No, this is not Ferguson, Missouri. It’s Independence, and it’s not a young black man, it’s a white husband and father.
Mike Becker, 31, saved his wife, his daughter at about 30 strangers at a Dollar General from an armed robber on Tuesday.
Becker’s wife called him to inform him that a man with a gun was threatening the patrons.
Mr. Becker arrived on the scene to discover the armed man beating on the glass doors while the people inside were huddled near the back. He then drew his gun and rushed to put himself between the man and the people inside.
“The only thing in my mind was my baby and wife,” he said. “There was no way the gunman was getting in that store.”
The Kansas City Star reports what happened next.
When police arrived minutes later, witnesses said, Becker dropped his handgun, raised his hands — and then an officer with a rifle shot him in the hip.
The gunman Becker confronted was initially concealed from police behind a cooler, said Raymond Watts, 28. The Kansas City man said he was in a vehicle with his two children on 23rd Street near the store.