In Birmingham, Alabama, an armed criminal is no match for an armed father at the local McDonald’s.
The story is that around 10:45 p.m. the store manager was unlocking the door to allow some late patrons to leave, a father and his two sons.
It was in this brief instance that a masked intruder rushed in and opened fire.
The father, who currently remains anonymous, successfully returned fire and fatally shot the trespasser.
Sgt. Bryan Shelton, spokesperson for the Birmingham police, stated that two adults and one juvenile were injured in the confrontation that is being classified as a burglary attempt. The father and one of his sons were among those injured but are projected to recover fully.
“Right now it appears the [suspect] made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and children’s’ life,” Shelton said.
One of the McDonald employees took cover in a freezer as he detailed hearing more than 15 shots. Markus Washington told WAFF-TV that he appreciated the armed father who saved the day.
“I’m feeling grateful,” Washington said. “Wrapping my head around it all, I was just wishing someone would come wake me up from this nightmare.”
He continueded, “He’s my hero. Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview.”
The father is not expected to be charged.