Two CHL-holders use guns to defend own lives in separate incidents

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the chaotic aftermath of the presidential election, two self-defense incidents involving concealed handgun license (CHL) -holders went almost unnoticed in Ohio.

First, from the Dayton area, on November 17, and as reported by WHIO (CBS Dayton):

A man is dead after a woman shot him before he crashed into an apartment in the 1900 block of Palisades Drive Friday.

Investigators say they arrived at the apartment and found a crowd of people and a blue SUV that had crashed into the apartment.

A female reportedly approached a deputy as he arrived and stated that she was a CCW permit holder and that she had shot the driver of the blue SUV after he had attempted to strike her with the vehicle, police said.

The female who shot the man was interviewed by police and later released after detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit reviewed video footage of the incident.

Several witnesses who had been present when the incident occurred were interviewed as well.

On January 12, according to WBNS (CBS Columbus), a 33 year-old CHL-holder was confronted by two attackers, one of them armed with a gun:

Officers were called to the E&E Food Market in the 700 block of East Hudson Street in the Linden area around 7:25 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found 18-year-old Kiran Hill shot. He was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Police said Hill and 17-year-old Josiah Cocroft tried to rob a 33-year-old man at the market.

Police said Hill pulled a gun on the man and then the man, who has a CCW permit, pulled out his own gun.

Hill was shot when he and the man exchanged gunfire, police said.

The man who shot Hill stayed at the scene.

Police arrested Cocroft, who detectives said was with Hill, and charged him with murder.

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, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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