It was 2011, when [Detroit resident Darrell] Standberry stopped at a gas station on Six Mile Road after attending his son’s football practice. After filling up the tank of his SUV, he left the car running and went inside to pay, only to spot a man jumping in behind the wheel.
“I went back over and told him to get out of my car,” said Standberry, 46, a former bar owner who is now a college student. “He told me to get the hell out of there and drove off.”
Standberry stood frozen as the bandit peeled away, but then felt his heart pound when the thief doubled back. His hand moved down to his hip and gripped a holstered, .45-caliber SIG Sauer as the man who had stolen his car bore down on him.
“I saw him pulling out his gun to shoot me,” Standberry recalled. “So I pulled my gun out and shot him.”
The shot went through the windshield and hit its target, a criminal with a long record who made a short-lived getaway before crashing into a tree and dying. Standberry’s claim of self-defense was never questioned by local cops.