LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO — The victim of a brutal stabbing is alleging the attack began during an argument which took place in the perpetrator’s vehicle. The argument went from bad to worse when he pulled out a knife and began stabbing her repeatedly. She fled the vehicle, calling wildly for help, and he got out to pursue her. It was only then by grace she was saved by an armed citizen who happened to be nearby and witness the event unfold.
According to 9 News, Evan Shockley was confronted by an armed man who told him to stay put until police arrived. He complied but became violent when police finally did arrive. They had to use a stun gun on him to subdue him and he was taken in with superficial injuries related to his resisting arrest.
The victim was transported to a nearby medical center where she was treated for non-life-threatening wounds to her neck and hands.
She’s likely alive because someone was willing to come to her aid. If no one had heeded the call or worse, no one had been armed and ready to face the threat, the event would have likely spiraled out into an even worse situation.
This attack occurred at approximately 10:35 pm. Some brave armed citizen was willing to walk out into the dead of night to protect a lone woman from being slashed and hacked to death.
Evan Shockley will be tried for first degree assault and resisting arrest and has plenty of time in the Larimer County Jail to think about his crimes.
This is what happens when we live in a world where the citizenry are armed and ready to help one another. We encounter spontaneous situations where bad guys are suddenly confronted with the cold, hard reality that they are not alone in their capacity to enact deadly force. It’s a sobering thought when you realize we live in a world that increasingly wants us to rely on outside third parties to defend our own very lives. If not us, then who can be trusted to do that monumental task? Who is best suited to defend you, your family, and your property?
The answer is you. You are the first line of defense that can take a stand against bad guys committed to breaking laws and hurting people. And in some occasion, perhaps it will be your neighbor, a bystander, or a complete stranger that you end up saving because you were ready.
It also reinforces the need for each us who are legally able to carry a handgun to do so.
The life you save may be your own. Carry everyday.