Retired Marine 71 wins gunfight

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  1. satellite66

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    Plantation, FL -- Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery:

    The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, FL, Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out everyday. Mr. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

    According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N.. Pine Rd.. Just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal.. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

    When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop, K-9 units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business.. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

    Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center , where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

    A longtime friend of Lovell was not surprised to hear what happened. The friend said, ''He'd give you the shirt off his back, but he'd be mad as hell if someone tried to take the shirt off your back.'' Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta.

    He is not expected to be charged authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

    Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot - outstanding shooting! That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

    Don't you just love a story with a happy ending? Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Every state should.
     
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    An excellent ending to a riveting story. The punks had it coming.
     
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    Yes!! Another one bites the dust.



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    While this is good news, it is also older news.
    This dates back to June of 2007.

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    Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 8:11:33 AM by Happy Valley Dude

    Some are calling a former U.S. Marine a hero for shooting two men — killing one — during the botched robbery of a sandwich shop in Plantation. But the men's friends and family want to know how he could gun them down and not be charged.

    John Lovell had just finished dinner at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when, Plantation police say, two men armed with guns rushed inside a Subway shop and demanded cash. After robbing the store, the men turned to Lovell. They wanted his money, police said.

    But like his attackers, Lovell was armed.

    The retired military man opened fire, shooting dead Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale, and critically injuring Fredrick Gadson, 21, of Fort Lauderdale.

    Lovell, 71, of Plantation, has a valid concealed weapons permit and is not expected to be charged in the shooting, said police spokesman Detective Robert Rettig. Gadson, however, faces multiple felony charges that could include murder, he said. Under Florida law, anyone who commits a felony such as armed robbery resulting in a death can be held accountable for the capital offense.

    "He feared for his life," Rettig said of Lovell. "And if he's in fear for his life, then he has a right to defend himself, even if it means severe bodily injury or death."

    Florida law gives people the right of "self-defense without the duty to retreat." That means individuals can use deadly force virtually anywhere to prevent death or serious injury.

    Lovell could not be reached for comment despite calls and visits to his home.


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    Warms my cockles to read that..:)
     
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    +1

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great Job there Devil Dog... Great Job



    Oh BTW be ready, this kind of stuff is starting to happen all over...
     
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    Kinda puts one in mind of the film "Grand Torino"
     
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    Its a shame he didn't manage to kill them both. That one thats in stable condition could sue him... :mad::mad::mad::mad:

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    What?!! :eek::eek::eek::eek::confused:

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    That is a great article. I particularly like the cops' quote, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots." Chalk two up for the Vet!! To the lone survivor: Maybe crime isn't for you, try getting a real job when you get out of prison. TJ
     
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    Yeah, don't mess with we old guys. Many of us have military experience and are not intimidated by punks. Don't mess with an old man, he won't fight you, he will just **ll you.:D
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