Police say it's not safe to retaliate against robbers

POSTED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 4:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- It seems the victims of robberies are taking things into their own hands.

On Saturday, after a man discovered he had been robbed, he grabbed his gun and went out looking for the vehicle he had spotted outside of his house during what he later found out was a robbery.

When the man caught up to the suspects it was reported that there were shots fired from both sides.

However police say it's not safe to retaliate, even when you think it could help.

"Fortunately the weekends events turned out ok, nobody was injured," said Sgt. Swanton, "but very easily that could have gone the other way, where somebody walking down the street or somebody in the house ends up being shot because of the gunfire that was involved."

Swanton said people absolutely have the right to protect themselves and their property and though it's tempting to react it's better to call on the police to ensure the safety of everyone.



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