By Roxroy Ballers
One of two would-be armed robbers is dead after a run-in with a concealed carry permit holder this past Sunday. The duo was pretending to be police officers at the time of the encounter, which occurred in the Mayfair neighborhood in Northeast Philly.
As reported by ABC 6 News, the two suspects approached the 25-year-old victim as he entered his home after parking his car. The armed men claimed to be police officers and even had a fake badge on a chain.
After entering the man’s home and cuffing him with zip ties, the impersonators threatened the man and woman inside, demanding money.
“They tied his hands with zip ties around his back and threatened to kill him if he made any sudden moves,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “That’s when our victim realized these individuals were not police officers.”
With his carry gun in his pocket, the man was able to free himself from the zip ties and shoot one of the perps three times, fatally wounding him. The other perp fled the scene.
Police are still investigating and searching for the escaped impersonator, but no charges are expected for the resident who successfully defended his home.
“We did find some cameras in the neighborhood and hopefully we can find some video that could help us with this investigation,” added Chief Inspector Small.
Police confiscated both the gun used by the impersonator and the gun used by the permit holder to defend the residence.
We can only hope that the police find a way to return the gun to the resident in a timely manner so that he can continue to legally use it to defend his family.