Don’t Bring a Hammer to a Gunfight

Self-defense and a felony murder charge in the People’s Republic of Illinois. Man Charged With Murder After Accomplice Shot And Killed In Robbery Attempt.

They went to see about buying a gun. But they didn’t intend to actually buy the gun.

Once inside the home, Zachery and the other man allegedly tried to rob the man who was selling the gun, and hit him several times with a hammer.

The victim then shot Zachery’s accomplice in self defense, police said. That man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroner’s office said he has been identified as Joseph McHaney, of Chicago.

Someone else in the home held Mr. Zachery until police arrived. He was charged with armed robbery and first degree murder.