SIOUX CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — An alleged carjacker violently attacked the driver of a car parked out in front of the Red Roof Inn. The couple were sitting in their car when a stranger opened the door and began punching the driver repeatedly.
According to Keloland Television, the driver of the vehicle was a concealed carrier. He was able to draw his handgun and shoot his assailant twice at close range. The assailant collapsed and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police say that the suspect is expected to recover and will face robbery charges.
“A concealed weapon carry, obviously that is anyone’s choice to decide if they want to do that. In this case, it certainly worked out well for the victim. He was able to defend himself and his property. He wasn’t trying to chase after the guy or do anything other than trying to stop that beating from happening,” Sioux Falls police officer Sam Clemens said.
Clemens went on to admonish the fact that the concealed carrier did not pursue the suspect or in any way deviate from defending his own life while under attack. Police say that it will be highly unlikely for the driver to face charges.
The only people that have more to fear in gun friendly areas are criminals. Criminals living in areas with a higher density of gun owners and concealed carriers have substantially more risk of encountering one. That’s also why we suspect the attacker went straight for force versus attempting to negotiate or intimidate.
The good thing? The concealed carrier was ready. Situational awareness is only one piece of the puzzle. The biggest piece is having the ability to react to the situation and use the appropriate amount of force. This guy did just that.
Concealed carry can save your life and protect those around you. It requires you. Carrying a gun on you at all times you are legally permitted to do so is a giant step forward in preparedness.
There’s a good chance most of us could go through our entire lives without firing a single shot in self-defense. If that’s the case, we’ll have lived our entire lives knowing we were ready if necessary but certainly not looking for it. That’s not a bad downside. This guy’s investment in time, effort, and dedication all paid themselves off with dividends.