Earlier this month, an armed gun thief in Detroit saw an elderly concealed carry permit holder and presumably thought to himself: easy target.
What that young punk didn’t realize is that although 61-year-old Darius Summers is relatively new to the world of firearms, he wasn’t afraid to use his in self-defense.
Summers was visiting his local gas station on the West Side of the city to grab a cup of coffee when he was confronted by 16-year-old Xavier Futrell.
“I just wanted some coffee, so I walked down here,” Summers told Detroit 4 News.
Futrell cornered Summers in the store, pointing his own gun at the man’s back. He refused to let the Summers, a grandfather, leave the station, despite him doing his best to reason with the teen.
“I said, ‘All I want to do is leave,'” Summers said. “He said, ‘You can’t leave.’ I said, ‘OK. What do you want to do?'”
Summers turned away from the teen and then drew his gun, firing one shot into Futrell’s stomach. The teen dropped the gun he was holding and fell backward.
“I didn’t shoot to kill, I shot to save his life,” Summers said. “I got him up off me.”
Holding his stomach, Futrell stumbled toward the door. He managed to grab the handgun he had dropped before exiting.
In that very moment, Summers showed immense restraint not to fire on the thug who, one could certainly argue, became a threat, yet again, after he picked up that firearm.
But as mentioned, the permit holder is new to the concealed carry lifestyle.
“I’d never been through this,” Summers said. “Never shot a gun before. All this is new to me.”
Futrell would survive the incident. But he is now facing a slew of charges, including assault with intent to murder, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and a felony firearms violation.
Let’s hope they throw the book at him.
As for Summers, he is very lucky to have survived the encounter unscathed. While one can laud his compassion for the Futrell, he took a big risk by letting his assailant pick that gun back up… would you have done the same?