The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Missippi. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.
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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Mark Caudill SHOT AND KILLED DURING INCIDENT
Date: February 16, 2011
People Killed: 2 (including permit holder)
Circumstances: On February 16, 2011, concealed handgun permit Mark Caudill, 33, illegally brought his 40 caliber handgun into the Elbow Room Lounge, where he was “showing it off.” At approximately 12:25 AM, Daniel Paul Copple, 43, arrived at the bar. Copple, who in the previous hour had been in an altercation at another bar and had hit a pedestrian with his truck, was returning to the nearby Gilmer Inn, where he was staying. According to witnesses, Caudill pulled his gun when Copple began acting “erratic.” Copple disarmed Caudill and then allegedly shot him multiple times with his own (Caudill’s) handgun, killing him. Another bar patron, James “Bennet” Mann, 42, was allegedly shot at least three times by Copple when he tried to intervene. Mann later died at a local hospital. Copple was charged with two counts of murder as well as one count of aggravated assault resulting from his having hit the pedestrian, who was treated and released. As Copple sat in the back of a police cruiser following his arrest, he stated “at least three times” that he had acted in self-defense.
UPDATE: Daniel Paul Copple was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, as well as an additional 15 years for aggravated assault for hitting a pedestrian with his truck.
Source: “Man appeals murder convictions,” wapt.com, March 21, 2013; “Lucerne Valley Man charged in Mississippi Double Homicide,” WCBI, April 8, 2011; “Case against Elbow Room murder suspect headed to grand jury,” Commercial Dispatch, April 7, 2011.