Firearms are one of the greatest equalizers known to man. Your ability to jump higher or run faster doesn’t really matter so much if a well-trained marksman has you down his sights. This is thankfully the case for an elderly Fresno man who was thrust into a struggle for his life when he was attacked last Thursday morning.
This incident occurred at around 7:45 AM in the 100 block of North Argyle Avenue as a 73-year-old man whose name is not yet being released to the public was walking along a canal he usually cleans up as well as walks his dogs around. Normally these walks go without incident, but this time the elderly man was met by a 22-year-old man and quickly talking turned to arguing and arguing turned into something much more dangerous.
According to police reports the 22-year-old picked up a large wooden object and began to assault the elderly man, possibly breaking his leg or ankle according to preliminary reports.
It was at this point that the 73-year-old knew that he was in major trouble, but luckily for him, he had both a concealed carry permit as well as the handgun connected with said permit on him at the time. So when the young man wouldn’t stop his assault, the 73-year-old stopped it by force.
The elderly man pulled out his handgun and fired several shots at the 22-year-old, striking him three times in the wrist and hip areas.
Paramedics and police were quickly called to the scene where both men involved in this fight were taken to the hospital to treat their injuries. Where they will be going afterward is a different story. Police are saying that the incident is a defensive gun use and that the elderly man was well within his rights to do what he did. The young man, however, will be facing charges for starting the assault that nearly turned deadly.