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Strangers help man robbed at gun point

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by littlebluevette, Jan 13, 2013.

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  1. littlebluevette

    littlebluevette Member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Can't help but think this is one of the reasons Houston is a safer city than Chicago....

    HOUSTON -- A couple of strangers came to the rescue when a man was robbed at gunpoint. Now, the victim wants to say thank you to the Good Samaritans.

    Police believe the criminal who was canvassing a neighborhood in the 2500 block of Wichita near Hermann Park had no idea what he was in for when he picked his target.

    The victim in this case had just walked back to his car from a bar around the corner.

    Kevin Dorsey says he hadn’t even closed his car door Thursday night when a man wearing all black and a ski mask put a gun to his chest. The man took Dorsey’s wallet, cell phone and car keys.

    After he was robbed, Dorsey began running down the street and says two men in a Mercedes asked him what had happened.

    Dorsey told them and they not only caught up with the suspect, but they started shooting at him.

    The suspect fired back. In the end, the two witnesses turned vigilantes won and took down the bad guy.

    “I don’t believe in guns,” said Dorsey. “I don’t own a gun. I’m totally at the mercy of my saviors. They obviously sent two angels to help me. These people protected me when I couldn’t protect myself.”

    After the robber had been shot, police say he jumped over a fence and was attacked by a German Shepherd. That attack prevented him from getting away.

    The suspect, identified as Christopher Hutchins, is being treated at Ben Taub Hospital. He’s expected to recover.

  2. Prophet

    Prophet Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Bitter Clinger from PA
    :what: :D

    I'm sorry, but that right there is downright hysterical.
  3. Isaac-1

    Isaac-1 Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    SW Louisiana, not near N.O.
    Yeah, I just hope the guys in the Mercedes don't get prosecuted
  4. Fremmer

    Fremmer Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    Talk about a bad day for a bad guy! And good dog!
  5. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Valley Forge, PA.
    I'm sorry but with the exception of the German Shepherd attacking him, I do no see where this is a good thing.

    It is not the job of people with a carry permit to chase down criminals after the fact and reengage them into a shootout. If they wanted to help they should have called the police and retrieved all the information about the suspect that they could without engaging him.
  6. RX-178

    RX-178 Member

    May 9, 2008
    Anchorage, Alaska
    I find it incredibly saddening whenever I'm reminded that this viewpoint, however valid (I give similar advice to anyone seeking to get a CHL), is commonplace to the point of condemning people who went out of their way to help.

    We are quickly becoming a catch-22 society, where professionally qualified people will refuse to help others for fear of losing their licenses (ever asked an EMT if they would ever give medical attention to anyone when not on duty?), and where people who aren't professionally qualified (but may be ACTUALLY qualified... big difference) are condemned for daring to help others.

    I do not care to speculate, but I will say /IF/ the people in the Mercedes understood the risks that they were accepting unto themselves, and considered that risk acceptable for no other reason than to help someone else... well, while we all know that heroes are determined by the outcome, I will say that it would still be the definition of courage.
  7. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Member

    Oct 17, 2011
    dont mess with Texas! the german shepherd was the best part... harris county da wont touch the guys in mercedes...
  8. Roadkill

    Roadkill Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Need more of it - its been done before and worked then

    hue and cry

    hue and cry, formerly, in English law, pursuit of a criminal immediately after he had committed a felony. Whoever witnessed or discovered the crime was required to raise the hue and cry against the perpetrator (e.g., call out “Stop, thief !”) and to begin pursuit; all persons within hearing were under the same obligation, and it was a punishable offense not to join in the chase and capture. The perpetrator was promptly brought into court, and if there was evidence of his having been caught red-handed, he was summarily convicted without being allowed to testify in his own behalf. The hue and cry was abolished in the early 19th cent. Possible modern survivals are the obligation to serve on a sheriff's posse and to assist a police officer in pursuing a suspected culprit.
  9. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    North Carolinian
    I hope the robber didn't have a disease and get the dog sick...lol. I have no sympathy for the robber. I do hope the two guys don't get in trouble.. In NC, they would string them up, but in my state you still cannot carry in a restaurant where they serve alcohol... Oh well, maybe oneday.
  10. gspn

    gspn Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    I didnt read where the guys in the Mercedes had carry permits...i dont think they even know who they are.

    Sounds like some street justice delivered by people who live in the neighborhood. Im doubting they have a carry permit.

    Funny to see it come full circle on a bad guy...the german shepard is right out of a movie...i can see it in something like Home Alone.
  11. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    SC (Home), VA (Work)
    While I do not necessarily agree with the circumstances involving shooting a fleeing criminal, it appears that Texas law does allow this:

    § 9.42. DEADLY FORCE TO PROTECT PROPERTY. A person is justified in using deadly force against another to protect land or tangible, movable property:

    (1) if he would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.41; and

    (2) when and to the degree he reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:

    (A) to prevent the other's imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime; or

    (B) to prevent the other who is fleeing immediately after committing burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, or theft during the nighttime from escaping with the property; and

    (3) he reasonably believes that:

    (A) the land or property cannot be protected or recovered by any other means; or

    (B) the use of force other than deadly force to protect or recover the land or property would expose the actor or another to a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.

    Source: http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/9.42.00.html

    While this may, indeed, be legal in Texas, my own ethical code would not allow me to out right shoot a fleeing person. This is because the immediate threat to my life and health no longer exists the moment the gunman turns and runs away.

    An argument can be made, however, that the armed criminal represented an immediate, and future, deadly threat to someone else. That is one circumstance I would have to factor into my own possible reaction as the criminal is running away.
  12. heeler

    heeler Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    I read about this incident the other day as I too live in Houston.
    And I feel zero sympathy for the robber.
    All that said the guys in the Mercedes better keep this between themselfs until the grave because by not sticking around after putting a stop to a violent felon and shooting him,which is not realistically out of legal bounds here,the fact that they fled is not going to work in their behalf if they are found.
  13. Arp32

    Arp32 Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Lucky for the Good Samaritans that the situation was what it appeared to be. I'd be hesitant to jump in for several reasons, not the least of which is not knowing for sure what the circumstances actually were, who the real bad guy(s) were, and not knowing if the "victim" was simply one criminal in a deal gone wrong. Deadly force is serious business.
  14. -v-

    -v- Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Good guys in the Mercedes. I guess that's what the anti's are afraid of. People standing up for themselves and violating the rights of these felons to commit crimes. I mean they are human beings who are trying to make a living off of other people's living too. They have just as much a right to rob and steal from you as you do of uh....:rolleyes: /Tounge-In-Cheeck

    Sadly, I agree with you. As a current EMT and soon to be MD, the advised response to anyone who seeks help from me or any in the health-care profession is "Well, I can call 911 for you, if you want." There's been enough cases of people rendering aid to someone and then being successfully sued by the patient. Its simply not worth the liability to try. Thanks to this climate the valuation is I can help more people by rendering minimal aid (Calling 911) off duty/outside the hospital, then I can by rendering aid and running the risk of potential legal fallout. /minirant.
  15. 12gaugeTim

    12gaugeTim Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    He was going to get away, but then was shot at by two people completely unrelated to the crime and then jumped over a fence to meet a German Shepard.

    How many mirrors do you have to break...
  16. larryh1108

    larryh1108 Member

    Aug 29, 2008
    What these 2 did is some thing all CCW people consider when they strap on their gun.

    What if?

    Yes, they were heroes to the victim and helped bring a criminal to justice but what if, in the wild west shootout, an innocent victim was shot by one of the good guys or by the robber when he fired back? Was it worth it to risk all of that? The robber got his goods and the victim was unharmed. When they jumped in to help capture the robber, everything changed. It could have ended up a lot worse but thankfully it didn't. Where is the line drawn between being responsible citizens and trying to be John Wayne?
  17. chris in va

    chris in va Member

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    You guys that don't live in TX wouldn't understand. And yes, I grew up there.
  18. figment

    figment Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    VERY questionable scenario. In Texas CHL classes they teach/warn against the defense of a third-party.

    Goooood doggie!!!!
  19. hovercat

    hovercat Member

    Dec 30, 2012
    In TX no CCW needed for a loaded handgun in a vehicle, as long as it is concealed.

    Badges? We don need no stinking badges!
  20. 2nd 41

    2nd 41 Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    I'm glad the robber had a bad day. I hope he's out of business. And if he gets shot in the back someday so be it. It's no joke getting held up. It scares the crap out of a person for a lifetime. I got robbed in 1980. The memory does not fade away.
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  21. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    This would be lawful in Florida as well, a state which recognizes, under the principles of English Common Law, the rights of its citizens to make arrests in cases in which a violent felony has just occurred and the person(s) believed responsible is in immediate flight from the scene of same. The citizen making the arrest actually becomes the arresting officer throughout the judicial process.
    Florida law also acknowledges the right of a lawfully-armed citizen to use deadly force, when indicated, to protect an innocent person other than himself.

    I am commenting above only on the legality of becoming involved in such a situation, not on whether or not it is morally or strategically wise.
    Now, as to the robbery victim's comments about the two so-called vigilantes having "protected him" and being his "saviors", these are not true. It appears that he no longer needed "protection" at the time, as his assailant had fled.
  22. 12131

    12131 Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    God's Country (TEXAS)
    Somehow, I have the feeling we don't know the whole story, here.
    But, assuming everything happened exactly the way the robbery victim said it did, anyone on here, if you were the Mercedes guys, would you chase after the robber and start shooting? I know I won't. Sounds like cowboy wannabes to me. I'm willing to bet that, if they didn't have guns with them, they wouldn't have been chasing the robber.

    And I agree with this:
  23. Lex Luthier

    Lex Luthier Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Twin Cities
    Sadly, we are left out in the cold if one of us takes responsibility of anyone but ourselves or our families in an immediate sense, in other words shoot on the spot. If a BG is running away, or if some poor old lady just got mugged and we are there seconds after the BG has taken off and feel compelled to react, we will be treated as vigilantes.

    The cop that taught our handgun class told us to be very careful and extremely aware of the possibilities when we draw on anybody. You better have reliable, credible witnesses and you better have a good reason to risk so much. Regardless of our comportment, the bad guys will keep on coming and we had better do the right thing, even if that means letting one run away.

    Another aspect of practicing daily situational awareness is memorizing an excellent description of said situations and being able to report it. Let the cops earn their pay.
  24. Mp7

    Mp7 Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    sounds like gangsters shooting at gangsters.

    Nothing to cheer about.
    They made a robbery turn into a gunfight.

    Glad no stray bullets killed anyone.
  25. JFtheGR8

    JFtheGR8 Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Central Illinois
    I'm glad that shooting a fleeing armed robber is legal in Texas. I wish it was that way in the rest of the country. That could be millions of dollars saved by tax payers to try and house violent criminals. I like the idea of the hue and cry law. Something like that should be revisited. If people don't want to get involved to help stop crime then they can pay a fine. Sure, as long as they're not in imminent danger of course.

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