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reply to post by GogoVicMorrow
So your saying that he was doing the right thing, for the right reason but should be sitting right next to the robbers because he is not a sniper with a pistol?
The only "punishment" i could be for in this case and cases like this is suspend right to carry until x amount of required continuation gun training is complete.
I am ok with these situations being reviewed and reccomendations/training being conducted.
Not ok with criminal charges against somones reactions to a criminal. Definetly not ok with criminal charges to be expected for taking action in response to a crime.
edit on 10-1-2014 by swimmer15 because: (no reason given)
I live in Phoenix, and i saw the story on the news, with video surveillance footage of the shooting. IMO-The Marine is being charged because he fired on the 2 suspects AFTER they had started to flee the scene. If he had fired on them while they were accosting the Sears clerk, then his self defense/defense of others claim would be viable. In Arizona, if the suspects are fleeing, then they are not considered a threat to your person, or any other persons. Shoot at them at your own risk. which is what the Marine apparently did.
My friend sat on a jury for a murder trial where that exact scenario played out. Guilty, with death penalty because the person shot someone in the back as they where fleeing, after assaulting them. he died, they were convicted. The explanation given to jurors was, that a person has time to second guess, or realize they are not at risk if the perp is fleeing. if you decide to fire, then you decided to murder. no self defense applicable....
Again, this is just my opinion. I am not an attorney, nor did i stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.....
reply to post by Mamatus
As you state in the OP every single one of his shots missed. What if one of this bullets had hit innocent bystander? Would you agree with charges being leveled then? What if he had killed a bystander? At what point do we consider his actions to be reckless?
reply to post by RyanFromCan
Good thing the bad guys adhere to the "gun free zone" policy.