Tragedy Friday afternoon in Kansas City as a gun shop co-owner faced four armed, hoodie-wearing members of America’s criminal class. The bad guys were quick on the trigger after smashing the female half of the married couple proprietors in the face. Her husband successfully shot all three of the four bad guys, but succumbed to his own wounds.
Four on one, especially highly motivated bad guys, is long odds. Especially when it’s a surprise.
We salute Jon Bieker for staying in the fight until the hoodlums fled the store, and to make the best of a bad situation. And certainly if his wife was able to get her gun into the fight, the same for her. If the owners had failed to successfully engage these scumbags, there’s no doubt the robbers would have killed both of them and absconded with lots of guns and ammo.
Neighbors of the Biekers lauded them to no end as good people who enjoyed helping people – especially women – how to defend themselves from violent attack. Sadly, violence fell upon them.
Sadly, only one bad guy was found dead. He and another were found in or near the store’s front door when cops arrived. Two more, one with less serious wounds, managed to make it a short distance and hide in a homeowner’s screened-in front porch briefly until the owner called 9-1-1 and police caught up with them.
Kansas City (Star) – The co-owner of a Shawnee gun store was fatally shot and three suspects were wounded during an attempted robbery Friday afternoon.
The gunfight broke out after four robbers entered She’s A Pistol, at 57th Street and Nieman Road, about 2:10 p.m., according to Shawnee police.
Jon Bieker, 44, of Gardner, who co-owned the business with his wife, Becky Bieker, died later at a hospital, police said.
…The shooting started after one robber struck Becky Bieker in the face, police said. Police didn’t know who fired first or how the gun battle unfolded, but it left Jon Bieker and two robbers with critical gunshot wounds. A fourth person, one of the robbers, had less-serious gunshot injuries.