February 08, 2017

70-year-old Vietnam vet shoots violent criminals who tried to rob him at gunpoint

StaffRebel Columnist

A couple of thugs tried robbing a 70-year-old Vietnam vet in Venice, Illinois on Thursday, but were in for a rude awakening.

According to The Blaze, the veteran was dropping off a friend when two men pulled up next him in a vehicle and asked for directions. However, they really intended to rob the man and pulled out a firearm.

The veteran, however, was carrying a concealed firearm authorized by the state of Missouri. He fatally shot 19-year-old Billy Dickerson in the head and wounded 23-year-old Perry Richardson with bullets to the arm and chest.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said the veteran “feared for his own life.” He added, “He feared for the life of his friend and just took decisive action in that moment.”

Both suspects were wanted for violent crimes across Illinois and Missouri.

Richardson has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Dickerson’s death. Once he's out of the hospital, he'll be taken to jail without bond.

“If you’re engaged in a forceable felony and someone — no matter who — dies during the course of your crime, you are accountable for murder,” Gibbons said.

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commented 2017-02-10 03:28:04 -0500
The vet should be rewarded by being paid the cost he has saved the state from wasting by prosecuting the thug he killed.
commented 2017-02-09 19:24:23 -0500
…but but he didn’t have to kill him. He was just a kid and maybe there were ‘root’ causes which need to be analysed. Mean bad man with a gun shot someone who was threatening his life and trying to rob him. More gun control! Then the mean bad man who was defending his own life and that of his friend, would be dead and the kid would be alive and have a chance to turn his life around. These feral street thugs shouldn’t be expected to be responsible for their own actions. Clearly the man who killed in self defense was in the wrong and the young robbers were not responsible.
As Peter says , justice would have been served if it had happened in Canada.
commented 2017-02-09 11:48:01 -0500
Made my day—too bad both crooks weren’t killed.
commented 2017-02-09 01:39:40 -0500
Dan Mancuso why feel bad? I found it quite funny and satisfying.
commented 2017-02-09 01:39:08 -0500
WOW , actual justice from a justice system. Imagine that.
commented 2017-02-08 22:46:47 -0500
I suppose I should feel bad for feeling good about these criminals and savages getting a beatdown from their prey…
I suppose I shouldn’t watch YouTube ‘Bully Fails’, either…
Well, we’re all a work in progress.
commented 2017-02-08 16:02:45 -0500
In Canada the veteran would have been charged with murder and the remain thug world have been released with a kiss on the cheek, pat on the head and a smile.
commented 2017-02-08 14:53:41 -0500
That’s how you get criminals off the street.
commented 2017-02-08 14:45:38 -0500
Good news story
commented 2017-02-08 14:37:20 -0500
Gun owning law abiding citizens present absolutely no threat to other law abiding citizens… gun free zones are targets for criminals and other sub humans who wish to do harm on innocent people Because they know there is nobody there to stop them and the authorities usually only arrive after the fact to take bodies away and to take statements from survivors.
I don’t think there was ever a time in history where murderers and thieves bothered to take the time to obtain a gun permit before going on their murderous rampages.. unarmed citizens are targets and resources for the criminal element who would do them wrong. The statistics are out there for every country who practices gun control… Either the crime rate goes straight up and through the roof because only the criminals have guns or the country evolves into a armed dictatorship who through violence and aggression subvert the people… the lessons of gun control should be represented by cold hard facts that speak for themselves in a positive light and not based on knee-jerk reactions or crying emotions that have no place in objective and critical thinking.
If gun control worked then police would not ever need to be armed.. Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens does not take guns away from criminals or do anything to help us it only leaves us defenseless to protect ourselves from a threatening element.
Switzerland has an automatic military style tactical rifle Tucked away with ammunition in almost each and every household… Nobody bothers to mention that it has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the world.. And they as law abiding gun owners don’t run around shooting each other up.
commented 2017-02-08 14:36:18 -0500
If it’s not legal to defend yourself then the government needs to be held criminally responsible if you get hurt or killed.
If the police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our social development, and if they are not legally liable to do so –  Then It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family and his fellow citizens from criminal attack in the immediate absence of police intervention, this is not only constitutionally acceptable, but morally mandatory. 
When seconds count the police are only minutes away. If we can save just ONE life in our effort it has been worthwhile as self defense is not a crime.
Please support castle law and open carry  for responsible citizenship and a safer community. 
commented 2017-02-08 14:30:52 -0500
Sensible legal system. If that happened in Canada, the Vietnam vet would be the one charged with first-degree murder.