Chicago Concealed Carrier Fatally Shoots Armed Thief Out on Parole for Weapons Charge

A Chicago homeowner fatally shot one of two would-be thieves last week during a shootout on the city’s North Side, reports local media.  

Police say the homeowner, a licensed concealed carrier, confronted the two armed suspects around 11:12 p.m. while they were under a car attempting to steal a catalytic converter.

Upon getting out from underneath the car, the two perps opened fire on the permit holder.  

The permit holder, 44, who is remaining anonymous, drew his own sidearm and returned fire, hitting 25-year-old Darion Blackman in the neck.  

Blackman would not survive the wound.  

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Darion Blackman, 25, was fatally shot in the neck during a gunfight with a licensed concealed carrier. Blackman, who was out on parole for a weapons charge, was attempting to steal acatalytic converter just prior to the shootout. (Photo: WGN9)

The other suspect fled the scene. Thankfully, the homeowner was not injured during the encounter. 

Police say that Blackman had prior run-ins with the law.  Back in September, Blackman was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon and not having a valid FOID card.

He was released from jail the day after his initial arrest and was put on parole.  

The investigation is still underway and police are actively looking for Blackman’s accomplice.  

Stay tuned for updates as this story is still developing.  

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  • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 9:40 am

    Uh oh. Another “innocent” black man succumbing to an incident involving the neck. Prepare for a year of unrestrained rioting/looting/arson/murder across the land.
    Obiden and the rest of the Progressive-Socialist excrement will eulogize the dead perp and dutifully condemn “white supremacist racism” responsible for his death.

  • Ej harbet November 27, 2021, 8:09 am

    How to properly reform a criminal.
    He’ll never harm another.

  • meee ster November 22, 2021, 11:16 pm

    a lot of insensitive comments here. I guess none of you are thinking of how this sets back rocket science.

  • Andrew N. November 22, 2021, 6:21 pm

    That’s been my argument for years now. You can find repeat offenders that got “life in prison”, I have yet to see one repeating offenses after being put to death. It also saves more oxygen for the law abiding…

  • Mad Dog Mike November 20, 2021, 8:57 am

    The FOID Card and a CCW Permit are two separate things in Chicago (IL). My son lived there for a few years. A person needs the FOID Card to purchase ammo or a gun. He also obtained a CCW Permit much like any other free state. He did however manage to finally get the hell out of that sewer and move to another (free) state.

  • Leonard S. November 19, 2021, 4:01 pm

    I don’t know how anybody gets a concealed carry permit in Chicago, and he may be the only one who got one. I am glad he put it to good use.
    His death should go against the government because he should not have been out on the streets. He was apparently a career criminal who was released from jail a day after his last arrest.
    Often, it is left to homeowners, not the police, to take out the garbage. The criminal justice system is in ruins.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 9:45 am

      Criminal justice system in ruins? No, it’s working just fine! That’s “woke” justice for criminals, none for you.
      Remember well– it’s a LEGAL system, not an actual justice system.

  • Mikial November 19, 2021, 3:41 pm

    More proof that gun laws do nothing to reduce crime. The criminal was armed illegally while the homeowner had to jump through all the government hoops to be able to be armed to protect himself.

  • A November 19, 2021, 1:43 pm

    One less criminal stealing catalytic converters from hard working people.

  • Judi November 19, 2021, 1:36 pm

    Another drop of chlorine in the gene cesspool. Good on the homeowner!

  • John J Diiorio November 19, 2021, 11:38 am

    So who pays to replace the catalytic converter ? How about the surviving family ? Is that fair enough ?

    • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 9:52 am

      LOL! John, your values are all wrong. The perp’s family deserves “just compensation” for their po’ baby’s wrongful demise. Citizen shooter will be sued into oblivion by the “grieving” family.
      Oh, and citizen shooter fired from his job so the company doesn’t suffer any “negative image” issues.

  • David F November 19, 2021, 11:02 am

    God I love good news articles, channel 2, 5, 7, or 9 covering this?

  • PAUL TIERNEY November 19, 2021, 10:15 am

    Nobody seems to care about his feelings.
    What if he is feeling …bad…unbalanced…incomplete somehow?
    Afterall, he has less ammunition now than he need before.

    • PAUL TIERNEY November 19, 2021, 10:16 am

      …meant “than he did before”

      • John Diiorio November 19, 2021, 11:59 am

        Yes, ammo is quite expensive and lately hard to come by. Should the shooter be reinbursed for the ammo and inconvience by the deseased’s friends and family ? Should the governor present an award, letter of commedation and small monetary reward for saving the tax payers many thousand of dollars only for the thief to repeat offend ? Rehab ……….I think not.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 9:56 am

      At this point, he doesn’t have to worry about his feelings. Problem solved; a good thing.

  • Russ November 19, 2021, 10:11 am

    Glad the armed citizen is okay. Also nothing for the dead piece of filth. He was not a contributor to society so he is where he belongs.

  • Chief November 19, 2021, 9:41 am

    I could watch/read stories like this all day. Love it!

  • Edwin Clements Parrish November 19, 2021, 9:38 am

    The FOID Card was created in 1968, by the State of Illinois’ Firearms Owner’s Identification Act as part of a public safety initiative to identify those persons eligible to possess and acquire firearms and firearms ammunition. The FOID Card is NOT a conceal and carry card.

    It’s mentioned in the article, and I had to look it up. Google is a wonderful thing. 😎

    • Kane November 19, 2021, 12:24 pm

      I thought the state courts in IL ruled that a Constitutional right should NOT require a card or permit and therefore the FOID has no legal standing.

  • Chief November 19, 2021, 9:38 am

    This is greatness. We need more citizens dealing with these thugs in this manor.

  • Clint W. November 19, 2021, 9:23 am

    Florida was the first state to open concealed carry to any law abiding citizen. You had to attend a class, at that time run by the various police offices. I knew the first woman to get a CC permit. She asked a question in the class about being accosted in a dark parking trying to get into her car, and having to shoot someone just how many times should she shoot, probably a pretty good question when you think about it. This was in the day when the revolver was still king, and the police officer told her, “Keep pulling the trigger until you hear clicking”, we will sort it out when we get there.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 10:02 am

      Additionally, if you had a hunting license it would suffice in lieu of the training class.
      Bad advice from that cop. You keep firing until the threat is neutralized, not until you run out of ammo.

  • Sloop November 19, 2021, 9:20 am

    Hopefully, his internet moniker was ‘Blue Dog’.

    • Trevor_Phillips November 20, 2021, 6:04 am

      Unfortunately not.

  • eagle10 November 19, 2021, 8:58 am

    Another one bites the dust! Hey Hey

    • Trevor_Phillips November 20, 2021, 6:06 am

      And another gone and another one gone…

  • Mort November 19, 2021, 8:55 am

    He was jus tryin to steel sum stuff to feed his chilRENs…..

  • Armed and Dangerous November 19, 2021, 8:54 am

    Absolutely agree. Laws like these would definitely prevent repeat offenders.

  • Dr Motown November 19, 2021, 8:51 am

    If he had just been assigned to a social worker after his previous arrest, this never would’ve happened….🤔😀

  • Dexter Winslett November 19, 2021, 8:45 am

    Saved the state a lot of money.

  • Pete Faz November 19, 2021, 8:34 am

    It is time to thin the thug class

  • Glowplug November 19, 2021, 7:54 am

    Homeowner better have called and spoke to gun lawyer BEFORE talking to the police. If you carry you need legal protection through USCCA or NRA.
    This is Kim Fox jurisdiction and she is no friend of legal carry. The Homeowner needs to be very wary..

  • graceythecat November 19, 2021, 6:25 am

    Give that family a medal of honor!

    • alex November 19, 2021, 7:30 am

      aahhh come on now,why he was turning his life around,why he spent a WHOLE day in jail for a weapons charge the first time,that was excessive right there,why me or you would have spent at least two days in jail,RIGHT? we have veterans rotting in jail for almost a year for expressing the constitutional rights but this guy gets one f-ing day for a weapons charge,and justice for all my ass!!

      • Chief November 19, 2021, 9:36 am

        Yeah, and he was also an aspiring rapper. Lol… Funny how half of the thugs featured on the The First 48 are aspiring rappers, or “just about to” go back to college, or do something positive. No, they’re just menaces to society who need to be dealt with.

  • Recce1 November 19, 2021, 5:32 am

    Three strikes and you’re literally out – permanently.

    But let’s imagine that Blackman had survived. What then should have happened to him? Well, if we adopted some of the laws in Asia, Blackman would get 20 years to life in prison for bringing a gun to a crime and discharging it. Had he hit the homeowner, he’d get life. And if he had killed the homeowner, he’d automatically get the death penalty.

    Isn’t it time we adopted such penalties?

    • Armed and Dangerous November 19, 2021, 8:53 am

      Absolutely agree. Laws like these would definitely prevent repeat offenders.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 7, 2022, 10:08 am

      In FL, they adopted the 10-20-Life law. Commit a crime while using a gun- get 10 years. Discharge the gun in the commission of a crime- get 20 years. Injure or kill someone with a gun while committing a crime- get life.

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