A carjacking suspect was killed by a man who was concealed-carrying a gun in Wisconsin, local police said.
The shooting happened on Feb. 26 near the Milwaukee MachineTool Corporation around 6 a.m.
The Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement that a 21-year-old man tried to carjack and rob a 24-year-old man, who then shot the 21-year-old man.
The would-be-carjacker, later identified as Carlos Martin, who died at the scene, was armed. Martin was convicted in 2015 of felony battery and in 2016 of burglary.
The 24-year-old man has not been identified publicly.
He stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. He has a valid concealed-carry permit.
Alderman Cavalier Johnson said that the death was preventable, but that Martin made the “bad decision” of trying to rob somebody.
“That young man didn’t have to die today. He didn’t have to lose his life, but he made a bad decision and he did,” Johnson told Fox6. “You feel threatened like that, and you end up having to take somebody’s life—I can’t even imagine what type of trauma you end up going through.”
A 21-year-old would-be carjacker was shot and killed by his intended victim early Monday. https://t.co/U96aNX7GGI
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Carjackings are common in the area, and many of the people who work in the area conceal-carry as a means to defend themselves. Workers told Fox6 that the area is “a war zone.”
“It’s a war zone, so you’re used to carjackers. You’re used to murderers,” Gabriel Alwin said. “You gotta watch out for stuff like that. If not you’re a victim—I’m not trying to be a victim so…”
Alwin witnessed the shooting while heading to work.
Milwaukee Police Capt. Andra Williams said that the best way to prevent being carjacked is to be aware of your surroundings.
“The best thing you can do is be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the people that are around you as you go about your day,” Williams said, reported the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “You can’t live in fear that something is going to happen to you because Milwaukee actually is quite a safe city and that’s something you have to emphasize over and over again.”
A second person may have been involved in the attempted carjacking and police are searching for a green Chrysler Pacifica.
Once the investigation is complete, officers will send the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors will then decide whether the shooting was justified self-defense.