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.