Showdown at an Alabama Traffic Light: Good Guy With a Gun Stops Knife-Wielding Assailant

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Here’s another case of a good guy with a gun protecting life. An Alabama man, Shawn Maxmillion McDaniel, allegedly attempted to attack the mother of his children with a large knife while she was stopped at a traffic light in Dothan. Fortunately, a witness who was with the woman at the time was armed.


Here’s how it went down:

An Alabama man accused of trying to attack the mother of his children while she was stuck at a traffic light was thwarted by a legally armed witness who shot him in the face, according to police.

The Dothan Police Department reported that on July 12 Shawn Maxmillion McDaniel of Headland followed the mother of his kids as she drove through Dothan. The woman’s name has not been disclosed and the couple were estranged.

McDaniel reportedly tried to meet up with the woman earlier, but she refused, so he allegedly followed her in a car. The mother was traveling with someone whom police described as an acquaintance, and the pair soon caught on that McDaniel was tailing them.

The mother and acquaintance stopped at a traffic light, where McDaniel allegedly hopped out of his car while wielding “a large knife” and confronted the pair. The acquaintance was legally armed and demanded McDaniel walk away, according to police.

The suspect refused the warning to leave and, instead, allegedly swung the knife, prompting the woman’s acquaintance to fire his gun.

McDaniel was struck in the face and “sustained a major injury but was conscious and alert,” police said in a press release. McDaniel returned to his car and drove to a nearby business to seek help.

The mom and acquaintance also drove to a nearby business and called police.


The alleged assailant has been treated at a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

Thanks to the immediate response of the armed witness, a potentially fatal attack was halted, and the lives of the mother and her acquaintance were protected. The incident underscores the significance of responsible gun ownership in today’s society.

Responsible gun ownership means exercising sound judgment when deciding to carry a firearm in public places. Lawfully armed individuals should always be aware of their surroundings and should only use their firearms as a last resort when confronted with a life-threatening situation. Training and situational awareness can help responsible gun owners make the right decisions during critical moments.

It is good that the witness accompanying the woman was armed and knew how to use his gun. This is another situation that would have gone differently had he not been able to use a weapon to defend the lady and himself. It is also another situation that might not have happened if the anti-gunner lobby had its way. Restricting responsible Americans from owning firearms is far more dangerous than allowing people to exercise their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.


The incident in Dothan, Alabama, serves as a powerful reminder that responsible gun ownership is not just a personal responsibility but a civic duty. Responsible gun owners act as a crucial line of defense against potential threats and contribute to the overall safety of their communities.


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