“During the height of the confusion on Saturday afternoon, witnesses say they saw police detain a man who came to Crabtree Valley Mall with a rifle after the initial call went out,” wncn.com reports. Let’s think about that . . .
A man “wearing military-style clothing and carrying a large rifle” shows up at a mall where police are already investigating the possibility of an active shooter. Never mind the “large rifle” part. Who in their right mind would do that? Don’t get me wrong . . .
There are plenty of examples of armed civilians helping police (who are also civilians) apprehend a fleeing felon or stop a crime in progress. Click here for no less than 20 documented cases. That’s not exactly what happened here . . .
[Witness Gavin] Stone says the man indicated he wanted to help police with the situation.
Dan Bullard, who took photos of the incident, described the man as wanting to help and said the rifle was an M4. [sic]
Stone describes what happened next.
“Police officer confronted him, pulled his gun out on him, told him to put it down. He starts taking it apart, put his hands down on his knees and got detained,” Stone said.
Stone says no one was injured when all of this happened.
Police have not identified the man involved and it is unclear if he faces any charges.
The unidentified NC rifle-toter ‘wins’ TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day award. Not to discourage The People of The Gun from helping police. As a reminder that there’s a time and a place — not to mention an appropriate outfit — for everything.