An Army veteran was walking outside with his girlfriend near his home in Philadelphia on Sunday when all of a sudden a man threatened the couple with a 13-inch knife. The criminal didn’t know he had several factors working against him.
“At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop,” Lawler told the Philadelphia Daily News.
He ultimately issued one final, nine-word warning: “I don’t want to shoot you, but I will.”
But the seemingly clueless suspect instead walked towards the veteran and his girlfriend.
“I’ll cut you up,” he reportedly threatened.
He wouldn’t even get close as Lawler fired one round into the suspect’s groin when he got within 5 or 6 feet.
“My intent was to stop him, not kill him. I hope he’s OK, and hopefully he will be prosecuted,” Lawler said.
Police later arrested and identified the suspect as Dondi DeCosta, 37. He was treated for the gunshot wound at Aria Health’s Torresdale hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Wednesday, according to police.