I haven't posted on here in quite a while, but I figured this would be a feelgood story for all who read it on this forum. Even in the most violent city in the United States (per 2011 FBI statistics), where the bad guys outnumber the good, a well trained good guy can stand up and turn a horrible situation into a less horrible one! The link to the original article plus a few follow ups below the story.
FLINT, MI -- Keith Held says is son is a hero for saving his friends from two suspected armed robbers early Sunday morning. Held's son, who was recently discharged from the Marines, shot and critically injured a man who, along with a second suspect, tried to rob a group of party-goers at gun point.
The incident occurred around 1 a.m. on the 3300 block of Clairmont Street, a neighborhood of modest homes with tidy lawns on the city's west side.
Held, who lives next door, said his son and a group of friends were having a fire behind his son's house.
The group saw shadows around the home. Thinking it was recently-arriving friends trying to play a joke, Held's son jumped the fence into his parent's yard and came around the front of the home to try and sneak up on his friends.
However, it wasn't invited guests, but two people looking to rob the party.
"Hit the dirt," Held said the suspects told party-goers before pistol-whipping his son's roommate.
His son quickly went inside, loaded his Ruger 9mm pistol and put it in his pocket as the suspected robbers brought the guests back into the home to try and get valuables.
When one guest told the alleged thieves that his wallet was in his truck, the suspects, Held's son and the guest went out to the truck in front of the home.
The guest searched the truck, at gunpoint, and the suspected thieves began to threaten the two verbally.
Fearing the worst, Held's son opened fire on one of the suspects who was standing outside of the truck, shooting him twice in the chest.
Both suspects ran off to a getaway car a couple blocks away before being apprehended at the hospital, according to Held. Police confirmed the second suspect was in custody.
"My son was quite the hero that day," Held said. "He saved all his friends."
Held added that his son used good judgement by waiting to shoot until he was outside of the home.
"He didn't want to pull the gun and start firing away with all his friends there," Held said.
Held's wife, Deb, said she didn't even know there was trouble until she heard shots and her son ran to her house.
"Mom, I just shot someone," Deb Held remembers her son saying.
Now, her son is staying elsewhere as he considers moving out of the neighborhood, according to Keith Held.
"They're all shaken up," he said.
If you bother to visit the link (and check out the comment section), you'll see how po'ed the community around here is that these punks think they can get away with everything! Anyways it's always nice to see these types of stories around. I think it gives insight into how a bad situation can be changed by one of us good guys using our right to defend ourselves.