When two armed thugs came upon a 70 year-old man dropping off his friend somewhere alone last week, they thought they’d found the perfect victim to rob. Unfortunately for them, they had no idea he was a Vietnam War veteran who was hiding a gun of his own…
The Blaze reported that the two punks pulled up beside the veteran as he dropped his friend off in Venice, Illinois and asked for directions. They then pulled a gun on the veteran and demanded his possessions, but he had a surprise waiting for them.
Thinking fast, the 70 year-old whipped out his gun and opened fire, fatally shooting 19-year-old Billy Dickerson in the head and wounding 23-year-old Perry Richardson in the arm and chest. Law enforcement has spoken out to praise the veteran for what he did.
“He feared for his own life,” Madison County (Illinois) State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons told KDSK-TV. “He feared for the life of his friend and just took decisive action in that moment.”
Richardson has since been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Dickerson’s death, and he will be carted off to jail as soon as he is out of the hospital.
“If you’re engaged in a forceable felony and someone — no matter who — dies during the course of your crime, you are accountable for murder,” Gibbons explained, adding that both Richardson and Dickerson were wanted for various crimes in both Illinois and Missouri.
“We’re able to, probably, I believe … solve possibly dozens of other armed robberies in the area,” he said.
Gibbons made it clear that the veteran did the right thing in this situation.
“The courts have consistently recognized the right of a law-abiding citizen to carry a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense,” Gibbons said in a statement. “This incident yesterday morning is the exact situation where the necessity for this right becomes crystal clear.”
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