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    Subway customer lauded as hero for gunning down robbers in Plantation [Concealed Carry, Marine]



    Subway customer lauded as hero for gunning down robbers in Plantation
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...home-headlines

    By Akilah Johnson, Andrew Tran and Juan C. Ortega
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Posted June 29 2007

    Some are calling a former U.S. Marine a hero for shooting two men killing one during the botched robbery of a sandwich shop in Plantation. But the men's friends and family want to know how he could gun them down and not be charged.

    John Lovell had just finished dinner at about 11: 15 p.m. Wednesday when, Plantation police say, two men armed with guns rushed inside a Subway shop and demanded cash. After robbing the store, the men turned to Lovell. They wanted his money, police said.

    But like his attackers, Lovell was armed.

    The retired military man opened fire, shooting dead Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale, and critically injuring Fredrick Gadson, 21, of Fort Lauderdale.

    Lovell, 71, of Plantation, has a valid concealed weapons permit and is not expected to be charged in the shooting, said police spokesman Detective Robert Rettig. Gadson, however, faces multiple felony charges that could include murder, he said. Under Florida law, anyone who commits a felony such as armed robbery resulting in a death can be held accountable for the capital offense.

    "He feared for his life," Rettig said of Lovell. "And if he's in fear for his life, then he has a right to defend himself, even if it means severe bodily injury or death."

    Florida law gives people the right of "self-defense without the duty to retreat." That means individuals can use deadly force virtually anywhere to prevent death or serious injury.

    Lovell could not be reached for comment despite calls and visits to his home.

    His attorney, Wesley White, of Yulee, near Jacksonville, said he has known Lovell for 19 years and described him as a "quiet Clint Eastwood-type you don't want to mess with." He is a former Marine who was a member of the helicopter detail that transported Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, White said.

    Lovell, a retired Pan-Am and Delta Airline pilot, has held a concealed weapons permit since September 1990. Three months earlier, Plantation police had arrested him for having a loaded .9 mm and three extra clips behind the driver's seat of a Corvette without proper permits for the gun. The Broward State's Attorney's Office declined to file charges in that case.

    According to a police statement, :Arrindell ordered Lovell to hand over his wallet. He intentionally dropped it on the floor and refused to pick it up, saying he was afraid. That's when Arrindell ordered him into the women's restroom.

    "The victim believed he would be executed and when he noticed [Arrindell] distracted ... reached behind his back, removed his loaded .45 caliber handgun from his holster and fired seven rounds," the statement said.

    Arrindell was struck twice once in the head and once in the stomach and collapsed. Officers found him face down, wearing sunglasses and a bandanna, with a gun near his left hand. Gadson was hit in the chest and ran from the store. Police dogs found him in the hedges of a nearby office building and bank.

    Both men were taken to Broward General Medical Center, where Arrindell died and Gadson was in critical condition Thursday.

    Sebastian Shakespeare, 23, of Lauderhill, was going to buy a sandwich at the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Island Road when he saw Lovell, gun in hand, standing over Arrindell. A former employee, Shakespeare worked the night shift and often worried about getting robbed.

    He said Lovell did a good deed. "A civilian was a hero."

    Lovell's neighbor agreed.

    "If I was in the same situation ... I hope I could've done the same thing," said Bryan Sklar, 45.

    But Gadson's grandmother, Rosa Jones, said: "He ain't no hero. He is a murderer and God will serve justice."

    She and her husband, Ivory Jones, pastor of a Fort Lauderdale church, sat on their front porch in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday wondering how a man could shoot two people and not go to jail.

    They said their grandson sometimes hung with the wrong crowd but never got into legal trouble. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he has no arrest record. They said Gadson, who never finished high school, got tired of low-wage jobs and was pursuing his GED.

    Arrindell, friends said, found himself in a similar situation: no high school diploma and working odd jobs. So he went back to school. He was a man with past troubles, including a 2004 arrest for carrying a concealed weapon, but he was improving his life, they said. He recently bought a car and had a girlfriend.

    Kathy East, 54, whose son went to school with Arrindell, said she took him in two years ago when he and his mother had a falling out.

    "I'm absolutely stunned," she said Thursday.

    Staff Researchers Barbara Hijek and William Lucey contributed to this report.

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    But the men's friends and family want to know how he could gun them down and not be charged.
    But Gadson's grandmother, Rosa Jones, said: "He ain't no hero. He is a murderer and God will serve justice."

    There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter. -- Ernest Hemingway

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    "Can't see the forest for the trees"

    Some people just don't get it. They can't see that their kids are criminals and are the ones creating problems for themselves and society. As a Christian it hurts me to see that the parents can't be honest with themselves, and they are the heads of a church.

    The mother was right, God has the ultimate say in justice. I just think she needs to do a little more reading so that she can understand what justice was in this case.

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    Never been in legal trouble before, but was an actor in an armed robbery. Riiiiight. They got tired of low wage jobs so they decided to bump over a sub shop is more like it. Lowlife morons deserved exactly what they got.
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    The criminal's families always say that their kid was innocent.

    IMHO...they not only got what they deserve, but there is one less problem in that neck of the woods.

    Good job Mr. Lovell.
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    Great story!!! - And the police spokesman didn't even spoil it by saying "we do not recommend that anyone do this"

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    "Never been in legal trouble before . . . "

    . . . Or is it maybe that he never got CAUGHT before.

    Good job, Mr. Lovell. Semper Fi!

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    Good for him. They deserved death

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    But Gadson's grandmother, Rosa Jones, said: "He ain't no hero. He is a murderer and God will serve justice."
    I'd say He already has, at least in regards to her grandson's friend, but I'd be willing to bet her granson's day is coming...

    She and her husband, Ivory Jones, pastor of a Fort Lauderdale church, sat on their front porch in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday wondering how a man could shoot two people and not go to jail.
    That's easy to explain. Retrieve from holster with proper grip, balanced stance, acquire target point instinct, breathe, take up slack, squeeeeze the trigger, stage the return travel, repeat...

    They said their grandson sometimes hung with the wrong crowd but never got into legal trouble. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he has no arrest record. They said Gadson, who never finished high school, got tired of low-wage jobs and was pursuing his GED.
    I'd say he was pursuing DOC or DOA, rather than GED...

    Arrindell, friends said, found himself in a similar situation: no high school diploma and working odd jobs. So he went back to school. He was a man with past troubles, including a 2004 arrest for carrying a concealed weapon, but he was improving his life, they said. He recently bought a car and had a girlfriend.
    I'd list him losing his life in the commission of an armed robbery a distinct improvement, at least for the general public. Friends are so good at painting a brighter picture of things... buying a car and having a girlfriend is nice, but committing an armed robbery of a just-as-armed Marine can certainly be fatal. Congratulations, Mr. Arrindel, you have just been ...


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    Awesome response fom that retired Marine. Seven shots with multiple hits on two differant targets with a .45 is pretty damn good shooting. He also saved the county there big bucks on a trial and incarceration. What a nice thoughtful guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEB View Post
    Florida law gives people the right of "self-defense without the duty to retreat." That means individuals can use deadly force virtually anywhere to prevent death or serious injury.
    The lame-assed laws elsewhere requiring a retreat probably would not pass Constitutional muster in that scenario, if taken to the Supreme Court... If he had retreated, he woulda been shot in the back - But still a great advertisement for the "Castle Doctrine".

    Some states like Texas don't even require the robber to be armed, because there's always the possibility that they have a concealed weapon - and that's the way it should be, just a risk of the robbing trade.

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    Well thats one dude who will never rob again.

 

 

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