Firearm trainers typically tell their students never try to draw down on a bad guy when his or her gun is pointed at you. However, all of that goes out the window when the criminal has already opened fire. That’s exactly what happened in a Paraguay gun store last month as a pair of armed robbers stormed in, guns a-blazing.
With one robber shooting at him, the owner had no choice to but draw and engage. He did so, even after taking a round to the arm, firing from the hip and making good hits.
Then he turned his fire on the first bad guy who didn’t initially draw his gun when he entered the store. The accomplice later tried to draw as his soon-to-be-former partner traded lead with the store’s owner. The second robber in the green jacket and gray t-shirt made a hasty retreat, leaving his partner behind.
Meanwhile the guy who came in shooting chose…poorly. His sucking chest wound stopped sucking when he stopped breathing. But not before he held his head up to watch is co-conspirator flee like his hair was on fire, employing some Hollywood-esque moves shown below to avoid soaking up a few rounds himself.
Here’s the (slightly awkwardly) translated report from the CATVE.com newsroom:
Attempted robbery at a gun store in Paraguay leaves a robber dead
Two others involved fled, but were later arrested.
A criminal was killed this Saturday (26) during an attempted robbery at km 32 of the city of San Cristóbal in Paraguay, about 130 km from Foz do Iguaçu.
According to police, two thieves arrived at the establishment and gave a voice of robbery, but the owner reacted.
Security camera footage from the store shows the moment when two robbers enter with guns drawn and the quick reaction of the owner who pulls his pistol from his waist and shoots the robbers. One of them falls and the other runs away and flees with the support of another partner who was waiting in the getaway vehicle.
The owner was wounded in the arm. Family members tried to chase the bandits who were later arrested by the police.
The gun shop where it all started had already suffered another robbery attempt not long ago.
[At the link, there’s a longer video showing the police firing rifles at a car trying to flee. This may or may not be part of the gun store robbery crew’s capture.]
Here’s security video of the robbery attempt and exchange of gunfire (possibly NSFW, though the video has no sound) . . .
In comments at Reddit, some folks speculated that it was less of an armed robbery and more of an organized crime hit. Either way, the shop’s owner displayed remarkable poise under fire. Nice job.