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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Broad Daylight Edition

“’I said, ‘Really?’ Yager said. ‘I reached over like I was going to get my billfold and grabbed my gun and stuck it in his face and said, ‘You mean like this?’” That’s the rundown Steve Yager gave the Wichita Eagle after a hoodie-wearing hoodlum told him to fork over his wallet in broad daylight Monday outside his business. But instead of some tanned cowhide and legal tender, the deadbeat got a little snubby-induced dissuasion . . .

“He says, ‘Oh, I was just kidding! I was just foolin’ with ya, ya know?’ ” Yager said the man replied.

“Man, you don’t need to do that,” Yager said he told the man. “You was lucky you didn’t get shot. What you need to do is get the hell out of here before you get hurt.”

The suspect removed his hands from his pockets and told Yager, “You have a nice day. I don’t really mean this. I’m just foolin’. I’m going to leave.”

He did just that, running west on Douglas and then south on Walnut in the Delano neighborhood of west Wichita.

All’s well that ends well. Well almost. Steve’s been only too happy to talk to just about anyone with a mic who will listen to him about his DGU. And while the local PD has pronounced it a righteous non-shoot, the Eagle’s version is a little different than this one or this one or this one.

We don’t doubt the would-be wallet snatcher had a look down the Smith’s muzzle coming to him. But ol’ Steve seems like the kind of guy who just loves to spin a yarn. And this one’s getting a little more interestin’ with each tellin’. Why tempt the fates? Or the local prosecutor? You’ve read it here before and you’ll read it again. STFU. For your own damned good. [h/t Skippy Sanchez]


  1. avatar jwm says:

    Ofwg with a j frame in the pocket. Classic American combonation.

    1. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. J-frame, dispensing classic American justice.

  2. avatar matt says:

    Not at all surprising the description he gave:
    “Yager called 911 and later told officers that the suspect was a black male between the ages of 18 and 23. He was about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds and wore a black hoodie and faded gray jeans.”

    1. avatar mashashin says:

      yeah but he didn’t have any skittles

    2. avatar إبليس says:

      “I didn’t pee myself, juss spilled muh Arizona is all.”

  3. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

    I’m a sucker for happy endings.

    1. avatar Leon says:

      Me too… the J frame snubbies!

    2. avatar rosignol says:

      …you really think bozo isn’t going to try this stunt again?

      Doubt it.

      1. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

        Yeah, he will, the lesson wasnt painful enough and you cant define what his mind set is, whether it was for kicks, or desperation.

  4. avatar Reid Stevens says:

    Bet that kid had to put on new underwear after having a jammy shoved in his face, got lucky he didn’t get shot!

  5. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    I’m glad he didn’t shoot the kid. Knowing when not to shoot is important, as I’ve read around here lately.

    1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

      Don’t you need to be somewhere else right now?

      1. avatar Matt in TX says:


    2. avatar DavidT says:

      For once I agree with MikeB. What is this world coming to?

      1. avatar bontai Joe says:

        I gotta agree with Mike also, makes me feel kinda funny inside, like I ate something that I shouldn’t. I’m sure it will pass soon.

        1. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

          Man, is it the same feeling like ya ate a bunch of pickled eggs, a couple of Chicago dogs with the works and sourkraut, with some 5 alarm chili or corned beef and cabbage with a healthy dose of Budweiser and no beano and you make sure no open flames are present for at least 1,000 feet radius?

      2. avatar theaton says:

        Will see if the decsion to realease the kid was a good one. How many people have this kid robbed since? Has/will he hurt or kill someone in the future.

  6. avatar Will says:

    True, hopefully the kid will learn a lesson from this encounter and not tempt fate again.

    1. avatar fanfare ends says:

      Cause so many do….not…

  7. avatar John Arizona says:

    Many years ago, 50 I was in the 82nd Airborne in Fayetvill NC, sitting in a Drive in resturant a Perp. (black) came up to my car with a Baseball Bat and said:
    “If you pull away, I gona smash yo window”
    I then came up with my Colt Challanger 22cal. and racked the Slide, ” Go ahead and smash”
    Perp, “I just kidding man” turned and made a hasty retreat.

    1. avatar Rambeast says:

      I love hearing how “I was just kidding” is supposed to absolve any wrong doing immediately before being stated. What kind of idiots do these criminals take people for?

      1. avatar dave says:

        “BANG” i wasnt kidding now was i?

    2. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

      One day took one of the young guys whose family was poor as a church mouse that worked for my mother in-law catfishing on the river.

      We thumped em pretty good that day and I gave all the fish to the young fella.

      We got back to the boat launch, and was putting the small flat bottom in the back of the truck when another truck pulled up to the launch with 3 young men and a girl.

      Two of those young men got out and one went around to the left, the other to the right circling around in a classic pinch and cutoff. The young guy in the truck started eyeballing us, whereupon I glanced again back out of the corner of my eye at the young guy coming around the right about 30 ft away, he had a tire iron hanging along his hip trying to keep it from my view.

      I looked right back at the kid in the truck, smiled, and slid my jacket back revealing and resting my hand on my Gen 1 Glock 22 on my hip (rather large Cotton Mouths and a few Diamondbacks along the river who could be impolite ya know).

      Kid on the right barked “He’s got a gun” and they proceeded to dash back to the truck and leave, wonder why?

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    ‘Round here, the BGs come up behind you. They don’t say a word, they smash you upside the head with something and take what they want from your unconscious body. There’s not a lot of Dirty Harry-style conversation.

    1. avatar Jarhead1982 says:

      Then the victims situational awareness is rather poor as a rule.

      Unless you live in NJ, NY, Il, or Kalifornika where they expect you to be the victim.

  9. avatar JPD says:

    The key thing to remember is that YOU DO NOT KNOW THEIR REAL INTENT! Sure, they may start with the usual mugging, or theft. But many times, it is the hurting others that get them their thrills. The iphone and your wallet are just icing on the cake.

  10. avatar JPD says:

    That’s what I like with states that recognize or have a “stand your ground” and “Castle” law. Comes at you with a tire iron? In Texas? Boom!! Goodbye Bad Guy. I live in Dallas. Love that.

  11. avatar soccerdad says:

    Quick question…once GG gets the jump on the BG, would he have been within HIS rights to make the BG pull out HIS wallet in order to ID the punk? I don’t think I would have just let the guy go……he’ll just pull this shit on someone else…

  12. avatar William Foley says:

    Steve is a respected member of the Wichita shooting community and has been for years. Attempting an armed robbery on him brings to mind the line: “you don’t tug on Superman’s cape…”. Glad to see everything turned out okay.

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