An Amarillo man found that out the hard way recently.
When a man with a handgun walked into a church service at the Faith City Mission in Amarillo, Texas, most of the crowd of about 100 started to run.
But Tony Garces, an ex-con, took his shirt off and confronted the gunman, according to a news release from Amarillo police.
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“I said: ‘Hey, hey, I got the gun. I took the gun away from him,’” Garces told KVII. “[The police] said throw it down. I wasn’t going to throw it down because it could have fired. It had bullets in it, you know. I didn’t want anyone else getting hurt. ... Then pop, pop, they shot me. ... I went down, then a puddle of blood. ... I thought I was a goner.”
There's more at the link; also in this report.
One can't blame the police, of course. Put yourself in their shoes. They've just been sent to the scene of a reported "gunman in church". They're racing to prevent a tragedy. They charge in, see a man with a gun, and demand that he drop it. He's trying to tell them that he's disarmed the "real" gunman, but they dare not wait - they want instant obedience, to remove the perceived threat. Any delay may mean the "gunman" might fire . . . so they fire first, to be on the safe side. In their shoes, most of us would probably have done likewise.
I'm very glad that the student who was shot is apparently going to make it, with no permanent consequences to his injuries. He's extremely lucky - and a brave man, to intervene like that. I hope he's rewarded for his courage.
However, his experience should also be a lesson to the rest of us, particularly those of us who choose to carry a gun. If we have to use it to defend ourselves or others, we'd better have it either out of sight in its holster, or safely set down in plain view - i.e. not in our hands - when responding officers arrive. They won't know we're the "good guy(s)" until they've taken control of the scene and everyone involved. Until that's done, they're going to be hyper-vigilant, and prepared to defend themselves and others. Let's not give them a reason to suspect us of being the bad guys!