A little faith in the Lord goes a long way when faced with a potentially deadly situation, and that faith came in handy for one man of God.
According to WFIE-TV in Evansville, Ind., the Rev. Carl Sanders thwarted a robbery attempt at a local Dollar General by drawing his own weapon and ordering the man to the ground.
Check out the video from WFIE-TV.
Evansville Police say 25-year-old Jermaine Dewayne Marshall walked into an Evansville Dollar General on Friday night with a bandana over his face and and unknown object wrapped in plastic in his hand, and demanded the clerk empty the register.
“Marshall tells the individual again to open the register and points this object he’s trying to pass off as a firearm at the employee,” Evansville Police Department Capt. Andy Chandler told NBC News, adding Marshall struck the employee several times after a second refusal.
Marshall then approached Sanders—who has a permit to carry and had just walked in to get a soft drink—and ordered him to the ground.
“He was telling me to get on the ground,” Sanders said.
At that point, Sanders decided it was time for a little divine intervention.
“That’s when I pulled my weapon and say, ‘No, you get on the ground,'” Sanders said.
Sanders told Marshall not to move, to put his face on the ground and not even look up, then called police while keeping Marshall covered. Police responded and arrested Marshall without incident. Oh, and the “weapon” Marshall assaulted the clerk with? A spoon wrapped in a plastic bag. Very threatening, if your victims are ice cream.
While some may have pulled the trigger on Marshall, Sanders told reporters he didn’t want to injure or kill the would-be robber.
“He didn’t deserve to be hurt,” said Sanders. “I wanted him to know you can’t do this.”
At any rate, Sanders is being hailed as a hero by many, and for good reason; he kept his cool in what appeared to be a very threatening situation, and was able to gain control calmly and without incident until police arrived to haul the suspect away. For that, we—and no doubt the clerk—say, “Hallelujah!”
What do you think? Would you have been able to keep your cool in this situation?
- On Feb. 1, a 70-year-old girls basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit was walking two of his students to their cars when they were approached by two males—one a student at the school, another recently expelled. When the pair tried to rob the coach and pulled a gun, the coach—a Michigan concealed pistol license holder and reserve police officer—pulled his concealed handgun and opened fire on the would-be robbers, killing one and wounding the other.
That same day, an elderly gentleman on Grand River Avenue in Detroit was held up by another robber who had picked a bad target; the older gentleman, also a CPL holder, drew his pistol and shot the criminal. Both incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry.