The man who saved his wife, daughter and 30 other strangers from an armed robber, was shot and later arrested by police—even though he complied and put his hands in the air as soon as they arrived.
Independence, KS – The man who should be celebrated as a hero for saving his wife, daughter, and at least 30 strangers from an armed gunman during an attempted robbery, is now recovering from a gunshot wound after police arrived at the scene and shot him.
Mike Becker, 31, told the Kansas City Star that he grabbed his handgun and rushed to the local Dollar General after he received a call from his wife saying that she, their 4-year-old daughter, and several other customers in the store were being threatened by a man with a gun.
While the customers huddled together in the back of the store, Becker's wife hid their daughter behind bags of dog food. When Becker arrived, he said he found the gunman outside, pounding on the glass door.
When police officers finally arrived at the scene, Becker told the Star that he dropped his gun and raised his hands in the air, in an attempt to show police that he was not a threat.
But then the unthinkable happened—even though Becker had his hands in the air, the officers shot him with a rifle, wounding his hip. Bystanders who witnessed the scene said that they were shocked to watch officers shoot the man who was brave enough to confront the gunman.
"I was figuring, 'How the hell do they shoot him?' He never pointed a gun at the cops. He complied with everything they said … and then you heard a pop," Raymond Watts told the Star.