Pizza Delivery Robbery
Paul Sturgill was standing on a sidewalk outside the home when Miller drove up. Sturgill asked Miller if he could make change for a hundred dollar bill, but the sharp eyed delivery man saw that his customer had no money in his wallet. Suddenly three figures came running towards the pair from a wooded area. The pizza delivery man tried to escape, but Sturgill gave chase. Catching up with his prey, he struck Miller viciously in the head. With his assailant pounding him with his fists, Christopher Miller pulled a 45 caliber handgun from his fanny pack and shot his attacker twice in the upper torso.
At the sound of the gunfire, the men running towards the fight turned tail and fled. A bloodied Miller called 911 as his attacker gasped and gurgled on the ground. Police arrived to find a bloody but alive pizza delivery man and a soon to be pronounced dead criminal.
"Knowing that the other three would soon arrive to help him and believing I would be gravely injured or even killed, I pulled my weapon and fired two shots in self-defense," said Miller. "I believe that night all four of them meant to cause me serious harm and possibly kill me. I have delivered pizzas on and off for ten years and have worked at the store in Irmo for the past four years and this is the third time I have been robbed delivering pizzas."
Authorities say Christopher Miller acted in self defense. "If you’re bringing a pizza and they’re whipping your butt, you’ve got reason to shoot them," Lexington County prosecutor Donnie Myers said succinctly. Miller has a valid concealed carry permit.
Last year, a Des Moines Pizza Hut driver was fired for violating the company's no weapon policy. James William Spiers III, too, was forced to pull his concealed handgun and defend himself against an attempted robbery. His interview is below.
Labels: Self Defense