Chicago Concealed Carry Holder Shoots Knife-Wielding Man Who Chased Him Down a Street

The suspect was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. (Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash)

A Chicago man with a concealed handgun and a license to carry it shot a 19-year-old suspect who was following him down a street on February 8.

Police say the concealed carry holder was a neighbor of the suspect, and he heard a loud disturbance coming from his neighbor’s residence around 10:43 pm.

He went to investigate and found the suspect arguing with his mother while holding a knife. The suspect appeared to be having a mental episode, according to CWB Chicago.

The man had already called the police, so he left the premises. But the suspect “continued to approach” the man, so the concealed carry holder drew his handgun and shot the suspect in the leg.

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When officers arrived on the scene, they found the suspect walking down the street, still with a knife in his hand. Officers use a Taser to subdue the suspect and place him under arrest.

They took him to a hospital, where doctors first thought his wound was self-inflicted. Later, they determined it was a gunshot wound. The suspect is in stable condition, and the suspect’s mother was treated for a minor injury to her hand.

No word yet on whether police will bring charges against the concealed carry holder. They have not released his name, but the official police bulletin confirms he held a license.

To obtain a concealed carry license in Illinois, applicants must have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card, complete 16 hours of concealed carry training, submit a photograph and fingerprints, and pay $150 fee.

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Illinois is a shall-issue state, meaning residents don’t have to submit a “good cause” for carrying a handgun. However, law enforcement in Illinois can object to specific applicants if they believe they’ll be a danger to public safety.

Like many major U.S. cities, Chicago has experienced an increase in violent crime over the last two years. The city has seen a 40% increase in murder, a 12% increase in theft, and a 61% increase in motor vehicle theft. In Area Three, where the above incident took place, residents have seen a 200% increase in murder, a 31% increase in theft, and a 139% increase in motor vehicle theft.

The particular section of Area Three where the incident took place, however, is usually free of crime, according to Chicago’s Crime Map.

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Kane February 18, 2022, 10:28 pm

    So, the perp gets shot and the CPD still has to zap him but filing charges are NOT out of the question?

  • LInk Lackluster February 18, 2022, 1:56 pm

    Usually in Chicago a “mental episode” is known as voting for a Republican. They don’t have much mental activity in Chicago as that place has been wrecked, er, I mean run, by Democrats for the last century. Look how well it works for them, and Baltimore, and New York, and Los(t) Angeles, and….you get the point. At least this person was able to teach the knife guy the truth of the old adage “never bring a knife to a gun fight”. It’s just common sense, people.

    • Kane February 18, 2022, 10:29 pm

      “Aint no pity in donkey city”

  • Tom Hart February 18, 2022, 8:11 am

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight😊

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