Without firearms, it would be much harder for women to defend themselves and those around them from predatory men, as the natural strength differential would be too much for nearly any amount of training to make up for. But, with a semi-automatic pistol or a revolver and training in how to safely and effectively use that firearm, many women can hold their own against even the biggest, most muscle-bound attackers.
Such a scenario could be seen again in the town of Shelby, North Carolina, where a woman who was armed with a firearm was able to use that firearm to defend herself and another individual, one whom she had just seen get shot two times, from an attacker.
According to Shelby Police Department Capt. Seth Treadway, a 33-year-old individual named Unterio M. Jolly, 33, got into a verbal altercation with another individual at around 6 p.m. on Monday, November 6th. That argument eventually died down, but then came back with a vengeance about an hour later.
That is when Mr. Jolly showed back up with a firearm and opened fire on the individual with whom he had been arguing, shooting him in the head and chest. That’s when the armed woman got involved and used a firearm of her own, which she was carrying legally thanks to her concealed carry permit, to defend the attacked individual from Mr. Jolly, opening fire and hitting Mr. Jolly five times. Both of the wounded men were hospitalized after the incident.
Commenting on the matter, Capt. Treadway said, “Then they kind of go their separate ways and about a half an hour after Unterio shows up with a gun and shoots (the man) in the face and the shoulder. Right after he does that… a concerned citizen shoots back trying to protect (the man) and hits Jolly about five times. She shoots him five times.”
Continuing, Capt. Treadway said that the individual who stepped in to stop Mr. Jolly will likely not face charges for her use of deadly force, saying, “We will consult with the District Attorney’s Office later in the day to see if those charges need to stay the same. I do not expect any charges on the person that returned fire.”
Mr. Jolly was, as could be expected given that he showed up and started firing, found to be the aggressor in the situation. He is now facing charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, and assault by pointing a gun.
Under North Carolina’s self-defense law, an individual can use deadly force in a self-defense situation when they reasonably believe that using such deadly force is necessary to prevent great bodily harm or imminent death to either themself or another person. Given that Mr. Jolly was using a firearm to shoot another individual in the head when the woman stepped in with her concealed carry pistol and stopped him, it would appear that her use of deadly force was, as Capt. Treadway noted, acceptable under the circumstances.
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