Bungie Staff Pulls Gun On Shooting Suspect, Makes Citizen’s Arrest

Bungie Staff Pulls Gun On Shooting Suspect, Makes Citizen’s Arrest

Jeff Fletcher, an IT guy from Halo creators Bungie, pulled into the parking lot of a US Bank branch in Skyway, Seattle last week. He then saw two guys start shooting each other. What happens next is awesome.

A former security guard whose father used to be a Seattle cop, Fletcher saw a fight between two men escalate into a shootout, with one man wounded while the other tried to escape.

Cutting him off, Fletcher pulled his own gun on the fleeing suspect then, amazingly, managed a citizen’s arrest, handcuffing the suspect with his dad’s old police cuffs (worn on the same holster he kept his gun, which he has a legal permit to carry concealed).

Police soon arrived to find the suspect cuffed, searched and sitting on the curb, fresh and ready for questioning.

Citizen who subdued suspected shooter speaks [King 5, thanks Madness87!]

Top image: Cheesy-Omlit-Man


  • While I have my judgements against privately owned guns, this is pretty badass.

    Jeff Fletcher, the first Spartan.

  • Oh great; I can just see the headlines now:

    “Game Maker Person KILLS, encourages others to kill through use of “death simulator halo””

    • The sad thing? I Can actually see this happening.

      Even worse, if he were any other citizen, Fox News would be singing his praises for “Exercising his Constitutional Rights.”

  • The whole “concealed weapon” thing always confuses me. I mean, if you’re not allowed to carry it concealed, then does that mean you just have to walk around with it in your hand, waving it about?

    • Only if the state allows for open carry. If not, then you can’t really carry it openly or concealed unless you’re on your own property or at a gun club.

    • It’s funny though, I can’t remember who but there is a guy in the U.S. who openly walks around town with an AK-47 slung over on his back.

      This is legal in said state, some of the laws are pretty silly.

      Kudos to Jeff for being a badass

    • No where sadly, because it doesn’t make for interesting headlines. Not unless you’re in the gaming community, and clearly understand the fact that games don’t make people do anything. People chose that themselves.

  • What an unnerving state of mind this dude must have to think the best way of handling this situation was to actively engage in an armed pursuit of the suspect and so reached for his gun.. instead of just reaching for his mobile phone and dial 911.

    Are the cops so weaksauce where he comes from he feels he has to carry his own gun and do their job for them?

    • You sir are an ingnoramus.
      One well aimed bullet is all it takes to stop a madman’s rampage. Armed Pilots trained in firearm use and handling could have have stopped box cutter weilding fundamentalists from slamming planes into the World Trade buildings. How many massacres must we endure in more and more remote locations ie camps/tourist attractions ?

      In 1991, in the town of Killeen, Texas, a young woman and her parents were sitting in a restaurant eating a meal when suddenly a man with a gun began firing on patrons.

      One after the other the assassin methodically and deliberately executed people while this young woman was forced to sit and watch her parents killed before her eyes.

      A medal-winning pistol shooter, she later remembered that on five separate occasions she could have stopped the gunman with one shot to the head, quite safely with not another soul in her line of fire.

      What stopped her from doing so?

      I’m armed – you’re not – John Howard – thanks a lot While the carnage ensued, she could only look out at the family car where her pistol was locked in the glove-compartment, in compliance with the Texas law of 1897 which forbade the carrying of side arms in a public place.

      Since the Killeen massacre the Texas legislature, via C.I.R.has reversed the 1897 statute. In 1995, citing the young woman’s experience, they made the necessary changes to the law to permit the carrying of handguns.

      The Texas legislature resolved that “never again will we leave our people defenseless in the face of a maniac.” Therefore, whatever measure they adopted the emphasis would necessarily be on defense.

      Would it not be wise for other state legislatures, and national governments to examine the Texas law and so devise measures that would enhance the defense and security of the individual and the nation?

      January 25, 2002 — ANOTHER school shooting occurred last week and the headlines were everywhere the same, from Australia to Nigeria. This time the shooting occurred at a university, the Appalachian Law School. As usual, there were calls for more gun control. Yet in this age of “gun-free school zones,” one fact was missing from virtually all the news coverage: The attack was stopped by two students who had guns in their cars.

      The fast responses of two male students, Mikael Gross, 34, and Tracy Bridges, 25, undoubtedly saved multiple lives.

      Mikael was outside the law school and just returning from lunch when Peter Odighizuwa started his attack. Tracy was in a classroom waiting for class to start.

      When the shots rang out, utter chaos erupted. Mikael said, “People were running everywhere. They were jumping behind cars, running out in front of traffic, trying to get away.”

      Mikael and Tracy did something quite different: Both immediately ran to their cars and got their guns. Mikael had to run about 100 yards to get to his car. Along with Ted Besen (who was unarmed), they approached Peter from different sides.

      As Tracy explained it, “I aimed my gun at him, and Peter tossed his gun down. Ted approached Peter, and Peter hit Ted in the jaw. Ted pushed him back and we all jumped on.”

      What is so remarkable is that out of 280 separate news stories (from a computerised Nexis-Lexis search) in the week after the event, just four stories mentioned that the students who stopped the attack had guns.

      Only two local newspapers (the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Charlotte Observer) mentioned that the students actually pointed their guns at the attacker.

      Much more typical was the scenario described by the Washington Post, where the heroes had simply “helped subdue” the killer. The New York Times noted only that the attacker was “tackled by fellow students.”

      Most in the media who discussed how the attack was stopped said: “students overpowered a gunman,” “students ended the rampage by tackling him,” “the gunman was tackled by four male students before being arrested,” or “Students ended the rampage by confronting and then tackling the gunman, who dropped his weapon.”

      In all, 72, stories described how the attacker was stopped without mentioning that the student heroes had guns.

      Unfortunately, the coverage in this case was not unusual. In the other public school shootings where citizens with guns have stopped attacks, rarely do more than one percent of the news stories mention that citizens with guns stopped the attacks.

      Many people find it hard to believe that research shows that there are 2 million defensive gun uses each year. After all, if these events were really happening, wouldn’t we hear about them on the news? But when was the last time you saw a story on the national evening news (or even the local news) about a citizen using his gun to stop a crime?

      This mis-reporting actually endangers people’s lives. By selectively reporting the news and turning a defensive gun use story into one where students merely “overpowered a gunman” the media gives misleading impressions of what works when people are confronted by violence.

      Research consistently shows that having a gun is the safest way to respond to any type of criminal attack, especially these multiple victim shootings.

      You must be the love child of this bloke “self-defense is not a reason for owning a firearm.”

      Ummm what is then?

      • There isn’t one. Guns are relatively difficult to acquire in Australia and tightly controlled (strictly for cops, hunting and sport – not ‘defence’). Number of murders with a firearm in Australia is 10 times lower on a per captia than US. I like it this way. Are you seriously suggesting that students should be able to take guns to schools and that anyone should be allowed to take a firearm into privately owned restaurants.

        ‘~’ You crazy.


        • Logic FAIL. Pulling a gun on someone will just escalate the situation. I think your murder rate in your country is evidence enough of this.

          This is why I love living in Australia. No guns. Which means I don’t have to own a gun or point/shoot it at someone. Since they don’t own a gun it’s highly unlikely they’ll be able to shoot me. Enjoy your high incidence of gun crime and murders by the way!

        • To be fair, America is a different situation to Australia. Over there it’s *always* been easier to get a gun, legally or otherwise. The whole nation arose out of war, had a civil war, and is directly connected to Canada (big fans of gun ownership) and South America (big fans of trade in all sorts of contraband). Gun laws like Australia’s would just not be enforceable, so they have to make compromises.

          Australia has never seen an infantry battle on the mainland; has never had a big army; arose by an Act of the British Parliament; has a much lower population density; is not connected by land to any country. It’s never been easy to get a gun in Australia – it’s actually practical to have the controls that we have.

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