COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- A Coeur d’Alene man was attributing his life to having a concealed weapons permit on Wednesday.
Anthony Broyles said he and his 2-year-old daughter were approached by a man with a knife. Broyles said he thought the man wanted to kidnap his daughter.
Broyles had spent four years in the marines and said his military experience gave him a sixth sense when it comes to threat assessment. He said he was glad he was packing his pistol on Wednesday.
“I believe in carrying weapons,” said Broyles.
Broyles had a fun day planned with his daughter at Higgins Point along Lake Coeur d’Alene.
“Me and my daughter were parked here and I was standing by the vehicle on the rail. There was a van that was parked in that direction with two gentlemen sitting in it,” said Broyles.
Broyles said a man came towards them with a knife as they looked towards the lake.
“I turned around and there was a guy that was sneaking up on me...probably about 15 feet behind me and he asked me if I had any money,” said Broyles.
Broyles obtained an Idaho concealed weapons permit in 2014. He said he pulled out his gun.
“I pushed my daughter back, pulled out my weapon, cocked it and aimed it at him,” said Broyles.
The suspect drove off in a van with a second man.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said Broyles had every right to defend himself with equal or greater force, especially if he felt his life was in danger. The same rule applied in the State of Washington.
You can carry a firearm in an exposed holster without any kind of permit in Washington and Idaho, unless there is something that makes it specifically illegal. Examples of illegality would be in a courtroom or a school.
“It did 100 percent save my life,” said Broyles. “If I didn't have my pistol today I'm pretty sure I would have been dead.”
Broyles said he hoped the man would not try to kidnap anyone else’s kids. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said you should call law enforcement officials right away if you find yourself in a similar situation.