Philly Man Turns Tables on Armed Robber, Pulls Own Gun, Blows Thug's Head Off
Crook shot in the head by Second Amendment patriot
A Philadelphia man turned the tables on an armed robber by pulling his own gun and fatally shooting the thug in the head, according to police.
The 24-year-old man was standing in front of his house smoking a late-night cigarette when he was approached by the assailant.
At around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a 30-year-old rode up on a bicycle to the house in the 2200 block of S. 6th Street near West Moyamensing Avenue, pulled a gun, and announced his intention to rob the 24-year-old, WPVI-TV reported.
However, little did the criminal realize that his "victim" was a Second Amendment patriot who had come prepared.
As the would-be robber was stepping off the bicycle, he was immediately put down by his own target.
Police said the 24-year-old pulled out his own handgun and fired one shot, the station reported.
Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small told WCAU-TV it appeared that the "robbery victim ... turned the tables on" the would-be robber.
However, that wasn't the end of the incident.
The 24-year-old told police that the would-be robber — even after having been shot in the head —still was able to fire one or two shots, WPVI said.
The station noted that the shots didn't hit the 24-year-old.
Officers found the would-be robber on the sidewalk with one gunshot wound to the head, WPVI said.
He lost consciousness while being rushed to a hospital and was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. Thursday, the station added.
Police said the 24-year-old has a valid license to carry a gun and that officers recovered both weapons, WPVI reported, adding that they haven't released the names of anyone involved.
No charges were filed early Thursday morning as police continued to investigate the shooting, WCAU said.
Philadelphia police said "justifiable homicides" have been increasing annually since at least 2017, WCAU said, adding that police figures indicate eight justifiable homicides occurred in 2017, and that figure increased to 19 last year.
In 2022, police said there have so far been seven "justifiable homicides," not counting Wednesday night's shooting, and others still under investigation, the station said.
Last month, a Philadelphia resident fatally shot a gunman who pretended to be a police officer and tried to rob him.
A police detective told WTXF the shooting was "100% justifiable" self-defense by the man who successfully exercised his Second Amendment rights.
The detective told the station that "everyone in Philadelphia should have permit to carry a concealed weapon."