Cop’s Life Saved By Citizen

Cop’s Life Saved by Citizen

This happened about 10 miles away from where I work.

Estero, Fla. — A passerby shot and killed a person who was fighting with a Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Interstate 75 Monday morning.

Deputy First Class Dean Bardes, a 12-year-veteran, was working an accident at mile marker 126 when the suspect came upon him, causing Bardes to pursue him, according to multiple sources.

Bardes and the suspect exited their vehicles at the Corkscrew Road exit and a fight started, sources said.

The passerby, who had a Concealed Weapons License, exited his vehicle and instructed the suspect to stop beating the deputy, sources said.

After noncompliance from the suspect, the passerby shot the suspect three times, sources said. The suspect later died.

Although Bardes was crying for help, he was not shot, sources said. He was treated and released from Lee Memorial Hospital.

Good shooting, Mr. Concealed Carry Person. I hope you never have to pay for a beer again in your life.

Why I Am Not A "sheepdog"

Why I am not a "sheepdog"

I hate that term, if I’m honest, because it implies that I care about the flock.

I don’t.

I don’t give a… flock about protecting society. I’m armed because I want to protect myself and family from the crap of this world, and if that means a portion of society gets protected in the process, good. If not, well, that’s a question that God and I will have to settle out at a later date.

I can have this attitude because there are actual sheepdogs out there, people who are paid to protect society as a whole, and we lost a good one last week.

Flagstaff police said 24-year-old Tyler Jacob Stewart was following up on a domestic violence investigation from earlier in the day and went to a home on West Clay Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Police said a man came out of the house and began shooting, hitting the officer in the face. They said the suspect shot at the officer multiple times.

When additional officers arrived, they found the suspect dead of a gunshot wound and the officer wounded.

Stewart was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

Police said the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Robert W. Smith of Prescott, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A coward’s death for a cowardly man. RIP Officer Stewart.

Farewell, Goodbye And Amen.

Farewell, Goodbye and Amen.


This is my last post on Misfires And Light Strikes. 

No, really. 

Unlike the other Arizona gunblogger named Kevin, I’m not quitting gunblogging. Rather, I’m going to be working full-time in the firearms industry, and sonuvagun if my new employers want me to write for them, not myself. 

It’s almost as if they’re paying me to write for them. Oh wait, they are! 

Buy firearms onlineEffective two weeks from yesterday, I will be in charge of the website for Osage County Guns. Design, marketing, social, blogging, you name it, I’ll be doing it. If you’re on Gunbroker, you already know Osage County Guns: They’re one of the top five sellers on that site, and now they want to move out into online firearms sales. They run a tight ship and I’m very honoured to have this chance to work with them. 

It also means that over the course of the next month, I’ll need to move myself and my family out to (wait for it) Osage County, Missouri, so as a result there’ll be no blogging for the next two weeks as we go crazy and/or move. 

So that’s it. After almost four years, three SHOT shows, two co-bloggers and an Instalanche later, I’ve joined the ranks of the professional firearm industry and will do more that talk about the business of guns, I’ll be in the business of guns itself. 

Thank you, each and every one of you who took the time to read $#!% I post here. There are so many people I’d like to thank, but to name just a few…

Jon, for being the force that drove the original ExurbanLeague blog into the stratosphere, Steve for being the technical wiz that made it all happen, Jaci and Robert for being great cobloggers and shootin’ buddies, Allen for his industry savvy, Michael for putting my ugly mug on TV, Ron for moral support, Jay for inspiration, Larry for all the cool stuff, Anthony for putting up with my $#!%, Paul for letting me play with the big boys, Jon and Chris for 1st class training, Alf for being the perfect training partner, Danno and Bridget and Thomas and all the other cool Arizona bloggers for being so cool, Unc for the links, Bitter and Sebastian for the knowledge drops, Tam for the smart and the snark, Robb for inspiring me not to wear pants, Breda for just being herself, all of you readers for stopping by, and most of all, my wife, for her endless love and endless patience. 

And so, so many more.

Please stop by the Osage County Guns blog from time to time and see what I’m up to over there, and don’t be TOO surprised if when/if we begin doing things to help out gunblogging community. (Hint: FREE GUNS). 

And please keep doing what you’re already doing. Write. Vote. Take people to the range. If we start to believe that the war for freedom is over, it will be. 

See you at the range! 

P.S. I need someone to pick up the Dead Goblin Count after I picked up from Jay.
He started it, got hired in the industry, I picked it up from him, got hired in the industry. Now I’m not say that if you take it over, you’ll get a job in the gun biz, but the odds are in your favour… 😀 

If you want to pick it up, email me at kevin at and I’ll see that the word gets out. 

Man Tries To Rob Pharmacy With BB Gun. What's Expected To Happen Next, Happens.

Man Tries To Rob Pharmacy With BB Gun. What's Expected To Happen Next, Happens.

Dude, they call it “The Gunshine State” for a reason! (Thanks to regular contributor Ed for this one) 

DGCMan fatally shot in Hialeah pharmacy after brandishing BB gun

A man was shot to death in a Hialeah pharmacy Monday during an armed robbery attempt.

Investigators said Victor Navarro, 24, walked into 41 HealthMart, 820 E. 41st St., around 12:15 p.m. demanding Xanax. Navarro left and came back, lifting up his shirt to show a weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun.

A pharmacy employee fatally shot Navarro, who investigators said had a serious drug problem.


“A serious drug problem”. No kidding…

Dead Goblin Count: 482

"Assault Rifles" Save Lives.

"Assault Rifles" Save Lives.

Good thing this homeowner didn’t listen to noted firearms self-defense expert Joe Biden and instead used the right tool for the job instead. (Via Danno from SandCastleScrolls). 

DGCHomeowner shoots intruder in Vance County break-in

A Henderson homeowner defended himself against a home invasion Monday morning, shooting an intruder who kicked in his door.

Jonathan Haith said he was sleeping in his home on Thomas Lane at around 9:45 a.m. when he heard a light knock on his backdoor.

He ignored it at first. Then he heard a louder sound.

“I heard the loud bang in the laundry room area,” he said.

Someone kicked in the door. Haith grabbed the AR-15 rifle he keeps under his bed.

“I crouched down, grabbed the firearm and was walking up the hallway,” he said. “As soon as I poked my head around the corner I saw a tall male standing there with a gun.”

Haith said he surprised the intruder.

“He shot first, I shot second,” he said. “He missed and I reckon I connected.”

Yes. Yes he did. 

Dead Goblin Count: 481

Why Carry A Gun In The Mall?

Why Carry A Gun In The Mall?

For this kind of stuff, that’s why. This one comes from a friend of mine at Brownell’s.

DGCDeadly Shooting At Central Mall In Fort Smith

A man is killed after he confronts his estranged wife and two other men at Central Mall, according to Fort Smith Police.

Fadi “Frankie” Qandil, 34, died of injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso in a parking lot between the Malco Theaters and JCPenny Saturday night (May 10), according to Sgt. Daniel Grubbs.

Investigators said Qandil confronted his estranged wife, Tabitha Qandil, 31, Grayson Herrera, 23, and Dustin O’Conner, 27, as the three were headed to the movie theater.

“The victim raised his shirt and showed a weapon within his waistband, began to pull the weapon. The other two were concealed handgun weapon carriers and they pulled their weapons, and there was an exchange of gunfire,” said Grubbs.

So a guy who “couldn’t live without her” shows up, tries to threaten his soon-to-be-ex wife with a gun, and two armed companions help her rebuff his advances. It’s all good. 

Dead Goblin Count: 480 (Ruger)

A Week Full Of Goblins

A Week Full Of Goblins

I had a couple of additions to the Dead Goblin Count sent to me last week, but due to a busy work schedule, I wasn’t able to get to them until now. 

DGCFirst off is from my fellow AZ GunBlogger Danno

Family, Friends Of Dead Home Invaders Say “They Didn’t Deserve To Get Killed.”

Family and friends of two teenage boys shot and killed inside a home they had broken into are speaking out.
“They didn’t deserve to get killed,” said the sister of 14-year-old Michael Sambrano.
He and his 16-year-old best friend were shot and killed on Sunday morning by someone inside a home the teens were breaking into. Police won’t say whether it was the elderly homeowner or her brother who shot and killed the teens who had just broken into their home.

First off, I’m sorry for their loss. Every goblin is some mother’s son, and I can only imagine how bad they feel right now. 


If those two young men hadn’t been breaking into an elderly lady’s house (again) they’d still be alive today. They made some really stupid choices, and paid a high price for it. Simple as that.

The second is from long-time contributor Ed.

Police ID two men in Hilltop ATM shooting

“A man who told police that he shot a robber in the neck on the Hilltop on Friday evening claims he was abducted at gunpoint and was being driven to a cash machine to withdraw money, Columbus police said yesterday.
Police identified the dead man as Larry N. Mausali, 24, of Parkersburg, W.Va. The shooter was Kenneth Owens, 46, who told police that Mausali took his wallet, then tried to rob him of more by driving him to a bank machine at gunpoint about 7:25 p.m. In the car, Owens took out his own handgun and shot Mausali near the intersection of N. Hague and Sutton avenues, he told police. Owens described his version of events to police at the shooting scene. Mausali was taken to Mount Carmel West hospital, where he died minutes after the shooting.”

I’m not willing to die over my wallet, but the minute a goblin says “Get in the car, we’re going somewhere”, the rules change. Kudos to Mr. Owens for quick thinking and fast shooting. 

Dead Goblin Count: 479

Detroit Glock City

Detroit Glock City

Regular contributor Ed sends this one in.

DGCPolice: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home.

Sgt. Michael Woody says two people tried to break into the home on the 15000 block of Glastonbury early Thursday through a window and a third was sitting in the vehicle.

Woody says the homeowner shot at the suspects, who returned fire. He says the person in the vehicle was hit and the two other suspects fled on foot.

FOX 2’s Roop Raj reports a woman in the home that was crashed into was injured. Police didn’t immediately say whether the gunfire or crash killed the suspect.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that an overdose of injected lead didn’t exactly turn him into Parnelli Jones overnight.

Dead Goblin Count: 476 (Enfield)

BlingBling BangBang

BlingBling BangBang

 Robbing a small jewelry store has to be right up there with tugging on Superman’s cape and spitting into the wind. Some people, however, are destined to learn life’s lessons the hard way. 

And sometimes, you get expelled from the school of hard knocks. 

Elgin jewelry store owner shoots burglary suspects

DGCElgin police are investigating a deadly shooting in which a jewelry store owner opened fire on suspected burglars. 

Just before 1:00 a.m., they got a call about shots fired along Highway 290.  They discovered the owner of the Harper’s Jewelry Store, between Ochoa and Main Streets, shot and killed a burglary suspect.

Police say the owner was in a back room when 41-year-old Robert Trevino broke in and tried to break a jewelry case.  That’s when the owner shot him and opened fire on several other people in the parking lot.

Ok, not a big fan of the “opening fire on other people in the parking lot” bit (unless they were shooting as well), but who among us was surprised to learn this? 

Trevino had an extensive criminal record. Police say he was recently implicated in a burglary at the same jewelry store two weeks ago.

I, for one, am shocked, SHOCKED at that news. Thanks to John The Texaner for sending this one in.

Dead Goblin Count: 475 (Linebaugh)