A concealed carry permit holder was killed a couple of weeks ago in Texas after he intervened in a domestic dispute. T.J. Antell, a gym owner and father of three, was shot after chasing a shooting suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Antell, a former Marine, had been watching a domestic quarrel between a man and woman unfold in a Walgreens parking lot in Arlington. The situation soon escalated, as the man, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, pulled out a gun and fired twice at the woman, hitting her once. He then got into his truck and attempted to leave the scene. That’s when Antell sprang into action. Antell raced out of the store, retrieved his gun from his vehicle, and attempted to stop the shooter from leaving the parking lot. As Antell pointed his gun at him and ordered him to stop, the man got out of his truck and fired one shot at Antell, mortally wounding him in the head.
This should be an object lesson for all would-be heroes. Yes, it’s a heroic thing to use your gun to defend yourself and/or someone else from imminent physical harm. The primary purpose of carrying a concealed weapon is to be able to short-circuit violent crimes either in progress or before they get started. But you don’t get to play cop. That’s what the real police are for. Once the suspect decides to get out of Dodge, call the police – do not try to do their job for them. Never attempt to apprehend an armed person who is fleeing. It’s too dangerous, and you don’t have the proper training. Don’t be fooled into thinking your gun will save you. Don’t be like Mr. Antell, a would-be hero who brought on his own demise.