A US Marine was shot three times during a robbery attempt at a Craigslist transaction. Lt. Col. Karl Trenker stood in for his fiance when a business transaction went very bad.
It was supposed to end like thousands of other Craigslist sales, except the buyers had other things in mind. When Lt. Col. Trenker presented a gold chain to one of the prospective buyers, he took off with it. Col. Trenker, having none of that, took after him and ended up getting shot three times.
His military experience helped him stay calm and survive, as he actually plugged the bullet holes with his fingers to slow blood flow until help arrived. The thieves were apprehended shortly thereafter.
Lt. Col. Trenker’s fiance was originally going to go to the meeting by herself, thank God that he would not let her go, and went in her place. The Trenker’s are meeting with the CEO of Craigslist to talk about how to make transactions safer in the future.
Please be very careful out there when dealing with unknown people that you meet online. Never go alone, meet in a public place and have a cell phone with you at all times.