ST. LOUIS, MO — A man was shot and wounded after he picked the wrong house in a rough city to break into, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
He wasn’t counting on both the intended victim and a witness being armed and ready to throw down, however.
Too bad for him.
According to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch:
The robber entered the home and shot a man inside, but another victim in the house was able to get a gun and fire back, and a witness outside also fired shots at the fleeing bandit, police said. The injured suspect was arrested about eight miles away. Both injured men were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were not available, but police said they were stable.
It began about 9:30 p.m. when the robber entered a home in the 2300 block of South Jefferson Avenue and demanded money, witnesses told police. He shot one of the five people inside, a 67-year-old man, in the back, police said. Another man inside the home, 29, grabbed his own gun and shot the robber in the leg, police said. The robber fled, but continued to fire shots.
A 32-year-old man who saw this also pulled out a gun and shot at the fleeing robber’s vehicle, according to police. The robber shot at him, too, but missed. Police broadcast a description and the injured suspect was arrested on Harlan Avenue, off North Broadway in the Baden neighborhood. The man’s name has not been released because he had not yet been charged.
Now, as much as you or I may want to help if we happened upon an event such as this, you can’t shoot at a fleeing suspect unless they’re actively presenting a threat.
We have seen that unfold multiple times — it’s not worth possible injured passersby or legal ramifications.
Stay smart, out there, folks.
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