The Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks at the same time in broad daylight. They were rather well known due to many previous bank robberies and train robberies. A citizen recognized them and when the robbers exited the banks they were met with a hail of gunfire. Four of the robbers were killed and the fifth was shot 23 times and taken into custody, but survived. All this in October, 1892. One town officer was killed and three civilians were killed too. These same criminals had previously been employed in law enforcement, including a brother who was a
The robberies were unsuccessful because a citizen saw the robbers enter the bank and recognized them. The robbers were even disguised and the citizen still recognized him from his picture in the newspaper. The citizen then notified others to prepare to respond to the robbery. “See something, say something” is not a new concept. Putting information out to the citizens gives law enforcement millions of helpers who can see things we will likely never witness.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms can be very helpful in an emergency. In this robbery the town only had one law enforcement officer and faced with five armed suspects he was outgunned and outnumbered. Even with that he killed one suspect before he was gunned down. The townspeople got the other four robbers. Let the public help find suspects, they often provide good intelligence; that’s what the SGT Says.