A 67-year-old Pennsylvania man went out for stroll in a park when 18-year-old black guy Tyler Williams went up to him, stuck a gun in his face and demanded money. The older guy has a concealed carry license and had his .38 on him, so he grabbed it and shot the kid in the head, killing him.
It turned out that the kid had a pellet gun. But there wasn’t any way the man would have known that it was a pellet gun under such circumstances. All he knew was that some kid was holding him at gunpoint and demanding money. He acted in self-defense. And while it’s a tragedy that this kid had to die, he brought it on himself. The Blaze reported:
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told KYW that police thought the pellet gun looked like a real weapon until they got a closer look at it.
Chitwood told KYW he spoke to the 67-year-old who feels sad about Wednesday’s incident.
“He was very remorseful and wish it hadn’t happened and I and other detectives told him ‘you did nothing wrong,’” Chitwood told KYW.
“If I was the older guy I probably would have done the same thing, straight up,” Fred Williams of Upper Darby told KYW.
“People are getting fed up so you have to protect yourself these days,” neighbor Kathryn Cooper told KYW in an earlier story.
The victim initially told police a second assailant got away, KYW noted, but he later stated it could have been a person standing nearby. Police believe Williams acted alone.
The 67-year-old was released from a hospital Thursday, KYW said; he was taken there after the incident complaining of chest pains. No charges against him are expected since he was acting in self-defense, Chitwood said.
“It’s a shame somebody had to die,” Chitwood told KYW, “but at the end of the day the bad guy pulled a stickup and lost.”
Of course, the lesson here is not that robbers should use real guns instead of pellet guns. Most already use real guns. The lesson is that criminals should think twice about committing a violent act on someone else. They’re always at risk of being killed, because that someone else might be a responsible gun-owner.