Chris Harris is a Sunday School teacher who was on his way home from church with his wife at his side when 9 gang members approached the couple and started being aggressive. Chris fired warning shot after one of the gang members commented that he didn’t even have a real gun and that warning shot now has him in hot water.
According to WTOV,
Chris Harris said he was coming from church when he and his girlfriend were surrounded by nine men looking for a fight. He said men made threats and the couple was scared for their lives, but Harris explained he was the one that ended up in cuffs. And facing some pretty serious charges. “It was one of the most scariest experiences I have ever been though,” said CC Roxby, Harris’ fiancé. “They surrounded me saying some pretty vulgar things like they were going to rape my wife in front of me, cut me,” Harris said. Roxby said she called 911, but one man continued to be aggressive. “The kid kept advancing on me, saying it wasn’t a real gun, and I would much rather shoot a shot into the air to prevent them from attacking me rather than them attacking me and me shooting someone,” Harris said.“The cruisers were coming down the street at that point and the young men ran away,” Roxby said. “Instead of them following the gang, the officers arrested Chris for firing a shot into the air.” Harris was cuffed and charged with wanton endangerment. He said he understand firing a gun is never a good idea, but says he was forced into it.
Without the presence of a gun the gang would surely have been even more aggressive and who knows how this story would have ended. He is now out on bond but says that he has taken concealed weapons classes that said firing a warning shot was a good idea. I don’t know of many firearm instructors that would agree with him, but in this case his actions may have at least sparred his life and that of his wife as well.