A retired Chicago firefighter defended his own life when he came face to face with an armed robber. The 77-year-old was not just any firefighter, this man was a Chicago Fire Department captain who only retired 15 years ago.
A 77-year-old man was working in his garage when a vehicle pulled up to and blocked off his driveway. A man emerged from the vehicle and brandished a firearm. This armed man then demanded that the former firefighter hand over his money and personal belongings.
The 77-year-old drew his own firearm and shot at the armed robber. The robber would soon die at the scene after taking separate rounds to the chest and head. The retiree was not wounded in the shoot out and was cleared of all wrongdoing by the police department.
The Chicago Tribune had some interesting coverage on this story. The Chicago Tribune pointed out that the retired firefighter had his FOID card and a conceal carry license, but neglected to mention that the conceal carry permit was not required in this situation. This retired firefighter did not need to have a conceal carry permit for his self defense to be justified.
Interestingly, the Chicago Tribune’s inquiry about the firefighters permits and paperwork were neglected when it came to the assailant. The would-be robber had no such details released about whether or not he had the proper paperwork.
No matter the details, the gun owner is always under the most scrutiny in any story.