Self-defense in St Louis

He got a call from his alarm company that something was not right. St. Louis man shoots armed burglar caught in the act – KMOV.com

He came home and found an armed burglar jumping out a side window.

Thornton told News 4 he saw the man’s gun and grabbed his own, shooting the suspect as another thief ran away.

“I was just trying to make sure he didn’t shoot me first,” said Thornton.

A second guy got away with stuff like a Macbook and Sony Playstation.

“(Police) put me in handcuffs,” said Thornton. “I was in the car like I was the bad person.”

But apparently they got that straightened out.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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The Reality of Domestic Orders of Protection

The reality is simple: A court order is just a piece of paper. Domestic abuse victims express frustration with protection order process

The order has to be served before it is active. They expire and the extensions need to be served before they are in effect. If the cops/whoever can’t serve the order, you are on your own. Of course even if there is an order in place, it is still just a piece of paper.

“I’ve had tons of people tell me that, you know, the only thing that’s gonna protect your kids and you, is you. That paper isn’t gonna do anything,” said [a woman struggling with an abusive ex].

If you need an order of protection, then you need a plan for your personal safety. (In this case the woman is also worried about her kids.) Even if there is an order of protection, the cops don’t have a duty to protect you. They are helpful after the fact, but the fact of abuse can be pretty awful.

Don’t Bring a Box Cutter to a Gunfight

JusticeHe suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Would-be car thief with box cutter shot by car’s owner – KMOV.com

According to police, a 56-year-old man discovered a 35-year-old man attempting to steal the victim’s car.

The suspect then lunged at the victim with a box cutter, but the victim shot the suspect in the leg in self-defense. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, and is listed in stable condition.

He thought he was bad-ass with his box-cutter. But he picked the wrong guy to try and rob.

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

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered from a failure of the victim-selection process. Sheriff: Licking shooting was self-defense against home invader

[Texas County, Missouri Sheriff James] Sigman said a 34-year-old man who lives at the Highway 32 home said a 28-year-old man was attempting to break into the home while cursing and challenging the homeowner. The man forced his way into the home, Sigman said, and the homeowner fired one shot from his pistol.

He wasn’t sure if he hit anyone, but the cops found a guy a short time later with a gunshot wound, and he was taken to a local hospital.

Sheriff Sigman says that the evidence and testimony show that this was an act of self-defense. Which is a human-right.

One Dead, Two in Custody After Attempted Home Invasion

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.

They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

No doubt they thought it would be easy to rob a 73-year-old man. They were very mistaken. Elderly homeowner fatally shoots two robbers in Bevo Mill neighb – KMOV.com

Police said two armed men attempted to rob the homeowner, 73, of his truck while he was inside his garage. The man then shot the alleged suspects.

The suspects were pronounced dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

People in Dallas County (MO) Solve Their Own Problems

Break into homes, and you will eventually find an armed resident. Sheriff: Burglar shot dead at Dallas County home

Someone tried to break in to an occupied dwelling. The occupants were armed. Things did not go well for the would-be intruder. The sheriff’s office got a call in the evening about a break-in, and found the guy was dead when they arrived.

Neighbors, for a change, were not shocked.

You are about eight miles from town and [Dallas County Resident, Brandi] Swigert said people in Dallas County solve their own problems.

“It takes the sheriffs a little while to get out here. You kinda have to fend for yourself out here,” Swigert said.

She was not surprised to hear police say a homeowner shot the man breaking into his home.

“If I was in their place I would’ve done the same thing,” declared Swigert.”That’s why it’s a good thing to have a gun to where you can protect yourself.”

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