Man attacks women with a hammer and is stopped by a pistol-packing woman.
A man in Jackson attacked two women with a hammer but left when one of the women who had a Concealed Pistol License pulled her gun.
Jonathan Mcpherson was tailgating the women before pulling up beside them and yelling for them to pull over. Mcpherson sped up and got in front of them and hit the brakes forcing the women to stop.
He exited his car armed with a claw hammer and yelled: “ You’re dead bitch, I’m going to kill you.”
The driver, who had a valid concealed pistol license, stepped out of the car with her gun and yelled at Mcpherson to “ Get Back,” Mcpherson got back into his car and drove away.
Before driving away, Mcpherson put his car in reverse and hit the women’s vehicle. Knocking the driver to the ground and causing severe injuries. Mcpherson was arrested and charged with two felony counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. He was convicted at the Jackson County Courthouse and is not eligible for parole until 2023.
Let’s look at 3 Threat Indicators:
An Interception is a reliable threat indicator: When Jonathan Mcpherson put his car directly in front of them and slammed on the brakes.
Claw Hammer in his hand: He was brandishing a weapon while approaching.
Verbal Threats: He yelled, “ You’re dead bitch, I’m going to kill you.”
The driver observed these threat indicators, and presented her pistol; she yelled, “ Get Back,”
The man fled like the coward he was. Predators want easy victims, not a fight.
When you take a Situational Awareness and Deterrence Class, everyone practices yelling “ Get Back ” while pointing a gun at the bad guy. Sometimes this is all it takes to stop a deadly threat.
Do you practice verbal deterrence?
Do you practice drawing your gun and not shooting?