CHL-holder forced to defend own life in central-Ohio Walgreens

WSYX (ABC Columbus) reported recently that a man with a concealed handgun license was forced to defend his own life with a firearm recently after a violent encounter in a Grove City Walgreens.

From the article:

A man who shot and killed a customer inside a Walgreens drug store told police he did it in self-defense. Grove City Police said the surveillance video appears to support the shooter's story and shows that he was being beaten by a customer during an argument last Friday at the store on Stringtown Rd. The shooter is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

According to WSYX, a criminal background check shows the person who was shot - 46 year-old David Wells - faced charges of menacing in 2011 and violation of a protection order in 2009. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.

Police told WSYX they will turn their evidence over to the Franklin County Grand Jury to determine whether charges will be filed.

The article also notes that Walgreens is a store that bans customers from carrying concealed weapons. The victim may face misdemeanor charges for violating that policy.

A complete list of known incidents involving Ohio CHL-holders defending themselves is available here.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.


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