BEAUMONT, TEXAS – Two separate and very different confrontations between two suspects and two victims had very different outcomes for suspects and victims alike, leaving one victim dead and one suspect shot in the face.
At 12:35 a.m. on Monday, November 16th, an armed robbery was reported on the service road of 125 IH 10 North, but police were summoned to the victim’s home. He stated that two black males wearing hoodies and face coverings had jumped into the roadway minutes earlier and robbed him at gunpoint when he stopped his vehicle to avoid hitting them. The robbers took his money and cellphone before fleeing on foot toward Timberlake Courts Apartments. Left without his cellphone, he drove home to report the incident.
Police had been called to Timberlake Courts Apartments at 12:18 a.m. in response to reports of multiple shots fired. Upon arrival, they found a victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot. The victim, Ron Guillory, 51, of Beaumont was pronounced dead on the scene by Beaumont EMS.
Police believe that the service road robbery occurred first, followed by the suspects confronting Guillory in the parking lot. Guillory, armed with a handgun, fired at the robbers, who then returned fire fatally wounding him.
Evidence recovered at the scene led detectives to an apartment at the complex, where they found a suspect with a gunshot wound to the face. Jacory Blue, 22, of Beaumont was arrested and charged in connection with the crimes. More arrests are expected.
Even as concealed carriers, we must carefully and quickly assess the situation before deciding to use a firearm in self-defense. In this particular situation, within minutes of each other one man made the choice of compliance that probably saved his life, while another made the choice of resistance that probably cost his life. One armed good guy going up against two or more bad guys can sometimes end very badly.
Even armed, our safety is never guaranteed, and we need to prepare ourselves for that reality. Training, situational awareness and making good decisions under stress are all important elements to survive an encounter such as this.
Compliance is sometimes the best option.