A would-be bank robber was stopped by a concealed carry permit holder in Michigan.
A man with a concealed carry permit is being credited with stopping an armed bank robbery in Michigan.
The incident happened Monday afternoon in Warren, Michigan. A would-be robber picked the wrong time to walk into a Citizens bank brandishing a gun. The robber announced it was a robbery and forced the tellers to start filling a bag with money.
The Macomb Daily News reports a 63-year-old man, the only customer in the bank, shot the suspected robber after the robber turned the gun on him as tellers were loading a bag with money. The man holds a concealed weapons license.
The unnamed man who shot the suspect is an autoworker. He shot the would-be robber in each arm and in one leg. The robber managed to stumble out of the bank where he collapsed on the sidewalk.
“There was a guy on the ground, moaning and screaming a lot,” Gary Guyette told reporters. He had been driving by as the scene was unfolding. “He was holding his hand up, it looked all bloody. Then the cops drove up right away and handcuffed him.”
While the autoworker was later taken to the Warren Police Department for questioning, Warren’s mayor, James Fouts, told reporters he didn’t think the man would face charges because he acted in self-defense.
“I don’t encourage citizens to use guns, but in this case, the robber was pointing his gun at the customer’s face and he responded,” Fouts told reporters. “It appears he was acting within his Second Amendment Rights.”
As for the robber, it was reported he was taken to a hospital in Detroit for his injuries. The Macomb Daily reports medical officials said the injuries are not life-threatening.
“Maybe it will make the bad guy think twice next time,” Guyette commented to reporters. “I like people standing up and taking care of business before the cops get there.”