Armed citizen stopped two robbers; robber's families want to sue

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Two men were robbing a store in Pennsylvania when a law-abiding citizen confronted them. He warned them to stop and wait for police, but the robbers opted to pull their own guns. That’s when the citizen shot both of the thugs, fatally wounding both of them.

Some are calling the man who stopped the thugs a hero, not for killing them, but for being willing to step up and defend himself and others. That’s probably where this story should end: Good Guy with a Gun stops two armed robbers. Unfortunately, the family of the criminals doesn’t feel that way. Instead, they’re suing the hero.

It’s not fair,” said Virginia Medina, mother of 24-year-old William Medina, who police said robbed Krick’s Korner store alongside 18-year-old Robert De Carr.

“(William) had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for. (The hero) took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”

Peter Ratel, Medina’s cousin, had this to say: “How about if people just start running around here, policing the city on their own? How much worse is it going to get?” But that’s not what our hero was doing, he was simply shopping at the local store when two young men came in and decided to commit a violent crime. He was simply protecting himself.

According to Medina, William was “no big hard criminal,” but was a “family-man who loved his young daughter”. Apparently he didn’t love her enough to pick a less risky (and legal) line of work.

“My brother was a good kid,” Taylor De Carr, sister of Robert De Carr, told 69 News. He was 18, so legally he wasn’t a “kid”, and apparently “good” means putting on ski masks, and going to the local store to rob it, then, when confronted and told to wait for police, “good” means pulling your illegally carried gun and trying to kill the law-abiding citizen. No, Taylor, your brother wasn’t a “good kid”. He was a criminal with little to no regard for human life.

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The families say they’re hurt by comments saying these two are “thugs.” We’d like to know what words they’d like us to describe the two. Criminals? Robbers, Gangsta’s? Ruffians? Hooligans? Hoodlums? Villain? Regardless, we’re all hurt that these families raised the two with such poor morals and lack of respect for property and human life.

Thanks to security camera footage and witnesses, our hero won’t be charged with a crime like these hoodlums’ families want, nor can he be sued by them in civil court, thanks to Pennsylvania’s Castle Doctrine.

Though we may mourn with these families for their loss, we recognize that their community is a safer place with these two violent individuals no longer able to commit their crimes — and with at least one sheep dog going about his business.

Remember, for the most part Police do not stop crimes, they simply investigate them and make arrests. To stop a crime, the victim has to be able to defend him- or herself at the time the crime occurs. This isn’t “vigilantism”, as some might claim. It’s self-defense. And that’s your personal responsibility.

Source: 69 News via Eagle Rising

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