A legally armed man shot and killed a gunman who had already killed one cemetery worker and was about to kill a second one execution style in Brownsburg, Indiana. The shooter, Joshua Christopher Hayes, stopped his car and got out, pulling a gun and he opened fire on two cemetery workers.
He chased the first victim down into an intersection and pumped several bullets into him, killing him. He then chased the second worker and he fired his gun once and hit the car being driven by the unnamed legal gun owner, who hopped out and saw Hayes standing over his second intended victim and he fired, killing Hayes. The Good Samaritan may have saved an untold number of lives.
Brownsburg Police Capt. Jennifer Barrett said:
“This tragic event could have been much more disastrous. 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 said:
“My client looked at that and realized there was one thing he could do and that was take action to save an innocent life. 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.’”
“They very quickly, the BPD did, determined my client acted completely lawfully and he was justified under Indiana law.”
A shooting is considered to be justified if you shoot someone to save your own life or the life of another. This shooting easily falls into the second category.