Of two minds

On the one hand, I can’t say I support the actions of the defender in this story:

The store’s owner, John Butler, said he heard an intruder try to kick in the door…”I coulda dropped him,” said Butler, who’d come running out of his store with a 9 mm in his hands….”The thought did cross my mind,” he said…[instead] he fired at the tires on the escaping 1997 Chevy, hitting the front left one. The burglar drove off, and police arrived soon after.

Firing at the tires of a fleeing vehicle is a great way to negligently hit an innocent bystander or damage property. You are responsible for every bullet that leaves your gun from the moment it’s fired until it comes to rest. Admittedly, based on the google maps satellite view of the location provided at the link, the area isn’t densely populated, but there are other homes and a major road in the immediate vicinity.

Not to mention the fact that shooting at a fleeing criminal hardly fits the justification for use of deadly force.

I’d say Mr. Butler has seen a few too many hollywood movies.

That concern aside, however, you gotta love the outcome.

Butler was on his way to police headquarters to give a statement when he saw something funny in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

“Car exactly like the way I was saying,” he said. “Trunk open. The fella was changing the tire.” Butler called 911.

Matthew Freeman has been charged with breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools, police spokeswoman Debbie George said.

Cross posted on The Sentinel

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