A 77-year-old former firefighter shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob him at gunpoint in Chicago earlier this month.
The firefighter, who has not been identified, possessed a valid concealed carry license and firearm owner’s identification card, according to Fox 32. Right now, no charges have been filed.
The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. in a garage in a south Chicago neighborhood called West Chesterfield.
According to police, Bernard Peterson pulled out a subcompact Glock loaded with an extended magazine and demanded the man’s belongings. The vehicle Peterson was driving had been carjacked the day before.
Rather than acquiesce to Peterson’s demands, the 77-year-old pulled out a gun of his own and fired at the would-be robber. He hit Peterson in the head and chest, and the robber was pronounced dead at the scene.
TODAY – offender’s weapon recovered when he was shot by the victim during an attempt robbery in @ChicagoCAPS06 . Offender was also using a vehicle that was carjacked yesterday. #CPDMediaCar pic.twitter.com/Kc0dZf7hIL— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) November 6, 2021
While robberies are down from historical averages, Chicago has seen a spate of robberies in recent weeks. Robbery and aggravated robbery are up 18% and 10%, respectively, over the last four weeks, and aggravated robbery is up 3% since 2019.
This year alone, police have received 6,668 robbery complaints and 5,736 aggravated robbery complaints.
This firefighter was fortunate not to have fallen victim to a different, much more worrisome category of crime. Chicago has seen a 67% rise in “shooting incidents” since 2019, and a whopping 59% increase in murder over the same time period.
Like many cities across the country, Chicago has seen a spate of violent crime as COVID lockdowns and civil unrest have borne fruit.
In addition, viral videos have emerged showing flagrant, broad-daylight shoplifting. This September video purports to show three crooks making out with bags of products from a Chicago Ulta while other shoppers look on.
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Chicago isn’t the only area experiencing a rise in flagrant theft. In San Francisco, pharmacy chain Walgreens announced in October that it would be closing five of its retail stores due to ongoing crime. The company told local media that theft in the city is at five times the chain’s average.