The burglars picked the wrong guy to rob, they don’t have any idea that they were about to rob a well-known retired Oakland police captain.

Ersie Joyner, retired Oakland police captain was shot Thursday in an exchange of gunfire during an apparent robbery attempt at a gas station that left one of his attackers dead.

Joyner is a 28-year police veteran — once headed the city’s Ceasefire anti-violence initiative and known for implementing a successful anti-violence program in the city — was able to fend off the criminals attempting the same type of violent crime against him that he fought for decades to end, The Blaze reported, and it was all caught on video.

Here’s what happens as seen in the graphic surveillance video:

Surveillance footage shows three men approach retired police Captain Ersie Joyner III, who is seen pumping gas at a Chevron station at 1700 Castro St. in Oakland. As the robbers break from Joyner, he pulls a pistol and opens fire, fatally shooting one of the men.

A few moments later, Joyner is shot several times in a gunfire exchange with another one of the suspected robbers, who drive off in the Nissan. Joyner remains in critical but stable condition.

Social media posts have identified the man killed as a Vallejo rapper who uses the stage name Lil Theze, but his name has not been released by authorities.

Watch it here: Youtube/KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

It was unfortunate that Joyner was shot several times in gunfire, one of the suspects was able to return fire, reportedly hitting Joyner multiple times and dropping him to the ground. As Joyner is seen trying to crawl to safety, the two criminals who are still standing attempt to pull their accomplice into their car.

Apparently realizing their efforts are in vain, the two suspects leave their wounded accomplice behind, fleeing the scene without him. In total, at least four criminals were involved in the attempted robbery, including a getaway driver, according to KTVU.

Read more on Taphaps detailed reporting of this incident:

Police — who were reportedly alerted to the shooting by the city’s ShotSpotter system, which uses acoustic sensors to detect gunshots and alert law enforcement in real-time — arrived at the scene to find Joyner and the downed suspect suffering from gunshot wounds. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, but thankfully, Joyner was alive.

The former police captain, who had retired after nearly three decades in law enforcement, was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition. Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong confirmed that Joyner was legally permitted to carry a firearm.

During a news conference regarding the shooting, Armstrong decried the incident as yet another example of the violent crime overtaking the Bay Area after the city had been rocked by significant increases in shootings, carjackings, and homicides. “This highlights the violence that we’ve seen in this city this entire year. We have seen so many tragic situations. We have seen so many people lose their lives as a result of violence,” Armstrong said. “This again shows us how brazen individuals involved in this activity can be.”

Brazen, indeed. These men approached their intended victim in broad daylight at a gas station, most of which are known to have surveillance cameras. Neither the light of day or the threat of being captured on camera deterred them. But, a good guy with a gun did. When the target of their violence exercised his Second Amendment rights, the suspects scattered like cockroaches. This is exactly why so many law-abiding American citizens have chosen to arm themselves. When criminals have guns, their would-be victims have every right to defend themselves with the same force.

Sources: TapHaps, KTVU, The Blaze

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