Early one Sunday morning in November, 2018, police responding to reports of gunfire at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, Illinois shot and killed an armed security guard.
As with most violent encounters, facts remain murky to this day. Not because of a conspiracy or cover-up, but because things happen fast in the heat of the moment and witness reports are almost always unclear and frequently contradictory.
We’re not here to pass judgement, in part because that’s impossible at this point in the investigation. Instead, we will endeavor to show just how easily the good guys can get hurt, or even killed, in the heat of a gunfight that ends with armed police response.
The Jemel Roberson Shooting
During the evening spanning Nov. 10 and 11, a fight broke out in the club. Sometime later, one of the verbal assault participants opened fire and shot four people.
Two security guards, Dorian Myrickes and Jemel Roberson were involved in the encounter. Some reports indicate that Roberson was dressed all in black with no visible “security” markings. Other reports say he was wearing a hat embossed with “Security.” There seems to be general agreement that Myrickes and Roberson were in fact doing their job trying to maintain order and protect patrons of the bar.
Roberson possessed a Firearms Owners Identification card and a Security Guard license, so he was legally armed. What’s still murky is whether the club in question was an authorized security employer.
To make a long story short, the initial altercation ended with Roberson holding a gun on the suspected shooter when police arrived. Soon after, a responding officer shot Jemel Roberson, who died on the way to the hospital.
Some witnesses say the responding officers gave Roberson commands to drop the gun. Other witnesses indicate that he was shot within seconds of the officer showing up on the scene and that few if any commands were issued.
Add to the mix that Roberson was black and the responding officer was white and we have all the ingredients for a highly charged situation that will make any objective investigation difficult if not impossible, and make for national headlines that are still swirling around social media. By most accounts, a good guy with a gun is now dead because of being shot by responding officers.
Were the cops wrong? Maybe, maybe not. Did the victim make a mistake? Maybe, maybe not. Did the absolute chaos create the conditions for the increased likelihood of a “bad shoot?” Absolutely.
We don’t know exactly what happened in those few crucial seconds and the odds are good that the witnesses present don’t have a clear picture either. That’s evidenced by the numerous contradictory accounts of the event.
Here’s what legally armed citizens can learn from this case and others like it.
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