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One Shot, One What?

By Greg L | 17 December 2010 | Crime, Prince William County | 15 Comments

A concealed carry permit holder nails a thug who tries to rob him at the end of his work shift.  The only thing about this I find disturbing is that at a range of one foot, all the guy can manage to hit is the bad guy’s leg.  We could have avoided all the costs of prosecution and incarceration if only this gas station cleark had spent a little more time at the range, or taken a reasonably useful training course.

Aim is a terrible thing to waste.



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15 Comments

  1. Freedom said on 18 Dec 2010 at 7:03 am:
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    Absolutely agree, Greg….unless the scurvies were “roughing him up” at the time, of course.

  2. NoVA Scout said on 18 Dec 2010 at 8:05 am:
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    The fact that he was being tasered might have thrown him off a bit. It would me I think.

  3. Peter Sperry said on 18 Dec 2010 at 8:18 am:
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    He was in his car, presumably laying sideways after having been tasered, scrambling for his gun, full of adrenaline and he still managed to get off two shots, one of which crippled his attacker. I would say that is reasonably good shooting under the circumstances.

  4. Anonymous said on 18 Dec 2010 at 8:31 am:
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    Until you’ve actually been shot at you don’t realize that your ability to hit the X ring goes right out the window. You will most always revert to gross motor skills unless you’ve had a LOT of training and most times even that isn’t enough for the first time the shooting is going both ways. There are multiple videos out there of guys shooting across a counter at each other and missing repeatedly. What happened isn’t uncommon at all.

  5. Anonymous said on 18 Dec 2010 at 11:58 am:
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    An encounter like this would be some cause for shaking. He was the hunted at first and turned it around. Be warned thugs, he is experienced now, and I wager the next time he does not miss. They cannot teach this on a shooting range.

  6. Bud said on 18 Dec 2010 at 1:39 pm:
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    Sounds like the taser threw him off a bit… still hit him in the leg!
    Glad the shooter didn’t get arrested or charged! Still need the Castle Doctrine Bill Senate Candidate Martin has proposed and promised he was going to pitch!

  7. Tillie said on 18 Dec 2010 at 3:20 pm:
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    Killing is preferable to maiming? Really?

  8. es_la_ley said on 18 Dec 2010 at 5:24 pm:
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    Just an assumpion, but the taser might not have been very effective through a winter coat and jeans.

  9. USA said on 18 Dec 2010 at 5:54 pm:
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    Killing is preferable to maiming? Really?

    Sure is, drama queen. Every time.

  10. Greg L said on 18 Dec 2010 at 7:41 pm:
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    Anyone who pulls a trigger with the intent to maim or wound is not only foolish beyond measure, but morally bankrupt. The decision to use deadly force has but one object, it is irrevocable, and if one is right to choose it the circumstances should be so dire that if they fail it calls into question their decision should they survive.

    More succinctly, if you do it you better darned well mean it. If you’re a poor marksman, you survived the encounter only by luck.

    Relying on luck is a poor strategy.

  11. Cynic said on 18 Dec 2010 at 11:01 pm:
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    Did any of you see this one? Seems that Janet and her crew sure do know how to manage the use of deadly force.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=240945

  12. Citizen12 said on 19 Dec 2010 at 1:56 pm:
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    With the following politically correct description, I am sure a suspect will soon be rounded up.

    “Police are still looking for the second man involved in the attack. He is described as 6 feet tall and weighing between 190 and 200 pounds.”

    Really, why even bother to waste the ink.

  13. Gone said on 20 Dec 2010 at 9:41 am:
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    You shoot not to kill, main or wound but to stop the threat, nothing more nothing less. That used to entail center mass only with a double tap (for fear of lawsuits) but now our training (due to vests) has entailed one to the head and one to the neck. It is different depending on the training you receive, but our policy changed several years ago. The gentleman in question stopped the threat and subsequently stopped his fire. Considering his very large disadvantage and being taken by surprise, I think he did just fine.

  14. Anonymous said on 20 Dec 2010 at 11:57 pm:
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    Lots of big talk from people who it’s clear have never had to take a life at close range. Not the same as a shooting range and not something to joke about. If the clerk had killed the guy he would have to live with it for the rest of his life in a way it’s clear none of you can imagine. I only pray the clerk doesn’t see all this crap being written about him and can put the incident behind him. Don’t know why you chose to make this poor clerk the subject of a thread, Greg. Don’t you think things have been rough enough for him already?

  15. F15mech said on 4 Jan 2011 at 7:30 pm:
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    “The only thing about this I find disturbing is that at a range of one foot, all the guy can manage to hit is the bad guy’s leg.”…

    “We could have avoided all the costs of prosecution and incarceration if only this gas station clerk had spent a little more time at the range, or taken a reasonably useful training course.”

    Not going to argue with your conclusion however it seams to me that the guy was in his car and that may have caused problems with him drawing his firearm in a timely fashion.

    “…told police that he had just locked up the store and was in his car when two men approached…”

    Being in his car may have impaired his reaction times a bit and a shoot to the leg was the best he could manage.

    Regardless he got the job done when it mattered and that should be the only concern in my opinion.

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