A Texas man will not be charged by police after he shot a robber who attacked his wife in the parking lot of a grocery store, a perfect example of why concealed carry handgun laws and the Second Amendment are vital.
On Tuesday night, the bandit, 36-year-old Mike Angel Carmillio, parked in a handicap spot outside of the Aldi supermarket in North Dallas, waiting for someone with a disability to present the chance to pull off an easy theft.
Ronnie Lummus, 71, and his wife had just exited the store and were about to get in their vehicle when Carmillio yanked on Lummus’ wife’s necklace pulling her to the ground.
At that point Lummus, a licensed concealed carry holder, pulled his firearm and “fired several shots” at Carmillio, hitting him at least once.
“It was, like, about six shots? I guess the last two that’s when they hit, and he hit the other car that was parked,” witness Yadira Juarez recounted to CBS Dallas. “I guess they shot him in the mirror — like the passenger’s? Then it went through his cheek and by his throat.”
Despite being shot, Carmillio was still able to jump in a vehicle and attempt a getaway, but ended up crashing into another car in the parking lot as he lost consciousness.
According to Targetmaster gun store owner Tom Mannewitz, a Texas law allows gun owners to fire at fleeing suspects if a person over the age of 65 has been injured.
“It was not just a robbery, it was aggravated robbery,” Mannewitz told CBS Dallas. “Self-defense and defense of the third person; all he has to do is believe he or the other person was in mortal danger; and under any conditions he’s allowed to use deadly force.”
Another law, Mannewitz said, allows victims to shoot thieves if what they’ve stolen is irreplaceable through any other means.
“There is a statement that is if property is being stolen that could not be recovered by any other means other than use of deadly force then — that is legal,” Mannewitz stated.
“The case will go to a grand jury to see if they will choose to indict Lummus,” reports WFAA, “but Dallas police said they have no plans to directly charge him with a crime.”
Despite anti-gun groups decrying the Second Amendment as antiquated, statistics from the Gun Owners Foundation show that handguns are used in self defense against criminals around 2.5 million times a year, “or about 6,850 times a day.”