Concealed-Carrying Exterminator Shoots Armed Robber Trying To Steal his Sunglasses

A Detroit exterminator was prepared to deal with more just common pests when an armed robber demanded his sunglasses.

Joe Lanier, 22, has a concealed carry permit and was quick on the draw when a 17-year-old crook stuck a gun in his face. Instead of handing over his sunglasses, Lanier fired seven rounds at the suspect, hitting him several times.

“The boy tried to rob me, and I shot him,” said Lanier. “That’s what happened. He was on my window with his gun and if I wasn’t on my ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ I would have been gone.”

A reporter asked Lanier if he thought his actions saved his life.

“Oh yeah,” said Lanier. “That’s why he’s in the hospital and not me.”

Lanier’s mother is also a licensed concealed carrier and advocates being armed at all times.

“Thank God it’s not my son and I’m not burying him,” said Lanier’s mother. “So if your children do not have any felonies, I advise everyone to pack. I pack, my sons pack, and we’re all legal with it.”

The suspect was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.

No charges have been brought against Lanier.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • AK September 7, 2015, 11:54 am

    Maybe this is how it begins, folks….listen to that mother. Maybe the unintended consequences of +50 years of hard left plantation politics that have turned our cities into cesspits have planted small green shoots of a turnaround. We may not be alive to see the end, but we can hope we are privileged to see the beginning.

  • DRAINO September 4, 2015, 7:48 pm

    What?!?! Black on black crime and its not getting attention from the Obama or “black lives matter”..???????!!!! surprise. But getting to the point…. GOOD FOR THIS GUY!! Good job! Way to listen to the wise leaders of your community (the chief of police) who are advocating legal carry of firearms for self-protection. And in doing so, you have sent a message to all the criminals of Detroit… will not go gentle into that good night!!! I might recommend some more target practice, however, or a larger caliber handgun. But this is a turnout you hope for, heaven forbid, you ever become a victim of such a crime. Proof positive that it takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.

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