A husband shoots because he hadn’t been disarmed yet.
It was just outside a grocery store in Dallas, Texas that a man grabbed a necklace off an older woman and then knocked her to the ground. Her husband fired several shots at the man, who then tried driving off but died from gunshot wounds and then crashed into a parked car.
Witnesses say a 71-year-old man used self-defense when he shot a man who was trying to rob his wife outside a grocery store Tuesday night.
Around 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 28, police were called to the Aldi Grocery Store at 3128 Forest Lane. While husband Ronnie Lummus and his wife were leaving the store, 36-year-old Mike Angel Carmillio approached them and grabbed a necklace off the woman’s neck.
Police say Carmillio then reportedly knocked the woman to the ground and attempted to rob her.
Witness Yadira Juarez was standing nearby.
“She was really shaken up,” Juarez said. “She was shaking and scared.”
Lummus, who has a concealed handgun permit, pulled out his gun and fired several shots, hitting Carmillio as he was trying to get away in a vehicle.
“I heard the gunshots, and then I saw a car hitting another car,” she said.
Carmillio drove off, but eventually died in the car, causing it to crash into a parked vehicle.
“The man had the gun in his hand,” Juarez said. “We ran up to the guy on the ground and checked his pulse, but he was already just laying there.”
Authorities called the shooting “justified.” The husband was released, but a grand jury referral was made by officers.
“It was self-defense,” Juarez said.
Under Texas law, a person can legally shoot someone who is robbing them if they think just after the robbery, that is the only way they are going to be able to recover their property. The shooting must also occur as the robbery is taking place — a person could not hunt down the suspect later.
The case will go to a grand jury to see if they will choose to indict Lummus, but Dallas police said they have no plans to directly charge him with a crime.
If Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action had their way, this guy wouldn’t have been allowed to carry his concealed gun. Perhaps this robber was expecting these two older-looking people to be totally defenseless. He depended on their being unarmed, but unfortunately for him, Aldi still allows its customers to be able to defend themselves.