An armed driver saved many lives after he shot dead an armed criminal who was pursuing his victims in Brownsburg, Indiana. Joshua Christopher Hayes, 22, attacked two men who were working in a cemetery at 56th and Grant streets, killing one. Seth Robertson, 36, escaped the shooter, who unfortunately caught up with him at the intersection and shot him dead.
However, Hayes's murderous escapade came to an end after he injured a motorist when a bullet he fired while chasing the second victim went through his car. Hayes caught up with the second victim and put a pistol to his head, while he pleaded for his life, "no no no, please don't shoot me!"
The armed driver shot Hayes three times, killing him on the spot. The Brownsburg Police Department determined that the anonymous armed citizen acted justifiably to save a life.
"This tragic event could have been much more disastrous," Jennifer Barrett, Brownsburg Police Captain told reporters. "Victim three not only saved victim two's life, but he saved potentially the lives of many others. Victim three did exactly what anybody would have wanted him to do at that scene that day."
Police said Hayes was likely suffering from mental problems, and the incident has been referred to the prosecutor.
Indiana law allows legally-armed citizens to use deadly force to protect their lives or those of others. The state also passed another law that protects citizens who use deadly force in justifiable cases from unnecessary litigation. Such victims will also be reimbursed for their costs if the cases are found to be baseless.
House Bill 1284, sponsored by Republican representatives Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz, was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb in April and came into effect on July 1, 2020.
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