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.