I was carrying concealed in Floridaa few years ago and my wife and I were inastore in the local mall when a woman came running in and said "They're robbing the Jewelry store ", which was located just across the mall on the same level. My wife grabbed our infant daughter and took off for the back of the store we were in and I went outto see what was happening. Using an ATM kiosk that was between the stores as cover, I peeked around the corner and saw 2 men in the jeweler's. One had the male manager held up against the wall while the other scooped jewelry into a small cooler. No firearms or other weapons were visible
, and no one seemed to be in imminent danger of being seriously hurt. SinceI had no desire to start a gun fight in the mall. I just stayed where I was and watched as they ran past me, then I followed at a distance trying to get a look at their car. They got away, and were eventually (months later) caught and tried for this and several other holdups they had committed.
My point here is, sometimes you have to act with restraint rather than bull in to a situation. I had my Glock on me, I had a clear field of fire, I had them dead to rights. What I didn't have was justifiable use of deadly force, or a good backstop for my rounds if I fired. My actions (or inaction) cost the jeweler's some money, but nobody was hurt. I explained to PD officers afterwards that it seemed too dangerous to escalate the situation by drawing my weapon. To be sure, my hand was on the grip, but the pistol never exited the holster. I just kept an overwatch on the situation so that, should things deteriorate I was in a position to stop it. It was frustrating to watch them run away without stopping them, but these were two BIG guys and the only way I could have done it is with the Glock.