It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: Homeless Teen Kills 2 Men During Botched Florida Burglary

Photo courtesy of Bay County Sheriff Facebook.

Violent criminals, sometimes desperate and sometimes just heartless, do not plan their criminal attacks. Therefore, it is advisable for good people to regularly take the tools necessary for self-protection with them every day. A case in Panama City Beach, Florida perfectly illustrates this point.

Police there believe a 19-year-old transient killed and robbed two Georgia men who were renovating a house in a botched burglary. Law enforcement investigations led to the arrest of 19-year-old Ruez Hicks.

Investigators had him on tape with one of the dead people’s credit cards. And when they located Mr. Hicks, they reportedly found the remainder of the contents of one of the victims’ wallets.

Apparently the Georgia men didn’t have Florida carrying licenses in these wallets (although Florida recognizes Georgia carrying licenses). Or have a gun on hand when working on the house. Honestly it’s a shame. After all, the story would likely have had a much happier ending if the robber had met his creator instead of two productive humans.

From the Panama City News-Herald …

During a Bay County Sheriff’s Office press conference on Monday, officials said suspect Ruez Hicks, 19, was planning to raid the house on Delmar Drive when he met Robert Keith Gilmore, 51, and Robert Shawn Fowler, 48, before he shot and killed her. Investigators revealed new details about the case and the victims on Monday, just days after they arrested Hicks, a transient, and charged him with murder.

Meanwhile, a second teenager, Quantavious Dion Burns, 18, from Panama City Beach, was arrested Monday and charged with willful murder. A press release said Burns was a close friend of Hicks, held onto the weapon used in the Hicks murders, and lied to investigators during the interviews.

During the press conference, Sheriff Tommy Ford said the victims were related and were visiting Panama City Beach, Georgia. The two were believed to be in town renovating the house on Delmar Drive that belonged to Fowler.

Make carrying your self-defense tool a part of your daily carrying routine. Your family and friends love and depend on you and you are an important part of their life. Honor them by protecting yourself – and them, if you are in their company – from violent criminal predators like Hicks.

Even better, teach these friends and family members how to carry a firearm so they can protect their own lives too.

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