If getting angry at a car dealer were a crime, most of us would have been put behind bars long ago. But Alonzo Delunte Seegars took things a little too far at Stateline Dodge in Fort Mill, South Carolina recently when he threatened to kill an employee with a pipe wrench.
Alonzo Seegars, upset with service at Stateline car dealership on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill on Dec. 21, arrived armed with a pipe wrench, said Aaron Hayes, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Seegars told a service employee, “I know who you are and you are a dead man,” then “threatened to kill” a female employee, Hayes said.
Seegars then shouted out ‘Watch this!’ as he smashed at least three vehicles with the pipe wrench, Hayes said.
That’s when a couple of customers who were packing drew their concealed handguns and stopped the attack.
Two customers, whom prosecutors said had legal concealed carry permits and were armed legally at the time, intervened and “held Mr. Seegars at bay” with the handguns at the crowded dealership until police arrived, Hayes said. York County deputies tackled Seegars after using an electric stun gun. Seegars suffered a broken leg in the scuffle.
The best kind of defensive gun use is one in which the trigger isn’t pulled. And even though that’s the kind that happens most often, they’re rarely reported or included in crime statistics. Go figure.
So it’s another case of legally armed citizens stopping a crime in progress…one that could have resulted in grievous bodily harm or even death. That’s pretty much the reason those of us who chose to arm ourselves carry a handgun in the first place. Mission accomplished. Yet again.