Providence, Rhode Island – A man was shot after trying to rob his victim outside the victim’s home on Monday night.
Providence Police Department Major David Lapatin said officers responded to a report of a shooting on Simmons St. just before 11 p.m.
The victim told police he had been standing outside his home smoking a cigarette when 26-year-old Tyrelle Palmer walked up to him and put a gun to his head.
“Run your pockets,” the victim reported Palmer said to him. But when the resident failed to turn over enough valuables, Palmer pushed him inside his apartment to continue the robbery.
After entering the apartment, the unidentified victim decided to fight and was finally able to get to his safe where he got a gun and shot the would-be robber.
After being shot, the victim said Palmer ran from the scene, then the homeowner returned his home defense weapon to the safe to await the arrival of police.
Maj. Lapatin said police were able to locate Palmer after he turned up at Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of his “non-life-threatening” gunshot wound(s).
The Major went on to say Palmer faces charges of robbery with the use of a firearm, though no charges are being filed against the homeowner for shooting his attacker, but the investigation into the events that night is still ongoing.
Storing your home defense weapon in a safe is important to keep unauthorized individuals from accessing your guns. But, like in the situation above, it’s important to still have quick access to your firearms when you need them.
While there are many quick access safes on the market, it is usually a good idea to get one with features that allow you to turn off any keypad noise for unlocking your guns. This helps to ensure an element of counter surprise is maintained when ambushed inside your own home by intruders.