They suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Homeowner Reportedly Shoots Burglar
According to [Crawford County Sheriff Darin] Layman, deputies responded to the home around 4 a.m. The homeowner said someone had tried to force entry into his residence. Fearing for his life, he fired a weapon at the subject. The subject fled the residence in an unknown vehicle.
About 45 minutes later, deputies and an ambulance service responded to a local gas station where a man was reported to have a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead. The 2 people he was with are in custody.
So did they drive around for 45 minutes waiting for their friend to die, and only called for help when it was too late to do any good?
In more cynical moments I would have titled this post something like “Self-defense hat trick.”
My guess is that will be another instance of people who didn’t know that they can be hit with felony murder charges, because someone died as a result of a crime they were committing. (Though I honestly don’t know what the Missouri law is like.)
Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0.