On a recent summer afternoon my client, a valid LTC holder, and his wife went to a shopping mall in a South Shore community. When they pulled into the parking lot they observed a large male arguing with a female and noticed that a crowd was gathering near the disturbance. As my client exited his vehicle, he observed the male shove the female into the passenger seat of a nearby car and jump on top of her.
Concerned that he was witnessing an abduction or perhaps something worse, my client ran quickly towards the parked vehicle. As he approached, the male assailant aggressively sprung from the driver’s side door and took a fighting stance. My client jumped back, removed his firearm from his pocket holster in a low ready position and put his left hand up, yelling “Stop, Stop!” The assailant retreated and my client re-holstered his weapon. The police arrived a short time later and the male assailant was arrested for domestic assault and battery. My client was interviewed, his firearm was seized and he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
In Court, it was essential to prove that my client used no more force than was reasonably necessary to protect himself. Our evidence showed that my client wisely disengaged and called the police once it became clear that his assailant was no longer a threat. After a hearing, the Court agreed that my client drew his weapon in lawful self-defense and dismissed the charges.
The use of a firearm in self-defense should always be a last resort. If you are ever involved in a self-defense situation, please call my office as soon after the incident as possible.