SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI — The Second Amendment saved a family’s life Sunday, at least that’s what a mom from Springfield, Missouri says.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Katie Claxton had stopped to get gas around 8 p.m. on Sunday at a Rapid Roberts on Sunshine Street near Highway 65.
She was in the car with her daughters while her husband Matt was pumping gas when a suspicious-looking man approached their vehicle. She tried to lock her doors but accidentally rolled the windows down instead.
The man then opened the door and brandished a long knife, prompting the mother of four to yell for her husband to get his gun. Claxton’s husband pointed his Beretta handgun at the man and called 911 as he walked away.
The family began to follow the man in their vehicle as he made his way down the street, banging at cars and trying unsuccessfully to get in.
He was arrested by police some time later and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
The man, identified as 42-year-old David Middleton, told police he was paranoid and believed the vehicles at the gas station were sent there to conduct surveillance on him.
He said he went up to the Claxtons to tell them to stop following him and tried to get into the other cars to get help after the gun was pointed at him.
Middleton has been charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
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