If you have a gun, they’ll just take it away from you…

and use it against you.

A robbery victim had a force on her side other than police: The force of gravity.

One of two people trying to rob a 69-year-old woman in her car Friday night accidentally dropped his handgun into her lap. She grabbed the gun and turned it on the man, chasing him off, South Daytona police said.

He also dropped his cell phone, and police were able to use the pictures on it to identify him.

This was not a typical holdup/carjacking either – he started out with some pretty astonishing violence.

About 7 p.m. Friday, Carol J. Costello had just left the Walmart on Beville Road when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled in front and forced her to stop. A passenger armed with a silver semiautomatic handgun wrapped in a towel jumped out and tried to break the driver’s-side window with the gun, police said.
When that didn’t work, he leaped onto the hood and smashed a large hole in the windshield.

That’s when the suspect’s handgun fell through the hole and into Costello’s lap. She grabbed the gun and aimed it at the suspect, who fled to the Impala.

It takes a pretty good amount of force to smash a hole in a windshield, especially with a blunt instrument – these guys were not playing around or looking for an easy buck. She’s very lucky he couldn’t hold on to that gun. Who knows what they planned to do to her – or what they would have done on the spur of the moment.

(h/t Jay G at MArooned)

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