Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Cleveland Crime Stopper Edition

“Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo sentenced (Waymone) Williams Jan. 10 to 18 months of probation and ordered him to take the gun class.” Sentenced to a gun class? Are they teaching miscreants safe and responsible firearms handling in Ohio these days? Not exactly. After an arrest and conviction in December, “…23-year-old Waymone Williams, had been ordered by a judge to take a one-day class about the consequences of carrying a gun to commit a crime.” It’s not clear whether or not Waymone actually attended the class, but he appears to have learned his lesson . . .

Police were called at 12:30 a.m. today and officers found Williams with multiple gunshot wounds outside a home in the 900 block of East 178th Street. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Waymone and a pal had attempted to jack a couple as they got into their own car in their own driveway.

Investigators reported that the homeowner and a woman were getting into his car when two men wearing masks and gloves walked up to them.

“One of the males was in possession of a handgun and the other male was in possession of a crowbar,” Sgt. Sammy Morris said. “The male with the handgun struck the homeowner in head with the handgun and attempted to pull him out of the vehicle.”

The homeowner grabbed a handgun in his car and fired multiple times, striking the robber in the torso. The robber fired once, but the bullet missed the homeowner, Morris said.

“Grabbed a handgun in his car.” That’s probably an inartfully phrased way of saying that the driver pulled a gun. Yes, he may have kept the gun in his car, but the homeowner is licensed to carry a concealed firearm. It seems likely that he was packing at the time.

In any case, Buckeye Firearms Association honcho Jim Irvine has some advice for the homeowner after what must have been a traumatic event:

“I’m sorry for the situation and glad you were prepared and able to survive it. …If it bothers you, get some counseling. There’s no shame in it. The vast majority of permit holders don’t want to shoot someone.”