I spent the entire morning researching this story and the prosecutor Michael Griffin. There is much here that doesn't seem right so let me pass on
what I found and others can judge for themselves.
1) All of the story is related by Griffin to the press, there are no direct quotes from anyone else including Elizabeth Roberts. So it's all based on
his word - based on her word.
2) Fact: Gary Roberts was shot once in the chest with a .38 revolver.
3) When police failed to arrive after 30 minutes she decided to tell him they were coming at which point he went to the basement and began loading
weapons saying he would "shoot every cop that entered the house". She tried to talk him out of it when he told her "this can only end one way" at
which point he handed her the revolver and said "do what you have to do".
if you were planning on shooting back at police when you had an arsenal of fully auto assault rifles, handguns, shotguns and .50
machine guns would you bother to load a .38 revolver? That idea is laughable. Shooters know a .38 revolver is exactly
the type of weapon you
would purchase for a woman to carry for protection. A very common choice for that.
4) Background on Griffin - Republican, Hancock County Prosecutor, Army reservist who was a JAG lawyer who was called away to Guantanamo to defend some
9/11 suspects in 2012.
GREENFIELD — Hancock County Prosecutor Michael Griffin, a U.S. Army Reservist who is helping prosecute defendants in the Sept. 11 attacks,
was called to testify before the court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on
5) While looking for older info on Griffin what I found was a blog belonging to someone who was running against Griffin for the county prosecutor seat
as a Democrat back in 2010. He made some intriguing comments:
May 12, 2010. I have been warned. I was told yesterday that my opponent for Prosecutor, Mr. Griffin, is a masterful politician who might be able to
accomplish more than any other politician in county history which is control of both political parties at the same time as well as control of
the legal system as the top "law enforcer" by becoming the new Hancock County Prosecutor. There is apparently a new "Comprehensive Jail Plan"
being put together by the totally Republican government of the county. I must find out about this.
It suggested that that the leadership of the local Democrat party under the influence of two lawyers - both of whom have acted complicitly with
Republican candidates in recent days - is attempting to grease the way for an endorsement of Mr. Griffin by my own party!
6) News sources vary widely in some points one of them being the danger of explosives in the Roberts' home.
A search warrant was executed on the home and no explosives were located.
Police found about 200 pounds of explosives, ammunition and several firearms, including handguns and rifles, in the couple's
Wow! 200 lbs of explosives? Really?
The county and state explosives teams were on site after reports there might be C-4 and other explosives in the house. They found some black
powder, but no other explosives.
200 lbs of black powder is not 200 lbs of "explosives". Typical for many gun enthusiasts and very legal.
Way to bend the truth usatoday.
Seeing hints of demonization of gun owners here? Plenty more, keep reading.
7) If the following really happened why was he not charged then? Do people often get to make bomb threats and suffer no consequence?:
Police say Roberts first popped up on their radar screen weeks ago when he had a car accident. After that, he threatened to blow up Hancock
Regional Hospital in Greenfield and kill workers at a drugstore there."He had recently had some mental issues, dependency on alcohol and prescription
medication, that he hadn't been acting right," said Rasch. "The potential was there for some serious harm to take place."
8) Here's a PDF of Prosecutor Griffin's statement concerning the case - ftpcontent.worldnow.com...
As you read it you will notice it is written in a narrative style as though the prosecutor were riding around inside her head while the events
described transpired. His introductory comments are prejudicial and set the tone:
For more than a decade, our country has grappled with the problem of mass casualty gun violence. Each time, we have helplessly watched these
senseless incidents unfold. Again and again, these incidents raise the same question: Why didn’t someone do something to stop this from happening?
Elizabeth didn't want anyone to die, and she felt compelled to do something. But what could she do? Elizabeth had few options. SHe already
had informed law enforcement about the extent of Gary's firearms and ammuntion collection and that Gary was armed and dangerous. Elizabeth could
leave....and let the confrontation happen. Elizabeth could stay...and do what? If she did nothing, the confrontation would happen all around her and
she was as likely as Gary to die. If she did nothing, the confrontation would happen all around her and she was as likely as Gary to die. If she did
something, what would that be? Motivated by her desire to stop anyone from dying, or at least stop a confrontation from happening, Elizabeth followed
Gary down to the basement.