Uber Driver Shoots, Kills Robber

In Aventura, FL, an Uber driver shot and killed a man an apparent armed robber on Sunday morning.

According to reports, the Uber driver picked up a fare and was heading to the airport when a van cut off his vehicle. Two men exited the van and approached the Uber driver. According to police, the driver of the van was armed with two firearms and attempted to rob the Uber driver.

Police said the Uber driver was armed and shot the armed man. The second man who had been a passenger in van and presumed accomplice in the robbery attempt, then fled in the van, leaving his partner to die in the street.

Florida officers later located a “person of interest” that may be the second subject.

Florida does not require firearms to be registered and does allow for the transportation of loaded firearms within the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle subject to certain accessibility requirements. Even so, Aventura police said the Uber driver had a permit to carry the firearm.

Sometimes, the traditional media spins self-defense cases into tales of vigilantes or the wild west. In an effort to give credit where it is due, I give to you the lede from the Miami CBS affiliate:

An Uber driver fought back during an attempted robbery near the Aventura Mall, potentially saving the life of himself and a passenger.

Nicely phrased CBS.

The potentially bad news is that Uber does not allow passengers or drivers to have weapons in the vehicle. So, it is a very real possibility that this driver will no longer be able to work with Uber. Of course, I’ve not been able to find any credible evidence that this policy has stopped any crimes.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • TheNotoriousIUD
  • Don Ward

    Judging by the photo, those are some well-manicured and painted fingernails on that male Uber driver.

    • Just say’n

      Is that even a real gun? Looks like a cheap prop. There’s gotta be a better picture than that they could’ve used.

    • iksnilol

      Dude, you don’t take care of your nails? That’s a total turnoff for women.

      • Don Ward

        Do I clip and clean my nails? Yes.
        Do I get them manicured and painted? I don’t know how they do things in Scandihoovia that’s not how I do it here.

        • iksnilol

          Gotta look pimpin’, man.

  • Uber’s firearm policy:
    “Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That’s why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app.*

    Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber.

    * To the extent permitted by applicable law.”

    So does Uber have the permission to say what you can and can’t do in your own vehicle if you’re legally licensed to carry?

    • TechnoTriticale

      It’s more a question of what the driver agreed to when becoming an Uber driver (contract law).

      Until this gets settled, Uber probably needs to put out a PSA advising perps that if they are picking on Uber due to the presumed soft-target policy, that not all drivers may be complying with the policy.

      • Rick O’Shay

        I think more news stories like this would do a better job of that. Uber will just do one of those “moments of silence” bits where you stop and contemplate the stupidity of attempting to rob someone by giving a company identifying personal info they can turn over to the authorities.

        • KestrelBike

          What kills my brain is thinking an uber driver is going to have anything worth stealing in the first place… It’s a completely electronic transaction; there’s no cash!

          • Ned Weatherby

            How about the vehicle?

          • KestrelBike

            There’s no shortage of vehicles around, with much less threatening potential victims (older ladies, for example). At least most uber drivers would be paying slightly more attention than the typical person to sketchy individuals.

          • Ned Weatherby

            Thanks for asking the question, then clearing it up. “Most” Uber drivers won’t be in condition white. Thanks for that. I’ll be sure to use Uber for safe transportation from now on. ffs…

          • KestrelBike

            Sure thing, champ!

      • Just say’n

        In my state your employer can not prohibit you from carrying in the workplace (unless you work in a federal/secure facility or a church of course), so that would be interesting how that would hold up against Uber in court.

        • RICH

          what state is that ?

        • jay

          You obviously don’t live in kaliforniastan, new york, or new jersey. Or any of the other fascist states.

      • RICH

        They need to run an ad asking; Is the UBER driver you plan to accost armed…… or not ? The choice is yours !’

    • Wingbert

      If you are a driver and decide to ignore this policy what’s the worst that could happen? Banned from being contracted by that garbage company? Good ridden.

    • datimes

      Uber wants employees and customers to be protected in a ‘safe space’. They are only doing it for your own good.

    • Anonymoose

      Did you expect any less of a company from Frisco?

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  • Aidan

    Uber is a cashless business, why would someone try to rob an uber driver? It just doesn’t make sense.

    • Swarf

      Mane he was ferrying extremely lucky diamond couriers?

    • RICH

      Could have wanted to rob the passenger….! ?

    • Beju

      They might have been looking to dump a stolen vehicle and get a fresh steal.

      2001-2007 Dodge Caravans/Chrysler Town & Country get stolen all the time around here (Chicago). They were one of the last vehicles without an immobilizer key that could be stolen via stripping the column.

  • John

    I suppose THAT’S how you drive Uber and Lyft out of a city. Grant physical taxi drivers the right to carry a firearm on the job, once you past a set of qualifications and standards.

  • Tim

    Tell the dude with the fingernail polish to shave his f’ing arms closer next time.

  • RICH

    Bad day for the ‘DEAD’ armed robber ! ! We need more ‘bad days’ like this.

  • “So, I see on your application that you’re a former driver for Uber; can you tell me the circumstances of why you’re no longer employed by them?”
    “Violent armed criminals attacked me and my customer at gunpoint, and I shot one to protect my customer’s life.”
    “…You’re hired.”

  • mazkact

    I have not and will not use Uber until they change this policy. It is their right to set business policy and I can choose not to do business with them. I contemplated using Uber for a ride to the airport once but I fly with a handgun in checked baggage and that is when I found out their policy.

  • Ned Weatherby

    Wow – CBS sounding like the NRA Armed Citizen column? Are those pigs flying over a snowstorm in hell?

  • valorius

    Once uber gets it’s way, this guy will just be another unemployed American replaced by a robot.

    Nice shooting though.

  • Gary Hoffmann

    Wow! They picked the one Uber driver in the world that was armed.

  • James Kelly

    Why would anyone use Uber? You cannot be armed, and there is no process to assure the sanity of this strange driver in his private car. I’ll pay more or stay home, thankee very much.

  • Democrats: Just Lies & Hate

    For those who don’t know where Adventura, Florida is….

    It’s just north of North Miami Beach near the coast – a REAL nice area.

    If you don’t value your life.

    And now you know why the Uber driver was carrying.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    “I’ve not been able to find any credible evidence that [Uber’s anti-gun policy] has stopped any crimes.”

    It’s far more likely that making every Uber vehicle yet another disarmed victim zone substantially increases the risk of violent crime for Uber drivers and Uber’s passengers. Thankfully, there are now a few of these high profile cases of armed Uber drivers (in violation of company policy) preventing violent crimes that are offsetting the dangerous effects of Uber’s official policy.

    Uber seems to be having their cake and eating it too. They have a gun-free policy to please their insurance company and left leaning customers, and they derive the safety provided by the deterrence of armed response to violent crime… just before they fire the Uber driver who acted to directly protect an Uber passenger and the public at large, and to indirectly protect all Uber drivers and passengers.