BAD FORM: Armed Citizen Nearly Gets Killed by Thug Thanks to Bad Engagement Procedure
WORCESTER, MA — When a thug armed with a .22 revolver attempted to rob a Massachusetts couple, he likely was not expecting any resistance at all.
He certainly wasn’t anticipating coming into conflict with an armed citizen in one of the least gun-friendly states in the country.
As the Worcester Police Department reports:
(A 47-year-old male and a 48-year-old female) were on their way home when they observed a 29-year-old female being held at gunpoint by a male, later identified as Jeremy Cintron, 20-years-old of 21 Fairfax Road… Fearing for the female’s safety, the citizen produced his own hand gun that he legally possessed and pointed it at Mr. Cintron. The citizen yelled at him to drop his weapon. At this time Mr. Cintron turned and pointed the weapon at the citizen and began walking towards him. The citizen yelled out several more times to drop the weapon and finally Mr. Cintron complied. The citizen ordered Mr. Cintron to the ground. Once on the ground the citizen placed a knee on his back in an effort to hold him down while the girlfriend called police. The citizen was able to slide Mr. Cintron’s weapon further away from the two in an effort to keep a safe distance.
While waiting for police to arrive, Mr. Cintron rolled over and began to struggle for control of the citizen’s gun. During the struggle, Mr. Cintron grabbed at the gun and a round was fired into the pavement. At this time Mr. Cintron was able to break free of the citizen’s hold and fled on foot.
Numerous police officers arrived at the scene and quickly searched the area for the suspect. After a brief search Mr. Cintron was apprehended on nearby Windham Street. Mr. Cintron was subsequently identified as the male that fled the scene.
Folks, there are two things here that you never do:
1. Arrive at a point where you have to produce your firearm in the defense of yourself or someone else then wait to take action. Barking out warnings in the face of an armed and dangerous enemy is how you get seriously hurt.
2. Come so close to a threat that they can engage you in hand to hand contact, if you can help it. In this situation, you order the weapon dropped (and fire if Cintron doesn’t comply), then order him to step away from the firearm or kick away the firearm and get on the ground. Hold your gun on him, don’t jump on him. You’re already at a position of strength.
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