“’He didn’t get the money, and I didn’t have to shoot anybody,’ (Gary) Spencer said, relieved. ‘The good citizens actually got to take one home yesterday. It felt good to help somebody out, you know, out there in the world.’” Spencer was cooling his heels on Monday morning, waiting in his car while his wife made a deposit. That’s when he was shocked t0 see a stun gun-weilding miscreant trying to make a withdrawal from another bank customer in the parking lot via the liberal application of ECT. Spencer has a concealed carry permit as does his wife. And while he wasn’t packing at the time, his wife had a Kel Tec .380 in her purse among the Tic Tacs and wet wipes. So when he spotted the struggle over the bag o’ cash . . .
“I grabbed the gun, and as I opened up the door of the truck, I started running across the parking lot,” Spencer said. “As I was loading up the gun to put one into the chamber, I ran up to about … 20 feet from where the struggle was going on.” . . .
“And I said ‘stop, I have a gun,’” Spencer said. The man turned around, saw Spencer and his gun, slammed the stun gun down on the ground and fled in a green Honda Civic, described as stolen in a Concord Police Department incident report.
Good thing Spencer’s wife didn’t take her purse, right? The bad guy left without the cash, but hasn’t been caught yet. Not to worry, though, North Carolinians. While Spencer isn’t for hire, he did manage to get the tag number on the getaway car. So it shouldn’t be long before Concord’s finest get their man.
In the mean time, it’s just another little-reported case of a law abiding citizen with a concealed carry permit using a gun to prevent a crime and protect an innocent person. All without ever firing a shot. Not bad, eh?