Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Marine’s 9mm Beats Truck Thief’s .45 Edition

The 27-year-old thief, who family identified as Blake Moore, and his girlfriend were already driving a stolen Honda with stolen plates when they pulled up to a home in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place just after midnight,” reports. “As the man then began breaking into a pickup truck, the truck’s owner came out to walk his dog and confronted the thief . . . The truck owner’s aunt hailed her nephew, who is a former Marine, as a hero for saving her life as the bullets began flying. ‘He shoved me out of the way when the guy was going to shoot at us,’ said Kristen Hague. ‘Looked like (the thief) had a gun and pushed me out of the way and yelled ‘gun!’ and I don’t think if he would have done that, I would be alive . . . My life was in danger; my nephew’s life was in danger, and he did the right thing even though it ended really bad and really sad.'” Define “bad.” Anyway, “Detectives say they recovered at least two weapons from the scene — a .45 caliber apparently used by the thief and a 9 millimeter from the man who shot the suspect.” No charges brought (save the ones leveled against the female accomplice). Case closed.


  1. avatar Paul B says:

    Good luck on getting the nine back.

    One reason not to have only one side arm in the safe.

    Otherwise it was a very good outcome.

  2. avatar Bob Wall says:

    From being an accomplice to a possibly pleaded vehicle trespass, to a possible charge of felony murder… Sucks to be the g/f.

    1. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

      wonder if she is hot?

    2. avatar A. Nuran says:

      Just what I was thinking

  3. avatar Braenen says:

    Minor quibble but how can the Police “recover” a leagally owned and leagally used firearm from a crime scene? If they “collect” the weapon for evidence then we should say that. “Recover” has the implication that something was improperly possessed and that the Police have taken it out of circulation for the public good.

    1. avatar Jeff says:

      Marine was probably dumb enough to let them have it. I wouldn’t worry about him getting it back – this is Washington not Connecticut. WA has very strict pro-2A law.

  4. avatar Roscoe says:

    “…I just went in and started doing compression on his chests…”

    Helped him bleed out.

    Oh well…

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      I’m curious. What would you do if the perp was lying on the ground without a pulse, given no EMT in sight?

      1. avatar Oakie Doc says:

        Hmmm….Hep B, Hep C, HIV. She probably didn’t have latex/nitrile gloves in her pocket. Besides that, as a trauma doc, I can tell you that a person’s likelihood of surviving a traumatic full-arrest are Slim and None, and Slim just left town.

  5. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    Fusstest with the mostess might be ideal, but sometimes fusstest will suffice.

  6. avatar tdiinva says:

    This is an old story however it isn’t 9mm vs 45 ACP. It was Marine against douchebag and GF. Switch the firearms and the Marine still wins. Given the Marine a 1911-22 and the Marine wins. The Marine wins because he is a Marine.

    1. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:


    2. avatar rlc2 says:

      Yup. Shot placement not displacement.

      US Marines: No Better Friends, No Worse Enemy.

      1. avatar Paulus says:

        ^This. EXACTLY this.

    3. avatar JaxD says:

      Worship a uniform much?

      1. avatar John in AK says:

        No, only those who wear them in service to our country. Project hatred much?

        1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

          Right, because not worshiping a member of the largest socialist group in America is hatred.

        2. avatar DBM says:

          Chris, No one should worship a uniform but whats with the calling of the military a socialist organization?

        3. avatar peirsonb says:

          And your reasoning behind “Largest socialist group in America” is?

        4. avatar tdiinva says:

          “You sleep peacefully in your bed tonight because of the rough men who guard the gates.” So if you don’t like the “socialist organization” guarding the gates you go out and do it.

      2. avatar Aharon says:


      3. avatar Marine 03 says:

        Couldn’t hack bootcamp huh jaxd …….. Just tell everyone you had “knee problems” like all the others that get dropped in 1st phase. Seller Fi pussy.

    4. avatar A. Nuran says:

      The defender was better trained and had one even bigger advantage.
      He had a very clear idea of what he wanted to accomplish: Stop the attacker. One goal. One means to that end.
      The criminal had multiple targets to think about and might well have had more than one objective – maybe scare, maybe kill, maybe act out. It certainly wasn’t what he set out to do.

    5. avatar Accur81 says:

      Semper FI.

  7. avatar ShaunL. says:

    Good job Marine. Thank you for yet another service you’ve done for this country.

  8. avatar SelousX says:

    Maple Valley? Usually cases like that are from the South Sound.
    Either way, glad the Marine was unhurt.

    1. avatar Jeff says:

      Maple Valley, Auburn, Kent – all basically one zone of meth.

      You wanna talk South Sound/Lakewood, etc. then we’re talking crack.

  9. Anyone up for a good 9mm v. .45ACP debate?

    And, dare we ask about the capacity of each firearm used?

    Just sayin’

    : )

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      It’s not the crate but the man in the crate.”

      Rittmeister M.v. Richthoven

      1. avatar A. Nuran says:

        “It’s not the boat. It’s the man in the boat”
        Admiral Lord Nelson vs. Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          That would be ship, since undersea warcraft were not part of the fleet and ships were sailed by men, not admirals.

    2. avatar Roll says:

      Lol are your trying to open up a can of worms 🙂

      Good shoot.

    3. avatar A-Rod says:

      That ol’ debate?!? Oh, That was settled years ago…… sarcasm alert.

  10. avatar DBM says:

    Great thing about perps is most learn how to shoot from xboxes and bad movies. The e Marine saved the american people a lot of money.

  11. avatar DougR says:

    And of course the suspect driving a stolen car with stolen license plates had turned his life around. More like turned his life into ground.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      No no, He was going to turn his life around. Tomorrow.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        He was a good ol’ boy, he wasn’t trying to hurt nobody, just needed a ride.

        1. avatar A-Rod says:

          They were just out for a ride to get Skittles and Watermelon Arizona Tea. Pretty innocent stuff. It happens all the time. Well, at least one other time.

  12. avatar John S. says:

    Never bet against a motivated Marine. My best friends little brother got out and damn can that kid shoot. Rifles, handguns, pretty much anything.

      1. avatar Chris says:

        Oh man, that scene is so ominous.

  13. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    Trained vs untrained…

  14. avatar BT in Afghan says:

    Good shooting devel-dog! Sempre Phi from a Navy brother.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    A guy with a 9 beat a guy with a 45? Bu-bu-but that’s impossible.

  16. I have my doubts about the reporter’s account that the Marine was trying to shoot the car’s engine block to put it out of commission.

  17. avatar Avenger1 says:

    Here is my ONLY complaint and comment about this:

    The fact that he is a Marine is not an issue. ANYONE could be this “Marine” in this situation. Just because he served in my beloved Corps, does not make him any more or less lethal than someone with a concealed weapons permit with proper training. What would have happened if this was a former Airman, Solider, or Sailor??? Nothing.

    Now: One reason I HATE the media (and Robert is at fault here to) is there is NO SUCH THING AS A “FORMER” MARINE OR “EX”-MARINE! Those of us who EARNED the title, are just Marines. NOTHING goes before “Marine.” I know, many people (especially the media) dont know what to call a Marine who is not in the Corps. So why call him anything other than Mr. So and so, or civilian. If one MUST call a Marine in the headlines a “Marine,” then try “A No-Longer Active Marine…” or something. This drives me batty!! When are people going to get the point here?!?! Its like calling a 30-round magazine a “high-capacity” magazine OR an AR-15 an “Assault Weapon.” No difference here folks!!

    1. An admirable rant, sir. Semper Fi!!

    2. avatar John in Ohio says:

      Well stated.

  18. avatar DBM says:

    BTW the article never stated the ex marine was a Democrat so how would you know he was a member of the countries largest socialist organization.

  19. avatar Marine 03 says:

    This story has been out for quiet a while. I’m surprised it only now makes TTAG. Either way, one thing you learn in The Suck is how to shoot weapons aggressively, offensively, and with accuracy. The car thief never stood a chance! The worst marksman to qualify this week on a USMC rifle range will still hit you in the upper body 9/10 times from 500 yards away with iron sights. Think about it….! The U.S. Marine Corps IS the cult of the gun. Rifles and pistols are high and holy things to them. Semper Fidelis Leatherneck!

  20. avatar David says:

    Gotta love the media squirm between two narratives they want to tell. They poor guy trying to turn his life around whose life was tragically cut short vs the veteran, who simply wanted to walk his dog and ended up in a gun fight. Wonder which way they’ll slant the story?

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