Restaurant Employee Shoots Masked Gunman. Will He Be Charged?

I wouldn’t be surprised if this armed employee is fired by the restaurant because he as carrying a weapon. Most businesses make their property a gun-free zone at least as far as employees are concerned.

Whether or not he was supposed to do so, this restaurant employee was prepared. The Sun-Sentinel reports, “Masked gunman shot dead by restaurant employee.”

The tables turned for a masked gunman when he was shot and killed by an employee of the Miramar restaurant he attempted to rob, police said.

Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, a man wearing a ski mask and gloves walked into Captain Max Seafood restaurant, 3700 State Road 7, and brandished a gun.

After an “exchange of words” with the gunman, a restaurant employee used his own weapon to stop the attempted robbery, said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

“A restaurant employee fired several shots and killed the suspect,” she said.

Police are still investigating whether the masked man fired his weapon before he was shot.

So hopefully this restaurant employee will be recognized as a hero. There is no way he could have ethically waited for the gunman to shoot. If the gunman had killed any of the others in the restaurant, the employee would have felt responsible. Why carry a gun if you aren’t going to protect innocent life? Worse, if he had allowed the gunman to shoot, then the gunman might have killed him, the only person with the power to stop him! Then nothing would stand between the gunman and anyone else he wanted to victimize.

But the police don’t seem to see it that way.

“Luckily, only the suspect was hurt, but there are other situations where innocent bystanders could have been hurt as well,” [Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania] Rues said. “We would hope that people do not take the situation into their own hands.”

That is the stupidest appraisal of the situation possible. The only alternative to taking the situation into his own hands was leaving the situation in the gunman’s hands. Would that have been better? Yes, there was a risk in confronting the gunman, but there was also a risk in not confronting the gunman.

In no way are the police justified in claiming that the armed restaurant employee risked the lives of bystanders. He may have saved them.

Furthermore, even if other people had been hurt, at least we would have a story of a gunman who didn’t get what he wanted. Other criminals can learn to be afraid of what happens when they do violence. That is a win for society.

Instead of listening to Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues, people should listen to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who shared a much different (and much more rational) perspective with the Detroit News:

The city’s police chief said he believes violent extremists would be reluctant to target Detroit, as they had Paris last month, for fear armed citizens would shoot back.

“A lot of Detroiters have CPLs (concealed pistol licenses), and the same rules apply to terrorists as they do to some gun-toting thug,” Chief James Craig said. “If you’re a terrorist, or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens.”

Well said!