Liberals like to ask ‘how many mass shootings have concealed carry citizens really stopped’? Well, several, but how about the everyday assaults they step up to end?
Police were called to the Amarillo, TX Home Depot on Saturday to investigate reports of a robbery, but what followed could have been much more serious had it not been for the actions of an armed citizen.
When 35-year-old Ricky Solis stole power tools, leaving the store without paying, a loss prevention officer made contact with him in the parking lot. Solis attempted to flee the scene but the officer caught him in the store parking lot. The two began to struggle and while the two were engaged in an altercation, a second suspect joined Solis in attacking the officer, kicking him in the face.
When the second suspect grabbed a tire iron from his vehicle and returned to assault the loss prevention officer, a citizen saw what was happening and stepped in to assist. He drew his gun and ordered the two men on the ground, ending the attack on the officer.
Although the second suspect fled the scene, the citizen was able to command Solis to remain on the ground and the loss prevention officer handcuffed him for police who arrested him for robbery.
The officer sustained minor injuries to his face but did not require medical attention, police said and the stolen merchandise was returned to the store.
This is hardly the first incident at Amarillo, TX Home Depot stores; on January 18th, at the Georgia St. store, police arrested Brett Austin Leake after he stole merchandise and fought back against the loss prevention officer who tried to detain him. On January 31st, police were again called to the Georgia St. store when Clifford Wayne Clardy was caught stealing merchandise and began to fight the loss prevention officer who confronted him. Clardy ended up on top of the officer with his forearm crushing the officer’s throat until a customer stepped in to assist the officer.
With all these violent robbers frequenting their stores, perhaps The Home Depot should consider arming their loss prevention officers for their safety and the safety of their customers.