Headline: 75-year-old Meals-On-Wheels driver shoots teen in self-defense in Northeast Columbus
WSYX (ABC Columbus) reported recently that a 75-year-old Meals-On-Wheels driver was forced to shoot a teen in self-defense during an attempted robbery in broad daylight.
From the article:
According to Columbus Police, A LifeCare Alliance Meals-On-Wheels driver was approached by two teens in an attempted robbery while he was delivering food.
Columbus Police said one of the teens, a 14-year-old, pulled out a gun while the other, believed to be 15-years-old, entered his car and stole the driver's cell phone and wallet.
The driver pulled out his legally-owned gun and shot the 14-year-old.
Medics arrived and transported the teen to Nationwide Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The 14-year-old has a criminal record for similar crimes. Police said the boy was arrested in August of 2020 for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a felony, and in July of 2020 for two counts of Robbery and Kidnapping, both felonies.
According to police, the shooting occurred around 11:10 a.m. WSYX reports that officers are still searching for the other suspect who fled the scene.
The article also quotes a letter from the Meals-On-Wheels driver's employer, LifeCare Alliance President and CEO Charles Gehring, sent to LifeCare Alliance stakeholders after the attack:
According to what we know," Gehring said, "he is legally allowed to carry the weapon and, again, the young person pulled a gun on our driver. Our driver was not hurt and is home and resting. Like all of our drivers, he passed our extensive background checks.
The driver will not be charged.
A complete list of known incidents involving Ohio CHL-holders defending themselves is available here.
Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.