A West Virginia Sunday school teacher is facing criminal charges after firing a warning shot to scare off thugs who were threatening to rape his fiancé.
Chris Harris and his fiancé CC Roxby were walking home from a bible study class in Wheeling, West Virginia three weeks ago when a group of men approached them and began making physical threats.
“They surrounded me saying some pretty vulgar things like they were going to rape my wife in front of me, cut me,” Harris said.
The men — one of whom was wielding a knife — continued to be aggressive even after the couple called 911. Fearing for her life, Roxby pulled out a concealed pistol that she carries legally and handed it to Harris.
But the sight of a gun wasn’t enough to deter the criminals.
“The kid kept advancing on me, saying it wasn’t a real gun,” Harris said. “I would much rather shoot a shot in the air to prevent them from attacking me rather than them attacking me and me shooting someone.”
Harris fired a warning shot just as police cruisers arrived on the scene. The thugs scattered. But instead of chasing the criminals, the police officers arrested Harris and charged him with “wanton endangerment”. He has since been released on bail.
Instead of punishing Harris, police should be thanking him for showing so much restraint. Considering the situation he and his fiancé were in, it would have been totally justifiable if he had pointed his gun a little lower.