The law is clear in cases of self-defense. No matter where you are, or who you are, if you are confronted by someone who wishes to do bodily harm to you, your family, or another innocent person or persons, you have the right to defend yourself or others. This holds true even for people who hold no license for a gun. If the only weapon available is a hot pot of coffee, that is legal.
There is a very simple set of rules. Avoid, Deny, Defend. Avoid the perpetrator in any way possible. Deny him/her entry or access to you or others. Defend yourself and others by any means necessary. One of the pieces of advice is: Fight dirty if you have to. Texas State University teaches this advanced law enforcement technique and it has been picked up by multiple large retail outlets as the main way to deal with an active shooter or terrorist.
In Alabama, at a small Baptist church, the members were getting ready to bring the service offerings to the safe when one of the members was accosted and robbed at knife-point outside. He was forced into the church and the thief then attempted to rob one of the staff members when something unexpected occurred.
A man who police say was armed with knife approached a church member outside about 10:30 p.m. and forced him into the building, WTVY-TV reported.
The armed man robbed about $50 from the church member, AL.com reported, then attempted to rob a church staff member.
But the staffer had a handgun and hit the suspected robber with a single shot in the upper torso, AL.com added.
Dothan Police Lt. Brian Smith told WDHN-TV the man who fired the shot was in his office at the time.
The suspect fled the church building and collapsed outside from his injuries, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish told the Dothan Eagle.
Steffon Parreese Valentez Tolver was pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m. Monday, Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd told the paper.
Tolver — who was 26, WDHN said — pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in January 2011 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the Eagle reported. He also was arrested in April 2010 and charged with robbing someone in a parking lot apartment complex using a toy gun, the paper added.
Regarding the church employee who fired the fatal shot, Smith told WDHN “he was obviously shook up by the events” but “had no choice in it occurring and him defending himself.”
As for the idea of a church employee carrying a gun on church property, Smith told the station that “in a church or not, wherever you are you have the chance to defend yourself …”
Do you think the church member did the right thing in defending himself, his fellow friends, and his church? Comment below!
Source: The Blaze