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Retired Marine Defends Himself

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    Retired Marne

    I have a feeling the ploice had it in their minds that if they messed with the Marine, they would take a few rounds as well. I think its good to save a few rounds if possible. Semper Fi, and READY-APP.

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  • charlie8137
    Excellant story, An unfair fight...two against one 71 year old marine. The thought of someone interupting a marine during chow. You might share it with the NRA Magazine. I love happy endings. Semper Fi

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  • Jim Wilkening
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    Retired Marine Defends Himself

    Police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery and found a 71-year-old retired Marine who had opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida, Subway shop. A former Marine who is always a Marine and helicopter pilot for two presidents who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and works out every day Mr. John Lovell is a man who takes action.

    According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway shop just after 11 p.m. inside was a lone diner, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal.

    After robbing the cashier, two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

    When police arrived, on the scene they found one of the men in the shop, and K-9 Units found the other man in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

    Both men were taken to the Broward General Medical Center , where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died at the scene. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale died in route to the hospital.

    A longtime friend of Lovell was not surprised to hear what happened. The friend said, ''He'd give you the shirt off his back, but he'd be mad as hell if someone tried to take the shirt off his back.''

    Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

    He is not expected to be charged, authorities said. ''He was in fear for his life,'' Detective Rettig said, "These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots."

    Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life', even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71- year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center body mass shot. That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.

    Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Don't you just love a story with a happy ending? Oorah to Mr. Lovell a true American Hero.