Legally armed driver shoots, kills gunman, stopping shooting spree in Indiana

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 18th, 2020 12:27 pm
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Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 1:11 pm

A legally armed driver in Brownsburg, Indiana shot and killed a gunman this week after an unprovoked fatal shooting, saving at least one more victim's life and preventing a potential further shooting spree.

Two men were working at the Brownsburg Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, when Joshua Christopher Hayes, 22, allegedly attacked them without provocation.

Hayes chased a 36-year-old worker, Seth Robertson, out into an intersection where he shot and killed him, according to a local news station.

As Hayes chased and shot at a second cemetery worker, one of his stray bullets struck the vehicle of an unidentified man who was stopped at a red light.

The driver, who was legally armed, stepped out of his vehicle and returned fire, fatally striking Hayes.

Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett told local news that the "tragic event could have been much more disastrous" had it not been for the legally armed Good Samaritan.

"Victim three not only saved victim two's life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others. Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day."

Second Amendment attorney Guy Relford, who is representing the driver, praised his client's quick thinking:

"My client looked at that and realized there was one thing he could do and that was take action to save an innocent life," he told the station. "The scenario was fairly clear to him in that one person was chasing another and the other was saying, ‘no, no, no, no, please don't shoot me,'" Relford said. "They very quickly, the BPD did, determined my client acted completely lawfully and he was justified under Indiana law."


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