These are the kind of stories the Brady commission doesn't want us to hear. A legally armed civilian stopping a crime. I wish more people would realize the value in an armed civilian populace. Make a criminal think twice about whether his life is worth the crime he is about to commit. Add more certainty to a criminal getting stopped and caught when committing crime. As it stands, too many criminals get away with it too many times.INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A customer at a grocery store stopped an armed robbery by pulling his own gun and holding the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, authorities said.
Charlie Merrell, 51, was standing in a checkout lane at Bucks IGA Supermarket on Indianapolis' south side when a masked man jumped over a nearby counter and held a gun on a store employee, according to a police report made public Wednesday.
While the suspect demanded cash from workers, Merrell pulled his own handgun, pointed it at the robber and ordered him to put down his weapon, the report said. After a moment the suspect placed his gun and the cash on the counter, removed his mask and lay on the floor. Merrell held him at gunpoint Monday until police arrived and arrested the suspect.
Police said the suspect's gun was not loaded. Merrell had a valid permit to carry his gun, which was loaded, police said.
The suspect, identified as Dwain Smith, 19, was being held Wednesday night in Marion County Jail on initial charges of robbery, criminal confinement, pointing a firearm, battery and carrying a handgun without a license.