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A taxi driver said he was attacked with an ice pick and had to pull a gun to save himself

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A taxi driver said he was attacked with an ice pick and had to pull a gun to save himself

Watch| New York taxi driver Collin Green said he was forced to use his gun to protect himself from a passenger who tried to attack him with an ice pick. 

I believe she would have killed me had if i had been close enough to her,
Collin Green, taxi driver

"Katrina Green was previously charged with another violation"

According to Gates Police, 39-year-old Katrina Green has was charged with menacing and other violations Monday night. Yes, she shares the same last name with the taxi driver but they are not related. 

"She had something in her hands" 


Collin told affiliate WHAM that he drove his passenger to four or five different addresses and when it became clear she did not have the money to pay him, he took out his phone and threatened to call 911. He said the passenger also got out with something in her hands. 

"She had the ice pick and was coming towards me, so I started backing up and she kept coming," Mr. Green said.

"He pulled his gun" 


As Collin was backing away from the ice pick, he said he pulled out his gun, took a deep breath and said to the passenger, "Look, don't come any further. Don't make me do this. I don't want to have to hurt you."  He said his goal was to stay calm and put some distance between them. This tactic worked, she paused and he was able to jump into his taxi and drive away. 

"He did everything correctly" 


"The guy did everything correct," said Lt. Jon Ballard of Gates Police. "He used his handgun to protect himself, but didn't go above and beyond to protect himself." 

Car rear window shattered 


Only his rear window evidenced any sort of violence. Four years ago, Collin was attacked while driving his cab and was stabbed 13 times. From that, he learned two lessons: to register and carry a gun and to respect its power.

You have to do everything to spare a life. You cannot abuse power.
Collin Green, taxi driver

Green has been arrested and charged with second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and theft of services. The criminal mischief charges may be upgraded pending an estimate of damages for the rear window. Collin Green said that as a victim of an attack he learned that life is precious. 

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