There really are “good guys with a gun.” This story is proof. An Oswego, Illinois man armed with an AR-15 stopped a knife attack by one of his neighbors and controlled him until police arrived.
This went down Monday night at an apartment building in Oswego Township on Harbor Drive.
According to police it happened during an argument when someone attacked another person with a knife.
When the attack happened, Dave Thomas took action. He ran home and got his rifle, then commanded the suspect to stop.
“I poked my head out the door. There was a pool of blood, blood was everywhere in the hall. There was still a confrontation going on, there were about three or four people involved at this point,” Thomas said. “So I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”
The suspect was able to get away briefly, before he was captured by police.
The stabbing victim was taken to the hospital. No word yet on that person’s condition.
Police say Thomas has a valid firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry permit.
“The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection,” Thomas said. “It’s light, it’s maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it’s not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”
Dave Thomas Stopped a Knife Attack With An AR-15
Dave makes a good point. Isn’t it pretty obvious that him going and get his gun did a great job of diffusing the situation? He knows how to handle his weapon and was able to use it as a great tool to keep everyone safe.