An armed robber lost his life Saturday night after being shot in the head by his would-be victim, an off-duty state corrections officer, local media reports.
Alfredo Perez, a 42-year-old corrections officer with more than 10 years tenure, was at the N.W.O Clubhouse in Queens with friends when a 26-year-old man brandished a firearm and demanded the group hand over the keys to their motorcycles. However, the crook wasn’t the only one who was armed.
Perez drew his weapon and fired, striking the unidentified man in the head. The man was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. It was later discovered the robber had been arrested more than 50 times.
The identity of the robber has yet to be released as police are still attempting to contact his next of kin.
The loss of life is always tragic, but it’s cases like this that validate the adage that the only thing standing between a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.
Had Perez not acted swiftly, it is entirely possible there would have been one or more innocent people killed.
No arrests have been made, but an investigation into the shooting is underway.
(This article was submitted by freelance writer Brent Rogers)