70 year old lady shoots robber
Story here. Some of the pro-robber comments are gems.
Hat tip to reader Mark Noble....
I chuckled at the name of the newspaper; "Dispatched" is exactly what that ruffian has been.
Posted by: M Gallo at October 23, 2009 08:30 AM
"No charges had been filed. Pilya said it's likely that the case will be presented to a Franklin County grand jury to see whether the woman should be charged"
This has to to to a grand jury? I hope that's just pro forma in Ohio. Here is florida we respect the right of self defence.
Posted by: Chuck at October 23, 2009 09:25 AM
Well a follow on story filed at 7 pm last night had more details:
The son said the door flew open shortly after 9 p.m. and they found themselves confronted by a man who pointed a black handgun at them and said, "Everybody here knows what the game is." He told them to get on the floor and began demanding money from the son and his son-in-law, who were closest to the door. The gunman seemed angry that the son-in-law had only $14.
Sounds like clear self defense with the shooting occurring when the situation was moving toward extremis, i.e., anger by the robber at amount of money you can provide usually leads to getting shot.
It appears the grand jury submission is pro forma
Columbus police don't expect to file charges against the woman but said the case probably will be presented to a Franklin County grand jury as a routine procedure. The son said the officers who met with his family were "extremely supportive."
Her son on the otherhand needs to learn to not talk without thinking
"It's a wonder she didn't shoot us all," said her 51-year-old son, who was preparing to hand over his cash when he heard the gunshot. "She's the worst shot in the world.
"She said to me, 'God was with me tonight. You know I couldn't have done that myself.'"
Posted by: JKB at October 23, 2009 12:10 PM
In Franklin County, Ohio ALL shootings go to the grand jury for review. No matter who pulled the trigger -- bad guy, LEO, or little old lady protecting her life.
The anti-gun Dispatch, I am sure, hates that so many folks are stepping forward to say what a great job. But they couldn't ignore the story. the annual Quarter Horse Congress is the nation's third largest regularly held convention, behind only the Democrat and Republican national conventions.
Posted by: Brent G at October 23, 2009 03:42 PM
Death by acute lead poisoning is an occupational hazard for those whose vocation is armed robbery. No sympathy for the bad guy.
Questions: 1. Where were the police when the bg pushed the door open and 2. what was their response time?
Probable answers: 1. Nowhere near enough to protect the lady and her family. 2. Long enough for the bg to have killed everybody in the room.
Posted by: W. W Woodward at October 23, 2009 08:57 PM
I also noticed that many of the supporters of the robber assumed he was black and this was racial.
When, in fact, we don't know that the son and mother who shot the bg weren't black. In fact, we don't know the color of any of the participants, but isn't it strange that those who assumed defense of the robber and decried the actions of the intended victim assumed the robber was black?
Could they possibly be racists who view the actions of criminals as the purview of black folks and the purview of victims as being actively white? Isn't that racist?
Talking about race, isn't it nice that this sonofabitch couldn't outrace the bullet that killed him?
Posted by: straightarrow at October 23, 2009 11:28 PM