A 60-year-old man in Florida defended himself and his family by shooting a would-be robber who “pointed his AK-47” at his face.
Donovan Stewart told CBS Miami that he didn’t want to “go out like a punk” and was forced to shoot the gunman who was declared dead a short time later after the Monday morning incident in Miami.
(Video: WBFS/CBS Miami)
Stewart, a member of the National Rifle Association who has permits to carry concealed weapons, explained to the news outlet that he did what he felt he needed to in order to protect his girlfriend and 11-year-old son who were in the vehicle with him when the suspect attempted to rob him.
“The guy I killed last night, he put an AK-47 to my damn face,” Stewart said.
“I am from Kingston Town in Jamaica,” he said, “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”
Stewart, who is reportedly homeless and was living in the van, recounted the unfolding scene to CBS Miami’s Peter D’Oench.
“Well, he opened the door like this and pointed his AK-47 and I reached around like this and got my gun. That is how I did this to him,” he said, demonstrating.
“So I thought you are you going to kill me so now I have to act quickly because I am trained,” he continued. “You know I have a security license, I have a G license and I have a state firearms license and a concealed weapons permit and I have a gun and I am a member of the NRA.”
Stewart asserted that he was not going to allow anyone to hurt his family and vowed he was “going to defend my life and those I love.”
“My family is innocent and just don’t put an AK-47 in my face. I will not allow that to happen. This guy also hijacked a woman in a van and was found with her car key. He robbed another woman at gunpoint,” he claimed.
The reporter was apparently approached by someone at the scene who alleged that the dead gunman was the same man who robbed her at gunpoint last weekend of her car, her iPhone and $600 in cash.
“He had a gun and forced me to open my door,” Delilah Gaitor told D’Oench.
“He told me to open, so I gave him my cash right away. I feel very relieved now. This was a terrible thing to do to me. I was devastated and I was emotional,” she said. “This is crazy to rob this man. He has a family and to do something like that while he was living in a van is not right.”
“Karma is something else. I mean this woman works hard for her money,” her boyfriend, Evans Chery, added.
Miami Police were investigating if the unidentified gunman killed by Stewart had robbed others, according to Miami Police Officer Mike Vega who said that the shooting appeared to be in self-defense.
“Everyone is cooperating,” he said, “but we still need to receive more information. We need to put this all together and determine what happened.”
Miami police confiscated Stewart’s guns and van as part of the investigation but have reportedly offered to help him since he is homeless.
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