A Pennsylvania cabbie driver used his pistol to defend himself Wednesday afternoon.
73-year-old Crosby Marshall, who drives a cab in Duquesne, Pa., told police he picked up a 33-year-old man and a female companion during his shift.
After a few minutes, Marshall began to suspect something was amiss when the man began to give him directions that led the cab down a deserted alley.
Then the man suddenly ordered Marshall to stop the car, then pulled a gun and hit Marshall in the head with it.
” I turned around when he said he was going to rob me. All I saw was the barrel of the gun. Then he hit me,” said Marshall.
Bleeding from the strike by the would-be robber, Marshall quickly exited the vehicle and drew his own pistol.
While the attacker’s female companion bolted from the area, the man got out of the car in pursuit of Marshall, still pointing his gun at him.
Marshall felt he had no other choice but to defend his life.
“I was backed in a corner,” he said.
Marshall fired 3 times, striking the assailant in the chest multiple times killing him.
The elderly Marshall, who has a CCW license, said that he’s thankful to be alive after his ordeal,
“I just had to do what I had to do,” said Marshall. “I’m just happy to be here.
Most often, law enforcement officials recommend complying with an attacker’s demands for the best success for survival, and only fighting back if you feel you will be killed if you do not.
Likewise, and tactically speaking, drawing your weapon on someone who has the drop on you is extremely risky and not recommended unless you think you will die anyway if you don’t.
If someone already has a gun trained on you, the best course of action may be to bide your time and “wait your turn” to fight. Once you find an opportunity, such as the attacker’s attention is pulled elsewhere for a moment, then you draw your weapon and make the engagement.
Pre-planning by drawing mental lines in the sand can help to drastically improve decision making and reaction times in a self-defense situation.
You can do this by thinking to yourself of an advancing threat, “If he comes past the car, I will shoot him.”
The car is your mental line in the sand. That is the point you have determined the risk to your life is too great if you allow the threat to advance past that point.
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