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.
Police said that nearly a dozen calls came in simultaneously to report a man pointing a gun at passing cars and shooting his handgun into the air. Eyewitnesses described him as a black man wearing a black hoodie, walking down the side of the road and even jumping out in front of cars.
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:
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.