ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — “We have guns. We will shoot you. Leave, leave. We will shoot you. Leave.”
That is what David Medawar said he and his father yelled as four people trying to rob their Plainfield Township jewelry stores on Tuesday.
“They did not leave,” David Medawar said.
So the Medawars opened fire, shooting one of the would-be robbers who then took off and are still at large.
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“When we see a threat, we were taught to warn the threat that we are armed, which is what we did,” said store owner Paul Medawar.
The Medawars learned that from Mark Jacobson, an National Rifle Association instructor and 25-year-veteran with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.
“You’re giving them this last warning that you will use force if that is what they want to bring it to,” Jacobson explained to 24 Hour News 8 Thursday.
After Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield Avenue north of Grand Rapids was robbed at gunpoint in 2010, Paul and David Medawar vowed not to be victims again.
“When it first happened in 2010, we felt very helpless,” David Medawar explained Tuesday. “Victims of this horrible, brazen crime. So your life changes and we said we’re going to get trained. We’re going to learn how to protect ourselves so we are not a victim anymore.”
After that robbery, they contacted Jacobson.
“They were looking to do anything to be able to have a way to preserve themselves the next time they actually come around, so they are not at the mercy of the criminal,” Jacobson said.
Jacobson isn’t just a sheriff’s deputy. He also runs Today’s Weapons, offering advanced training in how to defend your home or business against the bad guys.
“The firearm is nothing more than a tool that you put in your toolbox,” Jacobson said. “The most important thing you have in your brain, a plan, a dedication of what is right. Before I even get into firearm training with people, I talk to them to see what is in their heart. I can train almost anyone to shoot, but I want somebody that is moral, ethical and that will adhere to the conduct that we’re looking before we put our name somebody that leaves here as a student.”
He trains his clients at the Kent County Conservation League in Ada Township.
Jacobson could not got into specifies on what exactly he taught the Medawars, but gave some examples of what he teaches those that come through his class.
“How would you have a duress code? How would you have a plan in action and rehearse that plan?” he said he works out with his students. “We talked about how when someone comes in from this venue or that venue, how would you defend it.”
“We’re building on stress inoculation training,” he continued. “How to handle the most extremely stressful situation that you can find yourself in, where you’re defending your life or that of another person — possibly somebody that means everything to you. And to be able to give somebody that training, that ability, those skills to be able to function in that environment and win and succeed.”
Jacobson said what happened on Tuesday at Medawar was an example of everything going right. The Medawars had the right training, stayed cool under pressure and were able to protect themselves and their staff.
“That’s what we have here is a success story. Nobody got hurt,” he said. “Merchandise, I don’t care about that is something that’s all material and can be replaced. If someone is taking my TV or something, have a nice day. You must need it more than I do. But when it comes to human life, we can’t replace that.”
The FBI said Thursday that a $17,000 reward is being offered for information about the Medawar attempted robbery and a related robbery in West Bloomfield. No suspects have been arrested in either incident. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.