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AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder

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Ammoland Inc. Posted on July 26, 2018 by Dean Weingarten

AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder

AR15-type Rifles Used to STOP Shooting Spree, Carjacking & Attempted Murder

Arizona -( - On 2 July, 2018, a little after noon, on Rampart Range Road in El Paso County, Colorado, a carjacking attempt was reported to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The event escalated into a crime spree with numerous gunshots fired at innocent people.

Twenty-nine year old Austin Nelson has been identified as the suspect doing the shooting, threatening, and driving. He was stopped by an armed citizen in the Devils Head campground. From

The armed citizen at the Devils Head Campground has been identified as 51-year-old Wesley Mattox, from Alabama. Mattox used Benson's gunpoint demand for water to arm his wife, get her under cover and access an AR15 type rifle. Mattox then demanded Benson disarm and give up. From

The Manitou Springs Police arrived in short order, and took a wounded Benson into custody. Benson had been hit several time in the face and arm.

Benson survived the ride to the hospital and is expected to recover. Police found a loaded handgun in Benson's vehicle. They found the rifle he had been firing.

Good guy with a gun Mattox did not approach the truck to investigate. He allowed responding officers to do that. There might have been grave consequences if he did so. Benson might not have been completely disabled. Given the conditions, the rifle likely fell from Benson's wounded arm/arms outside of the vehicle he was driving. He still had access to the loaded handgun inside the vehicle.

People, especially high on adrenalin (or other drugs such as meth or alcohol), can take enormous amounts of punishment and still function. Citations of actions that result in the awarding of the U.S. medal of honor are full of incidents were people were severely wounded, but continued to fight.

If you think a few wounds from a 5.56 x 45 are always disabling, people have been hit with numerous rounds of 7.62×39 and kept on fighting, killed enemy soldiers, and survived.

The AR15 style rifles were exactly the sort of right instruments to stop the shooting spree before it resulted in the wounding and death of innocent people. The rifles are light, handy, easy to use, and have sufficient magazine capacity for a gunfight such as Mattox and Benson were involved in. They are ideal militia weapons and self defense tools.

Wesley Mattox had retired as an Alabama police officer. At the time of the shootings, he was another armed citizen, defending himself, his wife, and other innocent bystanders.

Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.