As absolutely wonderful and worth celebrating as this story is, I would like to encourage you, the reader, to give some serious thought to the following question I have for you:
What would you have done in this situation?
Because if your answer is “Pray to Jesus!” or “Not eat at damn Waffle House!,” I’m thinking this might be a good opportunity for you to maybe start thinking about a personal protection strategy. I’m not saying you should carry a gun, wear body armor, or even become a hermit – that’s all up to you – I’m simply suggesting that it’s good to not be a sitting duck without a plan. I’m just offering up a little food for thought.
Now, onto the good stuff…
An AK-47 wielding gunman is unconscious and fighting for his life in a Desoto, Texas hospital after a brave, legally armed citizen with a concealed carry gun permit took him down when he tried to rob a local Waffle House.
The gunman, identified by police as 26-year-old Antione Devon Cooper, is accused of attempting to rob the Waffle House around 2:30am on this past July 7th.
Patrons of the restaurant told police that Cooper entered the Waffle House armed with his AK-47 rifle and began waving it around, demanding money from both the register and individual customers inside.
One of the customers who was robbed, whose identity is currently being withheld by police, is a licensed concealed carry permit holder who was waiting for his wife to join him for a late night meal.
Biding his time, the armed citizen waited until Cooper, still carrying his AK-47, began to leave the establishment before taking action – drawing his gun and following Cooper outside.
Police originally released this photo of Antione Devon Cooper, in hopes of identifying him from his tattoo. That worked, obviously.
Once outside, the man called out to Cooper, who then turned to face the customer and pointed the rifle in his direction – at which point the armed good Samaritan shot the assailant numerous times.
Police responding to the 911 call of an armed robbery found Cooper on the ground, bleeding profusely from multiple gunshot wounds.
The concealed carry holder told police he was waiting for his wife to arrive at the Waffle House and he feared the gunman would target her if she arrived while he was still there.
Police say the customer who shot the suspect was not arrested. The case will be submitted to a grand jury for review.
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