Dubuque Cab Drivers Cautious After Attempted Robbery and Shooting

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque police arrested a man they say tried to rob a taxi-cab driver Monday night. But the driver shot his gun at the suspect. Shaun McCree, 35 of Apple River, Illinois is facing a first-degree robbery charge.

Police say McCree got in the cab just after 10 p.m. and pointed a weapon at the driver. According to police reports, that driver is George Lawver, 61. Lawver told police, McCree demanded money before the driver shot at him.

Now some cab drivers in Dubuque say the incident raises awareness about what they have to deal with on a daily basis while on the job. After running A-1 Taxi for the past three years, Larry Regan says he can tell you stories that will make your jaw drop.

Regan said, "One guy tried to jump out while we were going around the corner and the driver grabbed him and saved him. But then the guy punched him in the mouth. "

Regan says strange things like that happen at all hours of the day. That's why he's always on guard.

"I carry weapons just for self protection, ya know? That's the biggest thing," said Regan.

Police say if a cab driver is a registered gun owner with a permit, they have the right to keep a gun with them.

Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter says that was the case Monday night.

"There are a lot more people out there now who are armed and wish to protect themselves," said Baxter. "Hopefully this will help deter especially those forceful personal attacks. "

Now Regan says he and his drivers are reminded why they must remain diligent about who they let in their cab.

"It's always in the back of your mind, but the problem is, once something like that happens it's right in the front of your mind, " said Regan.
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