By: Teresa Mull

A retired NYPD police officer used a gun to defend herself against an attacker and held the criminal at gunpoint until the cops showed up.

The New York Post reports:

The 63-year-old former cop was standing outside her home on Noble Avenue in Soundview just after 1:15 a.m. Wednesday when Michael Carter tried to rob her, according to police and sources.

The 33-year-old ignored the woman when she told him to back up — then chased her into her house as she tried to run away, police said.

Carter allegedly pushed the woman up against a wall and ran her around the house, threatening her with a black cable box, cops said.

The former cop then pulled her licensed .38 revolver and shot Carter once in the thigh — and detained the man until cops arrived, according to sources.

The Daily Signal reminds us:

Every day, untold numbers of Americans rely on their Second Amendment rights to protect their lives and livelihoods.

According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost every major study on the issue has found that Americans use their firearms in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year. There’s good reason to believe that most of these defensive gun uses aren’t reported to police, much less make the local or national news.

For this reason, The Daily Signal each month publishes an article highlighting some of the previous month’s many news stories on defensive gun use that you may have missed—or that might not have made it to the national spotlight in the first place. (Read accounts from 2019 and so far in 2020 here.)

Teresa Mull ( is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.