Words of Wisdom

The tale of two people, who are not quite a latter day Bonnie and Clyde. Crazy People Are Dangerous. Though they did come to a similar end.

You have to set the Wayback machine for December of 2018 on this one… Still, life’s lessons are worth learning.

So 2 people, in love (?), take off “venturing.” That’s how the family of the dead girl described it. Unfortunately they carjacked a 72-year-old woman to have the means of transportation.

The media seemed to be bending over backwards to describe this pair in a “good light.” Though personally I don’t think you sugarcoat a turd.

Now, I don’t know about you, but anytime a criminal carjacks an old lady, I always hope their life of crime ends in a hail of police gunfire. In this case, the happy ending happened in West Memphis, Arkansas

As for the words to live by…

Let me just advise young people that if you are “out to see the world,” don’t do it in a stolen Toyota or you’re liable to get no further than West Memphis, Arkansas.

Click thru for a video of the end, and how they came to die in that hail of lead, and why the cops were not charged, why the families are distraught. Well, families of dead criminals are always distraught, but it never seems to be the case that they tried to keep their relatives out of a life (and death) of crime.

He Should Not Have Ignored the Warning

He was given a chance to walk away. He didn’t take it. Burglary suspect shot after telling homeowner: ‘Give me that gun before you hurt yourself, old man’.

But the man ignored him, according to Sheriff Dale Cook, and began fixing himself something to eat and drink.

Once again, the homeowner told the man to leave.

Instead, the suspect began unplugging the television.

Told to leave again, he made his less-than-thoughtful quote. And he got shot. After getting out of the hospital, he was taken to the local lockup.

If You Break Into Homes…

You will eventually find an armed homeowner. Police: Man shot, killed after breaking into West Memphis home.

Investigators said they spoke to a woman and her boyfriend. She said they were asleep inside the house when Bullins kicked in the door.

When the man heard the loud noise, he grabbed his gun and saw a man walking down the hallway.

He then started shooting. Bullins was hit twice in the chest.

Police are saying he was acting in self-defense, and will not be charged.

Self-defense is a Human-right.

First He Got Shot, Then He Was Arrested

It just wasn’t his day. Police believe Wednesday shooter acted in self defense.

A Conway man who was shot as he allegedly attempted to rob a neighbor Wednesday morning is now behind bars in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

He tried to say he was the victim, but it didn’t take authorities long to see thru that smokescreen.

After the 23-year-old was released from the Conway Regional Medical Center, he was arrested and taken to the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

First He Got Shot, Then He Got Arrested

I’m guessing his day didn’t go the way he planned. Suspect shot then arrested following burglary call in Sherwood. And neighbors were shocked.

He apparently knew someone in the house.

The incident happened on Tuesday night at a home on Community Cove, according to an arrest report.

“The suspect was gone when we got there,” Sgt. Drew Edwards says.

Edwards says Calloway left the scene shortly after getting shot and took himself to a nearby hospital.

Cops arrested him at the hospital. The neighbors?

The crime has some neighbors shaken up, despite living in a place that they otherwise describe as safe.

“We’ve got police cars that come down through here two or three times a day,” Vicki LaSpina says, who lives just a few blocks away from where it happened.

Because they didn’t realize they were living in The Real World™ where crime can and sometimes does happen. Oh, and self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

I guessing that his plan didn’t include getting shot. Robbery suspect shot by store clerk in Jacksonville, police say.

Guy walks into a convenience store, puts a gun on the counter and demands money.

The clerk then grabbed their own gun kept behind the counter and fired a shot toward the suspect which wounded him.

And to say that cooperation – giving the guy what he wanted – would have ensured the clerk’s safety ignores a lot of the truth about these kinds of encounters with violent criminals. Case in Point: She Gave Them What They Wanted, Then They Shot Her.

You or I Would Be Charged With a Crime

It is hard to say that he was in any danger from this “ankle-biter.” He shot the dog because he thought he could do whatever he wanted. Cop caught on camera shooting small barking dog.

He won’t be charged with a crime, because cops. I’m surprised he was fired, though I expect the union to fight that once the media attention goes away.

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals fired Keenan Wallace after Wallace, a K-9 handler, fired his gun at the little pooch, named Reeses, after responding to a call about an aggressive dog at an apartment complex in Conway.

Big bad cop is scared of an ankle-biter. So manly.</sarcasm>

Complain About Police Misconduct, Have Your Life Ruined – Small Town Edition

JusticeSmall town cops: big fish in a small pond who will F#$k you up for disrespecting their authority. An Arkansas man complained about police abuse. Then town officials ruined his life.

And it wasn’t 1 cop having a bad day. The chief lied about the video of the incident. The DA charged the guy who was abused. It went on for 16 months before they FINALLY released the video. The officer in question resigned during those 16 months.

But the lessons would keep coming. Finley and his wife later went to the Walnut Ridge Police Department to file a complaint. Instead of taking the complaint, Police Chief Chris Kirksey and Sgt. Matt Cook interrogated and scolded Finley. Cook then wrote Finley two citations for “refusal to submit” and “obstructing governmental operations.” Note that Mercado didn’t feel compelled to cite Finley. It was only after Finley attempted to file a complaint about Mercado’s behavior that Mercado’s supervisors hit him with two misdemeanors.

Oh, the cop in question, had been in two OTHER forces in 3 months. And he was on the force in question for 11 days when this incident happened.

A local reporter started investigating and the guy in question started a lawsuit. Between open-records-requests from both parties, eventually the story was coming out.

At one point, Morris [the reporter] said, Kirksey called him in to his office and pleaded with him not to publish anything about the incident. “He had Mercado in there with him,” Morris said in a telephone interview. “Mercado said he made a mistake by using the f-word and apologized. But they also told me that the video would show that Finley was wrong” — just as Kirksey had done with Finley’s wife.

When Morris finally saw the video, he felt deceived. “It definitely helped me understand what that meeting was really about,” he said. “I think they knew that this would be a big problem for them, and they tried to mislead me.”

They cost the guy his marriage. They did EVERYTHING they could to destroy his life, and they pretty much succeeded. Because one cop was an asshole and the system jumped to defend him. (Hat tip to A Geek with Guns.)

He Ignored a Warning From an Armed Homeowner

I guess he thought it was a bluff. Suspected intruder shot at North Little Rock home, police say.

So a guy is at home with his girlfriend, and they are watching a movie, when someone starts trying to kick in his front door.

The North Little Rock man grabbed his handgun and told the intruder, “Stop kicking the door. I’ve got a gun,” but the kicking continued until the door was forced open, according to a report from the Police Department.

The report states the homeowner fired two shots from the kitchen as the intruder [snip] entered the living room.

The would-be bad-guy was shot in the torso. He stumbled out the door, and collapsed. Cops took him to a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Epic Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking in was a good idea, and not even an alarm system could change his mind. Crawford County Homeowner Shoots Intruder in Head – NWAHOMEPAGE

You could also file this under, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”

The homeowner told the sheriff’s office he was asleep when his alarm went off alerting him to some motion that was detected in his garage.

The homeowner got up and armed himself with a shotgun. The guy with the knife entered the house, and the homeowner shot him once in the head.

The guy who got shot survived and is in a local hospital. (He is so lucky to be alive.)

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

He Was Drunk, Armed and Making Threats

His day didn’t turn out at all the way he planned it. Sheriff: Arkansas homeowner fatally shoots suspected intruder

911 was first called when he was making threats. Shots were fired while the homeowner was on the phone with 911.

Investigators later determined that he unlawfully entered the home armed with a weapon and was confronted by the homeowner.

“In fear for his safety and the safety of his family, the homeowner fired upon the armed suspect,” the release states.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Home Invader Killed By Armed Homeowner

This is so similar to the last story from Texas, I had to be sure it wasn’t the same incident, just in a different media outlet. Homeowner Shoots Man Dead in Clay Co. Break-In, Police Say

According to initial statements at the scene, Baker forcefully entered the home, and the homeowner shot Baker inside the house.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Three Accomplices Arrested In Arkansas Shooting.

This is a continuation of a previous story of self-defense. Three arrested in deadly home invasion

An 81-year-old homeowner defended himself earlier this week, killing one person in his house. Today we find that three others have been arrested in relation to that break in.

Kiana Montgomery, 21, Shaynesha Martin, 19 and Ke’Erick Turner are in the Miller County Detention Center charged with Aggravated Robbery at a residence located at State Highway 196 and Miller County 290. The fourth suspect, who died of his injuries, has not been identified pending positive identification for the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

For info on the original story, see this link.

Not sure what the law in Arkansas states, but in many states, these 3 might be charged with murder. (Someone died during a felony in which they were playing an active part.)

I imagine that this group of 4 people thought an 81-year-old would be an easy target. They thought wrong.

As I said earlier, I love it when the good guys win, and the bad guys end up behind bars.

How Should an 80-year-old Defend Herself from a 19-year-old Home Invader?

Without a gun, that is. Any suggestions? In this case, it is a good thing she had a gun. Marion woman shoots, kills 19-year-old who broke into home | WREG.com

The anti-gun folks, will call this a “teen, tragically shot.” The facts that he was both legally an adult and engaged in a felony are not of interest to them. (Don’t clutter the issue with facts!)

So how would you respond to an intruder in your home at 3:30 or so in the morning?

The woman told authorities she called out to the intruder and ordered him to leave her home. She said he advanced toward her and that’s when she shot him in self-defense.

Cody Smith, of Marion, was killed.

I suppose he thought an old woman was an easy target. He thought wrong.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Back on the Streets After Bank Robbery, He  Picks the Wrong Victim

His bond after the bank robbery was $50,000. His bond again is set at $50,000. What will he do next? Bank robbery suspect tied to Fayetteville home invasion | NWADG

Jenner threatened the man and his wife and forced them to get in their vehicle. Jenner wanted them to drive to their bank for money, according to the report.

Jerry Moore had a gun inside his vehicle and shot Jenner in the leg near Huntsville Road and River Meadows Drive, police said. Jenner and Moore fought until Jenner was pushed out of the vehicle.

He was picked up by police, taken to the hospital and then to lockup.

He is not unknown to police.

Jenner’s criminal history includes robbery and battery, according to the police report.

Police say Jenner and another man walked into the Arvest Bank at 1113 Garland Ave. on Jan. 3, brandished guns, demanded money and fled with $13,615. Police have said the pair are among four people who robbed the bank.

Jenner also may have been involved in armed robberies at two other banks and attempted robberies at three restaurants in Northwest Arkansas, according to Jenner’s previous arrest affidavit.

For all that, his bail was originally set at $100K, but then reduced to $50,000. He was out on bond when he tried this kidnapping.

At least he ran into someone who could, and did, stand up to him. Who will be his next victim?

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

One Gunshot to the Head is Enough

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. 18-year-old in critical condition after being shot by Arkansas homeowner, police say

Pine Bluff police officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of West 29th Street around 5:15 a.m., spokesman Lt. David De Foor said. They found an 18-year-old man shot once in the head, he said.

Initial findings indicate that the homeowner shot someone trying to gain entry into his home. The investigation continues, though the homeowner was not arrested.

The guy who got shot was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Cop Shoots & Kills Bad Guy: No National Outcry

No riots. No nothing. Sheriff’s office identifies man fatally shot by deputy outside Little Rock

In a news release, Capt. Carl Minden, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said White was holding a 20-gauge shotgun when he was shot. The unnamed deputy shot him twice in the upper torso.

The was wandering around a neighborhood with a gun, scaring the good citizens. He was shot on the porch of a house of people unknown to him.

He was not a good guy in the sense that he had been threatening his ex-wife earlier in the year, and had been arrested for “first-degree terroristic threatening” in April.

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

Their evening didn’t go quite the way they planned it. Robbery Suspect Turns Victim When Homeowner Fires Back

Four miscreants try to rob a home at gunpoint only to discover that the homeowner was also armed. One of the would-be bad-guys got shot.

The three other geniuses called 911 to get assistance. They met emergency services at a local gas station.

After lying to law enforcement about what happened, deputies arrested [the three accomplices] and charged them with aggravated robbery and obstructing governmental operations.

[The guy who got shot] faces the same charges. Deputies will book him into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility when doctors release him from the hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right.