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,” komonews.com 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.

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

  1. 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. 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.

    • 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.

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

      • 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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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