Man with hatchet threatens Arizona woman who, it turns out, was armed

Man with hatchet threatens Arizona woman who, it turns out, was armed

Never bring a knife to a gun fight. A hatchet either.

That’s a lesson that was learned the hard way by a would-be car thief in Tucson, who threatened a female driver with a hatchet only to discover that she was “packing heat.”

The incident happened Friday evening. KMSB-TV picks up the action:

Investigators said the woman was leaving a store in the 4400 block of south 6th Avenue. She entered her vehicle and as she attempted to close the door the man approached her and demanded her car keys while holding a hatchet.

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TPD [Tucson Police Department] said the woman retrieved a handgun and told the man to leave.  As the man raised the hatchet, she shot him, police said.  She was able to keep the man from leaving the scene until officers arrived.


Police responded to the area following reports of a shooting. There they found the hatchet wielder n on the ground with what was obviously a gunshot wound.

Officers provided aid to the man before paramedics arrived. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, TPD said.


The man remains in the hospital and charges are pending his release, TPD said.

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Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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