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When an altercation between a man and a woman escalated at Shoop’s Bar, the man was escorted out. As the troublemaker was being escorted out of the building by the bar’s bouncer, he turned and drew a pistol. He began firing inside the main area of the bar striking the woman, as well as two others. Aaron Childers, 25, the bar’s bouncer, acted quickly, drawing his own gun and returning fire, killing the shooter. It was reported that the three injured individuals did not sustain life-threatening wounds and are expected to recover. (The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV, 12/14/13)

Four people had been joking around, setting up Christmas trees in a lot when they were approached by a man they did not know. The 29-year-old stranger grew agitated and seemed to think they were laughing at him. They assured the man that they were not and apologized. He then left the area, but returned a short time later. He pulled out a knife and advanced toward the group. One man drew his handgun and warned him to stop while another individual called police. Officers arrived and were able to subdue the man with the knife. He was believed to have been under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident. (Elko Daily Free Press, Elko, NV, 12/3/13)

Two men arranged to meet one another about a Craigslist ad for a motorcycle. When they met, the man who posted the ad pulled out a gun and pointed it at the buyer, who was with his daughter and father. The buyer pulled out his own pistol and fired at the armed suspect causing him to flee. The family called police and reported the incident. Officers located the suspect and he was treated for his gunshot wounds. Investigators reportedly found ski masks and batons in the suspect’s car. He had been previously convicted of various crimes including arson, theft and aggravated robbery. (Dallas News, Dallas, TX, 12/3/13)

Bill Canada, owner of Meadow’s Pharmacy, had just opened the drug store moments before an armed man wearing a mask entered and demanded money. Canada backed away from the robber, but the robber advanced toward him. Canada pulled out his gun and fired a single shot. The suspect’s wounds proved fatal. Canada was not injured during the robbery. (Pine Bluff Commercial, Dumas, AR, 10/19/13)

Everton Mosby, 24, was approached by two men outside of his home around 2 a.m. They forced Mosby inside the home where they beat him. During the assault, Mosby was able to pull out his concealed firearm. He fired at his attackers, striking both of them. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second assailant was treated for a gunshot wound to the knee before being placed under arrest. It was reported that the surviving suspect had been previously convicted of charges including breaking and entering, theft, criminal damaging and felonious assault. (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH, 12/18/13)

Colby Patout and Debra Richard were witness to a vicious dog attack. “They were mauling this guy’s leg,” Patout said. The man was cycling when two dogs attacked, biting his legs and eventually pulling him off his bike. Patout and Richard rushed to help the man. Richard blocked traffic with her vehicle and Patout grabbed his gun. Patout tried to help the man, who was already seriously injured and bleeding excessively, but was forced to fire at one of the dogs, killing it. Patout said, “I knew this guy needed his life saved at this point. I would want you to stop and do the same for me.” Animal Control officials arrived a short time later and retrieved the second dog. Patout said, “This is what our firearms and the United States is all about. [It is about] saving lives.” (KATC.com, Lafayette, LA, 12/23/13)

Matt Dosser was walking by a neighborhood market around 9:30 p.m. when he witnessed two men pounding on the window, trying to get in. The owner of the market, Mohamed Ahmed, was inside screaming for help. Dosser said, “At first, nothing made sense, then I saw the gun.” Dosser realized that the two men had attempted to rob the market, but somehow got locked out when Ahmed fought back. Eager to help Ahmed, who was trapped inside and bleeding from the head, Dosser pulled out his concealed firearm. When the suspects saw Dosser’s firearm, they fled the scene. Ahmed had been hit in the head with one of the suspect’s pistols. After a few surgical staples, Ahmed was expected to recover from his injury. Dosser was unharmed during the attempted robbery. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, 12/19/13)

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