Two Days, Two Uber Drivers Defend Themselves—And Their Passengers

Two Days, Two Uber Drivers Defend Themselves—And Their Passengers
An Uber driver was ambushed by a group of armed robbers in a van. The armed driver killed one robber, the others fled. photo from kansascity.comweb photo

It’s well known that people whose jobs include traveling around a lot and dealing with strangers—delivery people, cabbies, and real estate agents—expose themselves to attacks more than those who work in an office.

This week, two Uber drivers learned that the hard way, but because they were both carrying concealed, against corporate policy, they weren’t deadly results.

According to this story from guns.com http://www.guns.com/2016/12/18/new-orleans-uber-driver-opens-fire-on-armed-carjacker/, an Uber driver opened fire on a would-be carjacker on Saturday in New Orleans. Police have determined the shooting to have been self defense, the story says.

The driver fired multiple shots at Andre Satcher, 28, after he “made a motion” that prompted the driver to fear he’d be shot, the story says. A bystander was treated and released for a graze wound to his hand. http://www.guns.com/2016/12/18/new-orleans-uber-driver-opens-fire-on-armed-carjacker/

The story says the driver picked up a female passenger from a hotel on Canal Street. As the vehicle pulled up to a stoplight nearby, police say Satcher jumped out of a silver sedan with a gun in his hand and demanded the 35-year-old Uber driver, who hasn’t been identified, and his passenger out of the car. http://www.guns.com/2016/12/18/new-orleans-uber-driver-opens-fire-on-armed-carjacker/

The driver initially complied, but retrieved a handgun stowed in the driver’s door and began shooting.

The panicked carjacker jumped into the vacated Uber vehicle and sped away, nearly hitting a police officer working traffic control before hitting three vehicles and leaping from the car to flee on foot. He only made it a few steps before police took him down.

Satcher has been charged with carjacking, armed robbery with a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm by a felon on top of a host of traffic violations, the story said. Bond was set at $400,000.

“At this point, we feel as though he was acting in response to a threat to his life,” said New Orleans Police Department Eighth District Commander Nicholas Gernon Gernon in the story. “But we will put the entire package together for the district attorney’s office to give them the opportunity to review our work independently, and see if there’s anything there he might have some criminal culpability for. At this point, he’s the victim of a carjacking.”

Meanwhile, in Aventura, Florida, police say an Uber driver, when confronted by a robber with a pair of guns, drew his concealed firearm and shot him dead Sunday along a causeway, according to this story from the Kansas City Star. http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article121634407.html

Two Days, Two Uber Drivers Defend Themselves—And Their Passengers
Andre Satcher, 28, attempted to carjack an Uber driver with a passenger in tow in New Orleans. He was later apprehended after the driver fought him off with a concealed carry pistol. photo from guns.comweb photo

The story says the driver, who hasn’t been identified, was not injured in that attempted armed robbery and neither was the Uber passenger in the vehicle.

Two additional suspects escaped.

The Uber driver picked up a passenger at about 5:50 a.m. and soon after a Dodge Caravan minivan cut the car off on the westbound access road next to the Lehman Causeway. A man jumped out of the van brandishing two handguns and attempting to rob the Uber driver.

The driver drew his pistol and fired at the would-be robber, killing him on the roadway. The van, with two occupants, sped away.

The story says the Uber driver had a legal permit to carry and that charges are unlikely.

It is unclear if either Uber driver will face any consequences under the company’s strict no-guns policy, which the ride-sharing service instituted last year. On its website, Uber states that it “prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app.” Violation can result in riders or drivers losing Uber access. http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article121634407.html

The policy change came in 2015, two months after a lawfully-armed Uber driver used his handgun to stop a potential mass shooting in Chicago. http://www.range365.com/uber-bans-drivers-passengers-carrying-guns

“We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service,” reads the policy. “During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle.”

On April 17, an unidentified 47-year-old Uber driver with a concealed carry permit observed 22-year-old Everardo Custodio allegedly firing a gun on a group of pedestrians. The driver then stopped and engaged Custodio with his own weapon, injuring the man and disrupting the attack. http://www.range365.com/uber-bans-drivers-passengers-carrying-guns