In the past couple weeks, we discussed the shooting at the Verizon store in Inver Grove Heights, where a good guy with a gun took a scumbag off the streets (for a couple years, anyway.
We’ve talked in this blog a zillion times about the four criteria one needs to satisfy to use lethal force in self-defense. This may be the best definition of “reasonable, immediate fear of death or great bodily harm” I’ve seen:
The moment of truth inside the store for the employee, according to charges against Mays, came when the “defendant pointed a gun at [the victim’s] head and told [the clerk], ‘Make it easy on me.’ ”
With the gun still trained on his head and believing he was about to be shot, the clerk “pulled his gun from his waistband and fired what he believed to be three shots.” Mays was hit twice by gunfire and survived.
No doubt to continue the process of turning his life around that he was on and that we’d most assuredly have been hearing about had he died.
The shots sent the accomplice fleeing in a minivan, which was recovered Monday by police in St. Paul and will be searched for evidence later this week.
Police Lt. Joshua Otis said authorities are not disclosing the identity of the clerk for his safety because the other suspect remains a fugitive.
Anyway – salute, Mr. Anonymous Good Guy With A Gun!