CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A concealed carrier, in the last state to put concealed carry on the law books, was forced to use his firearm in self-defense after a planned traffic accident with the intent of stealing his vehicle.
The suspect ran into the back of the armed citizen’s BMW, and then demanded his keys during his car-jacking attempt.
The armed citizen wasn’t having it, and the following scenario played out in just a few seconds;
The owner of the 2015 BMW said his car was rear-ended by a Volkswagen near Ida B. Wells Drive and State Street around 4:30 a.m. The man said he got out to look at the damage and then went back to the BMW to get his cellphone.
The driver of the Volkswagen walked up with a gun and demanded the keys, pushing the other man into the BMW, police said. Both were inside the BMW when the owner grabbed his own gun and shot the other man, 22, in the head. The wounded man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.via Chicago Tribune
As of April 26th, it was still being investigated to see whether or not charges would apply in this case. This is standard procedure, and no one is off the hook until justified self-defense can be found.
The events, as they have been laid out in the article, would point to a lawful shooting.
Anytime I’m driving and come to a red light, for example, I will leave enough room between my vehicle and the vehicle in front of me. That way, I have room to drive around the vehicle in front, just in case I need to make a quick getaway. For example, if I see someone get out of the vehicle behind me with a gun.
“That guy just hit me and has a gun and is coming towards me. FLOOR IT!!”
And that’s when my a$$ heads to the nearest police station while on the phone with 911.
Keep your wits about you, keep your situational awareness up, and keep your firearm on your person if at all possible.