Eaton County, MI — One Michigan man is alive and well today after using his handgun in self defense against a man who had pointed a gun at him and other motorists early Monday morning. The hero, yet unnamed, was only 22-years-old.
Police say that a 26-year-old Ronnie Holmes of Walker, MI was standing in the middle of Saginaw Highway, a busy commuter road in Delta Township around 8:25 a.m. on Monday.
One young man, who lived in nearby Delta township, was driving along the highway on his way to go golfing when Holmes stepped into the road and pointed his handgun at his car.
The 22-year-old stopped his Ford Escape in the middle of the road and got out. But Holmes didn’t drop his weapon — he continued to point it at people and at the stopped driver.
That’s when the driver pulled out his legally carried handgun and shot the man threatening him.
When police arrived, Holmes was already deceased. His handgun was lying on the road next to his body.
Detectives are still investigating but are not expecting any charges to be filed against the defensive shooter.
Meanwhile, listen to these 911 calls:
The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate yesterday’s fatal shooting that occurred on Saginaw Hwy near Brookside Dr in Delta Township. There were over 10 callers to Eaton County 911 who called almost simultaneously to report a subject firing a gun as he walked in the roadway. Eaton County 911 dispatched deputies from our Delta Patrol Division at 08:25:17 and deputies arrived at 08:27:50. Upon arrival they located a subject lying in the roadway with a handgun lying next to him. Delta EMS arrived and pronounced the subject deceased. Deputies then made contact with a subject who was in a Ford Escape and was parked in the eastbound travel lane directly next to where the deceased was located. This subject was cooperative with deputies and he stated he was a CPL holder and he shot the deceased after he approached his vehicle and pointed a gun at him. The CPL holder stated he was on his way to go golfing when he encountered the man with the gun. Eaton County detectives interviewed multiple parties involved (witnesses) as well as the CPL holder. There were other witnesses who stated the deceased had pointed a handgun at them as well.Detectives since yesterday morning have contacted and met with the family of the deceased. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd did come to the scene yesterday. The case, once complete, will be forwarded to his office for review of the fatal shooting. We feel for the many that were affected by this incident yesterday. We have attached two 911 calls from the incident yesterday to give the public we serve a glimpse into the quickly evolving and dangerous situation encountered by many yesterday morning.
Posted by Eaton County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Crazy Times Call For Concealed Carry
These citizens were facing a man who was acting like he had nothing to lose — and was willing to bet his life that they were unarmed.
The unnamed young man likely saved more than his own life. After all, Holmes could have decided that his next shot would be at a mom driving a minivan full of kids.
Either way, the world is getting crazier and carrying a gun is just plain common sense.