He suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

This was in Texas. Did he think it was New Jersey? Woman shoots man who reached into car and tried to steal purse in SW Houston: Police.

Police say Lachelle Hudgins had just parked her vehicle outside her home when two men reached through her driver’s side window and grabbed her purse. Before they could take it, Hudgins frantically reached into her bag and grabbed her gun.

For some reason, she only had 2 cartridges in the firearm. She shot twice and apparently hit one of the would-be miscreants.

The suspect underwent surgery. He’s expected to face aggravated robbery charges.

Hudgins told ABC13 that she still can’t believe she survived an attempted robbery unscathed.

Hat tip to The Other McCain with Oops! Tried to Rob the Wrong Woman!.

If you want to read more about armed self-defense, permit me to recommend the work of my good friend Robert A. Waters. He has written multiple books about such situations, including The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm, and his most recent book, co-authored with his son, Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms.


Texas, Self-defense, and Puppies

This is Texas, and so self-defense is understood, but the rest of the story has me at Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Man shot in the face during fight over puppies, police say.

Investigators believe the man went to a home, pulled out a gun, demanded the puppies and was shot by the homeowner in self defense.

The guy who got shot is expected to be OK, but things could have been very bad for him.

Texans still armed. Bad guys still getting shot. This makes less sense than usual.

The War on (Some) Drugs™ Claims 2 Innocent Lives

And another lying cop, who has more than 1000 cases being reviewed, is behind the mess. ‘No One Will Hurt You,’ a SWAT Officer Promised an Hour After Houston Cops Killed a Couple Falsely Accused of Selling Heroin.

Oh, and the whole SWAT team seemed to have realized it was a “mistake” because they seem to have gone to tremendous lengths to spin things.

The 2 “suspects” (innocent people who were killed in their own home doing nothing) were reported “down, at about 5PM. They were declared dead at 5:15. At 6:09, some cop starts a “negotiation” over a bullhorn, because that would be good theater. Too bad everyone who isn’t a cop (and their dog) were dead by then.

The lie that lead to the death of 2 people…

Among other things, Doyle wants to ask Follis and Todd about the “supervision and monitoring” of warrant applications and the use of confidential informants. Those are crucial issues in this case, since the raid that killed Tuttle and Nicholas seems to have been based on a “controlled buy” of “black-tar heroin” that never happened, carried out by a C.I. who does not exist.

And the lying liar who put the whole thing in motion?

Goines had a history of questionable testimony and affidavits. In February, KHOU, the CBS station in Houston, looked at 109 cases in which he was involved. “In every one of those cases in which he claimed confidential informants observed guns inside,” it reported, “no weapons were ever recovered, according to evidence logs Goines filed with the court.” In the Harding Street case, Goines likewise said his C.I. had seen a gun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, that was never found. The district attorney’s office has dismissed a bunch of pending cases that Goines handled and is reviewing 1,400 more, along with 800 cases involving Officer Steven Bryant, whom Goines cited in his affidavit as verifying that the “brown powder substance” supposedly purchased from Tuttle was black-tar heroin.

So his lie, set a SWAT team in motion that resulted in the death of 2 innocent people. How is this different (aside from him being a cop) to the SWATting case that was in the news awhile back that was a disagreement between 2 gamers? I don’t expect this guy to be charged with murder, or manslaughter, or conspiracy or even jaywalking, because he is a cop. I’m not sure they will fire him. (If the do, the union will appeal.) Because nothing is more important the The War on (Some) Drugs™ and getting enough arrests.

The Tin-pot Despots of City Bureaucracies

The City of Houston has a bunch of would-be-dictators in the City Planning Dept. Houston Family Without Sewage for 17 Months Due to City Regulations.

“Nobody stands up to this because they literally have the authority to retaliate so hard that you will lose your livelihood,” Krieger expressed in frustration.

Aside from the fact that they are giving him grief – just because the can – they have no standards for what is approved and what is denied.

More broadly, Spelz’s business has had building plans rejected that were exactly the same as ones that were approved, with the only difference being the address. They would have exactly similar plans get vastly different procedural instructions.

Say that again. He gets a project approved in the City of Houston. Then he wants to build an EXACT COPY of that house on a different lot. Now it doesn’t meet City of Houston requirements. Why? Because the can. Because there are no checks and balances. And the result.

Blain continued, saying, “Local officials, especially in dense, urban areas often talk about housing affordability, but support policies that keep affordability from becoming a reality. Burdensome regulations and permitting delays keep housing supply from ever meeting demand and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.”

And this isn’t even like California – in the middle of an epic housing crisis – that keeps passing regulations to make housing even more expensive. (Yeah, that should help!) This is just Texas, where the Bureaucrats can do whatever the hell they want, and no one calls them to account for their actions.

And if you think this only occurs in Houston, you never dealt with local building codes.

The Stupid Can Be Deadly

What’s the worst that can happen? In Texas, you can get shot. Texas homeowner fatally shoots teen who was part of group shooting paintball guns at home: police.

“They believed that they were — that their house was being shot at,” Horn told KHOU. “The homeowner, the father, came outside to the disturbance, approached a suspect who was standing out here. Believed that he was a threat, fearing for his safety, fired a round at him.”

Turns out they were shooting paintball guns at the house.

I Suppose This Father Is An Example of Toxic Masculinity

So how would you respond to an intruder in your 13-year-old daughter’s room at 2:30 in the morning? Father shoots intruder after wrestling gun away from him, police say.

When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them the intruder had broken into a downstairs window and made his way up the stairs.

Police say the homeowner found the suspect armed in his 13-year-old daughter’s bedroom. A scuffle ensued, and the homeowner was able to wrestle the gun away from the intruder and shot him multiple times.

Though I’m a bit surprised (this IS Texas) that he didn’t have his own firearm.

After which the family escaped to a neighbor’s home, and the intruder stabbed himself with a kitchen knife. He died at a local hospital.

Gee, father’s protecting their children. Feminist heads will be exploding in three, two, …

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

Standing In His Own Yard While Black

I really need to create the “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category. Because, let’s face it, not all of them are running on full thrusters. ‘You Called Me Three Different Names!’ Houston Homeowner Explains Why He Refused to be Arrested by Deputy Who Mistook Him for Fugitive.

I don’t usually feed the trolls with stories that are going to explode on their own, but this cop has to be the stupidest I’ve read about all year.

Clarence Evans was in the yard tossing a ball with his 6-year-old son on May 8 when a deputy arrived at his home.

“He said there was a report of a stolen dog,” Evans told KPRC on May 13. “Then he asks me for my ID, and I said I felt I didn’t need to give that.”

It was after his refusal, Evans said, that the officer, who has been identified as Deputy Garrett Lindley, “grabbed me.” Then his wife Kelly Evans began recording the now-viral Facebook video about a minute into the confrontation.

The description of the interaction is fairly comical, as long as you can ignore the very real possibility that the cop could shoot this guy at any minute.

Why was the cop mistaken? Because both this guy and the fugitive are black and have dreadlocks. I guess this cop doesn’t see too many people sporting dreadlocks.

A second deputy arrives on the scene. He hands the deputy attempting to apprehend Clarence Evans his phone and that deputy shows the homeowner a photo of the suspect.

“Doesn’t that look a lot like you?” the deputy asks.

“No! That don’t look like me! What the f— is wrong with you, man?!” Evans shouts. “You trying to say because I’ve got dreads and I’m black that’s me?!”

Did someone say lawsuit? Yeah, there’s a lawsuit. But can you sue a cop for being a complete idiot?