This is Paul Langone an off duty private security guard. Back in October of last year a psychiatric patient came to see his doctor at a medical building at Massachusetts General Hospital. This man was obviously sick and suffering from a severe psychiatric illness which really makes this a tragic story all the way around.
For no apparent reason the patient began to stab his doctor with a knife that had a four inch blade. The victim doctor started to scream and two other doctors came to her aid.
The perpetrator slashed one of the doctors so both doctors ran to seek cover. Meanwhile our hero, Mr. Langone, who incidentally also was a Golden Gloves champ a decade ago, was summoned by the doctor’s screams.
As he arrived at the scene of the assault he saw the patient standing over the doctor actively stabbing her. Mr. Langone unholstered his Glock 27, identified himself as a SPO and ordered the patient to stop the attack. The patient being in the throes of some “event” charged Mr. Langone who shot one time hitting the patient. The 40 at this close range didn’t drop the patient so Mr. Langone had to fire two more times hitting the patient in the stomach and head. This ended the attack. The patient died from his wounds.
It took six months, but finally the DA decided that the shooting was justified. So see, sometimes we in Massachusetts do get it right. I feel bad for the patient who was killed too, and his wife and kids. Mental illness is a real disease, but it’s a good thing that Mr. Langone came to intervene.
Another person saved by a licensed gun owner. Had Mr. Langone been a resident of the City of Boston he very likely would not have been granted a LTC in which case the doctor would have most assuredly been killed. Mr. Langone’s father relates speaking to the doctor’s husband who allegedly said “if my son got there any later, he feels his wife would not be alive.” Not only was the presence of our hero necessary, but let us not forget that the ability of a willing hero to be confidently armed was also a necessary component.
You know not a day goes by that I don’t see a news report where I say to myself if only those victims were armed or trained.
GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!!!