Violent Shoplifter Stopped by Man with Concealed Carry Permit

Alex Allen | Digital Journal

shoplifter who stabbed a guard several times with a contaminated needle was stopped by a man with a legal concealed weapon Monday.

A Michigan man with a concealed carry permit was prompted to take action when he saw a violent man trying to attack people with a needle. According to ABC 7 in Detroit, 26-year-old Joshua Joseph Silva was shoplifting at a Home Depot in Roseville, Michigan. When two guards tried to stop him, Silva pulled out a dirty syringe needle and began to attack them. Image credit: gfairchild

Silva was apparently able to stab one of the guards several times with the needle, which had been hidden in his jacket. Before he could do any more damage, however, a legally armed customer pulled out his concealed weapon and drew down on him.

According to police, Silva immediately dropped the needle and stopped fighting after seeing the firearm, making for an easier arrest.

Silva is apparently a recovering drug addict and the needle is being tested for any diseases.

This is not the only story out of Michigan this year that has shown crime being stopped or averted by lawful gun owners. Digital Journal reported on the developing trend of self defense in Detroit earlier this month and a woman in Ionia County, Michigan was able to use her firearm to stop an armed intruder last month.