman came up to him with and claimed that she too had been a victim of the armed robber a couple of days earlier.
[Delilah] Gaitor said the dead gunman was the same man who terrorized her around 6 a.m. on Saturday and robbed her at gunpoint of $600 in cash, her iPhone and her 2018 Volkswagen.
“He had a gun and forced me to open my door,” she said. “He told me to open, so I gave him my cash right away. I feel very relieved now. This was a terrible thing to do to me. I was devastated and I was emotional. This is crazy to rob this man. He has a family and to do something like that while he was living in a van is not right.”
Police haven’t confirmed that the suspect, who is still unidentified, was responsible for that carjacking, but it sounds like Gaitor’s convinced that her attacker is now dead. I hope the police investigation wraps up soon, because while Stewart may have acted in self-defense, for now he’s without his gun.
“Well, I’d rather his life go and not mine. I got a son to take care of,” Stewart said when asked whose life was more at stake during the shootout, he did what he had to do.
As of Monday afternoon, police haven’t officially figured out what exactly happened, but they did take Stewart’s gun and van as part of the investigation.
Not only do I hope police finish their investigation quickly, I hope that the reporter who asked Stewart whose life was more at stake gets pulled into their news director’s office for a little chat. What an idiotic question. If everything went down the way Stewart says it did, what was he supposed to do? Go along with the armed robber’s demands? Put his trust in the man pointing a gun at him and his family? It’s a ridiculous question, but I think Stewart’s response was right on target.