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It was Valentines Day, I was getting off work and going to meet my wife who was at the salon getting her nails done. I went and picked up some Valentines candy and cards and other item’s to greet my wife with and after meeting with her we decided to go get something to eat at a local burger restaurant.

Please keep in mind that this area is known for its high crime. I always go armed and had my Kel-Tec 9mm in a IWB holster. My wife and I ordered our food, sat down and started eating when two men who looked really shady walked in and were taking with some other people that had been hanging out in the restaurant. One of those men went to the restroom and we lost track of the other one.

The one that went to the restroom came out and as he was walking past us he dug his hand into my wife’s plate and started eating. I asked him what the hell was he doing several times and he turned around and proceeded to walk back to our table. I stood up because I did not want him standing over me or attacking me while I was sitting down.

So we were chest-to-chest and got into a shoving match and then I realized that he was with the other man, not to mention that he knew other’s in the restaurant. Fearing for my wife and my safety I drew my 9mm and told him to go on and just leave.

He made a sudden movement toward me like he was going to take my gun and I shot him once in the chest. He ran out of the restaurant and collapsed by near by shop. I called the police on my cell phone, told them what happened and the police took my wife and me downtown.

We were questioned and after a brief investigation we learned that the incident had been caught on camera and that the other man he was with could have come out of the restroom behind me as we were having a shoving match and it was ruled a justifiable shooting. My wife and I were released and the individual that I shot survived.


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