Inkster, MI – A tax preparation center in the Detroit area turned into the O.K. Corral a few days ago when two armed robbers were successfully fended off by a security guard carrying an AR-15 rifle. Miraculously, no one was killed or seriously injured.
WJBK reports that a manhunt for a “Bonnie and Clyde” couple is underway after security footage caught them attempting to hold up a home that had been converted into a tax preparation business this week. The couple were both armed with pistols, and stormed into the Inkster business with the secretary and business owner quickly taking cover.
In the back office, a security guard lunged for an AR-15 rifle, and managed to squeeze off two shots, scaring the bandits away. He chased them to the door, and they both fled in separate directions.
Police say that they don’t believe the armed couple were injured, and they remain at large. The security guard sustained an injury to his leg, but has since been released from the hospital with a clean bill of health, reports The Blaze.
“The security guard that was inside returned fire, two shots at the suspect. Did not hit him. The suspects then fled the location,” said Inkster Police Detective Lieutenant Jeffrey Smith, who noted, “There was quite a few people inside the location. Very lucky that nobody was seriously injured. The security guard did suffer a wound to the upper leg area, but he’s going to be okay.”
“I am grateful that everybody was able to walk away and wiggle their toes and their fingers and still breathe. I’m happy to be here,” said the security guard involved in the shootout, who asked to remain nameless. “I’m not happy we’re still looking for the individuals.”
He’s putting up $1,000 of his own money as a reward to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the capture of the two criminals.
“We have to make a stand against violence and these types of activities, so I’m very adamant about bring these people to justice,” he said.
Readers will no doubt politicize the footage of the robbery, with gun rights advocates seeing it as proof that AR-15s can be used to successfully prevent gun violence, injury, and gun-related death. However, gun control activists might point out that the AR-15 was brandished by a trained security guard and maintain that citizens shouldn’t have access to such weaponry.
Whatever side you fall on, hopefully we can all agree that at the very least, anyone who has an AR-15 should be trained to use it properly.
Check out the footage below, and let us know what you think: