An Amazon delivery driver shot a knife-wielding attacker in self-defense this week and was subsequently “deactivated” by the online retail giant.
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Amazon driver Gino Grove said he was making the rounds in a local neighborhood in Middletown, Ohio at 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning when a man ran at him with a large knife in his hand.
The attacker, later identified as Christopher Roberts, was reportedly shouting, “Knife fight! Knife fight!” as he charged the victim.
Grove had noticed the suspect shortly before, lurking around his car, and was therefore on high alert when he saw him coming, reports Fox19.
“I raise my firearm, and I’m trying to tell him ‘Stop! Stop!’ He’s like, ‘Knife fight! Knife fight!’ And he’s looking at me, got these bugged-out eyes, and he’s coming at me close,” Grove told the local Fox News affiliate.
Police say that the attacker was possibly under influence of a substance at the time of the attack.
When the perp kept running toward Grove, he let a round loose at the threat. It hit Roberts in the leg.
“Obviously, [The victim] was in fear. So in defense of himself, he was able to discharge a firearm,” Middletown Chief of Police David Birk told WNEM.
Grove says that even after the shot was fired, Roberts did not stop running at him. “I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, this did not work on this man, he’s still coming, he has a knife in his hand, I’m about to get gutted out here.’”
Petrified, Grove says while all of this was happening, all he wanted was to survive so he could see his family again.
The attacker did leave the scene without Grove having to fire an additional shot. Police found the suspect in a creek after he apparently tried to enter a sewer. Officers needed to taser Roberts before he could be handcuffed, according to reports.
Roberts was taken to a hospital and treated for his gunshot wound. But the drug-addled suspect didn’t stay for long.
When Roberts got up and walked out of the hospital, Chief Birk said, “Him walking away from the hospital kind of helped clarify the situation that the Amazon driver was just defending himself.”
Roberts was again picked up by the police and taken to another hospital. He is now being charged with felony assault.
When asked about it later, Grove said he was afraid for his life, “I had to fend for my life at that moment, because that guy was attacking me with a knife. He came at me with a knife. If I didn’t have my firearm, I wouldn’t be here today. I know that for a fact. I would not be here today. My family would have been planning a funeral.”
While Grove luckily survived unscathed, many delivery drivers are not so lucky.
According to xtown.la, the number of crimes committed against delivery workers has increased. Just from 2019 to 2020 there’s been a 56% spike, with at least 20% of those crimes being violent.
While Grove is not being charged for his lawful use of force, Amazon has “deactivated” him as a delivery driver.
USA Carry found a screenshot of Amazon’s policy, which states that delivery workers are not permitted to carry weapons. With violent crimes against delivery drivers on the rise, it’s time for Amazon to rethink its policy on the lawful bearing of arms for personal defense.