Police: Gainesville man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills man trying to rob him
Gainesville Police say a man with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed an armed man who was trying to rob him outside of his home early Monday morning.
Police declined to say exactly where the shooting took place but say it happened about 1:15 a.m. Monday in the northwest area of the city. Det. Matt Goeckel said this is what they know so far:
The victim, who has not been identified, and a family member were returning home from the movies. While parked they were approached by a man later identified as 21-year-old Arkeem Bennett.
Bennett, Goeckel said, pulled a handgun from the back of his waistband, cocked it and started to raise the weapon. Goeckel said the victim, who has a concealed carry permit, pulled his own gun and fired at Bennett in self-defense.
Goeckel said Bennett, shot multiple times, left the scene with an accomplice. Goeckel said they found his .45-caliber handgun at the scene. They found Bennett dead, along with the crashed car, several blocks away, he said.
He said they believe Bennett and the other person were planning on robbing the victim and found no other connection between them.
"At this time, it is unlikely the victim will be charged as it appears his actions were self-defense," Goeckel said.
He said police are not releasing the victim's identity or where he lives for his safety.
Goeckel said the victim is now scared of retaliation and has already received threats.
" He's in fear for his safety. We still have an outstanding driver who was involved in this." Goeckel said. "We know there was at least one other person in the vehicle that Mr. Bennett was in as well as some really angry family members."
Police say they are still attempting to identify and locate others who may have been involved.