SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Missouri woman says the right to carry a gun saved her family’s life last Sunday night. They were filling up their vehicle at a gas station when a man, armed with a knife, opened the door to get inside.
The family of four stopped at the Rapid Roberts on Sunshine Street just west of Highway 65 at about 8pm. A man approached their car acting strange.
Katie Claxton describes the tense moments in a Facebook post:
He opened the door and pulled put a knife about the size of a machete and pointed it at me while starting to get in the van. I screamed, “Matt get your gun!!!!” And the guy stopped getting in the car and said, “You’re lucky he has a gun” and then shut the door and started walking away.”
Claxton says she told her husband Matt to shoot the stranger. Instead, he fired off a call to 911.
Officers showed up soon after and took David Middleton, 42, into custody. He has been charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
The Springfield News Leader reports that Middleton said he was paranoid. He believed the vehicles in the gas station parking lot were sent by his cousin to do surveillance on him, according to the probable cause statement. He told authorities that he leaned into the Claxtons’ vehicle to tell them to stop following him.
Claxton’s Facebook post has gone viral. It has been shared over 9,000 times. It may be because of this concluding statement:
“The police are here to protect us but we also have to protect ourselves. This is why we carry. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO CARRY.”
You can read the entire Facebook post here. It contains language that may be offensive to some readers.
Video from the scene of the arrest: