Retired 77-year-old Chicago firefighter fatally shoots brazen daytime robber

Robber gets unexpected fatal surprise when armed retired 77-year-old firefighter shoots him in Chicago

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An unidentified 77-year-old retired Chicago firefighter with a concealed-carry license fought back when an armed robber demanded that he give him his possessions, shooting the suspect in the head and chest killing him.

The retired firefighter was reportedly standing in his open garage on East 89th near MLK in the West Chesterfield neighborhood of Chicago at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Saturday when he was accosted in broad daylight by the robber, WGN reported.

The assailant allegedly drove up and got out of his vehicle demanding that the man fork over his belongings. The retiree pulled his gun at that point and shot and killed the armed robber who died at the scene. He was later identified as Bernard Peterson. The firefighter was reportedly uninjured in the incident, according to WGN.

The assailant had allegedly hijacked a vehicle the day before the attempted robbery according to police.

The man who killed the robber had a valid Illinois Firearms Owner Identification Card and a concealed carry license according to police. Although, it should be noted that a concealed carry license was not necessary since the man was ostensibly in his own garage.

(Video Credit: ABC 7 Eyewitness News)

The Chicago Fire Department also confirmed that the retired firefighter was one of their own, a CFD captain.

Area Two detectives are now investigating the matter but it appears the shooting was justified. Two weapons were recovered at the scene

The crime rate in Chicago has reportedly been on the upswing in recent months and attacks such as the one with the firefighter are getting ever more brazen.

The Windy City has seen more shootings and murders in 2021 than in the last three years. More than 678 people have been killed and in excess of 3,766 have been shot as of the beginning of November. In 2020, which was a rough crime year for the city, between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 there were 661 murders and 3,443 people were shot. In 2019 during the same time period, there were 432 murders and 2,221 people who were shot, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

Over the weekend, Chicago saw 9 murders and 42 others wounded. Four of the victims were under 18-years-old. One was a 4-year-old who was shot in a South Chicago neighborhood on Friday evening, according to CBS Chicago.

Other crimes such as shoplifting have also reportedly increased significantly. There have been numerous videos showing thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of purses and makeup from stores in and around Chicago.

Incidents of carjackings are also skyrocketing. There have been more than 1,400 carjackings in Cook County this year.

Chicago police are investigating a number of carjacking crews.

One of them is comprised of two female carjackers who walk up to the intended victims and then steal their cars at gunpoint.

A number of the crews are made up of two individuals who take drivers by surprise while getting in or out of their vehicles. One assailant will approach a victim and then pull a gun on them while taking control of the car. An accomplice waits nearby in a separate car during the carjacking.

Another lone carjacker appears to be targeting people during their morning commute. Four carjackings were reported last Tuesday between 7 and 8 a.m. with victims all describing the same suspect.

The crime rate in Chicago on all fronts seems to be escalating and progressive politicians seem unable or unwilling to curb it.

The retired firefighter was praised on social media for his actions:


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